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Seven Card Stud Poker Rules

In Seven Card Stud Poker each player recieves a total of seven own cards in the course of the game, four cards facing up, three facing down. The player forming the best possible five-card Poker hand out of his seven cards, wins the pot.

Rounds

In Seven Card Stud Poker there's 5 rounds:

Hole Cards = each player recieves three cards, two facing down, one facing up

4th Street = each player recieves his 4th card, facing up

5th Street = each player recieves his 5th card, facing up

6th Street = each player recieves his 6th card, facing up

7th Street = each player recieves his 7th card, facing down

During any of these rounds, players can bet chips or fold.

A betting round is over when every player has payed the same amount into the pot or folds.

The 7th Street is followed by the showdown, when all players show their cards and the winner of the pot is determined.
However, a player can even win the pot in an earlier round: If all other players fold after one player has bet, this player wins the pot instantly.

Actions

CHECK

A player passes his bet and it's the next player's turn.

Note: A player can only check if no other player hasn't bet anything before.

BET

A player puts his bet.

CALL

A player evens the bet of another player.

RAISE

A player raises the bet of another player.

FOLD

A player folds and throws away his hand.

Course of the game

START OF GAME

Before the game starts and the cards are dealt, each player needs to pay their small mandatory bet, called "Ante".

HOLE CARDS

Each player now recieves three cards, two facing down and only known to the player, one card facing up. The player with the lowest card facing up opens the round by paying the "Bring-In", a mandatory bet similar to the "Big Blind" in Texas Holdem.

Other players follow clockwise.

FOURTH STREET

Each player recieves their 4th card ("Fourth Street"), facing up. The player with the highest two cards facing up, opens this round.

FIFTH STREET

Each player recieves their 5th card ("Fifth Street"), facing up. Again, the player with the highest cards facing up, opens this round.

SIXTH STREET

Each player recieves their 6th card ("Sixth Street"), facing up. Again, the player with the highest cards facing up, opens this round.

SEVENTH STREET

Each player recieves their 7th and final card, facing down, leaving all remaining players with four cards facing up, three facing down. Last betting round is opened by the player with the highest cards facing up.

SHOWDOWN

The winner of the pot gets determined among the remaining players.

The player forming the best best possible five-card Poker hand out of his seven cards, wins the pot.

Seven Card Stud Betting Structure

Generally, Seven Card Stud is played as "Fixed Limit", which means betting figures are preset and raises cannot be set at will. There's four different kinds of bets:

Ante, Bring-In, Small Bet and Big Bet

Example: If you're playing at a "$2/$4 Seven Card Stud Table", it means the Small Bet is always $2 and the Big Bet $4.

The Ante, the general bet in the beginning, can be different from one Poker room to another, it can be $0.25 in a $2/$4 Limit, for instance. The player starting with the Bring-In usually can bet half a Small Bet or a full Small Bet.

In the first round (Hole Cards) as well as in the second (Fourth Street), the Small Bet ($2) is made. Raises can only be set in intervals of $2.

From the Fifth Street on only the Big Bets ($4) can be made and raised in intervals of $4 accordingly.

Exception: A player with a pair of two cards facing up is allowed to bet a Big Bet already in the Fourth Street.

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