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7-Card Stud Rules | How to Play Seven Card Stud

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No community cards are used in Seven-Card Stud, and there are five betting rounds as opposed to the four in Texas Holdem and Omaha. The game does not have fixed positions; instead, the order of betting is determined by the cards showing.

No blinds are used; instead all players post an ante. When the antes have been posted, each player receives three cards: two face-down hole cards and one up-card, which is visible to all players.

The player with the lowest card showing must take the initiative and make a "bring-in" bet. The bring-in bet is usually half the size of a small standard bet in fixed limit.

The next player to act is the one to the left of the player who made the bring-in, and the betting continues clockwise until all players have acted.

A fourth card, called "Fourth Street" is dealt face up to the players still in the hand. This betting round is started by the player with the best cards showing.

Both the fifth and the sixth card follow the same procedure. They are dealt face up, and the player with the best cards showing starts another betting round.

The seventh and final card is dealt face down, and the player with the best up-cards starts the final betting round. If more than one player is still in the hand at the end of the betting round, there will be a showdown, and the player who can show the best five-card hand wins the pot.

As the name implies, each player is dealt seven total cards in Seven-Card Stud, and for that reason it can't be played by as many players simultaneously as Texas Holdem. Actually, at a full table of eight, there won't be enough cards left in the deck in the unlikely event that everyone stays in the hand until the end.

In that case, a final card is placed face-up on the table as a community card, but otherwise all the cards are individual.

Double Bet on Fourth Street

A special situation arises on the second betting round if one player has a pair showing. That is, both up-cards have the same value.

He or she then has the choice to either bet the minimum bet as usual, or to double the minimum bet.

Razz Rules

Razz is very similar to Seven-Card Stud - or the exact opposite depending on your point of view.

The structure of the game is the same but instead of making the best possible five-card poker hand out of seven cards, the goal is to make the worst possible hand.

Straights and flushes have no ranking and the lowest hand wins the pot. Aces are always low, so the best possible hand is A-2-3-4-5.

You are not allowed to include pairs in the five card hand.

How to Play Razz Poker

Just like in Seven-Card Stud the game starts with all players posting an ante. Each player is dealt three cards, two face-down hole cards and one face up.

In Razz, the player with the highest card must make the bring-in bet (as opposed to the one with the lowest card in Seven Card Stud).

Unlike Texas Holdem and Omaha there are no fixed positions in Razz and Stud. The players act clockwise in the first round starting with the player who posted the bring-in.

The bring-in bet is half the size of an ordinary small bet but it's also allowed to make a full-sized bring-in.

The first player to the left of the one who posted the bring-in can choose to fold, call (the same amount as the bring-in), or raise.

The next player in turn can fold, call (the bring-in amount or the raised amount), raise (an unraised pot) or re-raise (make another raise on top of a previous one).

All of the remaining players have the same options.

When the first betting round is completed all remaining players are dealt an additional card face up. Now the player with the lowest card showing starts another betting round, which works the same way as the first one (without the bring-in).

It's followed by two additional face-up cards with a new round of betting for each card. Finally, a seventh card is dealt face down, and is followed by the last betting round.

If two or more players are still in the hand until the end of the round, there will be a showdown. The player with the lowest possible five-card poker hand wins the pot.