7 Card Stud used to be the most popular online poker game before Texas Hold’em. The games are only similar to each other in the value of the hands but if you read these rules you will pick it up quite fast.
As normal at the start of the hand all players have to post an ante, this is done to ensure that there is something in the pot to start with. All the players at the table will then receive three cards each, two face down (hole cards) and one face up (door card) and the first betting round can start. As in all poker games the betting round can only finish when all players who have not discarded their hand have placed the same amount inot the pot. After the first round of betting has finished the players that are left will each receive a fourth card which will be face up. The second betting round can commence in the same way as the first betting round. This process will repeat itself until everyone has a total of seven cards, including the two hole cards. When this point in the game has been reached the showdown will take place. There are minimum bets for each round depending upon the table that you are playing and these minimum bets increase as play progresses which can lead to large pots.
What you have just read is a short explanation of how the game 7 card stud proceeds. The following will give you an idea of some terms that you need to know when playing online poker. We suggest that you read this page and then go to one of our selected online poker rooms and just watch a few hands being played by other people. This will give you a good idea of what is happening and you will fully understand it all. If you would like to know more about the different poker term and jargon then please visit our online poker dictionary.
Opening bet: the player with the lowest value face up card has to start the betting. If two or more players have the same low card then the cards are put into alphabetical order, (Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts and Spades).
Third street: after everyone has their three hole cards, two face down and one face up the first betting round can commence, this is called third street. The player with the lowest valued card will start the first betting round.
Fourth street: this is the term user for the second betting round. Everyone is dealt another card, face up and the person with the highest two cards will start this betting round.
Fifth street: this is the term used to describe the third betting round, everyone is yet again dealt another card, face up and the person with the best combination will start.
Sixth street: this is the term used to describe the fourth betting round. Yet again everyone receives an extra face up card and the person with the best combination will start.
Seventh street/River: this is the term used for the final round, everyone is dealt a final card, face down. The person how opened the betting on sixth street will start again.
Showdown: the last betting round will have taken place now and it will be time to find out who the winner is of the hand. All remaining players have to show their cards to the each other.