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Learn how and where to play the online 7 Card Stud poker game

How And Where To Play The Online Seven Card Stud Poker Game
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Seven Card Stud, a game for between 2-8
players, is today among the most popular
versions of Poker. The game has gained
popularity, both in the US and abroad, due to
its classic Poker feel and simple game rules.
Betting in Seven Card Stud consists of an
initial Ante, preceded by 5 Betting Rounds.
Throughout the game each player receives 3
facedown cards and 4 face up cards. Each
player creates the highest valued Poker hand,
using any combination of 5 of his/her 7 total
cards.
Online seven card stud poker table image

In order to Sit-in (join) a Online Seven Card Stud Table, Members must  have a
minimum amount of Chips to play with (“Buy-in”). The minimum Buy-in amount is
10 times the Lower Limit Stake of that particular table (i.e. at a $1/$2 Table the
Member must Buy-in with a minimum of $10).
Ante

Before the initial deal of the cards, each Player must place an initial Ante (opening
Bet), equaling one half of the Table’s Lower Limit Stake (rounded down to the
lowest $1 – see Betting Limits below), in the center of the Table, to seed the Pot.
Each Member is then dealt  2 facedown Hole Cards and 1 face up Door Card.

Betting Limits

In the game of Seven Card Stud, each Table has both a Lower and Higher Limit
Stake (Betting amount). A Table’s Lower Limit Stake is always half the Higher Limit
Stake (i.e. a  $1/$2 Table, or a $5/$10 Table).

In the first Betting Round (see the Betting Rounds below), of a Seven Card Stud
game, Players Bet (wager) in multiples of no less than one half of that Table’s
Lower Limit Stake (“Bring-in”), and no more than that Table’s Lower Limit Stake.

In the second Betting Round, of a Seven Card Stud game, Players Bet (wager)
in multiples of that Table’s Lower Limit Stake. However, in the event that a Player
is showing a pair, with his/her initial 2 face up cards, at the beginning of the
second Betting Round, Players have the option to Bet in multiples of that Table’s
Lower or Higher Limit Stake. If a Player Bets at the Table’s Higher Limit Stake,
then all following Players must Bet at the Table’s Higher Limit Stake.

In the final three Betting Rounds, of a Seven Card Stud game,Players Bet in
multiples of that Table’s Higher Limit Stake.

The Betting Rounds

There are five possible Betting Rounds in Online’s Seven Card Stud.

After the initial deal of the cards, the first Betting Round is set at the Bring-in Bet
amount (one half of that Table’s Lower Limit Stake) and no more than that Table’s
Lower Limit Stake.

After the initial deal of the Player’ first 2 Hole Cards and 1 Door Card are dealt,
the first Betting Round is initiated by the Player with the lowest valued card
showing, **by suit (see Poker Hand Value Chart below). This Player is required to
Bet no less than the Bring-in amount (half of the Table’s Lower Limit Stake), up to
the Table’s Lower Limit Stake.

***Card suits are valued in the following order, with Spades being of the highest
value, followed by Hearts, Diamonds and Clubs (lowest value).

After the second deal of the cards (“Fourth Street”), in which each Sitting-In Player
receives an additional card, face up, there is a second Betting Round. This
Betting Round is initiated by the Sitting-in Player with the ***highest valued card(s)
showing. This Betting Round is set at the Table’s Lower Limit Stake. However, in
the event that a Player is showing a pair, with his/her 2 face up cards, Players
have the option to Bet in multiples of that Table’s Lower or Higher Limit Stake. If a
Player Bets at the Table’s Higher Limit Stake, during the second Betting Round,
then all following Players must Bet at the Table’s Higher Limit Stake.

***In the event that 2 or more Player’s showing card(s) signify a tie, the Betting
Round is initiated by the Player with the highest valued Poker hand and sitting
closest to the left of the Dealer (first Player to the left of the Chip Box), in a
clockwise fashion.

After the third and fourth deals of the cards (“Fifth Street and “Sixth Street”), in
which each Sitting-In Player receives an additional card, face up, there is a third
and fourth Betting Round. These Betting Rounds are both initiated by the Player
with the highest valued card(s) and are set at the Table’s Higher Limit Stake.

After the fifth deal of the cards (“The River”), in which each Sitting-In Player
receives a final card, facedown, there is a fifth and final Betting Round. This
Betting Round is initiated by the Player with the highest valued card(s) and is set
at the Table’s Higher Limit Stake.

Betting Rounds always proceed in a clockwise fashion, from one active
Player to the next. Each Player must either:

Check – Pass the option to act to the next active Player
Bet – Place a Betting Round’s initial increase to the amount that each of the
following Players must place in the    Pot, in order to remain in the game.
Raise – Place a Betting Round’s 2nd, 3rd or 4th increase to the amount that each
of the following Players must place in the Pot, in order to remain in the game.
Call – Equal the previous active Player’s Betting amount in that Betting Round and
remain in the game (In the first Betting Round each Player must at least equal the
amount of the Big Blind).
Fold – Discard hand and no longer remain active to participate in that game. The
Player forfeits the amount (if any) that he/she has previously Bet during that game.

In keeping with conventional Poker rules, within each Betting Round there can be
no more than one Bet and three additional Raises (“Raise”, “Reraise” & “Cap”).
Once a Cap occurs, the following Players will only be able to Call or Fold.

A Betting Round is concluded when:

All active Players have Checked in Turn. or
All active Players have matched the last Player to increase the amount (Bet/Raise)
to be placed in the Pot, during that Betting Round. or
All previous Players have chosen to Fold, leaving only one active Player. This last
remaining player automatically receives the Pot. In this case both the Betting
Round and game are automatically terminated.

The River Community Boardcard

Occasionally there are not enough cards in the deck to give each player his/her
own final seventh card, the River, face down. In this case one card will be placed,
face up, in the center of the table. This Community Boardcard will be shared by all
remaining Sitting-in Players when determining their final hand (see The Showdown
below).

The Showdown

Once the fifth Betting Round is completed, if more than one Player remains active
in the game, there is a “Showdown”. In the Showdown, each active Player may
utilize any combination of 5 of his/her 7 total cards, to create the highest valued 5
card Poker hand (see Poker Hand Value Chart below).

The active Player who creates the highest valued Poker hand wins the Pot, minus
the Pot won by any Players holding higher valued All-in hands  and the “Rake”
(see “Limits, Antes and Rake” section of this site).

If the active Player with the highest valued Poker hand is “All-in” (see All-in below),
that Player receives the Pot total, up until the time that they were All-in. (A Seven
Card Stud Poker
game can have as many All-in Pots as there are active Players,
minus one.) The remainder of the Pot goes to the active Player with the next
highest valued Poker hand.

Tie Hands

In the event that 2 or more active Players participating in the Poker hand’s
Showdown hold equal ranking (by combination) hands the winner is determined by
the high card (i.e. a pair of Aces beats a pair of Kings).

Should the Poker hands remain tied (i.e. a pair of Kings vs. a pair of Kings), the
highest valued card not held in common (the “Kicker”) determines the game’s
winner.

In the event of exact ties in Poker hand value, between 2 or more active Players,
the Table’s Pot will be split evenly between those Players. In the event of extra
odd Chip(s) the first winning Player to the left of the Dealer, in a clockwise fashion,
will receive the odd Chip(s).

Auto Muck Losing Hand

Players participating in the Showdown, whose hands are of a lower value than an
already showing hand, are offered the option to not show (“Muck”) their losing
hands to the other participants at the Table. The automatic Mucking of
non-winning hands protects Players from unknowingly revealing his/her hand to
the Table’s other participants.

If a Player checks the “Auto Muck Losing Hand” box, his/her non-winning hand will
automatically be Mucked, if there are higher valued hands already showing.

If a Player wins a hand by virtue of being the only remaining active Player, his/her
winning hand will not be shown to the other Players participating at the Table by
default. If this Player presses the “Show Hand” button, his/her winning hand will be
shown to the other Players.