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7 Card Stud Poker

Players are dealt seven cards in five rounds and must make their best possible 5 card poker hand from the cards they are dealt.

The game begins with a small ante from all players at the table and each player is dealt two cards face down and one card face up.

The player with the highest up card begins the betting with a forced bet (called the bring in) and play moves in a clockwise direction with players either calling the bring, completing the bet (raising to the lower limit) or folding. There is a limit of three re-raises in all betting rounds.

Next, a second card is dealt face up, followed by another betting round. This is followed by a third up card being dealt, and again, another betting round that begins with the player whose up card's make the best hand.

Since there are less than 5 cards face up, no straights, flushes or full houses will count for this.

Next a fourth up card is dealt followed by another betting round, then finally, a down card is dealt. This is followed by the final betting round and then a showdown.

At the showdown players must make their best 5-card poker hand out of the seven cards they were dealt.

7 card stud is summarized as 2 down, 4 up, 1 down.

If there are not enough cards in the deck for each player to all receive 7 cards, a single community card is dealt to the center of the table in the final round which all players can use as their 7th card.

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