7 Card Stud Hi Lo Poker
How to play 7 Card Stud Hi Lo Poker
7 Card Stud Hi Lo poker is essentially the same as 7 Card Stud poker except that the lowest low hand and highest hand share the pot between them. And if there is no qualifying low hand, then the highest hand will rake in the entire pot. For you to have a low hand in 7 Card Stud Hi Lo poker, you need to have five different cards, each no higher than the rank of eight. Flushes or straight does not count against your low hand and Ace can be used as either the high card or low card in 7 Card Stud hi lo poker.
Before the game can begin in 7 Card Stud Hi Lo poker, all the players must put a mutually agreed bet call the Ante. The purpose of this forced bet is actually to help spice up the game action. After the Ante, each player will be dealt with three cards with one facing up. This round is also known as the 'Third Street' in 7 Card Stud Hi Lo poker. The player who faced up card has the lowest value is then required to make another bet known as the 'bring in' bet in 7 Card Stud Hi Lo poker. Betting will then continue clockwise around the table until have put in their bets.
After the initial round of betting has been completed, the 'Fourth Street' cards will then be dealt to each player. This card is also exposed. This time instead of the lowest value card, the highest value card holder will be the one to act in the betting round in 7 Card Stud Hi Lo poker. This player also has the choice to check or bet if he chooses. After completion of the betting round, the next exposed card to be dealt out will be the 'Fifth Street and its subsequent betting around. The last card to be dealt face up will be the 'Sixth Street'. In 7 Card Stud Hi Lo poker, the final card to be dealt to all the players will be the 'Seventh Street'. However, this card is dealt face down and not exposed.
For the 'Seventh Street' in 7 Card Stud Hi Lo poker, the first person to act in the betting round will also be the same person in the 'Sixth Street' round. This is because the Seventh Street card is not exposed. Thus, the last known highest value card exposed is the 'Sixth Street' card. After the final betting round has been completed, the showdown will be the next step in 7 Card Stud Hi Lo poker. This is where the person who places the last bet will show his cards.
In 7 Card Stud Hi Lo poker, the player with the strongest high hand will win the 'Hi' half of the pot while the player with the best low hand will win the 'Lo' half of the pot. And if no hands qualify as a low hand, then the high hand will win the entire pot. This situation can arises as 7 Card Stud Hi Lo poker has a requirement that the low hand cards must be "eight or better".