Limit Seven Card Stud is very strategic game, involving a great deal of skill and discipline, and requires that players are able to balance many concepts simultaneously. It is even harder to analyze than Hold'em because it has five betting rounds compared to four.
As in all forms of poker there are exceptions to the rules and the concepts addressed in this article should be understood as general guidelines. In order to be a successful player, you must be able to make exceptions and use judgment in order to determine the best possible play. It is impossible to give clear-cut advice that applies to all situations.
This article aims to help beginner players improve their Limit Seven Card Stud game by playing in a solid, tight and aggressive style. It advocates balancing bluffs and semi-bluffs with mostly solid play, and focuses on Third Street play because this betting round is the most important. If you play correctly on Third Street you will face less difficult situations in subsequent betting rounds, since the game quickly becomes very complex and hard to analyze as it progresses.
Pot-limit 7 Card Stud is almost only played online and is favored by Europeans. The good news is that they are far less good in pot-limit 7 Card Stud than in pot-limit Texas Holdem.
The most common 7 Card Stud style is "tight aggressive", which is considered the easiest style to use if you want to make a profit. Most of the advice is based upon such a playing style, but should be generally applicable with small adjustments.
The popularity of stud poker has been slowly re-emerging over the last few years. World Series of Poker events like H.O.R.S.E, Omaha Hi-Low split, Omaha Hi 8's, Razz, and other publicized tournaments have given new life to stud poker, which was for years the most widely played poker game until Texas Hold ‘em took off in the 80’s. In stud games, unlike Texas Hold ‘em, typically there are no community cards. 7-card stud is the most popular version but there is also 5-card and 6-card.
The poker games and variations we have today have been created and evolved over the years thanks to the creative minds of players who get together with a group of friends for a home game on a Friday night. Find that poker table, and get the chips on the felt. Who knows, it could be your name that is synonymous with a future game of poker.
The main differences between Seven Card Stud and Texas Hold'em Poker:
- In Seven Card Stud there are no community cards.
- Ante and a bring-in bet are used instead of blinds.
- There are five betting rounds as compared to four in Hold'em.
- The player who has the best s starts the action on every betting round, except for the first round of betting when the lowest upcard begins.
- You must remember the folded upcards.
- The number of players is limited to a maximum of eight players.
- There is no positional advantage before the cards are dealt. The cards determine who acts first and last on every betting round.
- There is a larger short-term luck factor. This means that the standard deviation is greater and the game requires a larger bankroll.