Seven card stud
The game of Seven card stud poker is the most popular version of stud poker. In this game, no community cards are used and each player is dealt a total of 7 cards – three face down and two face up.
A hand counts for five rounds of bets as opposed to the four rounds of Texas hold'em and Omaha. The order of the game is not fixed but determined by the cards are shown.
After making a forced ante bet, each player is dealt three cards: two face down and one face up, that all players can see. The player with the lowest up card has to take the initiative and make the first bet.
Just like Texas hold'em, the Seven card stud can have tables with a fixed limit. In this case, raises must remain within the limit, or with a pot limit/no limit.
The initial bet is usually half the small standard bet with fixed limit ("Small Bet"). The next player to act is the one seated to the left of the first bettor. Bets rotate clockwise until all players have acted.
All players still in the hand are dealt a fourth card called "Fourth Street", face up. From this round on, the player with the highest up card(s) is always the first to check or bet. The fifth and sixth cards follow the same procedure and are dealt face up. The player with the highest up cards is the first to check or bet.
The seventh and last card is dealt face down and the player with the highest up cards is the first to check or bet. This is the final round. If one or more players are still in the hand during this round, a showdown occurs and the player with the highest 5-card hand wins the pot.
As the name says, each player is dealt a total of seven cards. For this reason, too many players cannot take part simultaneously in the Seven card stud game, (unlike Texas hold'em), because if a complete table of 8 players happen to stay in the hand until the end, there won’t be enough remaining cards in the deck. In this case, a final card is placed face up on the table and counts as a community card.
A particular situation arises during the second round of bets (fourth street): if a player shows a pair, that is, if both the up cards are of the same value, the player may choose either to bet the minimum amount as usual or double the bet directly.
The main object of the game of Seven card stud is to get the highest possible ranking 5-card hand by using any combination of the seven cards you are dealt.