7 Card Stud Poker Rules
- Seven-Card Stud Poker is a popular
poker game played with two to eight players. All players
place an ante on the table. The card room sets
the ante amount. The cards are then dealt.
- Two face down (hole) cards
and one face up card are dealt to each player by the
Dealer. This is known as third street.
- The betting round begins with the
player who has the lowest exposed card bringing in
(making a forced bet), and continues around the table
with players choosing to call, raise,
- After the first round of betting is
fourth street. This is where one exposed card
is dealt to each player. At this point each player has
two hole cards and two face-up cards.
- Another round of betting begins,
starting with the player with the best exposed hand.
- Another exposed card is dealt to each
player, this being fifth street. Again the
player with the best exposed hand begins the betting
round. This is typically when the big bets are placed.
- Sixth Street
commences with each player being dealt a face up card.
Betting commences with the player with the best exposed
- A final card is dealt face down (hole
card) to each player. This is known as the river,
or seventh street. The final round of
betting begins by the player with the best exposed hand.
- The showdown begins where
players show their best five-card hand. Players can use
any of the seven cards (three in their hand and four on
the table) to make their best hand. The player with the
best poker hand of five cards is declared the winner and
wins the pot!
A big pair in your first three cards is worth betting
on, unless another player is betting aggressively on what
seems to be a very good hand.
Fifth Street is a make-or-break point. As the bet
amount doubles each round, ensure your hand can produce a
win at the end of the game. This minimizes your loss.
It is advisable to fold if another players exposed
cards beat your entire hand.