Hopefully this tutorial has helped you understand the basics of seven card stud. While it isn’t a hard game to learn and play, it can take a lifetime to understand the in’s and outs, particularly the different betting strategies that are used by many professional players.

Let’s recap what we’ve learned in this tutorial:

  • 2 cards are dealt face down to each player, followed by 1 card face up, and the first round of betting ensues. After which 3 more upcards (one at a time with betting after each card) followed by a final down card and betting. The hand is 2 down – 4 up – 1 down.
  • If there is no bring-in, then the betting starts with the person showing the highest-ranked up card and is followed in a clockwise direction afterwards. In the future betting rounds the person with the best poker hand out of their up cards begins the betting.
  • The player with the best 5 card poker hand out of the 7 in front of them wins the pot.
  • Pick a table that’s right for your starting bankroll.
  • Play well-disguised hands to their fullest, for example having an ace/king as up cards earns a lot of respect from opponents even though you may have nothing as hole cards.
  • If an opponent has a higher up pair than you do (using all your cards), it’s always a good idea to fold.
  • Because players have 4 cards up and 3 cards down, which keeps opponents constantly guessing what their opponents have.