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Spread and Pot Limit Betting Structures

Spread limit stud
Spread limit is another popular betting structure in Seven Card Stud poker, after fixed limit betting. Its structure is almost exclusive to Stud poker although you may occasionally witness players using it in other games too. It’s a pretty rare betting structure and also the least standardised of all. Therefore, don’t be surprised if you find different spread limit Seven Card Stud poker rules in different poker rooms. However, despite such variations, there are certain standard concepts that remain the same. These are:

– There’s a certain specific minimum and maximum betting amount.

– The bets placed during any round of betting (or on any street) need to be between or at the pre decided limits. For instance, if you’re playing a £ 1 to £ 5 spread limit Seven Card Stud poker game, you can bet a minimum of £ 1 and a maximum of £ 5.

– In some of the spread limit stud poker game variations, these limits double-up during the later betting rounds/streets. For instance, in case of the above mentioned ‘£ 1 to £ 5’ game the maximum limit may be raised to £ 10 in the later betting rounds.

– The minimum raise is usually twice the previous bet.

– The maximum raise is normally raised from the spread limit’s top end. For instance, if any player bets £ 2 in our £ 1 to £ 5 game, the minimum raise amount would become £ 4 and the maximum raise amount would become £ 7. On the other hand, if any player bets £ 5 in the same game, the only permissible raise would be £ 5 for a total bet amount of £ 10.

– Normally, just as it is in case of fixed limit Seven Card Stud poker, there is a capping on the raises in this betting structure too. The permitted number of raises may vary depending on the different house rules, but in most cases you’re allowed to place one bet and three raises.

– A good number of spread limit Seven Card Stud poker games (with lower limits) don’t have any ante bets. However, the ones that do normally keep it at around 25% of the small or lower betting limit.

– The minimum bring-in is usually the same as the ante. However, in some places, the minimum bring-in may be set equal to the lower end of the spread.

– Any player wanting to complete the bring-in is free to bet any amount inside the spread.

Pot-limit stud
This betting structure variant is the biggest favourite of Hi limit Seven Card Stud poker players who love plenty of action in their games. As Seven Card Stud poker has five betting rounds, unlike four in Omaha Hold ‘em poker, the pot limit structure can lead to a much bigger pot compared to any other game where such betting structure is involved.

Just like many players consider no limit unsuitable for Omaha poker, a good number of poker players consider pot limit inappropriate for the Seven Card Stud games. However, this stud betting structure cay turn out to be your big-favourite, if all you’re looking is great action in your games! Some of its main characteristics are:

– The game size is normally dependent on the ante and the buy-in amount. Normally, the ante is kept at 1/200th of the buy-in. Hence, if you’re playing a £ 200 buying game, the ante would be kept at £ 1.

– The minimum bring-in is kept the same as the ante.

– The maximum betting amount is calculated by counting the total money in the pot as well as all the bets currently on the table, including calls made before raising. Let’s explain it with a couple of examples:
1. Let’s say you’re the first person to play on the third street with a £ 5 pot, and hence you’re required to bring. The options in front of you is either to bet equal to the ante of £ 1, or place a maximum bet equal to the pot of £ 5. You can even place any bet in between.
2. Let’s say you’re the second person to play on the fourth street. There’s £ 15 in the pot and the player before you had bet £ 10. The choices in front of you are to fold your hand, call £ 10 or raise the bet. Your minimum raise would be equal to the amount bet by the player before you, which in this case is £ 10, taking the total bet amount to £ 20. Your maximum raise would be the total amount in the pot. This can be arrived at by summing up the pot amount, the previous bet and your call. Hence, £ 15 plus £ 10 plus £ 10, equaling to £ 35. You can bet this total over and above your call, implying that your actual total bet would be £ 45 (your call plus the total pot size). You’re allowed to raise by any amount between the above-mentioned minimum and maximum raise amounts.