Until recently, Seven Card Stud was the most popular poker game in the world. Still one of my favourites; here I will discuss with you what you need to know to play this game.
To start off with, you will be dealt 2 cards down and 1 card up. The lowest card has to bring it in, or start the play. You are then dealt the 4th, 5th and 6th card face up and the 7th card face down. There is a betting round at each of these levels.
Structure betting. Lets assume you are playing a 100/200 game. The bring in will be 15. You can complete it to 100 and someone else can raise another 100. The maximum raising is 4 bets per round. The betting is the same on the 4th card unless someone hits an open pair, in which case you have the option to bet 100 or 200. The betting units are 200 on 5th, 6th, and 7th street. No more, no less.
Your starting hand, and the cards showing on the board, determines whether or not you are calling, raising or folding. ie: Your door card is an 8 and you have A,8, in the hole; one of your opponents raises with a K up. Now you can call. If you are heads up and your hand does not improve by 5th street, you will have to consider folding your hand as this becomes too expensive to go all the way. It also depends how your opponents board reads. There are other times when someone raises with a K and your starting hand is split Qs with a 9; you should re raise to find out where you are because it’s limit betting.
Your betting decisions may change on 5th street. Whether you check or bet is dependent on how yours and your opponents board reads. Reading your opponents hand is important when making your decisions when playing the pot.
Sometimes, you may want to gamble with a hand (4 suited cards by 4th street). You will raise hoping to hit your flush. You have 3 more cards to make your flush. This is a good time for you to get the extra bet in. Also, you could have other types of hands in a similar situation where your hand is disguised, ie: 2 pairs or trips. This makes it difficult for you opponent to read.