You must go back to the 1830’s to find when poker first emerged as a game in the United States. It wasn’t until the late 1800’s that 7 Card Stud became popular but this makes the game well over 100 years old.
It is unclear exactly where it was first played but the United States military are thought to be the reason why the game spread across the world. Texas hold’em and Omaha Poker may have moved above 7 Card Stud in the pecking order these days but the game can still be found at most casinos.
1. Learn how to play 7 Card Stud
7 Card Stud is also available at all good online casinos and some of them will even have live versions of the game, with real dealers. The question is, how do you play the game and what versions are available?
In most cases, 7 Card Stud follows a rigid betting structure meaning bets are placed at fixed values, such as $2, $4, $6 and $8. These are going up in increments of $2 but it could be $4 or $8 for example.
2. Rules of Seven-card Stud
An Ante must be decided before play and this is the cost of entering each round. It could be set at $2 for example and this must be paid before every hand is dealt. Each player will receive three cards, one of which will be face up and the other two face down. The player with the lowest card on show begins the action.
They can place a nominal bet or a full bet based on the agreed lower betting increment for the game. This continues around the table until every player has placed a bet. Each player will then receive a fourth card and this is dealt face up, making it two face up cards for each player.
Whoever has the higher poker value from the two exposed cards begins the betting this round. This continues another two times until the final round, when players receive a card face down and it is known only to the player to which the card is dealt.
There is a final round of betting and once that is complete, the players remaining show their cards. The player with the best poker hand using five cards wins the round and the money.
Variations of 7 Card Stud include Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo, where both high and low hands win and Razz, when the entire winnings is awarded to the player with the lowest hand.