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Playing Poker: Stud 8 Or Better

Aug 17, 2007
There are many different types of poker games played across the globe. Each variant of the game has its own set of rules, though the general concepts and rules do apply. The objective is the same; to place a bet and win with the highest hand.

No matter which variant you choose to play, it is important to understand the rules and develop a good playing strategy. This will help you make good decisions when playing, and improve your overall game.

Though Texas Hold'em is among the most popular variants, there are others from which to choose. Stud 8 Or Better is one such type.

Seven Card Stud 8 Or Better is a well-known form of poker that is often referred to as High-Low. So what is it exactly, and how does it work?

In Seven Card Stud 8 or Better, a single standard deck of 52 cards is used. This, of course, excludes the use of jokers. A game generally begins with all players posting "ate", a predetermined amount placed in the pot before the cards are even dealt.

The amount of the ante is based on the size of the game, and does not follow any set rule. If playing at a casino or online, the exact amount should be made clear prior to beginning the game.

In Seven Card Stud 8 Or Better poker, players receive seven cards, three down cards and four up cards. After the antes are placed, the first round gets underway with each player being dealt three cards, two down cards and one up card.

The up card may also be referred to as the "door card" or the "third street".

Here, the lowest up card initiates the action with what is known as a "bring-in" bet. This means that if two or more players have the same lowest card, the person bringing it in is determined by suit order in the following progression: clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades.

Each player is allowed one bet and three raises in each betting round. To continue playing, the players must take action from what is given to them in each betting round, unless they are all-in.

After the first round, another card is dealt face-up to each player still in the game in other words, to every player who did not fold on third street. Here, the second round of betting is called "fourth street".

From this round on, the highest hand showing begins the action by checking or betting. If someone makes a bet, the opponents may call, raise the bet, or fold.

As you might expect, after third and fourth street, comes fifth street, assuming you are still in the game. Here, another card is dealt face-up and the player with the highest hand showing starts the action. A difference between the later rounds and the first two rounds is that the betting limits switch from its lower number to its higher one.

The fourth round, called sixth street, continues the same as the others. Here the betting limits remain on the higher number.

The fifth and final round is a bit different. The one card is dealt facedown this time, it is called the "river" though many people refer to it as, you guessed it, seventh street. This round is played much like the others.
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