WSOP: Seven Card Stud (1971 to present)

[SS] “Another old American classic, Seven Card Stud, has always been played at the World Series of Poker, including the cash games in 1970.”

[LL] “I grew up playing that, too, although I admit we played a lot of Baseball.1 On the other hand, what’s more American than poker and baseball?”

[SS] “Fortunately, the WSOP has sensibly stuck with games without wild cards.”3

Game Name Seven Card Stud
Game Type Stud
Game Limits Limit
High or Low High or Hi/Lo (a.k.a. Stud 8 or Better)2
WSOP Years 1971 to present
Buyins $500 to $10,000
Largest Field 478 for High (2006 $1,500 event) and 788 for Hi/Lo (2006 $1,000 event)
Notable Champions Artie Cobb, Johnny Moss, and Men Nguyen have each won three bracelets in Seven Card Stud and one in Seven Card Stud Split. Gary Berland and Jeff Lisandro both won two titles in Stud and one in Split.
Basic Rules Antes only. Each player is dealt two hole cards. There is a round of betting after each of four up cards and another round of betting after one final hole card.
History Seven Card Stud, an extension of Five Card Stud, first became popular during the U.S. Civil War. It spread from the Army to the Navy and from coast to coast, remaining the most popular form of poker all the way until Hold ‘Em dethroned it in the 1980s.
Notes The Women’s Championship was contested in Seven Card Stud from 1977 to 1999 (and mixed Hold ‘Em & Stud from 2000 to 2003). The Mixed Doubles event was played in Stud in 1979, 1981, 1982, and 1983.


  1. Baseball is a Seven Card Stud variation in which Threes and Nines are wild and Fours give you an extra card.
  2. Razz, which is basically Seven Card Stud Low, will be covered next.
  3. There have been exactly two exceptions. California Lowball, with a single joker, was an event in both 1983 and 1986.

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