Playing 7 Card Stud Online

Category: Uncategorized | Date: March 5th, 2009 |

Seven card stud can be played at virtually every poker room on the internet. In terms of traffic 7 card stud is the third most popular poker game played online, right behind the Omaha variations and of course Texas Holdem. At many rooms the traffic found at the 7 card stud tables is quite low so you will have to some research to find the best 7 card stud rooms.


7 Card Stud Rules


Seven card stud can be played one of two ways. The first is the standard stud game in which the player with the highest 5 card hand wins the pot. The second is the split pot version called 7 card stud hi-lo. Both games use the same format and basic rules. Here are the rules of 7 card stud.


Each player will ante and will be dealt two down cards and one up card. The player with the lowest up card will be forced to complete the ante and the other players will proceed to fold/call/raise in a clockwise manner. Three more up cards will be dealt one by one to each player and there will be bets after each. The final card will be dealt face down and then one more bet will occur. The player with the best 5 card hand will win the pot.


In the split pot version the player with the lowest hand will win half the pot. Straights and flushes do not count for the low but there is a requirement of your highest card being 8 or less to qualify for the low pot. You can win both pots in 7 card stud high low. If you have A-2-3-4-5 and your opponent has two pair with no qualifying low hand then you will win the entire pot because you have the lowest possible hand and you have a straight for the high hand.


7 Card Stud Strategy


An important 7 card stud strategy is remembering folded cards. Using this information to help you make decisions at the poker table is vital. Hand selection is also very important. You should not be playing any three cards. Pairs, 3 cards to a flush or straight are all acceptable starting hand in stud. If you are playing against very low players a hand like A-K-X may be worth calling a couple bets to see if you pick anything up.

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