Seven-card stud requires an ante (a bet before receiving cards). The amount can vary, but it’s usually something less than the minimum bet. The dealer will collect the ante, then shuffle the cards and begin the hand. Cards are dealt clockwise starting on the dealer’s left. Each player receives three cards for the first round
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Most versions of the game use it, but there are a few exceptions. The most notable is lowball, where the lowest hand wins. Seven-card stud and Texas hold ’em (or just “hold ’em”) use the standard ranking. Poker’s unpredictable process of determining a winner is what separates genuine poker versions from the downpour of quasi-poker
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