History of Seven Card Stud

Stud poker is said to have originated way back in the days of the Wild West when hardened cowboys sought refuge in the saloons after a hard days riding on the range. The name itself, originally termed horse stud poker, engenders scenes of long-haired, bourbon-swilling ranch hands reaching for their Smith and Wesson handguns and accusing one another of cheating!

‘Wild Bill’ Hickok – legendary Stud Player

 One of the fabled proponents of stud, who effectively died clutching cards to his heart, was the legendary ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok and even today he is remembered as one of the more accomplished poker players of his era. Hickok was legendary for his gun skills and his propensity to gamble at the drop of a hat and one day in 1879 he joined a poker game in a saloon in Deadwood Dakota.

 His luck changed forever when he was shot in the back of the head by a fellow called Jack McCall but what will go down in the annals of card playing history is that he was holding the ace of spades, ace of clubs, two black eights and the jack of diamonds that soon became known as aces and eight, ‘the dead man’s hand’!

Stud evolved over the years with the three-card variant becoming immensely popular during the American Revolutionary War but all this changed during the American Civil War – the preference was for Five-Card Stud. It has only been in recent years that Seven Card Stud has become so very popular at both brick and mortar and online casinos.

Interestingly enough the vast majority of poker tournaments are based on core games like Seven Card Stud or variations thereof and the biggest poker tour on earth, the celebrated World Series of Poker, has included Seven Card Stud in every single schedule since the dawn of the WSOP in 1971, bar for one year, 1986.

The current edition of the WSOP has included Seven Card Stud in no fewer than 5 events and it is worth remembering that the ‘S’ in H.O.R.S.E refers to Seven Card Stud too!

Seven Card Stud at the WSOP 2008

  1. Event 10 – $2500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
  2. Event 14 – $10 000 World Championship Seven Card Stud
  3. Event 33 – $5000World Championship Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
  4. Event 35 – $1500 Seven Card Stud
  5. Event 47 – $1500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better