How to Play 7 Card Stud Poker

Everyone know how popular poker has become in the online gambling world. The fans of this game love it for its strategies and the fact that you can beat others by figuring out how they play. Any poker game always involves some luck, but good players are always there at the end of any tournament.

Poker is played in several versions like Texas Hold’em, Omaha, 5 card, 7 card etc. 7 card stud poker is one of the more complex forms of poker. For this reason, it isn’t as popular as Texas Hold’em.

This game is complex in its game play and strategies. Of-course, luck plays a role in deciding the winner, but one needs to master the skills and learn the rules well, to win more than just a couple times by a fluke or two in this game.

How to Play 7 Card Stud

7 card stud starting hands screenshot

To understand what really is so complex about them we should learn about the steps of the game:

  1. 2 faces down cards are dealt by the dealer, from a 52-card deck, to each of the players on the table. He also deals a face up card to each player which is known as the door card.
  2. Once the cards are dealt, players place their bets starting from the player in possession of the door card of highest value.
  3. After the first round of betting, the dealer deals another face up card to each player. Once the cards are dealt, all the players can make their bets again.
  4. Another card is dealt to the players after which another round of betting starts just as the last time.
  5. The last face up card is dealt to each of the players. This card is followed by the last round of betting. At this stage, all the players are in possession of 7 cards each.
  6. 7 cards of all the players make up their hands. The player with the hand of the highest value wins. If two players have hands of the same value, then the cards in the hands are considered to decide the winner. The winner gets the pot. As in the other forms of poker, the pot is the sum total of the bets made in all the previous rounds.

The main difference between this form of poker and the majority of other forms is that community cards are not used in this game. All the cards which are used to make up the hands of the players are dealt directly to them and none is laid on the table.

The first bet which is made, is called the Bring-in. This bet has to be made by the player who gets the door card of the highest value. This player has no option but to bet. If he does not want to bet or if he thinks that his hand is hopeless, the only other option open for him, is to fold.

In each round of betting, each player has to make a move. He can either make a bet or fold. Due to this rule, in many of the games, only one or two players remain till the last round and all others are eliminated. So, if only one player survives till the end, there is no question of calculating the value of the hand as there no contenders for the pot.

As most of the cards dealt in this game is face up, so as the game progresses, most of the players get an idea of the strength of their hands. Only two cards are face down and total cards in the deck are 52. So, if a players looks at the cards which are dealt to all the players, he can make his decision about making a bet or leaving more easily.

Because of all these differences, 7-card stud poker is indeed more complex than the other versions of the game and thus is loved by players who want the game to be more complex and more exciting at the same time.

There is also a slight variation on this game called 7 card stud hilo that you may want to read up on. Be sure that you don’t accidentally enter a hi lo tournament if you don’t know how to play this game as well.

Strategies for Playing Poker

These are general poker strategies that should be used in any game that you play. First and foremost is that you don’t play too many hands!

This is the most important rule for every poker game played with more than 6 people. The mistake most often made is that beginners don’t know when to get rid of their hands.

With Texas Hold’em this is very easy; usually you can fold when your hand misses the flop. It isn’t always that easy in other cards games, especially games like stud poker and Omaha Hi/Lo.

Before you start playing any form of poker for money online, make sure you have a good knowledge of what hands to stay with. If you don’t, the players that know how to play the game will be able to exploit you.

As far as this goes with 7 card stud poker, here is a great article that I have found that explains starting hands in 7 card stud. With this knowledge, you will have a much better chance surviving in a Sit & Go tournament or a ring game.

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