Over the years, 5 Card and 7 Card Stud have somewhat fallen from grace. Once known as “the” poker games to play, they are now ranked as secondary games to Texas Hold ‘em, and other modern poker variants. Still, 5 Card and 7 Card Stud provide entertainment for hundreds of thousands of poker players online. Both games are remarkably similar, with the only difference being the number of betting rounds, the amount of cards on show, and of course the amount of cards that the player is given. Because both games are so similar, we will take a look at them both, simultaneously.
How to play 7 Card Stud
7 Card Stud is remarkably similar to 5 Card Stud. It too begins with Ante bets. After this, the dealer shuffles out two cards face down, and one card face up, to each player. The player with the lowest face up card will then place the “bring in” bet. Players can call, raise or fold their hand. The dealer will then deal another card face up to each player, known as “the turn” or “Fourth Street”. Another round of betting is made, starting with the player with the highest face up card. A fifth face up card (Fifth Street or river) is now dealt, followed by betting, and then a sixth card (also face up) and more betting. The seventh card is finally dealt face down and a final round of betting begins. The winner is determined as the player who has the best 5 card hand from the 7 cards that have been dealt.
How to play 5 Card Stud
A game of 5 Card Stud begins when players place Ante bets. In 5 Card Stud, the hand starts with one card dealt face down, and one card dealt face up. A round of betting will begin. After this, another card is dealt face up to each player. More bets continue in between the dealing of new cards, until finally, the player is holding four cards face up, and one card face down. In the final betting round, the winner is determined based on what hand they are holding, with the highest hand winning the pot.
The ranking of poker hands
Players can use all of the traditional poker hands to win in both 5 Card and 7 Card Stud. Starting at a High Card (though it is unlikely that anybody will win with it), in order of the least ranking hands, players can win with Two Pairs, a Three of a Kind, Straights, Flushes, Full Houses, a Four of a Kind, Straight Flushes and the best ranking hands, Royal Flushes.
7 Card Hi-Lo?
When playing 7 Card Stud, it is also possible to play the game as a Hi-Lo split-pot game. Known as 7 Card Hi-Lo, or 7 Card Split, the game is basically the same, except that the pot is split between two winners. In this variant, the winner of the best poker hand will win half the pot. The other half of the pot will go to the player that has the best low hand. In order to qualify, the player’s low hand must have five unpaired cards, all ranked at 8 or below, although Aces count as low cards.