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Seven-card stud

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Seven-card stud is a variant of stud poker. Until the recent increase in popularity of Texas hold ’em, seven-card stud was the most popular poker variant in home games across the United States, and in casinos in the eastern part of the country. Seven-card stud is also played in western American casinos, but Texas hold ’em is far more popular there. Two to eight players can play.

The descriptions below assume that you are familiar with the general game play of poker, and with hand values. They also make no assumptions about what poker betting structure is used. In casino play, it is common to use a small ante and bring-in. In home games, it is typical to use an ante only.

Quick play overview

Play proceeds as follows (“player” refers only to those who have not folded and are still in the game), with betting rounds in-between.

Betting is clockwise, the player with the highest poker hand showing starts (ie 2-2 beats K-Q).

  • 2 cards dealt face down to each player, 1 card dealt face up
  • upcard to each player
  • upcard to each player
  • upcard to each player
  • downcard to each player
  • showdown

Mnemonic: Two down, four up, one down.

This guide is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia.

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