7 Card Stud Strategy
7 Card Stud (High) has long been a casino table favorite, recently supplanted by Texas Hold 'em as poker's premier game. 7 Stud is still a very popular game, and is actually my favorite. There are plenty of 7 card stud games to be found online as well. Titan Poker has active games from micro limits to $5/$10. Sun Poker is another room on this network, and with the shared player database they have built a good base of 7 card stud players. Finally, for you high limit players, you can toss $100 chips into the pot at Party Poker's 7 Card Stud tables.
This variation of poker rewards careful observation and memorization of cards and player tendencies. A student of the game can make a lot of money playing 7 card stud, online or off! This 7 Card Stud strategy article aims to help you do just that.
The Ante, Deal, and Bring In
Most 7 card stud tables require an ante of every player before being dealt any cards. After everyone has “ante'd up”, each player is dealt 3 cards, 2 face down and one face up. This is called third street. The face up card is called your doorcard. Unlike Hold 'em, there is no button, rather, the player with the lowest doorcard posts what is referred to as the bring in. If two or more players have the same value card, the bring in is determined by suit value. Suit values from lowest to highest are: clubs, diamonds, hearts, spades. Players to the left of the bring in then have the option of folding, calling or raising the bring in bet.
4th Street - 6th Street
These betting rounds are almost identical. Each round, each player gets another card face up. Unlike 3rd street however, it is the high hand showing that determines where the betting action starts. As you can probably guess, position does not play as important a role in 7 stud, simply because your position in order of action can change every round! The only other difference of note is that the limits go up on 5th street. If you are playing a $5-$10 table, 3rd and 4th street's max raise is $5 per bet. 5th, 6th and 7th street, the limit goes to $10 per bet. The later streets of 7 stud can be expensive indeed.
Everyone is dealt their 7th and final card face down. For the astute reader, this brings us to a total of 7 cards per person, 3 face down, 4 showing. The cards showing are often referred to as a player's porch. As in the streets before, there is a betting round after the 7th card is dealt, with the beginning action determined by who has the highest ranked porch.
If more than one player remains after betting on 7th street, a showdown occurs and the winner is determined by who has the best 5 card hand, formed from their 7 cards dealt. Unfortunately, theres no such thing as “3 pair“. Standard best 5 card hand rules apply.