More Poker Related Stuff: Texas Holdem Omaha Poker Poker Rooms Poker Tournaments

Poker School

Other Cool Sites

Seven Card Stud

How to Play Seven Card Stud
by Predictem.com Staff

Anyone who has played in a home poker game knows that Seven Card Stud is a very popular game. It has been surpassed with the sudden growth in Texas Hold’Em but it is still a good game to know how to play. The game is played with 2-8 players.

The first thing you must do as a player is to buy your chips. The buy-in is generally 10 times the minimum bet. If you are playing in a casino you the low stakes game will usually be a $2-$4 game. This means the minimum bet is $2 and the big bet is $4. Online games can be found for lower amounts.

Everyone in the game is required to ante, the ante is usually around 10% of the small bet so in this case we will use 25 cents. After each player has put their ante in the pot the game begins. The dealer deals 2 cards down to each player and then 1 card up to each player. The player with the lowest card is required to make a bet called the “bring in” bet. This bet is for twice the amount of the ante so in our example it is 50 cents.

Each player must then call the 50 cent bet, fold their hand or raise the bet in the amount of the small bet ($2 in our example). All bets and raises are fixed at the small bet level for this round.

After all bets are made then a 4th card is dealt face up to each player that has not folded. The player with the highest hand showing (the result of the 2 face up cards) will be the first player to act. They can check or bet, if they have a pair then they can bet the higher bet amount ($4) or the low bet amount ($2) otherwise they must bet the low amount.

If they bet the higher amount then all bets and raises must be at that amount for this round. After all bets are made, a 5th card is dealt face up to all players who have not folded. The player with the highest hand (from the 3 face up cards) will begin the betting. All bets and raises in round 5 and 6 are at the higher bet amount ($4 in our example).

The 6th round is proceeds like round 5.

The final 7th card is dealt face down to each player who has not folded. All bets in this round are for the higher amount. After all bets are made there is a showdown with the best ranking hand winning the pot. Here are the hand rankings that determine the winner of the pot:

1. Royal Flush (A,K,Q,J,10) of the same suit)
2. Straight Flush (5 cards in a row of the same suit)
3. Four of a kind
4. Full House (3 of a kind and a pair)
5. Flush (5 cards of the same suit)
6. Straight. (5 cards in a row)
7. Three of a kind
8. Two pair
9. One Pair
10. High Card

If during the course of play you run out of chips, the dealer will move the chips to the side and you will be playing for that portion of the pot. The are many different ways to play 7 card stud but as with most poker advice the best advice is to play conservatively until you get a good hand and then get as much money as possible in the pot.

Related: How to Play Seven Card Stud Eights or Better.

Stud Strategy Articles:
Keeping Track of the Cards in Stud Poker - Daniel talks about the importance of knowing what the other players at the table are showing.

Tournaments

Check out all the guaranteed tournaments, SnG's, satellites and qualifiers Bovada Poker has to offer! They are truly a one stop shop for everything you could possibly need in an online poker room!

Party Poker - The PartyPoker "Monthly Milion" plays on the 1st Sunday of every month. The tourney starts at 12:45EST. (Note: Party does not accept USA players)

Promotions

Bovada Poker - Sign up, deposit and get an instant 10% bonus. Get a 100% bonus up to $500 which is released as you earn points. If done right, this could equate to a 110% bonus!

Featured Articles

The Difference Between Limit and No Limit Texas Hold'em - Cash games, tournaments, no limit, pot limit, fixed limit and more. Loki breaks it down!!

Tilt - It's a classless way to play online poker, but this article is a good read if you'd like to learn how to put other players "on tilt."

Satellite Poker Tournaments - What are they? How do they work? Jason explains.

MISC.

Famous Poker Players - Short bios about some of the greatest poker players ever to take a seat at the tables!

Female Poker Players - Biographies of all the best women poker players in the world.

Legends of the Game - Bio pages of legendary poker players, many of which have died and gone on to leave their mark on the poker world.

Poker Hall of Fame - Inductees along with their feats listed in chronological order.

Poker Players Alliance - This advocacy group is fighting for YOUR right to legally play online poker. Join today!

Home Poker Games - Everything you need to know about hosting your own game.

What is Rake? - This is how card rooms earn their money off of poker games. K. Swope talks about this fee in detail.

Perspectives Weekly - Check APCW.org's Jay Todd each week as he brings us all the current news in the online gambling industry.

Poker Quotes - Famous and funny poker sayings from around the internet.

Famous Poker Hands - Sure, you know that "AA" is often times dubbed "bullets" or "american airlines" but what about other hands such as "JJ" and "88"? Chad tells all!

Poker Questions - Burn cards, clubs, spaces, diamonds, hearts, the deck, community cards etc. You've got a question? We've got an answer!