This is a advanced Poker Game where the traditional high Poker Hand will share the pot with the best ace-to-five lowball hand.
Each player gets seven cards in their hands during the game, but it is only the best Poker Hand with five cards that counts when it is showdown.
This game requires to qualify. If the requirement is 8 or better a hand has to have 8 as the lowest card in order to win the low part of the pot. Low hands in Seven Card Stud is determined the same way as in Razz Poker and Omaha Hi/Lo.
Before cards are dealt each player outs an ante on the table. Each player gets two private cards, “hole cards”, and one card on the table facing up.
The player with the lowest visible card will become bring-in and is forced to make a small bet or a full small bet. Afterwards a round of betting continues clockwise around the table.
NOTE: When it comes to determine bring-in in Seven Card Stud-Poker Hi/Lo: If two players have equally ranked low cards, suit may be used to break the tie and assign the bring-in. If there is no bring-in, then the first betting round begins with the player showing the highest-ranking upcard, who may check. In this case, suit should not be used to break ties. If two players have the same high upcard, the one first in clockwise rotation from the dealer acts first.
In the next round, the Fourth Street, the players get a fourth card each. This card will also be laid face-up. The first player to act is the player with the visible Stud-card with the highest poker value. The player can either bet or check. Contrary to Seven Card Stud, it is not double bid if a player gets a pair on the Fourth Street. All bets are small bets.
The poker game continue with another card dealt face-up to each player. We are now in the Fifth Street. Another round of betting starts, and it is the player with the highest visible Poker hand who is starting. This player can either bet or check.
From Fifth Street all bets are full bets!
Next up is the Sixth Street, where the players are dealt another card face-up. The first player to act is the player with the visible Stud-card with the highest poker value. The player can either bet or check.
Finally the seventh and last card is dealt, and this is a private card, a hole card. Another round of betting starts by the player with the highest visible Poker Hand. This player can either bet or check. If more than one player is left when the last betting round is done it is the player who did the last bet which has to show his cards first. If no betting were done in the last round it is the player in the earliest position which has to show first. I.e. Seat 1, Seat 2.etc.
The player with the highest hand “Hi” on five cards wins half the pot. The player with the lowest hand “Lo” wins the second half of the pot. If no low hands qualify for the “Lo”, the high hand “Hi” wins the entire pot.
In Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo is “8 or better” demanded in order to win the low pot. This means that a player has to have a hand with five cards without pairs where all cards have a value of 8 or lower. If no players have a hand like that, there is no “Lo”.