7 Card Stud
Players' hands consist of seven cards dealt to each player. The first two are dealt face down. The third, fourth, fifth and sixth cards are dealt face up. The final (seventh) card is dealt face down. A player wins by having the highest-ranking hand of five cards.
Each hand can start with seven players or less (if a player runs out of cash, or if you remove players before the deal). If eight players are sitting at the table, one has to sit out for the
7 Card Stud strategies
If you have a good hand after the three or four cards have been dealt, you have a good chance of winning.
If you hold at least a pair, three cards toward a Straight, or three cards toward a Flush: stay in the first and second betting intervals (unless another player has a higher pair showing).
If you have nothing promising in your hand by the fourth card (second betting interval), you should fold.
Usually you should fold when your cards (including your hole cards) are beaten by the showing cards of any other player. If another player shows a pair, do not stay in unless you hold a higher pair (or better hand).
It is not a good idea to bet heavily against a player whose hole cards can give him or her a hand you can't possibly beat.
With seven players at the table, you will usually need a minimum of Two Pair to win the