Seven Card Stud is fairly easy to learn but at the same time, the combinations of hands are notably higher than that of Holdem or Omaha. Based on the probability of the number of outcomes available with each player holding seven cards, you want to ensure that you play your hand with the highest chance of hitting and holding the strongest hand. You also want to make sure that when you do play a hand, your hand isn’t so common that it becomes easily beatable.
Winning seven card stud requires players to understand their hands and the possible outcomes. A good stud strategy is to ensure your starting with at least three of a kind to move forward. Obviously your odds of receiving three of a kind on the deal or by 3rd street will depend greatly on the number of players in the hand and future betting rounds as well as the cards your opponents are holding.
Understanding the odds in Seven Card Stud will give you the ability to make correct decisions which ultimately leads to positive EV. You’ll need to use pot odds if your drawing to a particular hand and even have the basics of calculating implied odds since the betting in later streets will increase significantly. Below you’ll find a 7 Card Stud odds chart. This chart only provides odds on being dealt a specific hand so you can see how frequent or rare a stud poker starting hand is.
Your odds of being dealt three
of a kind - 424:1
Your odds of being dealt 3 suited cards - 18:1
Your odds of completing a straight if the first three cards are sequenced - 6:1
Your odds of completing a flush if the first three cards are suited - 5:1
Your odds of being dealt any pair with your first three cards - 5:1
Your odds of completing a full house if your hand holds three of a kind and three other cards on sixth street - 4:1
Your odds of completing a full house if the first four cards combine to make two pair - 3.5:1
Your odds of completing two pair if you start with a pair in the first three card - 1.4:1
Your odds of improving to at least two pair if you begin with a straight flush draw like 7 8 9 - 1.2:1
Your odds of completing a full house if you hold three-of-a-kind and three other cards on sixth street - 1.1:1
From the chart above you’ll see a wide range from one hand to the next when looking at the odds of completing a particular hand. This is because of the number of combinations that can be used. Likewise the odds of drawing to a flush and straight is just as gapped with multiple possibilities and combinations in play. The table below shows your seven card stud odds for flushes and straights.
Your odds to draw one card to a flush - 1:45
Your odds of holding a double open-ended straight - 1:5
Your odds of holding an open ended straight - 1:11
Your odds of holding an inside straight - 1:11
Your odds of holding a double open ended straight flush - 1:23
Your odds of holding an inside straight flush - 1:46
Your odds of being rolled up with three of a kind and improving to a full house - 1:3