Seven-card stud is a classic poker game which can take a lot of time to master. Players are individually dealt with seven cards in every hand but only the best five card poker hand possible is used to determine the winner. It is usually played with a limit betting structure, which means bets are increased in limits like a 2/4 limit which means bets are in increments of 2 on the first two betting rounds and increments of 4 on subsequent betting rounds. There is a whole sequence for poker hand rankings and how they work which you need to know before you can decide whether you are winning or losing the hand.
Firstly, all players want a nominal amount before the game starts. It is the cost of being dealt into the hand. Then, each player is initially dealt three cards, two of them hidden holes and one face up, with the player having the lowest exposed card being forced to start the action. They must either make a nominal bet or a full bet of the lower betting increment and other players bet in a clockwise turn. After this, players receive another exposed card, called ‘Fourth Street’ and action begins from the player whose exposed cards have the highest value and they can either check or bet the lower structured amount. Another round of betting takes place and every player again receives an exposed card called ‘Fifth Street’. The player whose exposed cards are of the highest value again acts first and there is a betting round in which bets are placed according to the higher structured amount. A sixth card is received by all players which are exposed and called ‘ Sixth Street’ and the betting takes place starting from the player with the highest value of exposed cards. Now, a seventh and final card is dealt which is face down and only the person receiving it knows it. The player with the highest value of exposed cards acts first and a final round of betting takes place.
If more than one player remains when the final betting round is complete, the showdown takes place. The last bettor or raiser shows his cards first and if there was no bet on the final round, players in the earliest seats show their cards first. Cards are exposed clockwise by the hands involved. The player with the best five card poker hand wins the pot and in case of identical hands, the pot is equally divided between the players with the best hands. A new game of 7 card stud can begin after the pot is awarded.
The available actions for players are ‘fold’, ‘check’, ‘bet’, ‘call’ and ‘raise’. Options vary with actions taken by previous players like if no one has made a bet yet, the player can check or bet, and if a player has bet, the next player can fold, call or raise. Bets and raises are in predetermined amounts as it is a Limit game.