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What Texas Hold’em players should know about Seven Card Stud

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.

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