7 Card Stud Starting Hands
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The quality of your starting hand in 7 card stud is
primarily determined by the other cards that you can see on
the board. For example if you have a pair of 8's in hand and
you can see that one of your opponents has an 8 then the
value of your pair goes down drastically. This is the same
if you are trying to make a straight. If you have 3
connector cards (i.e. 5-6-7) and and you can see a couple of
4's and a couple of 8's that your opponents are holding then
your hand becomes much less valuable. The list of best hands
in 7 card stud is very short as trips is obviously one of
the favorite hands in the game.
- Trip Aces, trip kings and
trip queens are obviously the
most powerful. And then it goes all the way down the line to
trip 2's as a starting hand.
- Three suited connector
cards, that can connect to make a straight flush.
- Any Three suited cards
to make a flush are next.
- Top Pairs, AA, KK, and
QQ, JJ (preferably an unseen pair)
- Three high cards that
can make a straight, are also good as you can always
hit a high pair if you do not hit the straight.
These are considered the strongest hands. Bellow is a list
of hands that are good as well (playable but not as strong
as the ones above).
- Any pair that is unseen.
If you have a high kicker card (i.e. Ace or King) then
this is obviously better as it will help when trying to
make the best possible 5 card hand.
- Three cards in sequence
to draw for a straight.
- Three high cards with
two that will go towards making a straight or a flush
if you have a rainbow then don't bother).
These are considered the most playable hands in 7 card stud.
Once again don't bother playing anything below these hands.
You would be just throwing your money away. Make sure that
you always have your eye on the other cards that are on the
board to see what your likely hood is of hitting the hand
you are looking for.