Party Poker

7 Card Stud Poker

Seven Card Stud is a HIGH card game. More winning hands are decided by the highest pair of two pair or just the highest pair, than by straights, flushes and other big hands. So if you start with a straight or flush draw, it should have at least two high cards or at least one card that is higher than anything up on the board. These draw hands and low pair starting hands need to improve or turn a high pair quickly to justify continued play. Any time your high hand is beaten on the board, fold, unless you think you still have the best draw hand.

Most 7 card stud tables require an ante from every player before being dealt any cards. After everyone has ante'd up, each player is then dealt 3 cards, 2 face down and one face up. This is called third street. The face up card is called your doorcard. Unlike Hold 'em, there is no button, the player with the lowest doorcard posts what is referred to as the bring in. If two or more players have the same value card, the bring in is then determined by the suit value. Suit values from lowest to highest are in the order of clubs, diamonds, hearts and then spades. Players to the left of the bring in then have the option of folding, calling or raising the bring in bet.

The 4th Street and 6th Street betting rounds are almost identical. In each round, each player gets a further card dealt face up. Unlike the 3rd streetr, it is the high hand showing that determines where the betting action starts. Position in seating does not play as important a role in 7 stud, as your position in order of action can change every round! The only difference of note is that the limits go up in the 5th street. In the 5th, 6th and 7th street, the limit goes to the maximum per bet.

In the seventh street, everyone is dealt their 7th and final card face down. For the astute reader, this brings us to a total of 7 cards per person, 3 face down, 4 showing. The cards showing are often referred to as a player's porch. As in the streets before, there is a betting round after the 7th card is dealt, with the beginning action determined by who has the highest ranked porch.

Finally if more than one player remains after betting on 7th street, a showdown occurs and the winner is determined by who has the best 5 card hand, formed from their 7 cards dealt. Standard best 5 card hand rules apply.

Three of a Kind
Three Cards to a straight Flush
Three Cards to a Flush
Pair of Aces or Kings
Unseen pair of Queens or Jacks
Three High Cards to a Straight
Any Unseen Pair - with High Card Kicker
Any Three Cards in Sequence
Three High Cards - Two to a Straight or Flush