Understanding Seven Card Stud Poker

Seven Card Stud is only one of variants of poker games that are being played online. Although the rules of the seven card stud is basically taken from poker, it is still hard to master especially if you really want to get ahead and have an advantage over other players. Unlike Texas Holdem and Omaha poker, only few players are able to master this kind of poker game.

Seven Card Stud may be quite intimidating at first but it is actually quite easy to learn once you know the basics. Here are some of the things that you should know about Seven Card Stud.

The game starts with the dealer giving each player two cards that are faced down and one card faced up. The standard 52 -card-deck is used.

The players then place their bets.

Another card is dealt to the players, facing up. Afterwhich, they place their bets again. This is followed by another face-up card and another betting round.

An face-up card is dealt once again to each player and another round of betting starts.

A final card is dealt to the players, this time a face-down card. A final round of betting starts.

After this round of dealing and betting, the players will have seven cards all in all (Hence, the name seven card stud). The player with the best hand wins the pot of money that were collected from the different rounds of betting.

Unlike the usual poker games where remaining cards are community cards, in the seven card stud, the players will have their own cards to play with.

If players choose a “bring-in,” then players need to bet. This is actually called a forced bet because players must either bet or fold. Betting usually starts with $10/$20, with the bet increasing to $30 on the final round.

If the player do not choose “bring in,” betting will be started with the person with the highest-ranked faced-up card at the start of the game. Players can either fold or bet after each faced-up card is dealt.

After the seventh card is dealt, the remaining player will win the pot. If there are many players remaining, they will have to compare their hands and the player with the best hands will win the game.

Strategies of Seven Card Stud

One of the basic differences of the seven card stud with the other variants of poker is the fact that with the seven card stud, opponents can see some of the cards that you are dealt with. This can be a big help for players who can base the strength of their hands on the faced-up cards that are dealt with. Many will eventually fold because they feel that the faced-up cards that they are dealt with cannot compete even with the possible strength of the faced-down cards.

This, however, can also be a disadvantage for players who have strong faced-up cards and but weak faced-down cards. Remember that after the final card is dealt with, players must then compare hands, including those that are dealt faced-down.

One basic strategy that will be very effective in seven card stud is memorizing the cards. Remember that you will get to see the cards of your opponents. So this is a great opportunity for you to make guesses on what your faced-down cards are as well as those of your opponents. This will give you quite a big chance to guess what the odds are especially if you are leading the game with a good set of faced-up cards.

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