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7 Card Stud

There are a variety of ways to play stud poker. 7 card stud is the most widespread variation.
The aim of 7 card stud is to create the best 5 card poker hand you can make, by using only 5 of the 7 cards you are dealt. There isn’t a flop in stud poker; the only cards that you can use are the ones in your hand. All players must place an ante in the pot before any cards are dealt (unless stakes are $0.50/$1 or higher). After the antes have been placed in the pot, the dealer then deals each player 3 cards, 2 of which are dealt face down for only the player to see. The other card is dealt face up on the table, allowing the whole table to see it.

Now that each player has their starting hand, a round of betting begins, with each player deciding to make a call or fold their hand. The dealer then deals another card to each player, dealt face up again. Another round of betting begins, repeated two more times, after which the dealer gives all remaining players their final card, dealt face down. Remaining players will now have 7 cards. A final round of betting takes place. The winner is the player with the best 5 card hand.

So, what are the rules of 7 card stud? The first round of betting begins with a forced bet by the player with the lowest card facing upwards, ranked by suit (spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs). The betting rounds that follow are subsequently started by the player with the high hand on the board.

A forced bet is always half of a complete bet – should the player wish to complete their bet, they would not be making a raise. If a player is put all-in after placing the ante and is dealt the low card, the action begins with the player to their left, who is given the choice to fold or open for either a forced bet or a complete bet.
In every round of betting, the dealer burns one card. Burnt cards remain hidden from play.

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