Seven Card Stud rules

seven cards studSeven Card Stud is a poker variant where each player is dealt seven cards. No community cards are used and you are not allowed to exchange any of your cards.

Starting the game

Each player is dealt two cards face down and one card face up. You are allowed to look at your face down cards, but should keep them a secret for the other players. Therefore, you will have two cards that only you know about and one card that all players can see.

The player with the lowest open card starts the betting round. If two or more players have the lowest open card, the one of them seated closest to the dealer (clockwise) starts.

4th street

When the initial betting round is over, the dealer will give each player (that is still in the game) their fourth card. This is commonly known as the 4th street in seven card stud. The fourth card is placed openly in front of you. You now have two open cards and two cards that only you know about.

The player with the highest open card will start the next betting round.

5th street

The dealer will now give each player (that is still in the game) their fifth card. The fifth card is an open card placed in front of the player.

A new betting round will follow, according to the same rules as the previous betting round.

6th street

The dealer will now give each player (that is still in the game) their sixth card. The sixth card is an open card placed in front of the player.

A new betting round will follow, according to the same rules as the previous betting round.

7th street

full tilt poker 7 cards studThe dealer will now give each player (that is still in the game) their 7th card. This card is dealt face down. You are allowed to look at your 7th card, but should not show it to any other player.

You now have four open cards that everyone can see and three cards that only you know about.

A final betting round will follow, according to the same rules as the previous betting round.

Help! We are running out of cards!

Seven Card Stud poker is played with a traditional (French) 52 card deck. No jokers or other wild cards are used.

Seven cards to each player, plus four cards “burnt” by the dealer, equals a total of 60 cards if there are eight players at the table. This means that it is possible for the dealer to run out of cards towards the end of the round. However, this is not a common situation, since it is unusual for all eight players to stay in the round until showdown. Typically, one or more players will have folded earlier in the round.

If you happen to be playing at a table where lots of players are eager to stay until showdown, there are rules to follow when the deck starts to get thin. Once the dealer notices that there is a risk of running out of cards, the dealer should take previously burnt cards and mix them into the deck again. Cards discarded by a player are not allowed to be mixed back into the deck.

If using burnt cards are not enough, the dealer can let the 7th street be a communal card instead of giving each player their own 7th card. The communal card is dealt face up on the table and any player is allowed to use it in their five card poker hand.

Show down

If there are at least two players left in the game after the final betting round, a showdown will take place. Each player show their cards. The player with the best five-card poker hand wins the pot.