Seven-Card Stud is a very popular game, as it captures the essence of poker very well. In America almost everyone is familiar with the game and it is appreciated in Europe and the rest of the world as well. Comparing it with todays most popular game, Texas Hold’em, both gives you seven cards but three distinctions can be made. Seven-Card Stud does not use community cards, there are five betting rounds, and antes are used (the dealer does not have an advantage).
First off three cards are dealt to each player. Two of these are concealed (dealt face down) and one is known for everyone (dealt face up). Usually the player with the lowest up-card is forced to start the action.
After the first round of betting, a fourth card is dealt face up. From now on the player with the best hand showing starts the betting round.
A fifth and a sixth cards are also dealt face up and are both followed by a betting round.
A seventh card is dealt. After the final round of betting the highest hand still in the running wins the pot.
As cards are shown but thrown away, Seven-Card Stud requires memory as well as skill, deception, patience and so forth.