|Seven Card Stud Poker is possibly
the most well-known poker game next to Texas Holdem Poker.
It is often the standard poker game played in home games throughout
the world as well as a favorite in many poker rooms.
Before the Hand
Each player must ante.
Each player starts with a 3-card hand. If you play until
the end the hand, you will finish with 7 cards in your hand,
four face-up and three face-down.
There are no community cards unless the dealer runs short
of cards at the end. In this case, instead of giving each
player his/her own card at the end, a community card will
1- Each player is dealt three cards, two face down ("hole
cards") and one face-up ("up card").
2- The lowest card starts the betting with a "bring
in". The first betting round proceeds with the lower
3- The dealer gives each remaining player a 2nd up card
4- The second betting round proceeds with the lower betting
limit. However, if any player's two up cards make a pair,
then any bettor may make a bet equal to the higher betting
limit. From this point on the higher limit is in effect
for the entire hand.
5- The dealer gives each remaining player a 3rd up card
6- The 3rd betting round proceeds with the higher betting
7- The dealer gives each remaining player a 4th up card
8- The 4th betting round proceeds with the higher betting
9- The dealer gives each remaining player a 3rd hole card
10- The 5th and final betting round proceeds with the higher
Order of Play
Action begins with the "bring in" and proceeds
clockwise. Subsequent round start with the highest exposed
hand and continue clockwise.
At Showdown, the high hand wins. Each player may use any
five cards from his/her hand.