The game is similar to 5-Card Stud in that the hand starts with dealing each player two cards face down and one card face up. There is then a round of betting, players then either ante (make a forced bet), wager, or raise (add to the bet on the table). They may fold, or give up, if they have a weak hand.
All players who call are then dealt another card face up followed by another round of betting. This same scenario is completed two more times with the cards dealt one at a time followed by a betting round each time. The final card is dealt face down and the final betting round is completed. The winning hand is then determined out of each player’s seven cards. The game is simple to play and is difficult to master.
A good hand in 7 card stud is either made up of either all cards of the same suit, all cards in order sequentially, or multiple sets of cards with the same rank. The highest ranking cards usually beat lower ranking cards although the below is a list of the best to worst hands:
Royal Flush - 10,J,Q,K,A of the same suit (As pictured).
Straight flush- all cards in consecutive order and of same suit.
Four of a kind- four cards of the same rank.
Full house- three of a kind and two of a kind.
Flush- five cards of the same suit.
Straight- five cards in consecutive order of any suit .
Three of a kind- three cards of the same rank.
Two pair- two pairs of sets of two cards of same rank.
One pair-one set of two cards of the same rank.
High card hand- five different cards- highest card determines winner.
Due to the extra cards, the fact that three are hidden from view and the variety of possible hands that any player could end up with makes the game much less predictable and a better gambling game. The greater gamble in the hand lends itself to bigger pots and more players calling on the come. These factors are the reasons that this version of Stud replaced the game of 5-Card Stud. Subsequently the game of Texas Holdem replaced both Stud games in popularity with poker players. As with all poker games, aggression pays off in the long run. A player should make it expensive to see the next card whenever they have a decent hand with some edge. The big difference between Holdem and 7-Card Stud is each player can have a big hand hidden. In Holdem it is easy to figure out what the possible high hands are by looking at the Flop. In 7- Card Stud the high hand can be sand bagged very easily as the player has three cards hidden.
With more cards in each players control, the variety of winning hands are far greater than you will see in Holdem or 5-Card Stud. The possibilities make the game a better game with bigger pots. 7-Card Stud is also a much faster game and does not come down to who gets a pair and who doesn’t. This is the typical 5-Card Stud hand. Those that like action and a fair shake at getting a good hand will enjoy playing 7-Card Stud.
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