7 Card Stud Hi/Lo: Explanation of the Rules

Explanation of the rules of Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better

This type of poker is worldwide exclusively offered using the limit betting structure. It can be played with two to eight players. In contrast to Texas Hold'em there are neither blinds nor a button. In order to build a pot each player has to post a mandatory bet, the so-called ante, before the cards are dealt.


The player sitting in seat 1 to the left of the dealer is dealt the first card of the deck. Each player gets two cards face down and one card face up, which are dealt in clockwise direction. Then the player with the lowest open card has to post a forced bet, the so-called bring-in. If several players are showing the same open card, e.g. a :4x, we'll use the suit rankings to decide who has to post the bring-in. The ranks of the suits are (strongest to weakest): Spades, Hearts, Diamonds and Clubs. Next to act is the player who is sitting to the immediate left of the bring-in. He can either fold his hand call the amount of the forced bet or raise to one of the two limits. If he decides to call the next player has the same options available. When there was already a raise in front of him the next player can also make a re-raise. The amount of the re-raise is also fixed. Thus, he can only re-raise to...