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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.

7 Card Stud


In this classic poker variation, players compete by making their best five-card hand from the seven cards they’re dealt throughout a round. One major difference between Stud and other poker games is that it is generally played as a fixed-limit game. This means the maximum a player can bet is set by the house—there’s no going “all in”.

Object of the Game

The object of the game is to win the pot. There are two ways players can do this:

1. By creating a winning five-card poker hand that beats every other hand at the table.
2. By using a combination of skill, strategy and in some cases, bluffing, to make other players fold their hands.


A poker chip is used as a pie chart visual, with a piece breaking away from it.

As with most poker variations, players can count on needing a fairly good hand to pull off a win at 7 Card Stud. Why? Because with each player receiving seven cards, it’s likely that most will receive at least a pair. The statistics break it down:

  • 54% of the time it takes at least a straight to win
  • 69% of the time it takes a three of a kind or better to win
  • 97% of the time it takes at least two pair or better to win

Learn more about poker hand rankings