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7 Card Stud Poker Rules

Seven Card Stud is the classic poker variation. Players are all dealt 7 cards, and there are 5 betting rounds. Any 5 of the 7 cards can be used to make your poker hand.

  1. The game starts with all players making an initial small bet (The Ante).
  2. Everyone is then dealt 2 face-down cards and 1 face-up ('Door' or 'Third Street') card. The first betting round starts with the player showing the lowest card value making an bring-in bet. All other players then fold, raise or call.
  3. After the 1st round of betting all players are dealt another face-up ('Fourth Street') card. From now on the highest card value showing will start the betting round. The 2nd round of betting follows. If a pair is showing on 'Fourth Street', players have the option to make a single or double bet.
  4. After the 2nd round of betting another card ('Fifth Street') is dealt face-up to the remaining players. The 3rd betting round follows.
  5. After the 3rd round of betting another card ('Sixth Street') is dealt face-up to the remaining players. The 4th betting round follows.
  6. The final card ('River' or 'Seventh Street') is dealt face-down, followed by the 5th and last betting round.
  7. After the final round of betting, the best hand wins the pot or the player who bets without being called at any time during the hand.

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