There does not seem to be many that agree on the origins of Seven Card Stud Poker as there is no record of when this game was first played. There are however two specific games that is believed to be related to Seven Card Stud which are “Poque” which was played in France and the second game was called “Nas” which was apparently played in Persia.
7 Card Stud Poker can be found in most major Casinos both online and land based and is like most other games a variation of the original game of Poker. There are two versions of this game, namely the straight forward game that is playing as the traditional high hand game which we focus on here, or the other version which is the Hi-Low game.
The aim of the game is to take the highest value five cards from the seven that you are dealt to make up your winning hand. Each player puts in an Ante (a forced bet) which becomes part of the pot.
The game proceeds clockwise with each player been dealt two cards face down (hole or pocket cards) and one card that is dealt face up – players then each look at their own two cards that were dealt face down. The player with the lowest card that was dealt face up is then required to place a small bet (bring in) – Betting then moves on from the left of that particular player with the lowest card where each player can then call, raise or fold their cards.
After the first round of betting has been completed, each person still in the game will then be dealt another card face up (fourth street or turn card) and the betting in this round will then proceed starting with the player that has the highest card showing.
After the betting has taken place, a fifth card (fifth street or river) will be dealt face up to all players which is then followed by a further round of betting. Your sixth card then proceeds in the same manner with a betting round.
The seventh and final card is then dealt to the players face down which they will then add to their first two cards in hand. The final round of betting then takes place after which the players will then show their hands (showdown). The player with the best five card hand made up from all seven cards is then proclaimed the winner.