Whether you’re the type to kick it old skool or a Hold’em player looking for a little variety in your poker diet, 7 Card Stud is a classic poker game filled with twists and turns. And when you add split pots into the game – half going to the high hand, and half to the low – it gets even more interesting!
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The game 7 Card Stud is an early forerunner of Texas Hold’em, with all players using seven cards to create their strongest five-card poker hand. The major differences are:
This last point means that Stud poker is generally played as a fixed limit game, as opposed to ‘big bet’ games like Texas Hold’em or Omaha which tend to follow no limit or pot limit formats.
All bets in fixed limit games are usually made in one of two unit-sizes – small and big. 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo uses the small bet sizes up to and including fourth street (see below), and big bets after that.
The result is a game where it is harder to slow-play, to spring traps and suddenly turn the tables on your opponent with a shrewd all-in shove for all your chips. Instead, Stud rewards sharp intellects and an understanding of probabilities.
Each hand is likely to see players looking to save, or win, smaller amounts than you might expect in a no limit hold’em game, for example, so discipline is needed to make sure you play as well as you can and rack up the chips!
Let’s look at a hand of 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo and how it plays out, card by card.
Two hole cards and one up-card are dealt to all players in the hand. Up-cards are dealt face-up, and all players can see them while the player remains in the pot. The player with the lowest up-card must ‘bring it in’ with a forced bet – similar to how the blinds get the betting start in other poker games.
Another up-card is dealt. The player showing the best hand in their two up-cards, whether a pair or a high card, is first to act. Another betting round follows, using small bets.
Another up-card is dealt and the best visible hand is first to act. Another betting round follows, using big bets.
The last up-card is dealt to all remaining players and a betting round ensues.
The final card of the hand is dealt face-down to all remaining players, and once again the strongest visible hand is first to act in the subsequent betting round.
All cards are revealed and the winners collect their chips. Note the plural, ‘winners’: Hi/Lo or ‘split pot’ games divide the pot into two halves, awarding one to the best traditional poker hand and one to the lowest hand. But watch out – for the low hand to qualify, it cannot contain any pairs or cards higher than an eight (flushes and straights still qualify for low).
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