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Trials And Tribulations Of The 7-Card Stud Game

7-card stud is a type of stud poker. Seven card stud was the most popular poker in home games across the United States. In casinos in the eastern part of the country, Two to eight players was very common in this game until Texas holdem took over it in popularity. However, eight may require some special rules for the last cards dealt if no players’ fold.

Rules of playing seven card stud

The game begins with each player being served one card face up and two cards face down. The player with the lowest-ranking upcard pays the bring-in i.e. open, and betting proceeds in normal clockwise order after that. Therefore, the next player in turn cannot check as the game is open. If two players have equally valued low cards, the dealer may break the tie and assign the bring-in by seeing the high card in the tied player hands. If there is no bring-in, then the first betting round begins with the player showing the highest valued up card, who may check. In this case, suit is not to be used to break ties and the one next in clockwise rotation from the dealer acts first if two players have the same valued high upcard.

After the first betting round, another up card is dealt to each player. This is the second round on this and in all the subsequent betting rounds, the player whose face-up cards make the best poker hand will act first, and may check or bet up to the game’s limit. After fourth upcard and betting round, finally a down card is dealt and the fifth betting round starts, and then showdown if necessary. “Two down, four up, one down” is the summarization of Seven-card stud. On showdown each player makes the best five card poker hand out of the seven cards he was served.

7 cards to eight players plus 4 burn cards makes 60 cards, and there are only 52 in the deck. In most games this is not a problem because most players fold their hand in early betting rounds. If the deck gets exhausted during play, previously dealt burn cards can be used and if those are not sufficient, then on the final round instead of dealing a down card to each player, a single community card is dealt to the center of the table which is shared by everyone as their seventh card. Stud poker players use the information they get from up cards to make mathematical decisions.


Ester plays at 7 card stud for years and always enjoys sharing her knowledge. Thanks to her experience she knows many mistakes proper of this poker variant, and hopes to help other players the avoid the most common ones sharing some knowledge.