7 Card Poker - Rules
The number of the participating players in this game can vary from 2 to 10. At the start of the game the dealer deals each player 2 cards, face down. You have to look at this so called Hole Cards' but don't let anybody else see these cards. They need to remain unknown to the opposing players.
The next round of cards will be dealt Face Up. He then puts the pack face down in front of himself on the table. The player with the highest ranking up-card now makes the opening bet. Now you have to either Call or Raise to stay into the game. After all the bets are made the dealer deals another up-card to the remaining players.
The second round of betting starts with the player holding the highest ranking hand with the 2 up-cards. The player then has 3 choices. He can Drop Out, Check or Bet. The rest of the players can Stay, Play, Fold or Raise. The next round the dealer again deals another up-card to each player. Now you have 3 up-cards and 'The Holes' on the table in front of you.
The third round of betting works exactly like the second and after this an extra 2 more rounds of dealing and betting follow. The seventh and last card will then again be dealt face down. The final betting round works just like the others except players can also choose to Call instead of Playing or Staying.
After all betting is done, the player with the highest hand with the up-cards starts to turn over his hole cards. He and any other 7 card stud player may use any 5 of the 7 dealt cards to get the highest possible hand. The gambler with the highest hand wins the pot in the middle.
You may note that 7 cards to 8 players plus 4 burn cards makes 60 cards, and there are only 52 in the deck. In most games this is not a problem because several players will have folded in early betting rounds. But there are certainly low-stakes home games where few if any players fold. If this is the case in your game, you may want to limit the game to 7 players. If the deck does become exhausted during play, previously-dealt burn cards can be used when only a few cards are needed to complete the deal.
If even those are not sufficient, then on the final round instead of dealing a down-card to each player, a single community card is dealt to the center of the table, and is shared by everyone (that is, each player treats it as his seventh card). Under no circumstances can any discarded card from a folded hand be 'recycled' for later use. Unlike Draw Poker, where no cards are ever seen before showdown, Stud Poker players use the information they get from face-up cards to make strategic decisions, and so a player who sees a certain card folded is entitled to make decisions knowing that the card will never appear in another opponent's hand.