Seven Card Stud 8
Seven Card Stud 8 or better is a popular, well-known form of poker. It is played
with up to eight players at the table.
Before the start of the game, the BahaPoker.com system generates a fresh deck of
cards internally for the first hand. On BahaPoker.com, we use a single deck of cards to play a hand of poker, where
a deck refers to 52 cards excluding the jokers. Online poker rooms use what is called the Random Number Generator
(RNG) to shuffle a deck of cards before the hand.
How does it work?
The system generates a random set of numbers, which are used to place each card in
a particular, random, position in the deck. Once the complete deck is created, the deck is used for that particular
We shuffle the deck of cards every time we start a hand; the random numbers
previously generated are discarded and new ones are generated before the shuffle.
The First round:
A fresh table starts off with all the players posting an “ante” (putting a
predetermined amount in the pot before the cards are dealt). The ante is usually based on the size of the game. For
e.g. the ante amount for a 1/2 table might be 25 cents while for a 3/6 table, it would be 50 cents. In Seven-card
stud poker, players receive seven cards, three "down" cards and four "up" cards.
After the antes have been placed each player is dealt three cards (two "down"
cards and one "up" card). The "up" card is also known as the "door card" or "Third Street". The person with the
lowest "up" card must initiate the action with a "Bring-In" bet. (If two or more players have the same lowest card,
the person who brings it in is determined by suit order progressing from clubs, diamonds, hearts, and
Each player is allowed one bet and three raises in each betting round. To continue
to play, players must take an action from what is displayed to them on each "street" or betting round (unless they
The Second Round:
After the first round of betting another card is dealt face-up to each player that
still remains in the pot (those who didn't fold on "third street"). This is "Fourth Street" (the second round of
betting). From "Fourth Street" on, the highest hand showing begins the action by checking or betting. If a pair is
showing on "Fourth Street", the player has the option to make a single or double bet. If a player makes a
single/double bet, the other players may call, raise the single bet, raise the double bet or fold. In case of a
double bet, only an equal amount can be raised (to the extent of the double bet).
The Third Round:
Upon completion of the betting on "fourth street", another card is dealt face-up
to those who remain in the pot. This is called "Fifth Street" (in this, the third round of betting, the maximum bet
is double what was available in the first two rounds and it continues at this amount for the remaining betting
rounds). The highest hand showing again starts the action by checking or betting.
The Fourth Round:
Upon the completion of betting on "fifth street", another card is dealt face-up.
This is "Sixth Street" (fourth betting round).
The Fifth Round:
The final card is dealt down. The last card is also known as the "River Card" or
"Seventh Street" (final round of betting).
Some standard rules
A maximum of four bets, which includes one bet and three raises, are allowed for
each betting round per player. To continue to be in on the stakes of a game, players must take an action from a
number of choices displayed to them on each "street" or betting round (unless they are all-in). The term cap is
used to describe the final raise in a round since betting is then capped and no one can make another raise. Once
capped, players will have the option of calling or folding only. Folding can be done at any stage of the game. The
action of folding basically removes the player from the action, giving him/her no rights over any pots left on the
Poker is typically played "table stakes", meaning that only the chips in play at
the beginning of each hand may be used throughout the hand. This means that the player cannot get additional funds
from the cashier while he is in the midst of a game. The table stakes rule has an application called the "All-In"
rule, which states that a player cannot be forced to forfeit a hand because the player does not have enough chips
to call a bet.
Exceptions to the value of betting in each round:
A player who does not have enough chips to call a bet is declared All-In. The
player is eligible for the portion of the pot to the point of his final wager. All further action involving other
players takes place in a "side pot", which is unavailable to the player who has already gone All-In. When a player
goes All-in, the pot currently at the center of the table, which has contributions from him/her as well, is treated
as the main pot, over which the All-in player has rights. After the player goes all-in, all the new bets are placed
in a side pot, over which only the contributing players have rights. The side pot is then given to the next winning
Seven Card Stud 8 Seven Card Stud 8 or better is a popular,
well-known form of poker. It is played with up to eight players at the table. The Game: Before the start of the
game, the EVEREST Poker.com...
As this is a multi player game, the players are expected to play each hand within
a set time frame. On BahaPoker.com we provide players with approximately 30 seconds to play with. Initially the
player is given 10 seconds, after which there is a timer countdown, which is displayed on the table for 20 seconds.
The user goes all-in if he has contributed some money to the pot; otherwise his hand is folded in case he/she does
not respond in time. The system is intelligent in detecting whether or not a player has been disconnected. This
means that if a player gets disconnected and then reconnects back with some time remaining in his turn, then he is
given an additional 20 seconds to play his turn. But if the player is not able to connect back to the table before
the time elapses, then the player goes All-in. All-in basically means that the player is in the game, but would not
be an active player (placing any bets). Whatever pot is collected till this time is referred as the main pot, and
the all-in player has rights (if he wins) to this pot only. After this the money that is bet on the table is added
to a side pot, over which the all-in player does not have any rights (if he wins).
Upon completion of the final round of betting, the best hand wins the pot. (The
pot may also be won by someone who bets without being called at any time during the hand.). Your "hand" is
determined by using the best five of seven cards. A combination of the following may be used
- Five cards from the seven dealt to you
- One board (community) card and four of the cards dealt to you.
There is no qualifying on the "High" side - the best hand automatically wins half
the pot and could win the whole pot. To win the "Low" side, however, you have to qualify (which is why the game is
called Seven Card Stud "8 or Better").
To qualify for the “Low”: It takes a five-card hand with different numerical
values from Ace through eight (with the Ace being the lowest value) to qualify for the "Low" half of the pot. The
best "Low" hand is A,2,3,4,5 (also known as the "wheel" or "bicycle"). The winning "Low" hand is the one with the
lowest high card in it. If two or more players qualify for "Low" but have the same highest card, the second lowest
high card (and if necessary progressing down to the third, fourth, or fifth lowest high cards) would be the winning
hand. For example, a 2,3,4,6,8 would be a better "Low" hand than an A,2,4,7,8.
On the final round of betting, the player who bets first (or checks first if no
one else bets) is required to show their cards first at the showdown. If they have the best hand, the remaining
players may/may not show their cards as they wish. The aggressors’ hand is only turned over first if he was the
last to initiate action on the river.
There is a set rank of cards, which is used for deciding the winning combination.
To view the various ranks that are possible, click here
Split Pot: Any leftover odd chip goes to the "High" hand. If two or more players
tie for the "High" side of the pot and there is an odd chip, the player with the highest card in their hand is
awarded the odd chip. (If they have the same high valued card, the suit takes preference going from Spades, Hearts,
Diamonds, and Clubs.) If two or more players "tie" for the "Low" side of the pot and there is an odd chip, that
chip is awarded to the player with the lowest card in their hand. (If they have the same lowest card, the suit
takes preference in the order of Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, and Spades).
Some things to Remember:
Straights and flushes do NOT count against you on the "Low" side.
You may use any combination of cards for the "High" hand or the "Low" hand or you may
use the same cards for both the "High" and "Low" sides.
If two or more hands are ranked at the same level, the winner is the one having
the higher cards. For example, a Flush with an Ace high beats a Flush with a King high. If the poker hands remain
tied, then the highest card not being held in common (the kicker) determines the winner.
The suit order of the cards is not taken into account while deciding on the
winning hands. Everestpoker follows the standard rules of poker. Should poker hands be absolutely identical in
ranking, the pot distribution will be split evenly between the two or more winning players. If there is an odd
chip, the player with the highest card in their hand is awarded the odd chip. (If they have the same high valued
card, the suit takes preference goes from Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, and Clubs).