7 Card Stud
Stud Hi, also known as Seven-Card Stud, was the main game played before the Texas Hold’em and Omaha came into the world spotlights.
This is the game played in many homes during the poker nights.
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Stud Hi is a game one part skill, one part memory, one part strategy and not at all boring. The winning hand at the final is based on the regular poker hand rankings.
In 7 Card Stud each player starts with 2 hole cards and one upcard. From this point there are another 3 rounds of upcards, each round having involved betting, and a final round (fourth), bringing a downcard and a last betting round. At the end, each player ends up having 4 upcards (face up) and 3 downcards (face down). The player holding the best hand of any 5 cards wins the pot.
Each Stud Hi begins with every player putting an ante into the pot. The ante is not like a blind (as in other poker variations), and does not count toward any future bets. In Stud Hi, the betting round starts not from the left of the dealer, but from the player showing the lowest upcard. This is a forced bet (not optional), and in online poker the software will automatically put down the minimum bet for this player (this bet is also known as the bring-in). Each player can then fold, call the bring-in or complete the bet (raise to the lower limit). Once the bring-in is completed, the re-raise limit is of 3 (for each round alone). On fourth and all successive streets, the betting will start with the player showing the highest board. If two or more players have the same high board, the betting starts with the player closest to the left of the stud button.