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Learn 7 Card Stud - Hi / Low

Last updated: 2014-06-04

7 Card Stud Hi/Lo is very similar to 7 Card Stud, except the pot is split between a high hand (the same as in 7 Card Stud) and a low hand (which is based on five cards that start at eight or below - see our Hand ranking page for more information).

Before a game starts, each player must post an 'ante', a mandatory amount that ensures there is some money in the pot. In stud poker games, there are no community cards. Instead, the dealer begins by dealing clockwise until each player has three cards. The first two cards are dealt face down ('hole' cards), the third face up (the 'door' card).

7 Card Stud is divided into five rounds of betting, and the betting moves clockwise around the table.

If two or more players tie by holding equally-strong winning five-card hands, the pot will be split between the tying players. If there is an odd chip, it will be given to the winner of the high hand. At the value of the odd chip is 1 cent.

Opening the Betting

The player with the lowest-ranking up card starts the game with a token bet called the 'bring-in'. (If two or more players have the same lowest card, the bring-in is determined by suit in alphabetical order: clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades.)

Third Street

Once the bring-in bet has been made, each player (starting with the player to the left of the bring-in) can fold, call, or raise to the betting limit.

Fourth Street

On 4th Street all players have 2 hole cards and 2 board/open cards. The betting action on this round begins with the player with the highest 2-card poker hand. This is the last round of betting at the lower limit.

Fifth Street

After the betting action on 4th Street is complete each player is dealt a 5th card, face up. The betting action on this round is the first round of betting at the higher limit. This card and this betting action are called 5th Street.

Sixth Street

Everyone is dealt another up card. The player with the highest combination of up cards starts the betting.

Seventh Street or The River

Everyone is dealt their final down card. The same player who started the last round again starts the betting.

The Showdown

If there is more than one player left in the game, there is a showdown. During the showdown, the players reveal their cards and the highest hand wins half the pot, and the lowest low hand wins the other half. The same player can have both the best high and low hands, or, if none of the players has a low hand, then the highest hand wins the entire pot.