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If you enjoy the idea of bluffing and playing against other players, then Community and Stud poker games might be for you. Check them out.

Many poker games can be divided into two categories: Community or Stud. Here’s how they break down:




In Community poker games, hands are made using a combination of personal cards players receive directly from the dealer (called “hole” cards), and community cards the dealer places on the table for all to use.


In Stud poker games, hands are made using only the personal cards a player receives directly from the dealer.

The number “7” has two cards on each side. On the left is a card with clubs, then one with a diamond symbol. On the right is a card with a spade, then one with a heart symbol. On the bottom, it reads Hi/Lo.

7 Card Stud Hi/Lo


This exciting variation of 7 Card Stud follows the same rules as its namesake, with a key difference. In Hi/Lo, the pot may be split between the player with the highest-ranking hand and the player with the lowest qualifying poker hand at the table.

Object of the Game

As the name implies, the objective of 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo is to produce the highest or lowest five-card poker hand at the table. Here’s how it works:

1. The entire pot goes to the player with the highest hand, unless another player produces a qualifying low hand.

2. If a player produces a qualifying low hand, the pot is split between themselves and the player with the highest hand at the table.

How hands are scored

5 cards are shown: an Ace, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of diamonds.

High hand

Low hand

To qualify, the low hand winner must have a hand with:

  • No cards higher than an eight
  • No pairs, triples or four of a kind

Best possible qualifying low hand: A-2-3-4-5 (Aces are low in a low hand)
Worst possible qualifying high hand: 4-5-6-7-8


A calculator is shown with cards of every suit fanning out from it.

Like all poker games, the outcome of 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo depends on the random distribution of cards from a shuffled deck.

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