The Betting Actions in Seven Card Stud
Seven card stud is a stud poker variant where a player has to complete a five-card hand out of the seven cards dealt to them. Three of these seven cards are dealt face-down and are kept concealed from other players, and the other four cards are dealt face-up; visible to all opponents. In a stud poker game, a card being dealt out is call a "street," and after the forced bet that is supposed to open the pot for a particular hand, the first three streets are dealt out in one go.
Out of the three cards that are first dealt, two are face-down, and one is dealt face-up -which is to say that it is an "upcard." There is a round of betting, and then the remaining streets are dealt out one at a time, with betting rounds in between each deal. The fourth, fifth, and sixth streets are all upcards, and the seventh street is another concealed card.
In a betting round, after the round has been opened by a first bet, a player has to be able to at least match the bet that the player before them had made by placing the same amount of money into the pot. If all of the players have put in the same amount of money; a betting round is considered completed, and the next street can be dealt. While this may be fairly straightforward, there are additional moves that a player can take to make a poker game more challenging for their opponents and maximize their profit. A player can also have the option of raising the betting amount for a certain round; this usually forces other players to put in at least the same amount.
What is challenging about a raise is that the amount must be raised to a minimum of at least half the previous amount. When a bet is raised, all of the other players have to put this new amount into the pot as well, and in some games, other players can re-raise. If a player feels that they will no longer gain anything from a particular hand, they can opt to fold their cards. This means that they take themselves out of that particular poker hand and no longer have to make any more bets for that hand. If, after a bet has been made and all of the other players fold, then the remaining player no longer has any competition for the pot, and they win the pot by default, regardless of the hand that they have been dealt.