Seven-card stud is a variant of stud poker. Until the recent increase in popularity of Texas hold’em, seven-card stud was the most popular poker variant in home games across the United States, and in casinos in the eastern part of the country. Two to eight players is common, though eight may require special rules for the last cards dealt if no players fold. With experienced players who fold often, even playing with nine players is possible.
The most important thing to remember when beginning to learn this game is that you get 7 cards to pick from to make your final 5 card hand, and you don’t have to use any specific ones of the 7 you’re dealt, just whichever 5 give you the highest hand.