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How to Play Seven Card Stud

Each player is given a total of seven cards each.  Two first cards are dealt face down and the third, forth fifth and sixth cards are given to each player face up. The seventh card (final card) is given to each player face down. A player who has the best five ranking cards from any of the seven cards wins the pot.

The game is can be played with a maximum number of seven players or less.

How the Play Proceeds

The game commences by each player giving an ante. The ante should about 50% or less of the total amount for the lower bet limit.  Each player will get to receive two cards face down and a third card face up and the first betting interval ensures.  Open betting is done by the player whose third card showing is the lowest amongst the rest of the players.  In the event that there is a tie the betting interval will commence with the player who is closest to the left of the dealer button.

The player would be recommended to make a forced betting known as the blind open and it should total half the amount required for the lower bet.  After that each player will have three options that is the call, raise or fold.

The first betting should automatically increase the size of the bind open to an amount equal to the lower bet amount.  The betting continues and players will keep betting and each player will have a maximum number of three raises that’s/he can make excluding the partial blind raise.  Once all players have equalized the betting interval stops.

The next betting interval ensures and each player is dealt with a card face up and the betting interval commences.  Cards will be given to players face up until all players have a total of four cards face up and two cards face down.  At this stage a player who has the highest cards showing is the one who is allowed to begin the game and each player is able to ‘check’, ‘fold’ or ‘open’ bet and also an option for ‘checking’, and ‘raising’.  Betting stops until all players have equalized.

The lower bet amount is in play during the first and second betting interval and during the third, forth, and final betting interval the high bet amount is in full force.

The final betting interval begins and the final card (seventh card) is dealt to each player face down. The player with the highest cards showing starts to bet and the betting continues and it will stop when all players have equalized. If more than one player is still in players would now have to show their cards and this is known as the showdown. The player with the highest five cards ranking would be the winner.  If there is a tie the pot is split amongst the players of the tie.

Summary of the Deal

  1. First betting interval, 3 cards are dealt to each player (two cards face down and one face up).
  2. Second betting interval, the forth card is dealt to each player face up.
  3. Third betting interval, the fifth card is dealt to each player face up.
  4. Forth betting interval, the sixth card is dealt to each player face up.
  5. Fifth betting interval (final betting interval), the seventh card is dealt to each player face down.

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