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7 Card Stud Hi/Lo

The manner in which Stud and Stud Hi/Lo are played is very similar. They differ in the sense that strategies for the Hi/Lo game are different. There are two winning hands for each game in 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo : the highest (strongest) hand, and the lowest (weakest) hand split the pot.

The 7-card stud is still played in same manner as regular 7-Card stud. Each player starts with 2 Hole Cards (face down), and 1 Door Card (face up). 5 more cards, faces up, are dealt to each player, and the highest and lowest hand split the pot.

The catch in the game is that if any hand has a card higher than 8, it can't pass as a low hand. The best possible low hand is A, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Remember that aces count both as a high card and as a low card.

In 7-Stud High and 7-card stud low , any hand that qualifies for the 7-card stud low is not affected by straights or flushes. This creates an interesting situation, though it occurs rarely, when you qualify for both the highest and the lowest hand in a game. If you successfully create the hand, you will take the whole pot.

Suppose you've been dealt the A, 2,3,4 & 5 of Clubs. Most likely your straight flush will take the high hand, and you've also got the best possible low hand because neither straights nor flushes count in the low hand ranking. Relish yourself thinking that you have scooped the pot, taking 100%.

The standard hand rankings are used to determine the highest hand. The highest low card is used to determine the best low hand. There can be a situation when two players share the same high card, then the next lowest card is used, and so on.

When no hand qualifies as a low hand i.e. every hand contains a card higher than an 8, the highest hand will take the whole pot.

Basics of 7-card stud High/Low:

Antes: Every player contributes a small bet at the beginning of every hand, referred to as ante. The intention of ante is to lure players in playing the hand, and build the pot.

The Stakes: The stakes dictate the bet and raise amount for each round of betting in each 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo game. For the first two rounds the lower number is used, and for the last three rounds the higher number is used.

We will use a $10/$20 stakes example. Both the bet and the raise, in the first two rounds of betting, must be $10, no more, no less. However, the last three rounds have a bet and raise amount of $20.

The Cap: Each round of betting, in 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo, can consist of one bet and a maximum of three allowable raises, referred to as the cap. It means that if a bet is made, players can raise the bet only three times, after which all players must call, or fold. However, the cap is increased, to a maximum of five raises, if only two players remain in the hand.

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