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Seven Card Stud

Seven-card Stud is one of the most commonly played card games in poker. The basic concepts are easy to learn making it an attractive game to novices. But for those who know poker, they will tell you it is a difficult game to master.

The three most popular variations of this game are Seven-Stud High, Seven-Stud Low (Razz), and Seven-Stud High-Low Split.

The game is played with up to eight players at the table. Each player is dealt seven cards unique to to the player, starting with two cards (hole cards) face down and one card face up. Three more cards are dealt to each player face up, with betting rounds in between. Then a final card is dealt face down, followed by a final betting round. The best five-card hand wins the money.


Seven Card Stud (8 or Better) or better known as Stud HiLo

Seven Card Stud (8 or Better) is a fast-action game in which the "best" (highest) and "worst" (lowest) hands split the pot. Straights and flushes have no ranking in the low hand, although you can win both high and low if your hand can qualify for both. An A-2-3-4-5 is the best hand for low and and also makes a straight. You can use one set of five cards for high and a different set of five cards for low and win both halves of the pot if holding the best high and low hands. To win low, your hand must be an 8 low or lower. Seven Card Stud (8 or Better) offers the player multiple ways to draw in every hand and the games can get fast and loose.


Seven Card Stud Low or better known as Razz

Razz is dealt the same as Seven Card Stud, except the "worst" (lowest) hand wins. Aces are low, straights and flushes have no ranking, and the best hand is A-2-3-4-5, commonly known as a wheel. If you keep getting dealt low cards in Seven Card Stud, this may be your game.


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