Seven card stud

Seven card stud is a really popular derivative of stud poker. In fact, until the recent rapid increase in popularity of Texas hold 'em, seven card stud was the most popular poker variant in the USA.  It's a two to eight player poker game (although eight or more sometimes require additional rules if no players fold due to the fact there are only 52 cards in the deck and each player gets 7 cards each).

In H.O.R.S.E. and similar modern mixed game poker formats, seven card stud is the "S" game in the acronym.

The game of seven card stud starts with every player getting dealt two cards face down and one card face up. After a betting round, another card is dealt face up to each player (after the dealers burn card), a second betting round follows, then a third card face up, betting round, a fourth card dealt face up,  another betting round, and finally the last card is dealt face down followed by a fifth betting round and a showdown if required where each player makes the best five-card poker hand they possibly can out of the cards available to them.

In European online poker rooms Seven card stud is renowned as a very loose and profitable game with lots of easy money available to players willing to grind with basic, simple strategies. This is because most players play seven card stud too loosely, they play poor starting hands for too much money. Against these loose calling players, bet big with strong hands, and don’t bluff or slow play as much.

As always, when learning a new poker game, take time to familiarise yourself with all the complexities and see how games develop without risking your own cash. Look for patterns, the speed of the game, betting strategies and how often people fold. Get a good feel for the table and the website/software, as well as a decent understanding of the rules before risking any real money! A good starting point for learning Seven card stud or any other poker variant, would be a decent poker school, preferably located on a poker website where you are allowed to play poker for free until you feel confident enough to risk putting some real cash on the line.

The following poker schools are highly recommended – bet365 poker school, Full Tilt Poker school, PKR poker school and the Victor Chandler Poker school all give a good grounding in the basic rules and strategies of seven card stud along with opportunities to play the tables for free until you feel ready to play real money tables for cash. Learn how to play seven card stud, understand hand rankings, get answers to frequently asked questions and access jargon busting poker glossaries for free.

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