Seven-card Stud Hi/Lo is a variant of Seven-card Stud. If you need a quick refresher on the basics of Seven-card Stud, click here.
The betting, ante, and bring-in are exactly the same as in Seven-card stud. At the showdown, the pot is split between the holder of the highest hand and the holder of the lowest hand, if the low hand qualifies.
To qualify for a low hand, you must have five distinct cards (no pairs), with no card higher than an 8. Straights and flushes do not count against you. The best 5 card low hand is A-2-3-4-5 of any suit. The hand is “ranked” by starting with the highest low card. 7-4-3-2-1 would be considered a 7-low, and would lose to 6-4-3-2-1, a 6-low. If two players each have low hands with the same highest card, the next highest card determines the winner. 7-5-4-3-2 loses to 7-4-3-2-1. If there is no qualifying low hand, the high hand wins the entire pot.
The only betting difference is that toto hk street does not offer an optional increase in the betting limit, regardless of any pairs on the board. In Seven-card stud Hi/Lo, the first two betting rounds are always at the lower limit, and the last three always at the higher limit.
Just as in the high version of Seven-card stud, each player starts with two hole cards and one upcard; there are then three more rounds of upcards, with betting after each card, and a final downcard, followed by a final betting round. Each player ends up with seven cards: four face up and three face down.
In Seven-card Stud Hi/Lo, each player forms a high hand and, if possible, a qualifying low hand, using any five of his seven cards. Both the high hand combination and the low hand combination can use the same set of cards, but they don’t have to. As in Seven-card Stud, aces play both high and low. You may use an ace as a high card for one hand, and as a low card for another.
Long before Hold ’em became “the game”, Stud Hi (also called Seven-Card stud), was what you played when poker night came around. One part skill, one part memory, one part strategy, no parts boring.
Each player starts with two hole cards and one upcard; there are then three more rounds of upcards, with betting after each card, and a final downcard, followed by a final betting round. Each player ends up with seven cards: four face up and three face down. The player holding the best hand using any five of their cards wins the pot. As in Hold ’em, aces play both high and low.
Each new hand begins with every player putting an ante into the pot. For example, in a $2/$4 limit game, each player would ante 40 cents. The ante is not like a blind, and does not count toward any future bets. On the first round, the betting starts with the player having the lowest upcard. This bet is a forced bet, and the software will automatically put the specified minimum bet (called the bring-in) into the pot. In a $2/$4 game, the bring-in would be $.50.
Each player can then fold, call the bring-in, or complete the bet (that is, raise to the lower limit). Once the bring-in bet has been completed, there is a limit of three reraises. All future rounds have a three raise limit, as well.
On fourth and all successive streets, the betting always starts with the player showing the highest board. If two or more players have the same high board, the betting begins with the player closest to the left of the stud button.
The betting on fourth street normally proceeds at the lower limit. If, however, any board shows an open pair, any player may choose to bet or raise at the higher limit. Once a bet has been made at the higher limit, subsequent raises must be at the higher limit. For example, in a $2/$4 game, the betting in fourth street normally proceeds in increments of $2. If one of the players has an open pair, that player has a choice of betting either $2 or $4. If that player bets $2, any other player can call the $2, raise $2, or raise $4. Once a bet or raise of $4 has been made, the betting must proceed at $4 increments.
On fifth street, the betting starts at the higher limit, and remains at that limit through the final round of betting. After the last round of betting, the software will award the pot to the best hand.