Midwest Book Review
Stud poker is any of a number of poker variants in which each player receives a mix of face-down and face-up cards dealt in multiple betting rounds. Stud games are also typically non-positional games, meaning that the player who bets first on each round may change from round to round (it is usually the player whose face-up cards make the best hand for the game being played). The cards dealt face down to each individual player are called hole cards (which gave rise to the common English expression ace in the hole, which suggests that one has something valuable that is not apparent to others). 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 collaborative work of championship poker bracelet winners Linda Johnson, Tom McEvoy, and Max Stern, "Championship 7-Stud: High, 8-or-Better and Razz" is a 288 page instruction manual that will enable even the most novice stud players to successfully read the board and their opponents, determine the relative strength of their hands, know when and how to bluff and semi-bluff, and most important of all, how to win at study high-low, rzz, and 7-card student tournaments. Thorough, detailed, comprehensive, practical, and 'player friendly', "Championship 7-Stud: High, 8-or-Better and Razz" should be considered mandatory reading for anyone planning on sitting down to a game of stud poker. Incidentally, 7-card stud is the "S" game in HORSE and similar mixed game formats. It should also be noted that "Championship 7-Stud: High, 8-or-Better and Razz" is available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).