Seven-card stud is a popular (and easy) poker variant. Players are dealt two cards face down, then one card face up—you’re allowed to look at your face down or “hole” cards. Betting goes clockwise from there, and players can call, fold, or raise. Once betting is done, players are dealt another face-up card. This pattern continues through the sixth card, after which players are dealt a face-down seventh card. After the final round of betting, everyone reveals their hands: The player with the best five-card hand from the seven dealt wins. Got it? Now, a few poker strategy tips to better your game.
Poker strategy: When to fold.iStock/mediaphotos
Getting a three-card suit or sequence of cards is a long shot, so without anything good in the first couple of rounds, you’re probably better off folding unless most of the table has stayed in the game. Only bet against a single remaining player (or two) if you’re already holding a high pair or better.
Poker strategy: When to get agressive.iStock/Adrian-Dracup
If you have an ace or king in the first three cards, stay in the game. If you have a pair of either, play aggressively from the outset.