7 Card Stud dates back to the days of the Old West, often played by pioneers and outlaws at street bars and trading posts along the Western North American Trail. 7 Card Stud became much more popular than 5 Card Draw as it offered many more rounds of betting and a higher level of skill to master.
7 Card Stud Game
7 Card Stud is a game for 2 to 8 players, using a single deck of 52 cards. Each player has their own 7 cards to work on the whole hand, the first two face down, the next four face up and the last one usually another card face down. There are five betting rounds in 7 Card Stud.
7 Card Stud Rules
7 Card Stud is most often played on a fixed limit betting structure, although no limit and pot limit games can be found. In this “How to Play 7 Card Stud” article, we will describe how to play 7 Card Stud in a fixed limit betting structure.
7 Card Stud forces each player to Ante bets before the cards are dealt. The amount of Ante varies, but is generally 10-25% of low-end bets.
During the first two betting rounds, all bets / raises must be equal to the low-end bets, doubling to equal the high-end bets in the last three betting rounds.
The game begins with the Before placement. The dealer will then give each player two face-down cards, followed by a third face-up card, called the Gate.The first betting round begins with the player showing the lowest gate card (in case of a tie, the bets of lowest suit first – lowest to highest: Club, Diamond, Heart, Spade). This player must place an entry bet, equal to half the low end bets. All other players will act, clockwise. All bets / raises must match low end bets. Betting continues until all players have called (or folded). The Bring-In bettor only needs to add enough chips to his current Bring-In to Call / Bet / Raise; or it can withdraw, losing the entrance.
4th Street: a fourth card is dealt to each player, also face up. Another round of betting takes place. For the remainder of the hand, the player showing the highest hand starts the bet.
5th Street – A fifth card is dealt face up, followed by another round of betting. For this and the final round, all bets / raises are doubled to match the high-end bets.
6th lane: a sixth card is dealt face up to all players. Another round of betting takes place.
Lane 7: Players receive a final card face down. The last betting round begins.
Showdown: All players still active in the hand (not folded) will reveal their cards. The highest ranked 5-card poker hand wins the entire pot.