All about Seven Card Stud

Betting Structures and Fixed Limit Betting

One of the earliest variants of poker, the popular casino game Seven Card Stud continues to be highly popular in a good number of casinos all over the world, especially among the older generation of poker players. Many players consider Seven Card Stud the purest type of poker as it relies heavily on remembering and playing of hands rather than manipulating the players’ minds with creative betting, as can be seen in Texas Hold ‘em. Seven Card Stud is also very slow in nature, as every hand takes twice the time taken by a regular Texas Hold ‘em hand to play out. Hence, players who’re more comfortable with playing-cards’ mathematics, for instance the bridge players, feel quite at home when they sit at a Seven Card Stud table!

Although it’s common to witness 2 to 8 players at most Seven Card Stud tables, it should be noted that special rules may be required for the final cards if there are 8 players on the table, more so, if none of them fold their cards. On the other hand, you can even play this game with nine players if there are experienced players at the table who fold pretty often.

The game of Seven Card Stud can be played using any of the following three betting structures:
- Fixed limit structure
- Spread limit structure or
- Pot limit structure

We’ll talk about Seven Card Stud poker’s fixed limit betting structure in this write up.

Fixed limit betting structure
This is the most commonly used betting structure in Seven Card Stud games played all over the world. When playing using the fixed limit betting structure, the betting limits are pre decided and fixed at certain amounts before the start of the game.
- The game size is determined based on the bet size. For instance, if you’re playing a £ 4 / £ 8 game, the £ 4 is the small bet (or lower betting limit) and £ 8 is the big bet (or higher betting limit).
- The original or ante bet is usually 10% of the big bet or higher betting limit.
- The minimum bring-in is normally the same as the ante or sometimes one fourth of the smaller bet.
- The bets and raises are placed in increments of the small or big bet amounts, depending on the betting round currently in play.
- The first two betting rounds (third street and fourth street) involve betting in increments of the lower betting limit or small bet. Hence, in the above example of the £ 4 / £ 8 game, a normal bet would be of £ 4 and a raise would be an added £ 4, making it a total of £ 8.
- The last three betting rounds (fifth, sixth and seventh street) involve betting in increments of the higher betting limit or big bet. Hence, in the above example of £ 4 / £ 8 game, a normal bet in these betting rounds would be of £ 8, while raises would be of £ 16.

What’s unique about the fixed limit betting structure is that there is a limit on the number of raises that can be made in a particular betting round. In most casinos or venues offering Seven Card Stud, you can have a maximum of one bet and three raises in a round, barring a few where there’s a cap of maximum four raises.