Long before Hold ’em became “the game”, Stud Hi (also called Seven-Card stud), was what you played when poker night came around. One part skill, one part memory, one part strategy, no parts boring.

Each player starts with two hole cards and one upcard; there are then three more rounds of upcards, with betting after each card, and a final downcard, followed by a final betting round. Each player ends up with seven cards: four face up and three face down. The player holding the best hand using any five of their cards wins the pot. As in Hold ’em, aces play both high and low.

Each new hand begins with every player putting an ante into the pot. For example, in a $2/$4 limit game, each player would ante 40 cents. The ante is not like a blind, and does not count toward any future bets. On the first round, the betting starts with the player having the lowest upcard. This bet is a forced bet, and the software will automatically put the specified minimum bet (called the bring-in) into the pot. In a $2/$4 game, the bring-in would be $.50.

Each player can then fold, call the bring-in, or complete the bet (that is, raise to the lower limit). Once the bring-in bet has been completed, there is a limit of three reraises. All future rounds have a three raise limit, as well.

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