Although 7-Card Stud has greatly dropped in the global poker-game popularity contest since the boom of Texas Hold ’em at the turn of the 21st century, it remains the game-of-choice in many home games (especially in the States). Due to televised and more-broadly marketed HORSE poker tournaments, 7-Stud currently finds itself in a popularity up-swing. Most major online casinos offer all variants of “Triple Stud” (see below), and it’s a very lucrative game for experts in 7-Card Stud cash game strategy at most brick-and-mortar casinos these days … especially due to the many recreational players looking to “try their luck” at something new.
If you learn the information on our advanced poker-strategy pages, our blogs, and especially the Essential Poker Knowledge video series on 7-Card Stud, you’ll be the dominate player at almost all home games and the great majority of low- and middle-stakes games both online and live. For general starting hands recommendations and additional street-specific strategies, see the poker-strategy shop.
Tips for Increasing Your Win-Rate in 7-Card Stud
- Always adhere to bankroll management (have approximately 300 to 350 “big bets” in your total allotted “risk capital”).
- Minimum stack size per table: at least 17 big bets: 25bb recommendation
- Fixed-limit (FL) 7-Stud (if capped each round): 4x small bet (sb) on 3rd and 4th + 4x big bet (bb) on 5th-7th = 16 bbs (not including the ante per round, which is typically 10%-50% of the big bet).
- FL Hold ‘em = 12 bbs maximum per pot when capped
- Review bluff success table & villain’s respective pot odds (generally very little fold equity in fixed-limit games)
- If you are going to get out of the hand, do so on 5th street at the latest.
- A “big hand” = three-of-a-kind (i.e. “trips” or a “set”) or better: “JJs up” or better (i.e. two pair with the top pair being a pair of JJs or higher) are often also good enough to take down the pot at a showdown (barring Q, K or A up-cards in your opponent’s hands).
- Review the information provided on the pages above as well as the Essential Poker Knowledge video sub-series on 7 Stud.
- Subscribe to the poker-strategy blogs and the newsletter to receive periodic updates on various advanced strategy topics pertaining to optimal play.
- All live players should definitely review the free videos on poker tells and non-verbal communication:
- Never watch the board or look at your pocket cards when the cards are being dealt … watch your opponents!
- Against “unknowns,” sit to the left of the player with the most chips.
- Triple-Stud general rules and overview: 7-Card Stud high, Razz (7-Stud low) and 7-Stud Hi/Lo (“Stud 8”)
- Hand ranking: suits have no influence on the rank of hands
- Lowest door card (suits–low to high: Clubs Diamonds Hearts Spades): forced “Bring-in” or “Complete”
- Bring-In size: ~25% to 50% of the small bet
- Position in 7-Stud High: the high-hand opens from 4th to 7th Street, a positional disadvantage
- Generally a 4-bet cap per round (i.e. a 3-raise limit): sometimes unlimited when in heads-up (HU)
- Online poker resources & recommended reading
General 7-Card Stud Statistics
7-Card Stud (High)
|5-Card Hands||# of Hands in Seven Cards||Probability (as a %)||Odds Against|
|Royal Flush||4,324||0.003%||30,939 : 1|
|Straight Flush||37,260||0.028%||3,590 : 1|
|Four of a Kind||224,848||0.168%||594 : 1|
|Full House||3,473,184||2.596%||38 : 1|
|Flush||4,047,644||3.025%||32 : 1|
|Straight||6,180,020||4.619%||21 : 1|
|Three of a Kind||6,461,620||4.830%||20 : 1|
|Two Pair||31,433,400||23.496%||3.3 : 1|
|One Pair||58,627,800||43.823%||1.3 : 1|
|No Hand||23,294,460||17.412%||4.7 : 1|
|3-Card Hands||# Hands in 3 Cards||%||Odds|
|Straight Flush||48||0.217%||460 : 1|
|Three of a Kind||52||0.235%||424 : 1|
|Straight||720||3.258%||30 : 1|
|Flush||1,096||4.959%||19 : 1|
|One Pair||3,744||16.941%||5 : 1|
|No Hand (2-Jack)||6,720||30.407%||2.3 : 1|
|No Hand (Queen-Ace)||9,720||43.982%||1.3 : 1|