Poker: How To Play 7 Card Stud High/Low
What is 7 Card Stud High/Low?
7 Card Stud High/Low is a variation of 7 Card Stud that allows the pot to be split between both the regular 'high' hand, as well as a qualifying 'low' hand. A qualifying 'low' hand has to include five unpaired cards below an eight. In the case that no qualifying low hand exists at showdown, the money is won by the highest hand available. Hands can win both the 'high' and the 'low' of the pot at the same time (say with a solid low and a good high hand) - a practice known as 'Scooping'
How is it played?
7 Card Stud High/Low starts with three cards being dealt - two of which are face down. There is then a 'bring in' (more on that later) and a betting round. Another card is dealt to the remaining player(s) face up. This is followed by another betting round. This continues until a total of six cards have been dealt, with the initial two still face down, and the other four face up. The final card in Stud is always dealt face down. There is one final betting round after this last face down card. After this the cards are turned up and the pot is divided between the best high hand and the best low hand. If no low hand exists the best high hand takes the whole pot.
What are the blinds like?
Unlike Hold'em, you do not have blinds. Instead, all players put in a equal amount of money before the cards are dealt, called the 'ante'.
What exactly is the 'bring in'?
Once all players have posted their antes, they are all dealt three cards, with the first two being dealt face down. The final card is dealt face up, and the lowest one showing is forced to make a bet to start off the action. This 'bring in' bet is typically a quarter of the size of the early street betting, and the bring in player also has the option of just making a standard raise if they so choose.
How much can I bet during the game?
7 Card Stud High/Low is a limit game, which means your betting is restricted to certain amounts on each street (in stud players typically refer to the action in 'streets', so if on the fifth card players would be on 'fifth street'). Usually the betting will be in small units for the first two streets, and will then double for all subsequent cards.
Who plays first?
As 7 Card Stud High/Low has no blinds, the position is dictated by the strength of the hands showing. Although the low card showing has to bring in on the first round of betting, all subsequent streets of betting are kicked off by the high hand showing.
Are you up to the challenge?
7 Card Stud High/Low is a complex and intricate game. It requires players to have a thorough understanding of the basic principles behind any High/Low split game, as well as to understand the intricacies of Stud in general. It is growing in popularity along side Omaha High/Low, and remains one of the games that is always played in the big mixed games in Vegas. It's combination of luck, skill, splitting pots, and a large amount of information make it one of the most exciting and interesting games available, and Betfair is proud to be offering it on our new platform.