7 Card Stud is the 3rd most popular game played at online poker rooms. Stud is offered at virtually every poker room and in most cases there is a respectable amount of traffic at the tables.
7 Card Stud Rules
Seven Card Stud is played with 2 to 8 players and a standard deck of fifty two cards. Unlike Texas hold’em, Seven Card Stud uses antes rather than blinds. Before each player is dealt cards, they must put an ante into the pot. This is a forced bet that everyone at the table must make. Antes vary depending on the limit of the game you are playing. Usually an ante is between five and ten percent of the games large bet. It is mostly played with fixed-limit betting, though sometimes people play it as a spread-limit game.
Third Street (The Bring in Bet):
After everyone antes, all players are dealt three cards. Two cards dealt face down to each player and one card dealt face up to each player
Fourth Street (The Second Round of Betting):
An face up card is dealt to each player, followed by a round of betting. For fourth street onward, the person with the best exposed hand begins the betting. (a tie is broken by position, with the player who received cards first acting first).
Fifth Street (The Third Round of Betting):
An face up card is dealt to each player again, followed by a round of betting. If the game is played in a fixed-limit format, this is where the big bet would kick in.
Sixth Street (Turn):
Sixth street is virtually identical to the fifth street, a face up card is dealt, the highest hand acts first, followed by a round of betting.
Seventh Street (river):
In the final round of betting, the dealer gives all remaining players one final card face down. Play begins with the player who has the highest ranking poker hand. Once all players have had the chance to act, there is a showdown
The last player to bet or raise must reveal their cards first and then all challenging players can choose to either muck their hand in the event that cannot win, or they can reveal their hand if it is powerful enough to take the pot. The dealer then determines the winning hand (best 5-card hand out of the 7 cards the player has) and awards the player the pot.