The Rules Of 7 Card Stud
The game of seven card stud is one of the most played and oldest variations of the game of poker. Once you have mastered the game of holdem, you can easily transition yourself into this game, and all you really need to remember is that there are a total of 7 cards instead of 5. This game does have its differences from holdem though, so I do recommend that you read our strategies and rules before you go test your luck at your local games with seven card stud. I find this variation to be a lot harder to play then holdem because there are so many cards being dealt out, but at the same time it is nice to see 4 of your opponents cards face up. This game involves a lot of bluffing and betting rounds, and usually the pots in this game are bigger then those in other games such as holdem. I hope these rules guide your through the process of learning the great game of seven card stud.
How many people at the table? A rule of thumb says that there really should be no more then 9-10 people at a table, and no less then 5-7 to start off with. Players can run out of money, and eventually if the game is continuous you will get down to two players (heads up play) and then eventually one.
There are two cards that are dealt face down and one card dealt face up to each player that is involved in the hand at that moment. After the 3 cards have been dealt, the two players to the left of the dealer are forced to post blinds (a bet without looking at your cards that is rotated around the table in the form of a big and small blind. Usually the small blind is 1/2 the amount of the big blind.) Along with blinds, there can also be an ante but this is not always played with when you use blinds.
As soon as the blinds are posted, the initial round of betting can start. This is where seven card stud varies from holdem, because a lot of people play that the player with the highest card showing bets first. This is a variation of the game, and you do not have to play like this if you dont want to. Often times, this rule will be changed and just the player to the left of the dealer will start the initial round of bets. During this round of bets you have the option to call the blind, raise the blind, fold, or check if you are in the big blind. This round of betting ends when the final bet made by the big blind is either a check or call.
As soon as the round of betting ends, the dealer deals one card face up to each player. He deals to the person on his left first, and then goes around the table dealing one card to each player. You now have two cards facing up and two cards facing down. After these cards are dealt there is a round of betting which goes about the same way as explained above.