Seven Card Stud Poker

In this poker variant the players are dealt seven cards during the game. But it is only the best five cards hand to each player that counts when it is showdown.

Seven Card Stud Poker, here from Pokerstars

Seven Card Stud Poker, here from Pokerstars

The game:
Alle players have to put an ante in the pot before the cards are dealt. Each player gets 2 private cards “hole cards” and one card faced up. The player with the lowest card facing up is bring-in. This player is forced to bet either the half or the entire minimum bet.
Afterwards a round of betting continues clockwise around the table.

NOTE: When it comes to determine bring-in in Seven Card Stud-Poker: If two players have equally ranked low cards, suit may be used to break the tie and assign the bring-in. If there is no bring-in, then the first betting round begins with the player showing the highest-ranking upcard, who may check. In this case, suit should not be used to break ties. If two players have the same high upcard, the one first in clockwise rotation from the dealer acts first.

In the next round, the Fourth Street, the players get a fourth card each. This card will also be laid face-up. The first player to act is the player with the visible Stud-card with the highest poker value.

The player can now either stay passive and check or bet. If none of the players have a visible pair the bet will be a small bet. If one of the players do have a pair, the player can open with either a small bet or a full bet.

From Fourth Street it is the player to the left for the dealer which is opening if two or more players have identical poker hand.

The next round is the Fifth Street, and each player are dealt another card faced up. It is the player with the highest visible poker value who has to start the round.
From Fifth Street all best are full bet.

After this round it is ready for the Sixth Street, again it is the player with the highest visible poker hand who is starting the round.

Finally, the last card is dealt in the Seventh Street. This is a private card dealt face down to each player. Again it is the player with the highest visible Poker Hand who starts the betting.

If it is more than one player left in the last round it is the player who did the last bet which has to show the cards first. If no bets were made in the last round it is the player In the earliest position which have to show their cards first. I.e. Seat 1, seat 2 etc.

The player with the highest Poker Hand wins the pot.