7-Card Stud High-Low

7-Card Stud High/Low rules

Players Up to 8 players are allowed to play in the same game.

Ante 7-card Stud H/L is played with an ante. Before any cards are dealt the antes must be posted.

Deal Each player receives 3 cards, two dealt face down and one face up. The cards you are dealt first is your “hole cards” and cannot be seen by the other players. This is indicated with grey background. After that there will be 3 more cards dealt face up and one card dealt face down to each remaining player.

Bring-in The player showing the lowest card after the deal must make a forced bet (bring-in) that usually amounts to 2 x the ante or make a bet higher than that if the limit allows it. For the purposes of determining the bring-in, ties in card rank are broken by suit, with the order being spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs (in descending order). After the initial bring-in or bet is made action continuous clockwise until betting is completed for the round.

Betting order In 7-card Stud there are 5 betting rounds. The first betting round takes place after each player is dealt his first three cards. Then a 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th card is dealt to each player and another betting round starts after each card. The player showing the highest hand on the board is first to act in each round.

Showdown If no more betting takes place, after all the cards have been dealt out, there is a showdown to determine the winner. The best 5 card hand wins the pot (kickers count). If two or more players show the same hand they split that part of the pot. If there is an odd chip it goes to the player winning the high hand and in case the pot is split between several high hands the player nearest the dealer box gets the odd chip. If there was betting on seventh street the player who made the last bet or raise must show his hand first. If there was no betting the player showing the highest hand on the board shows his hand first.

The pot is split between the best hand for high and the best hand for low. 7-card Stud H/L is played with an “8 or better” qualifier, which means that a hand must be, at worst, an 8 for low to be eligible to win the low portion of the pot.

Special rule If there is not enough cards left in the deck to deal every player his 7th card a community card is dealt face up in the middle of the table. In this case all the players use the same card as their 7th card and no betting is allowed on this round.

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