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Although Texas Hold’em has taken some of the limelight away from 7-Card Stud, the classic poker game is still an online favourite among the world’s poker players in general and Canadian fans of the game in particular.
At the start of every new game of 7-Card Stud Poker, all players receive two “pocket” cards (face down) and one card that is dealt face up. Then there is a round of betting, beginning with the player with the lowest-ranked card.
Every player receives four more cards: the first three are dealt face up one at a time (each one followed by a round of betting) and the final card is dealt face down, followed by the final round of betting. After the last round of betting, players show their cards and the highest ranked five-card hand wins.
To gain a seat at a William Hill Poker Canada 7-Card Stud table, players must buy in (or pay for the right to play). The minimum buy-in is 10X the table’s minimum bet. For example, at a $5/$10 table, the minimum buy-in would be $50.
At the most, eight players can sit around a 7-Card Stud Poker Table at William Hill Poker.
At the start of a hand of 7-Card Stud, before any cards are dealt, players have to ante. (The ante is similar to a “blind” in Texas Hold’em, except all players must “ante up.”) The amount of the ante is based on the table stakes – the lower the limit at the table, the lower the ante will be.
Once all the players pay the ante, the first three cards are dealt; the first two are face down (called hole cards or pocket cards) and the third card is dealt face up. The player with the face-up card with the lowest value starts the first round of betting. The first bet is the equivalent of half the minimum limit at the table and betting continues around the table in a clockwise direction.
Following the first round of betting, players are dealt three more face up cards – one at a time – each of which is followed by a round a betting. The last card is dealt face down and it is followed by the final round of betting. (In 7-Card Stud Poker, there are five rounds of betting altogether).
The table stakes in 7-Card Stud Poker are what determine the betting limits. At a $5/$10 table, for instance, the maximum bets during the first two rounds of betting are $5, and the maximum bet in the last three rounds is $10. In each round, a maximum of three raises are allowed after the first bet; after three raises, the next player(s) can call or fold.
In the rare instance that no one has folded and all eight players still remain in the hand before the seventh card is about to be dealt, there won’t be sufficient cards in the deck to deal another eight cards. (There are 52 cards in a deck and seven cards to eight players comes out to 56 cards.) In that event, the seventh card will be a community card, i.e., it will be dealt face up in the middle of the table and all players can use that card as part of their hand. That card is followed by a fifth and final round of betting.
When all seven cards in 7-Card Stud Poker are dealt and the fifth round of betting is completed, players show their cards in the “Showdown.” The best (highest-ranked) five-card hand wins and any combination of face-up cards and pocket cards can be used in the winning hand. If two hands are tied, the pot is split and the odd chip (if there is one) is given to the player to the left of the Dealer Button.
Once a winner clears away the chips in the pot, the Dealer Button moves one place to the left, players ante up, and a new hand begins.
Before it is a player’s turn to bet, he or she can access buttons that allow a decision ahead of time. When it is the player’s turn, these buttons will not be accessible, and the player must use the three main Fold, Check, or Raise buttons. The Bet Ahead Buttons are as follows: