In 7 Card Stud, players are dealt seven cards over five rounds. Using these cards, they must try and make the best possible poker hand.
The game starts with a small ante put in from all players at the table. After that, each player is dealt two cards face down, and one card face up.
Play begins with a forced bet (the bring in) by whichever player has the highest face up card. Play then moves in a clockwise direction with players either calling the bring, betting or folding. Like in other stud games, all betting rounds will have a limit of three re-raises.
After the first betting round, a second card is dealt face up, following by another round of betting. A third card is then dealt face up followed by another round of betting. Betting will again start with whichever player has the best up cards.
A fourth card is then dealt face up, followed by another round of betting. Another down card is then dealt. The final betting round then takes place, followed by a showdown.
At the showdown, players must use 5 of the 7 seven cards they were dealt to make the best possible poker hand.
In the end, 7 card stud can thus be summed up as 2 down, 4 up, 1 down.
If for whatever reason there are not enough cards in the deck for each player to all have 7 cards, a single is dealt to act as a community card for all players to use as their 7th card.