To begin, two players at the table make a small bet, or blind wager, before receiving any cards. Each player seated in the game takes a turn at placing such a wager.
Players first receive five cards dealt face down. Players pick up the cards and look at them and then decide if they wish to stay in the game. If so, a bet must now be placed.
Once all bets are called the first round of betting is complete.
Players may now choose to exchange with the dealer any number of cards from their hand. This is known as ‘the draw’.
Once the draw is complete a second round of betting takes place.
If all bets are called there is a showdown.
The winner is the player with the highest ranking hand.
If only one player remains (ie. no showdown) they will win the pot without having to expose their cards.
Seven-Card Stud is easy for beginners to learn, yet challenging enough to hold the interest of seasoned players. In Seven-Card Stud, each player receives two cards face down and one card face up. The player with the low card opens the betting. Each player in turn must call, raise, or fold. On all subsequent rounds, the player with the best hand open the betting.
Each player is then dealt 3 cards face up with a betting round following each card.
The last card dealt to each remaining player is face down with the final betting round following.
Players remaining in the hand will then show their hands and the winning poker hand will be awarded the pot. Suits are not used in determining the winning hand, and tied hands will split the pot.
At the showdown, if a qualifying low hand (five cards of 8 or below with no pair) exists, it will be awarded one half the pot and the best poker hand is awarded the other half.
In the absence of a qualifying low hand, the best poker hand wins the entire pot. A straight or a flush, 8-high or lower, may be both the highest and lowest hand, in which case it wins the whole pot.