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Differences: Seven card Stud and Texas Hold’Em

There are no community cards , as is the case in the Texas Hold’em poker game, in this case each player has 7 cards and this is it. There are no cards on the table for everyone to play with. Neither covered nor uncovered, it is only played with your cards.

There are no blinds , as there is in Texas Hold’em. In this Seven Card Stud, the blinds are set early in the game but there is no big and small blind like in Texas Hold’em. In this case the “blind” is taken as the ‘enter the game’ bet.

The number of rounds is also different, in the case of Hold’em it is 4 (the famous pre-flop, flop, turn and river) and in the case of Seven Card Stud there is one more.

The order of each round is also different. In this 7 card stud poker game one can start each time without any order, only who has the best hand of cards in sight is paid attention. This will be the player who starts each round, thus ignoring the order of the bets (blinds). But there is an exception , it is the first round in which each player receives three cards and shows one of them … the one with the lowest face is who starts. 

The number of cards left uncovered is also quite different. Basically only the first two cards you receive and the last one are covered. Therefore each player has discovered 4 own cards (do not forget that they are not common … they are only for your plays). This gives you more clues to see if a card can reach your hands and help you close a great hand or because it is impossible or very difficult. Calculating percentages and probabilities in 7 cards stud is easier than Hol’em.

The number of players is limited to a maximum of 8 participants. This is not the case in the most popular poker game (Texas Hold’em) where there can be tables of two (heads up tournaments), of 6 (called short tables), or more … usually a maximum of 10 players.

Luck influences Seven Cards Stud more than Texas Hold’em. Therefore it is more difficult to lie or ‘bluff’ as they say in the guild. Therefore in 7 cards stud players wait for good plays to enter the bets. 

Although it is the most obvious difference, in the Seven Cards Stud game each player has 7 cards (three at the beginning and one more in each betting round), while in Texas Hold’em he only receives two, which the player can combine with the five community cards.

* However, there is something in which both types of poker game coincide and they have to do with how to win the game. Thus the hands that must be formed to know who wins is 5 cards, following the classic poker order.

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