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The basics rules of stud poker

how to play Stud poker ?

Seven Card Stud sometimes Frenchified in "seven-card stud is the stud variant of the most popular. Indeed, there are many derivatives of this variant but you will not find in online poker rooms as Seven Card Stud Hi, Hi / Lo and Razz. The Hi / Lo is mentioned further down this page while Razz is dealt with in another article.

In Stud, there are many betting rounds. In all, the player receives seven cards, three cards face down and four cards face up. The goal is to get the best possible combination of five cards. It is played between two and eight players.

Operation updates

The stud is always played in limit, that is to say, with auction fixed. Bids rise in the third round. For example, you are on a table Stud $ 2 / $ 4: during the first two rounds, bets and raises are $ 2 while for the last three rounds, the auction will be $ 4. Note that if a player has a pair visible in the second round, the betting can be directly $ 4.

First round of bids:


There are no blinds at stud but each player must pay an ante, the amount of the ante depends on the tables that you play. Once the antes raised, the dealer deals three cards to each player two hole cards and one upcard. The player with the lowest exposed card is the "bring in". If multiple players have the same card, tie it with the color. The order of colors (from highest to lower): spade, heart, diamonds and clubs.

Bring in:

The player is to bring in may choose to raise the amount of the bring in (the amount also varies depending on the table) or a full bet. Once paid, the turn of speech takes place normally, in the direction of clockwise. The next player may pay the bring in (if player has not made a full bet) or make a full bet. After a first, players who follow, may pay the bet or raise.

The remaining rounds of betting:

These towers are called other streets: Fourth Street, Fifth Street, Sixth Street and Seventh Street. In the 4th, 5th and 6th streets, each player still in the game receives a card face up while in the 7th street, players receive one card face down. In each round, the first player to speak is one whose cards have the most value. Then the tour continues to speak in the usual sense. This player can not bet checker then either place a bet. If there are still eight players in the game at 7th Street, in a very rare but can happen especially when you're playing with beginners, the donor does not have enough cards. In this case, it reveals a map that will be common to all players and puts it in the center of the table.


If after the betting round of 7th Street, there are still several players in the game, we proceed to the Showdown. It's the last bettor or raiser who must show his cards first. But if there were no bets in the round, the player closest to the button that should show his cards. The player with the best five-card hand wins the pot.

Stud Hi / Lo

Like Omaha, there is a version Hi / Lo also known as the Stud 8 or Better. The hand is held in the same manner as a conventional hand stud except that there are low hands. A low hand is a combination of five cards lower than 8. The best possible low hand is A 2 3 4 5.
At the end of the stroke, the player holding the best high hand wins half the pot while the player holding the best low hand gets half the pot. If two players have the same low and high hand, the pot is divided by three. The two players will share half the pot just for the low hand.
If no low hand is called, the whole pot is given to the player with the best high hand.