CARD STUD RULES
How To Play 7 Card Stud
Seven Card Stud Poker
Seven Card Stud is a popular, well-known form of poker. It is played
with upto eight players at the table.
Before the start of the game, internally the PartyPoker.net system
generates a fresh deck of cards for the hand. On PartyPoker.net, we
use a single deck of cards to play a hand of poker, where a deck refers
to 52 cards excluding the jokers. Online poker rooms use what is called
the Random Number Generator (RNG) to shuffle a deck of cards for the
How does it work?
The system generates a random set of numbers, which are used to place
a card of the deck in a particular position. Once the complete deck
is created, the deck is used for that particular hand only.
We shuffle the deck of cards every time we start a hand, and the random
numbers previously generated are discarded and new ones generated before
The First round:
A fresh table starts off with all the players posting the “ante” (putting
a predetermined amount in the pot before the cards are dealt). This
amount is based on the size of the game. While the ante amount is not
based on a set rule, the same is decided upon by the prevailing game
trends. For e.g. the ante amount for a 1/2 value chip table is 0.25-value
chip while for a 3/6 table, it is 0.50. A new game on an active table
starts with all the players at the table posting antes.
In Seven-card stud poker, players receive seven cards, three "down" cards
and four "up" cards.
After the antes have been placed each player is dealt three cards (two "down" cards
and one "up" card). The "up" card is also known as the "door card" or "Third
Street". The lowest "up" card must initiate the action with a "Bring-In" bet.
(If two or more players have the same lowest card, the person who brings
it in is determined by suit order progressing from clubs, diamonds,
hearts, and spades.)
Each player is allowed one bet and three raises in each betting round.
To continue to play, players must take an action from what is displayed
to them on each "street" or betting round (unless they are all-in).
The Second Round:
After the first round of betting another card is dealt face-up to each
player that still remains in the pot (those who didn't fold on "third
street"). This is "Fourth Street" (the second round of betting). From "Fourth
Street" on, the highest hand showing begins the action by checking
or betting. If a pair is showing on "Fourth Street", players have
the option to make a single or double bet. If a player makes a single/double
bet, the other players may call, raise the single bet, raise the double
bet or fold. In case of a double bet, only an equal amount can be raised
(to the extent of the double bet).
The Third Round:
Upon completion of the betting on "fourth street", another card is
dealt face-up to those who remain in the pot. This is called "Fifth
Street" (the third round of betting - which doubles (the value of each
bet is double of what was available in the first two rounds) - and
continues at this amount for the remaining betting rounds). The highest
hand showing again starts the action by checking or betting.
The Fourth Round:
Upon the completion of betting on "fifth street", another card is dealt
face-up. This is "Sixth Street" (fourth betting round).
The Fifth Round:
The final card is dealt down. The last card is also known as the "River
Card" or "Seventh Street" (final round of betting).
Some standard rules
A maximum of four bets, which includes one bet, and three raises are
allowed for each betting round per player. To continue to play, players
must take an action from what is displayed to them on each "street" or
betting round (unless they are all-in). The term cap is used to describe
the final raise in a round since betting is then capped and no one
can make another raise. Once capped, players will have the option of
calling or folding only. Folding can be done at any stage of the game.
The action of folding basically shows the player cards being moved
to the dealer. The player from then on would not be considered as part
of the game. He/she would not have any rights over any pots created
on the table.
Poker is typically played "table stakes", meaning only the chips in
play at the beginning of each hand may be used throughout the hand.
This means that the player cannot get additional chips from his account
while he is in the midst of a game. The table stakes rule has an application
called the "All-In" rule, which states that a player cannot be forced
to forfeit a hand because the player does not have enough chips to
call a bet.
Exceptions to the value of betting in each round:
A player who does not have enough chips to call a bet is declared All-In.
The player is eligible for the portion of the pot to the point of his
final wager. All further action involving other players takes place
in a "side pot", which is unavailable to the player who has already
gone All-In. When a player goes All-in, the pot currently at the center
of the table, which has contributions from him/her as well, is treated
as the main pot, over which the All-in player has rights. After the
player goes all-in, all the new bets are placed in a side pot, over
which only the contributing players have rights. The All-in player
does not have any rights over the side pot. The side pot is then given
to the next winning combination.
As this is a multi player game, the players are expected to play within
a set time frame, the actions during their turn. On PartyPoker.net
we provide players with approximately 30 seconds to play with. Initially
the player is given 10 seconds, after which there is a timer countdown,
which is displayed on the table for 20 seconds. The user goes all-in
if he has contributed some money to the pot; otherwise his hand is
folded in case he/she does not respond in time. The system is intelligent
in detecting if the player has got disconnected or not. This means
if a players gets disconnected and reconnects back and he has some
seconds left for his turn, then he is given an additional 20 seconds
to play his turn. But if the player is not able to connect back to
the table before the time elapses, then the player goes All-in. All-in
basically means that the player is in the game, but would not be an
active player (placing any bets). Whatever pot is collected till this
time is referred as the main pot, and the all-in player has rights
(if he wins) to this pot only. After this the money that is bet on
the table is added to a side pot, over which the all-in player does
not have any rights (if he wins).
Upon completion of the final round of betting, the best hand wins the
pot. (The pot may also be won by someone who bets without being called
at any time during the hand.). Your "hand" is determined by using
the best five of seven cards. A combination of the following may be
On the final round of betting, the player who bets
first (or checks first if no one else bets) is required to show their
cards first at the showdown. If they have the best hand, the remaining
players may/may not show their cards as they wish. The aggressors’ hand
is only turned over first if he was the last to initiate action on the
- Five cards from the seven dealt to you
- One board (community) card and four of the cards dealt to you.
There is a set rank of cards, which is used for deciding the winning
If two or more hands are the same ranking, the winner
is the one having the higher cards. For example, a Flush with an Ace
high beats a Flush with a King high. If the poker hands remain tied,
then the highest card not being held in common (the kicker) determines
The suit order of the cards is not taken into account while deciding
on the winning cards. PartyPoker.net follow standard rules of poker.
Should poker hands be absolutely identical in ranking, the rule of
poker pot distribution will be split evenly between the two or more
winning players. If there is an odd chip, the winning player to the
left of the button/dealer will receive it.
For all the five rounds of betting, the house based on set rules collects
a commission, which is known as the rake in poker terminology. The
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