7 Card Stud Hi/Lo

Stud Hi-Lo is a "split pot" game, meaning that at showdown, the pot is divided in half, on half is given to the lowest possible five card hand and the other is given to the highest poker hand at the table. Its objective is to make the Highest and Lowest Five card poker hand using five of the seven hole cards.

GAME PLAY

  • Ante - All players must post an ante before any cards are dealt. Ante's are commonly 1/5 the bring- in, but vary from game to game. If you don't ante, you will not be dealt cards. The purpose of an ante is to create action, to give the players something to play for.
  • Each player places an ante on the table, which is set by the card room.
  • After the player have placed their antes three cards are dealt to each of them starting with the player to the immediate left of the dealer - two face down card known as the hole or pocket card and one visible card known as the door card. This round is knows as 'The Open'.
  • Player with the lowest visible card brings in the first round of betting with a forced bet.
  • After the players have finished betting the dealer deals the next visible card called the fourth street. Thus giving way to the second round of betting.
  • After the players are done betting the dealer deals the third visible card called the fifth street.
  • Players continue betting after the fourth card is dealt.
  • Once the players have posted equal bets the final visible card known as the sixth street is dealt to each player.
  • And again the players move to a round of betting.
  • Finally the dealer deals the last card called the river card, facedown.
  • This is followed by a final betting round.
  • After all final bets have been posted. There is a Showdown i.e. all players reveal their cards to determine the best lowest five card hand. At this final stage of the game the player who has the best low hand will win the pot.
  • In order to qualify for a low hand they must be:
    1. five unpaired cards, all with ranks at or below eight.
    2. Aces are considered low for the low hand.
    3. Flushes and straights do not count for the low, meaning the best low possible is A-2-3-4-6.
    4. Low hands are counted from the top down, meaning the hand is only as good as its highest card.

WINNING A POT

  • There are two possible ways a player can win or as they say in poker terms 'take down' a pot.
    1. If he has the best possible five card poker hand.
    2. If he is the only player to bet at that pot and all other players choose to fold their cards.
  • The High and Low hands share the pot on a 50/50 basis. In the instance where there is no legitimate low hand the player with the high hand wins the pot.

BETTING STRUCTURES

  • All Players must post antes before they receive their initial cards.
  • Each player after receiving his cards can choose to fold in any betting round.
  • There are five betting rounds in a complete game of Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo, not including the ante.
  • On the first round of betting, the player with the lowest value door card 'brings-in' the betting - equal to at least half the minimum bet for the game.
  • In subsequent rounds, the player with the highest hand initiates the betting.
  • Rules to be considered while determining the low hand:
  • All cards are worth face value and face cards are valued from worst to best: Jack, Queen, and King.
  • Aces are high for the bring, which means they rank higher than a king.
  • If two players have the same value low card, suits are used to determine the loser.
  • Stud uses poker-suit ordering, alphabetic from worst to best: clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades.
  • The player with the forced bet has the option of opening for a full bet.
  • Increasing the amount wagered by the opening forced bet if it is half the full bet limit, by the next player, up to a full bet does not count as a raise, but merely as a completion of the bet.
  • Betting increments in the game determine the bets. For example, in a game of $5 and $10 betting increments, the first two rounds of betting and raising are set at the lower level of $5, the other two rounds of betting and raising are set at the higher level of $10.
  • In all fixed-limit games, when an open pair is showing on fourth street (second upcard), any player has the option of betting either the lower or the upper limit.
  • Once the third raise has been made, the betting is "capped," meaning all future action in that betting round is restricted to calling or folding.
  • Player betting on the Sixth street use the big bet limit.

 

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