Seven Card Stud Poker

The players

Seven Card Stud Poker is played clockwise with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 players. A changing dealer deals the cards and acts as arbiter. In the online version, the dealer only acts as a virtual card dealer. Who the dealer is can be identified by the dealer button, a game disc. There are 52 playing cards used, but this can lead to complications later in the game when the full number of players are present. But the Seven Card Stud rules have a solution for this. The ranking of poker hands is classic. However, if the value of the cards is the same, the suit is partly counted. The game of Seven Card Stud Poker is divided into a total of five game sections called Streets.

The play money

Game chips, also called chips or tokens, are used for bidding. In Seven Card Stud, the stakes are capped when bidding. The Seven Card Stud poker round begins with all players having the same amount of chips in front of them. This is called buy-in.

Game segments in Seven Card Stud Poker:

Third Street – the 1st segment

Before the first cards are dealt, all players must first deposit a fixed amount, the ante. This is immediately part of the pot and does not count as a bidding action. Only then does the dealer, starting with the player to his left, deal each player two cards face down (hole cards or down cards) and then one card face up (door card). All face-up cards are called Up Cards or Show Cards. This first part of the game is called Third Street, based on the three playing cards dealt.

In Seven Card Stud Poker, the first part of the game begins with the so-called “Bring In or Bring”, a fixed bet that must be made. The Bring In must be at least the size of the Ante and at most the size of the Small Bet. In Limit Stud, the most common form of Stud, the antes and a bring-in are placed. The size of the stakes in a Stud poker game is determined before the game starts. An example would be a $5/1$ game. The smaller sum is always called the Small Bet and the larger Big Bet.

The first action in the game, the bring-in, begins with the player whose face-up card has the lowest card value. When two players have the same card value, the suit from low to high counts as follows: Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, Spades. The English names are easier to remember because they are in ascending alphabetical order: clubs, diamonds, hearts, spades. This first player can only perform two actions: The bring-in or equalize the amount of the ante, which is called a completion bet.
The next player has three different ways to play: He can return his playing cards to the dealer, i.e. fold without putting anything in the pot. Until the end of the poker round he is then only a spectator. However, he can also call and thus equalize the Bring In of the first player. As third possibility he can also raise to the lower limit. After the first player’s turn to bid, all subsequent raises continue in small bet increments.

All other subsequent players can perform the same play actions, but their raises cannot be more than twice the previous bet. In this round of play, however, you may only bid once and raise a maximum of three times. This means that after the third raise, the bidding is “capped”. Then only the “call” or “fold” actions can be performed.
This first game round is over when all remaining players have placed an equal amount of bets or when only one player remains after all game actions have been completed and he has won.

Fourth Street – the 2nd segment

The remaining players are then dealt another card face up. The deal begins with the player who has the best hand. Unlike third street, the player with the highest exposed card values always starts the first action on fourth street. He or she will bet the Small Bet amount or simply check the game. The other following players can also check, call, raise or fold. At this stage of the game, all players may check, which is called “being checked around”. This is not possible in Third Street, as the first action is forced with the Bring In. In this round of the game you may only bid once and raise a maximum of three times. This means that after the third raise, the bidding is capped again. The only play actions that can be performed in this round are “call” or “fold”. Fourth Street is complete when there has been betting or raising and all remaining players have paid the same amount as the bet, or, if only one player remains after all play actions and wins.

The Fifth Street – 3rd segment

The game continues with Fifth Street if there are at least two players left in the game round. These players are dealt another card face up. From Fifth Street onwards, the betting and raising changes. Only the amount of the Big Bet can be bet or raised. However, all other game actions and rules for bidding and raising are exactly the same as in Fourth Street, and if two players remain in the round at the end, the next round continues. Otherwise, the last player wins the pot accumulated up to that point.

The Sixth Street – the 4th segment

For Sixth Street, the remaining players are dealt one card face up. Checking, calling, raising or folding is the same as in the previous round and is also limited. Only the amount of the Big Bet can be bet or raised. If all but one player folds, a winner is determined. However, if there are at least two players left in the game, the game continues on seventh street.

The Seventh Street – the last segment

In this last round, Seventh Street is dealt a seventh card, face down. Then the betting begins again. As before, after the third raise, the bidding and raising is “capped”. The only actions that can be performed in this round are “call” or “fold”. In the end, the remaining players turn their cards over.

The Showdown

The dealer determines who holds the strongest hand that will win the pot. The best poker hand is made up of the five best possible cards from each player’s seven cards. If no clear winner can be determined due to a tie, the entire pot is split equally between players with the same high hand. The remaining two cards and the suits of each of these players are not included in the final ranking of the final poker hands.

Special rule

In a so-called “full ring game” with eight poker players, the following can happen: If all eight players are still in the game at the end of Sixth Street, there are not enough cards in the deck for Seventh Street. This does not happen very often. If it happens, the Seven Card Stud Poker rules provide a solution so that each player has his full deck of playing cards at his disposal: The last card is placed face up in the middle of the table as a community card. This allows each player to create their best hand from seven cards.