7 Card Stud Rules
7 Card Stud is played with a maximum of 8 players per table. Each player receives two cards face down and one card face up. 7 Card Stud is a limit game. Initially every player posts an Ante. This is a forced bet to get money in the pot before any betting occurs.
First round of betting:
Betting starts with the player holding the lowest Door Card. This first bet is known as the "Bring in" or the "opening bet". If two players hold the same value Door Card then the Bring in is decided by suit, in alphabetical order (clubs, diamonds, hearts, spades).
Each player has the option to call, raise or fold as they see fit.
Second round of betting:
Every player still involved in the pot is dealt another card face up (an up card). Betting on this round begins with the player holding the two strongest up cards. Strongest hands are determined by regular Poker hand rankings, i.e. high card, pair, two pair etc. If a player holds a pair they can make a double bet. Betting then continues around the table as normal.
Third round of betting:
Every player still involved in the pot is dealt another up card. The player with the strongest up card combination starts the betting on this round. From this point onwards all bets are big bets.
Fourth round of betting:
Every player still involved in the pot is dealt another up card. The player with the strongest up card combination starts the betting on this round.
Fifth round of betting:
Each player still involved in the pot is dealt one final card face down. So, each player now holds 4 up cards and 3 down cards. Again betting begins with the player holding the 4 strongest up cards and continues clockwise around the table.
Once all betting is complete players reveal their down cards and the player with the best 5 card hand wins. The player who made the last bet reveals his/her hand first. If there is no betting on the last round then the player with the highest value of up cards reveals first.
In the case of players holding the same winning hands normal split pot rules apply.