All players post the antes and the dealer gives each player three cards, the first two cards face down and the last card faced up.
The first betting round starts. The player with the lowest card is first to act, the turn goes clockwise until all players have acted. On following betting rounds it is the player with the highest hand that acts first.
All players have the option to what is possible at the moment. The choices are fold, check, call, raise and bet.
When the first betting round is finished the dealer gives the remaining players one card faced up each. The second betting round begins with the player who has the highest hand of the two open cards.
When the second betting round is finished the dealer gives remaining players one card faced up. The third betting round resumes and ends when all players have made their move.
When the third betting round is done the dealer gives remaining players one card faced up, this the last open card that is dealt.
When the fourth betting round is finished the dealer gives each player one card faced down, this is the seventh and last card.
Betting resumes and the player who made the last bet or raise show the face down cards first. The other players can fold or show their cards depending if they have a better hand.
The player with the best poker hand out of the seven on the hand wins the pot.
How to play Seven-Card Stud poker
Seven-Card Stud is a stud poker variant with five betting rounds. Each player gets seven cards each, three cards face down and four faced up. The goal is to make the best possible poker hand (see hand ranking) to win the pot.
In Seven-Card Stud players post antes instead of blinds before the first cards are dealt. The player with the lowest card on Third Street has to pay an obligatory bring-in.
The size of the antes and bring-in varies a lot between different card rooms, but the standard is usually 1/10 of the big bet for antes and ½ a small bet for the bring-in. This is standard for the fixed limit structure which is the most common way Seven-Card Stud is played.
In contrary to the community card games like Texas Hold’em and Omaha, Seven-Card Stud is not played with a dealer button. This is because position is determined after each betting round.
On the first betting round it is the lowest card that acts first and on the following betting rounds it is the highest hand that makes the first move.