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Seven Card Stud

Seven Card Stud is one of the many variants of standard poker. It is a popular poker game in the United States. Seven Card Stud is played in most online poker rooms all over the Internet.

This game can be played by up to eight players. All you need to get started is a 52-card deck. It is quite an easy game and it lasts for approximately 15 minutes. What you need to keep in mind about this game is that you receive seven cards from which you need to pick out those five you believe can form the highest hand.

The Seven Card Stud game begins with each player being required to put in an ante. After this the dealer gives each player two cards which are set face-down and one face-up (this face-up card is called "the door” card). The player that has received the face-up card with the lowest rank value has to put up the "bring in" which is a small bet.

The other players also have to bet and they can choose to call, raise the bet or fold. Then each player is dealt another face-up card, this card being called the “fourth street" or "the turn". After this has been done the player that has the highest face-up cards has to start the second betting round, followed by the other players. After everyone bet another face-up card is dealt (the "fifth street" or the "river").

The sixth card is then dealt face-up and this is followed by another round of betting. What follows is that the last card (the seventh) is dealt face-down and the final betting round occurs. The game ends with the "showdown" and the player that wins the "pot" is the one that succeeds in making the highest hand which needs to contain 5 cards out of the 7 dealt (there are no restrictions concerning which cards you should use).

Should it happen so that there are not enough cards to give each player the seventh card, a single "community card" is dealt, each player being allowed to use it for his final combination.

Thus, in Seven Card Stud we have two cards face-up, four cards face-down, and one face-down. The most important rules of "Seven Card Stud" are the following: the highest combination wins, high and low cards are played by an Ace for straights. That doesn't seem too difficult, does it? Also, keep in mind that high cards include 10 to Aces while cards 2 to 9 are low cards.

Provided you start by having a high pair, try to make as many opponents as possible quit the game. Try not to begin with small pairs if you can conceal them. If you start out with three cards of a kind, there are considerable chances for you to win the pot so do not be afraid to bet aggressively. Another strong combination to start with is a pair of Aces or Kings. Take into consideration the face-up cards (otherwise known as the "board") and fold if cards diminish your chances to make a good combination.

Bluffing might come in handy once in a while, so don't be afraid to use this strategy. Remember that the first four cards are the most important. If you hold four high cards you have good chances of winning, but when it is the other way around, you should consider folding.

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