Seven Card Stud is a classic poker game which can take a lifetime to master. In Seven Card Stud, players are individually dealt seven cards throughout the course of the hand, but only the best five-card poker hand possible for each player is used to determine the winner. This is the cost of being dealt into the hand.
Each player is initially dealt three cards, two hidden hole cards and one face up. They must make either another nominal bet the exact size of the bring-in depends on the game or, if they choose, a full bet of the lower betting increment.
Action continues clockwise around the table until betting is complete for the round. The first player to act is the individual whose exposed cards have the highest poker value. For example, a player with an exposed pair of Kings would act first, if no other player is showing a pair of Aces or better.
Again the first player to act is the individual whose exposed cards have the highest poker value. There is a round of betting. Again, the first player to act is the individual whose exposed cards have the highest poker value. Each player now receives a seventh and final card, which is dealt face-down and known only to the player to whom the card is dealt.
There is a final betting round, and if more than one player remains, we reach the Showdown. If there is more than one remaining player when the final betting round is complete, the last bettor or raiser shows his or her cards first. If there was no bet on the final round, the player in the earliest seat shows his or her cards first Seat 1, then Seat 2, and so on. Further hands involved in the Showdown are exposed clockwise around the table.
The player with the best five-card poker hand wins the pot. In the event of identical poker hands, the pot will be equally divided between the players with the best hands. Exactly which options are available depends on the action taken by the previous players. If nobody has yet made a bet, then a player may either check decline to bet, but keep their cards or bet.
If a player has bet, then subsequent players can fold, call or raise. To call is to match the amount the previous player has bet. To raise is to not only match the previous bet, but to also increase it. Bets and raises in Limit games are in pre-determined amounts. In this variant of Stud, there are two potential winners in each hand, one person for holding the best high hand and one person for holding the best low hand, provided the low hand is an eight-low or better.
In this variant of Stud, the entire pot is awarded to the best low hand, with no qualifier. As well as Stud, we also offer many other poker variants. See our Poker Games page to learn more. The support team is on hand to assist you, and can answer any questions not listed in the FAQ.
Make your first real money deposit and start playing at PokerStars. Deposits are fast and secure. License renewed March 10, Gambling may lead to addiction! Third Street Each player is initially dealt three cards, two hidden hole cards and one face up.
Seventh Street or the River Each player now receives a seventh and final card, which is dealt face-down and known only to the player to whom the card is dealt. The Showdown If there is more than one remaining player when the final betting round is complete, the last bettor or raiser shows his or her cards first.
After the pot is awarded, a new online game of Seven Card Stud poker is ready to be played. Additional Stud Rules and Situations For the purpose of determining the bring-in in Seven Card Stud, ties in card rank are broken by suit. The suits are ranked in alphabetical order — clubs lowest , diamonds, hearts and spades highest. The lowest suit breaks a tie, so if the deuce of hearts and deuce of clubs are visible at the beginning of the hand, then the deuce of clubs would have the bring-in.
The ranking of equal hands at the Showdown is not determined by this rule. Frequently asked questions and answers about playing poker at PokerStars.
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