7 Card Stud Strategy

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Preparing To Play
How To Play
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Hand Rankings
Strategy Guide
Key Points
7 Card Stud - Hi
7 Card Stud Hi - Low

Tips & Tricks

Strategy Elements
Win Percentage
Hand Value
Counting Cards
Using Position
Strategy Notes



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The statistical data provided here has been complied using Wilson Software, "Turbo Stud 8 Or Better" and "Turbo 7-Card Stud".

What is posted here is not actual odds and probabilities but consistency of winning hands, and the type of play style used vs. the types of players present at an 'average' full table for maximum profitability.

7 Card Stud Hi/Low Statistical Data

Advisor Profile: uses StudStrategy.com Strategy (not Wilson Software strategy)
Player Profiles at 'average' table:
  • 3 solid players (advisor included here)
  • 2 competitive loose players
  • 1 aggressive average player
  • 1 passive average player
  • 1 loose player unaware of dead cards


Winning Hand Types

(ranked in order of frequency)

  Winning Low Percentage

(in order of frequency)

1. Two Pair   No Low - 33%
2. One Pair   8 Low - 27%
3. Straight   7 Low - 23%
4. Flush   6 Low - 14%
5. Trips   Wheel - 3%
6. Full House    


Notes: Playable pair hands with dead lows (4 or more low cards at the door suggests that low draws are dead) are most often counterfeited on fifth street.  This means if you call a hand holding QQ5 at the door, for example,  vs. a hand who has called with 7A7, most often the hand with the over card to your pair of queens will either trip over another 7, or hit the over-card ace counterfeiting your hand on fifth street. 

This does not mean that if you were to play the QQ5 hand that it would not be competitive or that it would not win. What this suggests is that opening with any pair, including pocket or split aces are counterfeited most often on fifth street by a better hand.

Statistical note: A pair of aces with 6-8 kicker will scoop  the pot 25% of the time. If the paired aces catch a low, it will split the pot 33% of the time. There is a 63% chance that the pair of aces with a low draw will be counterfeited on fifth street by trips, a straight, or a flush if the hand misses catching it's second pair.

While a 'wheel' (A2345) is likely only 3% of the time, other straights that contain a low for a scoop such as 23456, 34567, and 45678 are highly likely, which is why hands containing a straight are in the top 3 winning hands.

If you are playing 7 card stud online and have statistical data available to you through the card room, you are breaking even or making a small profit when your statistics show a win percentage of 20%. This means that any calls that are made even before you fold before the river will be calculated into this percentage. If you are the bring-in and are allowed to see the fourth street card for free (no complete bets made) this is also usually calculated into your percentage.

As long as you are in the 20% win range and above, your strategy for opening hands is competitive and solid. Showdown win percentage (a separate calculation)  should reflect 50% and above. The closer your play is to 80% win at showdown and 20% overall win percentage, you should be making a profit.

Information regarding odds on particular streets is on the way! In the meantime, other information on odds is available here.