An Introduction to 7 Card Stud Poker

7 Card Stud Poker is one of the harder games of poker to learn to play oppose to Texas Holdem or Omaha High / Low which are relatively easy and can be taught in a few minutes. 7 Card Stud was originally the more popular game of poker until Texas Hold em came along, however it is still widely played and is classed as the classic game of poker.

7 Card Stud can be played both high and low. High 7 Card Stud means the player with the highest hand wins the pot, 7 Card Stud High/Low means the winner has to split the winnings with the lowest hand.

How To Play 7 Card Stud Poker

Ante In – Up to 8 players can join the game of 7 Card Stud. To begin with every player puts in an ante. An ante is the amount you have to bet in order to play the game so there is money in the pot. The amount of the ante depends on the game and the amount that is set before the game begins.

Dealer- the dealer deals out 2 pocket cards to each player, and one card facing up, this card is called a door card. The person with the lowest card facing up has to put into the pot a small bet called a bring-in. The betting continues around the table from the left of that player and each player has the option of raising, calling or folding.

More cards – after everyone has placed their bets a 4th card given to each player facing up. The player with the highest cards starts off the betting and this continues in a clockwise direction around the table. After everyone has bet a 5th card is dealt to each player facing up. Again the player with the highest cards starts the betting. Once this has finished a 6th card is dealt facing up and the highest cards player starts the betting again. The final 7th card is dealt face down and a final round of betting occurs.

The Great Finale – the player who can make the best hand of poker with 5 cards from the 7 they were dealt wins the game and wins the pot. In a game of high/low 7 card stud the hand with the highest hand wins but also splits the winning with the person who can make the lowest hand out of their 7 cards.