Card Stud 8 or better Poker Game Rules
Seven Card Stud 8 or better Poker
Seven Card Stud 8 or better is a popular, well-known form of poker. It
is played with upto eight players at the table.
Before the start of the game, internally the PartyPoker.com system
generates a fresh deck of cards for the hand. On PartyPoker.com, we
use a single deck of cards to play a hand of poker, where a deck
refers to 52 cards excluding the jokers. Online poker rooms use what
is called the Random Number Generator (RNG) to shuffle a deck of
cards for the hand.
How does it work?
The system generates a random set of numbers, which are used to place
a card of the deck in a particular position. Once the complete deck
is created, the deck is used for that particular hand only.
We shuffle the deck of cards every time we start a hand, and the
random numbers previously generated are discarded and new ones
generated before the shuffle. The RNG code has been successfully
audited by BMM, Australia, and its integrity is verified daily.
BMM is one of the leading auditors of gaming solutions in the industry.
The First round:
A fresh table starts off with all the players posting the “ante” (putting
a predetermined amount in the pot before the cards are dealt). This
amount is based on the size of the game. While the ante amount is
not based on a set rule, the same is decided upon by the prevailing
game trends. For e.g. the ante amount for a 1/2 table is 25 cents
while for a 3/6 table, it is 50 cents. A new game on an active table
starts with all the players at the table posting antes.
In Seven-card stud 8 or better 8 or better poker players receive seven
cards, three "down" cards and four "up" cards.
After the antes have been placed each player is dealt three cards (two
"down" cards and one "up" card). The "up" card is also known as the
"door card" or "Third Street". The lowest "up" card must initiate
the action with a "Bring-In" bet. (If two or more players have the
same lowest card, the person who brings it in is determined by suit
order progressing from clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades.)
Each player is allowed one bet and three raises in each betting round.
To continue to play, players must take an action from what is
displayed to them on each "street" or betting round (unless they are
The Second Round:
After the first round of betting another card is dealt face-up to each
player that still remains in the pot (those who didn't fold on "third
street"). This is "Fourth Street" (the second round of betting).
From "Fourth Street" on, the highest hand showing begins the action
by checking or betting. If a player makes a single bet, the other
players may call, raise the single bet or fold.
The Third Round:
Upon completion of the betting on "fourth street", another card is
dealt face-up to those who remain in the pot. This is called "Fifth
Street" (the third round of betting - which doubles (the value of
each bet is double of what was available in the first two rounds) -
and continues at this amount for the remaining betting rounds). The
highest hand showing again starts the action by checking or betting.
The Fourth Round:
Upon the completion of betting on "fifth street", another card is
dealt face-up. This is "Sixth Street" (fourth betting round).
The Fifth Round:
The final card is dealt down. The last card is also known as the "River
Card" or "Seventh Street" (final round of betting).
Some standard rules
A maximum of four bets, which includes one bet, and three raises are
allowed for each betting round per player. To continue to play,
players must take an action from what is displayed to them on each
"street" or betting round (unless they are all-in). The term cap is
used to describe the final raise in a round since betting is then
capped and no one can make another raise. Once capped, players will
have the option of calling or folding only. Folding can be done at
any stage of the game. The action of folding basically shows the
player cards being moved to the dealer. The player from then on
would not be considered as part of the game. He/she would not have
any rights over any pots created on the table.
Poker is typically played "table stakes", meaning only the chips in
play at the beginning of each hand may be used throughout the hand.
This means that the player cannot get additional funds from the
cashier while he is in the midst of a game. The table stakes rule
has an application called the "All-In" rule, which states that a
player cannot be forced to forfeit a hand because the player does
not have enough chips to call a bet.
Exceptions to the value of betting in each round:
A player who does not have enough chips to call a bet is declared
All-In. The player is eligible for the portion of the pot to the
point of his final wager. All further action involving other players
takes place in a "side pot", which is unavailable to the player who
has already gone All-In. When a player goes All-in, the pot
currently at the center of the table, which has contributions from
him/her as well, is treated as the main pot, over which the All-in
player has rights. After the player goes all-in, all the new bets
are placed in a side pot, over which only the contributing players
have rights. The All-in player does not have any rights over the
side pot. The side pot is then given to the next winning combination.
For more details on the disconnection policy at PartyPoker.com,
As this is a multi player game, the players are expected to play
within a set time frame, the actions during their turn. On
PartyPoker.com we provide players with approximately 30 seconds to
play with. Initially the player is given 10 seconds, after which
there is a timer countdown, which is displayed on the table for 20
seconds. The user goes all-in if he has contributed some money to
the pot; otherwise his hand is folded in case he/she does not
respond in time. The system is intelligent in detecting if the
player has got disconnected or not. This means if a players gets
disconnected and reconnects back and he has some seconds left for
his turn, then he is given an additional 20 seconds to play his
turn. But if the player is not able to connect back to the table
before the time elapses, then the player goes All-in. All-in
basically means that the player is in the game, but would not be an
active player (placing any bets). Whatever pot is collected till
this time is referred as the main pot, and the all-in player has
rights (if he wins) to this pot only. After this the money that is
bet on the table is added to a side pot, over which the all-in
player does not have any rights (if he wins).
Upon completion of the final round of betting, the best hand wins the
pot. (The pot may also be won by someone who bets without being
called at any time during the hand.). Your "hand" is determined by
using the best five of seven cards. A combination of the following
may be used - Ø Five cards from the seven dealt to you Ø One board
(community) card and four of the cards dealt to you. There is no
qualifying on the "High" side - the best hand automatically wins
half the pot and could win the whole pot. To win the "Low" side,
however, you have to qualify (which is why the game is called Seven
Card Stud "8 or Better").
To qualify for Low: It takes a five-card hand with different numerical
values from Ace through eight (with the Ace being the lowest value)
to qualify for the "Low" half of the pot. The best "Low" hand is
A,2,3,4,5 (also known as the "wheel" or "bicycle"). The winning "Low"
hand is the one with the lowest high card in it. If two or more
players qualify for "Low" but have the same highest card, the second
lowest high card (and if necessary progressing down to the third,
fourth, or fifth lowest high card) would be the winning hand. For
example, a 2,3,4,6,8 would be a better "Low" hand than an A,2,4,7,8.
On the final round of betting, the player who bets first (or checks
first if no one else bets) is required to show their cards first at
the showdown. If they have the best hand, the remaining players may/may
not show their cards as they wish. The aggressors’ hand is only
turned over first if he was the last to initiate action on the river.
There is a set rank of cards, which is used for deciding the winning
combination. To view the various ranks that are possible,
Any leftover odd chip goes to the "High" hand. If two or more players
tie for the "High" side of the pot and there is an odd chip, the
player with the highest card in their hand is awarded the odd chip.
(If they have the same high valued card, the suit takes preference
going from Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, and Clubs.) If two or more
players "tie" for the "Low" side of the pot and there is an odd
chip, that chip is awarded to the player with the lowest card in
their hand. (If they have the same lowest card, the suit takes
preference in the order of Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, and Spades.)
Some things to Remember:
Straights and flushes do NOT count against you on the "Low"
You may use any combination of cards for the "High" hand or
the "Low" hand or you may use the same cards for both the "High"
and "Low" sides.
If two or more hands are the same ranking, the winner is
the one having the higher cards. For example, a Flush with an Ace
high beats a Flush with a King high. If the poker hands remain tied,
then the highest card not being held in common (the kicker)
determines the winner.
The suit order of the cards is not taken into account while deciding
on the winning cards. PartyPoker.com follow standard rules of poker.
Should poker hands be absolutely identical in ranking, the pot
distribution will be split evenly between the two or more winning
If there is an odd chip, the player with the highest card in their
hand is awarded the odd chip. (If they have the same high valued
card, the suit takes preference going from Spades, Hearts, Diamonds,
For all the five rounds of betting, the house based on set rules
collects a commission, which is known as the rake in poker
terminology. The rules set at PartyPoker are:
ALL MONEY GAMES will be raked according to the chart