How It Works
A seven-card stud game can include two to eight players. Each player starts by posting an ante, then the game goes through five rounds of betting. Make sure to ask your dealer for your table's ante before the game kicks off.
After everyone has anted, each player is dealt two face-down cards, called pocket cards, and one face-up card, which is called third street. Whichever player has the lowest third street must "bring in," or make a forced bet. After that, the other players have the opportunity to raise, call, or fold. This concludes the first round of betting.
Next, each player is dealt one additional face-up card, called the fourth street. The player who has the best face-up two card hand leads the betting. The process repeats with fifth street, and then again with sixth street. If you're playing a fixed-limit game, keep in mind that the bidding heats up at fifth street.
The game wraps up with seventh street. The seventh card is dealt face-down and players make their bets. Finally, everyone reveals their cards. The player with the best five-card poker hand wins, which can be made with any combination of your seven cards.
● You can learn a lot from a player's poker face (or lack thereof). Take some time to study your opponents; knowing the bluffing traits, nervous habits, and other reactions might help you get a read on what their cards are like.
● The strength of your first four cards are telling. If the cards are poor, you'll want to back out quickly. If they're promising, there's a good chance that you'll have a great game.
● Remember, you can use any of your seven cards to make up your final five-card hand for the last round.
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