5 Can’t-Lose Poker Strategy Tips for Seven-Card Stud
Playing some seven-card stud? Hone your poker strategy and avoid a tough fold with these expert tips.
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.
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. (This woman turned her gambling habit into a charitable gift.)
Poker strategy: When to get agressive.
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.
Poker strategy: How good are your best cards?
“The best hand going in wins.” The better the cards you decide to play, the more you may expect to win. Expect some heartbreaking setbacks along the way, though.