Seven Card Stud Hi Lo
Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo
The Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo in all ways and looks is a highly technical poker game. That is to say, it can tax your brain quite a bit. It is a game where the best traditional ‘high’ poker hand and the best Ace to Five lowball hand split the pot at a showdown. In this game, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo poker, the players are dealt 7 cards throughout the course of the hand, but only the best five-card hand possible for each individual player can be used to determine the winner of the hand. It is played with an ‘eight or better’ qualifier, which just shows that a low hand must be, at its worst, an eight low to be able to qualify to win the low portion of the pot. Of course the low hands in this game of Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo are determined in exactly the same way as the other poker games such as the Omaha Hi/Lo and Razz.
Rules for Playing Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo poker
At the very beginning of the game of Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo poker, all players must ante a nominal amount whose exact size depends on the game, and is displayed on the table’s title bar. Every individual player is dealt two hidden hole cards and one exposed card. A player with the lowest exposed card is the ‘bring-in’, and is compelled to make another nominal bet or a full small bet. Here too, the exact size of the bring-in would depend on the game being played. The players continue to make their moves clockwise around the table until the betting is complete for the round.
For the sake of determining the bring-in in Seven Card Stud, any ties in card rankings are broken by suit, with the order from the highest to the lowest being in spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs. The lowest suit brings in. so if the deuce of hearts and deuce of clubs are visible at the beginning of the hand, then the deuce of clubs would be the one to bring-in.
How to Play the Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo poker
The game begins with each player receiving an exposed card, called ‘Fourth Street’. The first player to make a move will be the individual whose exposed cards have the highest poker value. By rule of the thumb, this player may either check or bet. Contrary to the Seven Card Stud, here there is no double-sized bet if a player makes a pair on Fourth Street as all bets are in the lower increment of $2 in a $2/$4 game. The second round sees each player getting another exposed card called Fifth Street. Again by the rule of the thumb, the first player to make a move is the individual whose exposed poker hand has the highest poker value. It should be noted here that beginning from ‘Fifth Street’, and for the rest of the hand; the bets are in big bet increments of $4 in a $2/$4 game just like it is in the Seven Card Stud.
The next round of play sees each poker player receiving another exposed card this time known as ‘Sixth Street’ as in the Seven Card Stud game. Again the player to make the first move is the one with the highest poker value in his exposed cards. In the final round, each player receives the seventh and final card, is dealt face-down and is known only to the player to whom the card is dealt. The first player to act as expected is the one whose exposed cards have the highest poker value. If there is more than one player remaining after the final betting round is complete in Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo, the last bettor or raiser shows his or her cards. If there was no bet on the final round, the player in the earliest seat as it is counted from one, two and so on; this player shows his or her cards first. Later there is what is called a showdown to determine the Hi and Lo Winners.
The player with the best five-card hand for the high, also called ‘Hi’ , wins half the pot, and the player with the best hand for low, called ‘Lo’, wins the other half of the pot. There is an ‘eight or better’ requirement to win the low, so a player must have an unpaired five-card hand that consists of all cards less than or equal to an 8. If no player meets this requirement, no low qualifies. A new game starts as soon as the pot has been awarded.