Tips on How to Play Seven Card Stud Hi Lo
7 Card stud is a poker variant that is still very popular in casinos in Atlantic City and Foxwoods and especially at the online poker sites. Each player receives 3 cards, two face down and one face up. The lowest card is forced to bring it in for a small bet and players that want to continue in the hand must call the bring in or raise to complete the bet. Each player left in the hand then receives 3 more up cards and 1 more down card with betting rounds between each card dealt. The player with the best 5 card high hand another player with the best 5 card low hand eight low or lower split the pot. It is often possible for a player to win both the high and the low and scoop the pot.
7 Card Stud Hi Lo 3rd Street Tips:
- As in most split pot games, your objective is to play hand that have a good chance of winning both the high and the low. Hands like low straights or low flushes can easily scoop your opponents.
- Avoid playing big pairs or other high hands. Hands like QQ are trap hands in stud 8. Players going for low often make 2 small pair or AA and beat you. The only high only hands worth playing are AA or rolled up trips. Other big pairs should only be played heads-up in an attempt to steal the blinds. Hands like A K Q are playable hands in stud high but not in high-low.
- Hands that start with 3 low cards to a straight or 3 low cards to straight flush are super premium hands in stud 8. Starting cards of 3h 4h 5h are monster hands and play well heads-up or against multiple opponents. Bet and raise at every opportunity and try to build a big pot to scoop.
4th and 5th Street Play in 7 Card Stud Hi Lo:
- Folds good low only hands when you brick off on 4th street and your opponent catches good. Don’t chase for half the pot trying to get your money back.
- Be careful with a high only hand when multiple opponents catch good low cards. If both your opponents catch low cards and possibly have straight or flush draws you should check and call a bet with your aces and see what happens on 5th.
- Play 4 low cards to a straight or flush very aggressively and build that pot!
- Don’t be afraid to throw away a big pair if your opponent looks like they have a made low and a draw to a straight or flush. If their board shows 5 6 7 with 3 hearts you can fold AA instead of calling and hoping your hand holds for high. If the pot isn’t that big folding the best hand against a made low with a draw to high isn’t a big mistake.
6th and 7th Street Play in Seven Card Stud Hi Low:
- Protect a vulnerable low hand that is best right now. Don’t be afraid to jam the pot against a high hand to save your half of the pot. Let opponents know that if they are going to play with you that it is going to cost them to chase.
- Sometimes just calling on 7th after a lock high hand bets makes you more money that raising would. If you have the best low hand, don’t raise when an apparent full house bets. Just call and encourage others to call after you.
- Raising on the end with a weak low and a small 2 pair hand can sometimes save your half the pot. One extra bet or raise is sometimes worth risking if it will save you half of the pot that you would otherwise lose by just calling.