Bet Limits and an Extra Round of Betting

In Seven-Card Stud, t here are five rounds of betting, one more than in Hold'em and Omaha. But in larger higher-stakes Stud games, t he betting i s quite s imilar t o that i n Hold'em and Omaha: in each hand there are two bet sizes, and the game is defined by the sizes of the bets established. For example, you might play \$10-\$20 Stud or \$50-\$100 Stud. During the first two rounds of betting, in these higher-stakes games, all b ets and raises are i n the smaller increment ( \$10 in our \$10-\$20 game). During the next three r ounds, all b ets and raises are at t he higher i ncrement ( \$20 in our \$10-\$20 game).

Despite what the high-stakes players tend to think, the bread-and-butter games, those that pay the casino's rent, are low-stakes games. In lower-stakes Stud, it is very common to run into spread limits where t he betting options are broader. Probably t he most common form of S tud dealt i n American card rooms is 1-5 Stud, where anyone at almost any t ime can bet anywhere between \$1 and \$5 ( in \$1 amountsâ€”you can't b et s omething l ike \$1.47 or even \$1.50). I say "almost" any time because once someone has opened a hand for, s ay, \$ 3, you can't raise him \$1; a raise has to be at least as large as twice the preceding bet.

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