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7 Card Stud

One of around 20 different card games you can play online, 7 Card Stud is quoted by Phil Ivey as having 'the most skill and the most luck ' of any poker variant. Players each pay an ante then receive two down cards ('in the hole') followed by four up cards and one final down card. Stud is usually played with a Limit structure.

7 Card Stud is played with max 8 players due to the number of cards dealt out.

7 Card Stud Rules - Third Street

On third street each player pays an ante and the player with the lowest up card also places a forced bet known as the Bring-In. Action starts left of the bring-in.

How to Play 7 Card Stud - 3rd Street

In this hand Hero calls the bring-in with J♥ Q♠ in the hole and the K♦ showing.

Fourth Street

Action continues with the player with the best up cards acting first, K♦ K♠

How to Play 7 Card Stud - 4th Street

Hero bets and is called in two spots.

Fifth Street

Action again starts with the player with the best up cards showing. 

How to Play 7 Card Stud - 5th Street

Hero check calls a bet with the 7♦ not improving his hand. The pot gets heads up.

Sixth Street

Action again starts with the player with the best up cards showing.

How to Play 7 Card Stud - 6th Street

Hero check/calls with two pairs Kings & Queens versus an opponent showing an Ace and potential flush draws.

Seventh Street / Showdown

Action again starts with the player with the best up cards showing.

How to Play 7 Card Stud - 7th Street

Hero does not improve, checks, and villain checks back with a higher two pairs. Villain wins $1.26 after rake.

How to Play 5 Card Stud - Hand Example

See the hand above played out on PokerStars.

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