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How to play 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo

You have decided to play 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo and have chosen your stakes. The game proceeds in the following manner.

Ante Up: All players should ante, a set amount put in the pot by every player in the game prior to cards being dealt. If you want to play, you should pay.

The Pocket and the Door: Each player is dealt two cards (face down), the pocket, and a face-up card, the door. After the cards are dealt, the first betting round begins.

The Bring-In: The player holding the lowest showing door card posts the bring-in, a mandatory initial bet of usually half the smaller stake amount. If the bring-in player wishes to increase the option, he can increase the bet to the full small stake.

If two players show the same door card, the suit rankings decide which card is weakest. The ranks of the suits are (strongest to weakest): Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, and Clubs.

The purpose of the bring-in is to encourage players to stay in a hand, and build the pot.

All players must call, raise or fold to the bring-in bet, to stay in the game. From the bring-in player's left the betting starts and continues clockwise. Suppose that the bring-in player opens with half the low stake, the first raise will complete the bring-in, raising it to the lower stake limit. In this case any raise after that must be the lower stake amount.

Considering our $10/$20 table, if a player brings-in with $4, and you want to raise him, you must raise $6. It completes the bring-in and any player raising after you, must raise $10.

Third Street : After the bring-in bets, another face up card, called the Third Street is dealt to each player. This time the highest showing hand opens the betting round. A pair can show for any hand on the Third Street . The player showing the hand has the option of doubling his/her bet amount, and "raising the stake" for this betting round. If not, Third Street bets and raises are limited to the small stake.
Consider our $10/$20 table, and also that your facing cards form a pair. You now have the option of doubling the bet to $20. If you do, any subsequent raises have to be the upper stake limit of $20. In case you choose not to double up, the bet/raise amount stays at $10 for this round.

Fourth Street : After the Third Street , another card, face up, is dealt to each player. Again, the high hand opens the betting round. For the last three rounds, the bet amount is always the higher stake, $20 in our $10/$20 game.

Fifth Street : After the Fourth Street , another card, face up, is dealt to each player. The high hand opens the betting round. The bet amount is always the higher stake, $20 in our $10/$20 game.

The River: This is the last round and all players are dealt the final card, face down, making a total of seven cards in each hand. After the players receive the card, the final betting round begins. The highest showing hand starts the betting. The River bets are limited to the upper stake, $20 in our $10/$20 game.
An interesting puzzle: Think of the situation where the dealer has dealt 7 cards to 8 potential players. The total number of cards dealt is 56, more cards than we have in the deck. Sounds puzzling. It actually is!

This situation is unlikely in normal circumstances. In order to solve the issue, the dealer will flip a single community card in the middle of the table, if all 8 players are still in the game by the river. All the 8 players to fill their hand can use the community card.

The Showdown: All the bets round are over and it's time to decide and pay the winners. Any guesses as to which player shows his cards first?

The last player to bet or raise during the final betting round, the river, shows his hand first. If all the players checked through i.e. no player bet on the river, the player to the left of the dealer will show first. Moving clockwise, the remaining players' hands will be automatically revealed, unless a hand is weaker than the winning hand shown. In this case, you'll have the option to show, or muck, fold without showing. You will lose your money even though you have come this far. The player with the highest hand and the player with the lowest 5 card hands split the pot. Players can utilize any 5 cards in their hand to win either the high or the low, or both.

Buying the pot: Another interesting scenario occurs when in a betting round you make a bet and all players fold to you. It effectively means that you've bought the pot. In this case you have the option to show or muck your cards.

Uneven split pot: The player with the high hand takes the extra chips, in case the pot doesn't split evenly.know more about 7 card stud, 7 card stud hands, 7 card stud hi-lo, 7 card stud strategy, 7 card stud basics

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