Learn About the Stud Poker to Play New Game!

There are several benefits of stud poker over draw poker. In draw, there are only two betting rounds, one before the discarding of cards and one afterwards. Further, you have very little data to evaluate your opponents’ hands, thus basing your game a lot on probabilities and very little on facts.

In 5-card Stud, each player initially receives one card down and one card facing up. A round of betting ensues, before the players receive one more card up and another round of betting starts. In total, the players receive four cards up and one down, and there are four rounds of betting.

7 Card Stud

Seven-Card Stud explores the traits of Stud Poker even further, and is recognized as the most widely played variant after WWII. Seven cards are dealt to each player, of which the first two and the last are face down. The best poker hand, of five cards chosen from the seven in a player’s hand, wins the game. With a lot of open cards and lost cards, and a total of five betting rounds, there’s something here to cater to all tastes; it appeals to the psychologist and the mathematician in you. The downside is that this is also one of the most difficult types of poker to master. And the increased number of betting rounds also ensures higher pots – a feature if you like high-risk play, a downside you don’t.

7 Card Stud: Strategy

It is important to remember to adjust the strategy you are using to your specific table. Constant adjustment and focus in this game is critical.

Strategy is adjusted for the following;

Table stakes.
Type of stud game.
The cards on the table. (and in your hand)
Demeanor of your opponents.
Number of players at the table.
Number of players in the betting rounds.

The following information is used to determine whether to play the cards you have in your hand at a full table or not. For the actual starting hand combinations and strategy, choose the link at the top that describes which game you would like to view the starting-hand strategy for.

Things to keep in mind

In any seven card stud game there are some essential things that you will be focusing on when the starting hand (the first three cards dealt to each player) is dealt out. If you lose your focus on these things at any time, it could cost you the hand. If you weren’t paying close enough attention to these things or were distracted during the deal, it is probably best to fold your hand immediately. You will probably not remember the cards specifically on later streets, however, you will generally have a ‘feel’ for if an opponent’s hand is real or if it is a bluff.

When the starting hand is dealt and all the door cards are showing you will need to do this as quickly as possible before players start folding their hands:

Look at all of the door cards showing around the table.

Count how many of each suit is out.

Look at what card numbers are out.

Remember which player was the first to raise the bring-in bet (if any) and how far away they are in position from the bring-in.

Remember if the player with the bring-in bet calls any raises.

Let the table know that you are not afraid to raise and re-raise.

Let the table know that you can lay down a very good hand, even after re-raising.

Why do these things matter? Depending on what you have in your own hand, having general knowledge about the other cards on the table will determine whether you call, raise, or fold. If the cards in your hand combination are live, you will have a higher rate of success in achieving a winning end result.

Again, if cards have been folded around the table, and you have missed the opportunity to view those door cards, be inclined to fold unless you have a super-strong hand and nobody has yet raised the bring-in.

You are not only counting the cards for your own hand, you are counting cards and suits to determine what is live for other player’s hands for later rounds as well.

If your cards are not live, then fold.

If you find on fifth street that you are chasing to make a hand against an aggressive better, it is best that you probably fold. Of course, you may not know this until show-down and you’ve lost. Use the experience of knowing when you are chasing cards for your hand against a player betting aggressively, that they probably already have a made hand and fold earlier next time. In the late streets they are highly unlikely to fold what they’ve invested into the pot when they’ve been betting aggressively.