As we’ve noted time and time again, Texas Hold’em is the modern Canadian poker player’s game of choice rather than the old standby of Seven Card Stud. While poker evolves like everything else in order to remain appealing to new generations of fans across the world, it would be a shame is Seven Card Stud were to disappear altogether as new players fail to realize what a great game it still is.
To keep Seven Card Stud alive and expand your arsenal of poker skills – which will strengthen your poker game no matter what variety you’re playing – take the time to familiarize yourself with the game. There are really only five key points to keep in mind as you tackle this classic poker game.
First, just like in Texas Hold’em, be picky and selective when deciding which hands are worth playing. If your starting hand isn’t great, it’s probably time to fold. Play tight if you want to win.
Second, pay attention! What are your opponents up to? What are their individual tendencies when it comes to playing the game? Observe and use the clues you pick up on to your advantage as the game progresses.
Third, avoid calling. If your hand is good enough to play, you should be raising anyway! If not, fold.
Fourth, don’t forget about the up cards. Remember to periodically check what your competition has and see what cards are still live.
Finally, remember that if you bet on the come in Seven Card Stud, the game is more likely to go in your favour. When your strong cards are down, no one else knows what you’re planning or that you’re strong competition, so use this to your advantage!
If Texas Hold’em is your game of choice when it comes to poker, you’re not alone. Many Canadian poker fans enjoy this variety above all others, and for good reason. It’s an exciting game filled with dramatic moves and raises, especially when getting into the no-limit types, which attract a lot of attention in the poker community both at home and abroad.
But if you’re a real poker fan, it’s important to know about the games that came before Texas Hold’em as well. Familiarize yourself with other games in order to better understand and appreciate what makes your favourite variety so special. For example, how do Seven Card Stud, the old staple game of poker a generation or two ago, and Texas Hold’em stack up against one another?
First and foremost, in Seven Card Stud there aren’t any community cards. This is a big blow to Hold’em fans whose entire strategy is based on knowing what cards other players are working with. Imagine trying to figure things out with nothing to go on! Seven Card Stud also utilizes an ante system rather than blinds, and there are five rounds of betting rather than four. It’s also not possible to play with more than eight players, which may be nice depending on your preferences.
One of the biggest differences is that in Seven Card Stud, position isn’t an issue. The strength of one’s cards determines the turn order, not one’s relation to the dealer or the button, and this can really throw Hold’em players off balance.
Even though Seven Card Stud and Texas Hold’em are both poker games, there are some differences that make them feel as if they couldn’t be more unalike. Remember, however, that Seven Card Stud is a classic for a reason, and it wouldn’t hurt to get a little more comfortable with it even if you know Hold’em is what you love best.
For Canadian poker fans who eagerly follow televised WSOP events on ESPN with all the glamour and excitement that has become synonymous with the Texas Hold’em variety of poker, it’s easy to forget that before this variant of poker became such a sensation, seven card stud was what everyone preferred to play. With so many poker stars being born in Canada and drawing attention to the more recent poker fads, seven card stud has fallen by the wayside. Yet it’s important for true poker fans to know this poker game as well, as it can help sharpen skills and build an appreciation for the history and development of the game over the years.
Seven card stud setup is similar to other poker varieties that players in Canada have long been familiar with. Even if you don’t see this game as much at local casinos or in the media, it’s still a classic. In seven card stud, players must put in an ante rather than a blind, after which the dealer deals each poker player two hole cards and one card face up. Cards dealt face up in seven card stud are referred to as door cards or window cards, depending on who you’re playing with, as they give a glimmer of insight into what each player’s hand might look like without giving away the whole picture.
The player who is dealt the window card with the lowest value is expected to begin the hand. This is called the bring in seven card stud. The third street, or first round of betting, allows each player to either fold, call, or raise. After this round is complete, the dealer then gives each player another show card. The player with the highest value of show cards is expected to begin the fourth round of betting, during which players may check, call, raise, or fold. This process is repeated for the fifth street (third round) and sixth street (fourth round) in which bets are usually more substantial than previous rounds. In the seventh street (final round), the last card is dealt face down to each player.
The showdown takes place after the final round of betting is complete, in which each player creates the best hand possible out of the seven cards he or she has been dealt to that point. The two cards that aren’t used in the hand have no relevance in the showdown and are labeled dead. The rules for determining the winning hand are the same as other familiar varieties of poker.
There are no community cards in seven card stud, which forces players to use their imaginations in order to predict what their opponents’ hands might look like based on each player’s individual show cards (the cards that are dealt face up). As the game can be played with up to eight people, this can entail a lot of calculated analysis is many different directions, making the game a complex exercise in multitasking and cognitive skills.