Stud Hi/Lo Rules

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7-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8-or-better is a stud game. Each player is dealt 2 personal face-down hole cards and 1 personal face-up card. As the hand continues, players receive 3 additional personal face-up cards and 1 additional hole card. Players may use any 5 of their own 7 cards to make their best 5-card high hand and their best 5-card A-5 low hand.

Gameplay

 

  • A hand begins with all players paying a forced bet, known as an ante.
  • Each player is dealt 2 hole cards and 1 card face-up.
  • A round of betting occurs. The player with the lowest face-up card acts first, and is required to either place a partial bet called the bring-in, or wager the full small bet. Each player in turn, clockwise, has an opportunity to call (match) or raise (increase) the current bet, or fold and exit the hand.
  • When this betting round is complete, a second face-up card is dealt to each remaining player.
  • Another round of betting occurs, now beginning with the player showing the strongest face-up cards.
  • When this betting round is complete, a third face-up card is dealt to each remaining player.
  • The betting amount now doubles to a big bet, and another round of betting occurs in the same way.
  • When this betting round is complete, a fourth face-up card is dealt to each remaining player.
  • Another round of betting occurs in the same way.
  • When this round is complete, 1 final face-down card is dealt to each remaining player.
  • A final round of betting occurs.
  • If two or more players remain in the hand, a showdown is held and the players’ hole cards are compared.
  • If no players have a qualifying low hand, the pot is awarded to the best high hand.
  • If one or more players have a qualifying low hand, half of the pot is awarded to the best high hand, and half of the pot is awarded to the best low hand.

At showdown, opponents’ hole cards are scrambled, and are not always displayed in the same order in which they were drawn.

7-Card Stud Hi/Lo is played with Fixed Limit betting.
 
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