Just like any other poker game, the goal of 7-Card Stud is to win the pot and as many chips as possible.
7-Card Stud can be played with 2-8 players.
Before each hand begins, all players must place an initial bet called the “ante.” The ante is a small, predetermined amount contributed by each player into the pot.
The hand starts with each player being dealt three cards. The first two cards are dealt face down, and the third card is dealt face up.
The player with the lowest face-up card is required to make a forced bet called the “bring-in.”
Starting with the player to the left of the bring-in, each player has the option to call (match the bring-in), raise (increase the bet), or fold (discard their hand and forfeit any bets made). The betting continues clockwise.
After the first betting round, the dealer deals another face-up card to each remaining player. This card is called “fourth street” or “the turn.”
Another betting round begins with the player showing the highest-ranking hand from the two face-up cards. This player has the option to check or bet. Again, betting continues clockwise.
The dealer deals a third face-up card called the “fifth street” or “the river.”
Another betting round starts with the player showing the highest-ranking hand from the three face-up cards.
The dealer deals a fourth face-up card known as the “sixth street” or “the turn.”
A fourth betting round begins with the player showing the highest-ranking hand from the four face-up cards.
The dealer deals a fifth and final card face down. This card is known as “seventh street” or “the river.”
A final betting round starts with the player showing the highest-ranking hand from the five face-up cards.
If two or more players remain after the final betting round, a showdown occurs. Players reveal their concealed cards, and the player with the best 5-card hand (using any combination of their face-up and face-down cards) wins.
The person to the left of the dealer becomes the new dealer for the next hand. The game continues until players decide to stop or a predetermined number of hands are played.