Stud Poker is any poker card game in which you are dealt some cards facing down and some cards facing up. The face-up cards, obviously, can be seen by other players. Betting is determined by who has what kind of cards.
Face-down cards are called pocket or hole cards. Perhaps it is because they are “hidden” like hands in your pocket. The face-up cards are called door cards.
7 Card Stud Poker Rules
7 Card Stud is a standard stud game that can seat up to 8 players. You get seven cards total hence the name. You can use any five of those seven cards to make your hand, unlike in Omaha.
To play, all participants must post an ante.
Next, the dealer gives each player a card. The dealing continues until everyone has two hole (facing down) cards and one door (facing up) card.
Betting begins clockwise started by the player with the lowest door card. This player “brings in” a bet that the others can call, raise or fold to.
Then the turn or fourth street card is dealt face up to each player.
Now the player with the highest visible card starts the betting. This applies to all future betting in the game.
The fifth (river) and sixth streets follow in the same fashion. (Note: “turn” and “river” in 7 Card Stud are NOT community cards).
The seventh and last card is given to each player face down.
After a last betting round and more than one player remains, there is a showdown of hands. In 7 Card Stud, as in standard poker games, the highest poker hand wins.
Razz Poker Rules
Razz is a variant of 7 Card Stud. It is a “lowball” poker game. That is, the objective is to win with the lowest poker hand according to the hand rankings. The straight and flush are not considered, so the best hand is A-2-3-4-5 also known as a “wheel.”
Unlike in Omaha Hi/Lo where a low hand has to be 8 and lower, there is no need to qualify for a low hand. Any hand can be the winning lowball hand.
Razz rules are the mirror-image of the standard 7 Card Stud game. Since high is low and low is high, there are reversals. For example, it is the player with the highest door card who makes the bring-in.
Razz is the game most hated by poker players. Even in the World Series of Poker tournament, the pros showed their frustration with the game.