7 Card Stud
How to Play 7 Card Stud
You like all other players must ante before any cards are dealt. The amount of the ante reflects that table limits…the lower the limit, the lower the ante. $0.50/$1.00 tables have no ante, $10.00/$20.00 tables have a $1.00 ante.
You are dealt two down cards (Hole cards) and one up card. The player showing the lowest card by suit (highest – spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs – lowest) must bring-in the first round of betting with a forced bet of half the lower limit. Don’t worry too much about who goes first etc, the software will prompt the player who is to begin the betting. After the initial bet, three more up cards are delivered (with a round of betting after each card), then a final down card and a final round of betting.
Poker America enforces the betting limits. The stakes being offered at the particular table determines the limit or maximum bet on any player’s turn. For example, at a $1-$2 table, the limit on any bet is $1 on the first two betting rounds and $2 on the final three betting rounds. We allow one bet and 3 raises in our card room. The final raise is capped and the only options you have are to call or fold at this point.
The action of the first two rounds is set at the lower limit of the table structure. The exception of this rule is when a player shows a pair after the 4th street. All players have the option to bet the higher limit for the second round of betting. If a player does bet the higher limit, subsequent bets must also be at the higher limit.
The first person to show their hand is the last person to show strength with a bet or raise. Any 5 of your 7 cards can be used to make up your best poker hand. The best poker hand wins the pot. Should multiple hands tie, the pot is split with any odd amount going to the player closest to the ‘D’ button’s left.
It is important to note that our 7 Card Stud tables allow 8 players to be seated. In the unlikely event that all 8 players are still in the hand on the river, the total number of cards needed for all the players to receive their own card would not be available in a standard deck of cards. In this case the river card is dealt face up on the table and it will be used as a community card.