7-card stud poker (high or high / low) game principle and detailed explanations

Less famous than Texas Hold’em poker , stud poker is worth a visit. The main difference with hold’em is that visible cards are not common to all players.

 Each player has four open and private cards that he can use in addition to three other cards, private and closed ones, to compose the best possible hand. This is the most popular 7-card version. But the stud is also practiced in high / low version and alternatively to 5 cards.

 unlike the hold’em variants which, apart from the behavior at the auction, do not give any information on the level of the opponents’ hand, the stud offers the players a good visiblity on the forces involved.

Stud poker in a few words

Stud poker is a popular poker variant whose most common form is 7-card stud poker. There is also a 5-card variant and another high / low variant.

 Each player must constitute his hand from three private and closed cards (that is to say, visible and usable only by the player) and four private and open cards (visible to all but usable only by their holder).

 Several betting rounds take place as the cards are distributed. There are two levels of bet: the small bet or the low bet (for the first two rounds of betting) and the big bet or high bet (for the following ones).

 Players can bet up to four times per betting round. The pot made up of the bets will go back to the player still in the running on the last round of

Beginning of the game

There is no blind at stud poker: each player pays a general match to the small bet divided by the number of players. The dealer gives each player two closed cards and one open card. 

These three cards constitute the starting hand of the players from which they will compete in the first round of betting. Auctions begin with the player with the lowest rank open card. In case of a tie, the color is used in case of a tie, in the order of decreasing priority: spades, hearts, diamonds, clover. 

This player must pay the bring in, which is half of the small bet, or if he wants all the small bet. Players, go to bed, follow, bet or re-start in turn clockwise

Fourth Avenue

The dealer distributes a fourth open and private card to each player. It is this time the player with the strongest visible hand (consisting of two open cards) to inaugurate the second round of betting.

 Each player can bet or raise from the height of the small bet. However, if a player has a visible pair, the bets and raises may be the height of the big bet.

 In the latter case, when the high bet has been chosen by a player, all subsequent bets and raises must also be equal to the high bet.

Fifth Avenue

A fifth open and private card is dealt to each player. The auction resumes in the same way as on the fourth avenue, regardless of what happened in the previous betting round.

 Players have the opportunity again to choose between low bet and high stake. But again, as soon as a player to bet or raise the level of the big bet, others can not bet or raise to the height of the small bet.

Sixth Avenue

Each player receives a sixth private and open card. A new bidding round begins but this time the current bet is necessarily high.

Seventh Avenue

The seventh and last card dealt to players is private and closed. As for Sixth Avenue, the current bet for betting is the high bet. 

At the end of this last round of bidding, we proceed to the slaughter. Players who have followed all the betting rounds unveil their game and the strongest five-card hand wins the pot.

Variant high / low

For the high / low variant, the pot is separated in two during the slaughter. One half is awarded to the best hand and another half goes to the lowest hand. In the high / low variant, it should be noted that to build his low hand, the player must use two closed cards and three open cards.