Seven Card Stud Poker is a classic and popular poker game. However, before you start playing this game, it is important to learn the rules. Although there is also the hi and lo variant for seven card stud poker, the following guidelines apply only to the ‘best high hand wins all’ poker game.
The most important thing to remember while playing Seven Card Stud is that you can get to make the combination of the five best cards from a total of seven cards. And you do not need to use any specific cards of the seven dealt either, just the best five card that give you the winning hand.
To begin playing, all players put in an ante or bet.
The dealer deals two cards face down called the hole cards and one card face up starting from the player to his left.
The player with the face up card showing the lowest hand, has to put in a small bet, called the bring-in.
After seeing the hole cards, betting continues and each player can call, raise, or fold their cards.
After the betting is completed, another open card is dealt to each player. This card is also known as fourth street or "the turn.
The turn is followed by another round of betting, starting now with the player showing the highest cards. From now on, the player with the highest cards will continue to be the first to bet.
After another round of betting is complete, the fifth card called the fifth street or the river is dealt face-up.
More betting occurs, then the sixth card is dealt face up.
After another round of betting, the seventh and also final card is dealt face down to the balance players.
A final round of betting occurs is followed by the showdown.
The player who can make the best five-card hand from the seven they were dealt, wins.