7 Card Stud
 
In seven-card stud each player antes a token sum of money into the pot before receiving any cards. In a fixed limit games with $2 and $4 betting limits, an ante of 50 cents is typical, and betting is in increments of two dollars until the fifth card is dealt, when the limit increases to four dollars.

Another frequent structure is a $1-to-$4 "spread limit" games, in which players may bet between one and four dollars at any time. Three or four raises per betting round are usually allowed, with the proviso that a raise must be at least the size of the previous bet or raise.

If Karen for example, bets one dollar, and Abby raises two dollars, ')avid can play if he calls three dollars (the total of Karen's bet and Abby's raise). If David has a good hand and wants to raise, the minimum allowable raise is now two dollars. He can also raise three dollars, or raise four dollars. If David raised four dollars, the next player to act may fold, call seven dollars to match David's raise above the prior wager, or raise four dollars more, making it a total of eleven dollars for the next player.
 
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Cardroom Poker Tends to be Fast Paced
 
In many ways, poker played in a cardroom differs from poker played over the kitchen table. It has more structure, some might even say rigidity. Cardroom poker tends to be fast paced and the players are often more serious minded. Usually, the other players expect you to make decisions quickly and act promptly. Cardroom games can be just as social as home games, but players in cardroom games do tend to take the game itself more seriously than do most home-game players.

Poker is a thinking game. It is not a game to play mindlessly unless you really just don't care about the money. This is especially true when your cardroom opponents are taking the game seriously. But thinking can be hard work and taking the game seriously isn't always easy to do. Until you spend some time playing in casino cardrooms, it can be a little frustrating to try and play both thoughtfully and quickly, all the while keeping up a social banter. Cardroom poker tends to be fast paced.

Some casino cardrooms aren't even cardrooms, they are just a few poker tables set amid a sea of clanging, ringing slot machines that provide constant distraction. Thought tends to take time and effort, sometimes a lot of effort. Sometimes, it seems impossible to concentrate. But it's what you have to do. Meaningful action is driven by thought and, over the long run, how you think determines whether you come out ahead in the game or end up stuck. Some of the best poker players also excel at other mental games such as chess, bridge, or even scrabble. Poker is an exciting blend of a gambling game and a mental exercise. It's a great game. But it's not an easy game if you intend to play to win.
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