The betting goes on and on forever while the situation hardly changes from one betting round to the next. I think a modified Seven-Card Stud variation could appeal to all Hold'em lovers out there.
In Texas Hold'em, the flop brings a huge change in the amount of knowledge. The available information increases from two known cards to five. So in Hold'em you need only negotiate one betting round before receiving most of the total information (five cards out of seven).
Like Texas Hold'em with a Two-Card Flop
In Seven-Card Stud, on the contrary, you have to play two full rounds of betting before you have this much info about your hand. That's twice as many as in Texas Hold'em, and I think it makes a difference.
Since the bet size grows so quickly in pot-limit games, playing five streets rather than four makes it much more expensive to see a showdown.
Let's compare how the information about your poker hand grows from round to round in these two games (the number of known cards on each street):
Hold'em: 2 - 5 - 6 - 7
7CS: 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7
Deal Two Cards on Second Street
One way of bringing Seven-Card Stud closer to the preferred Hold'em format would be to deal two cards on the second street. It would then offer information similar to the flop in Hold'em, and there'd only be four betting rounds.
Information development in this four-street game:
Four-Street Seven-Card Stud: 3 - 5 - 6 - 7
Another small change will bring the modified game even more on par with Hold'em: Start the hand by dealing only two cards and then three cards on the second street.
Start by dealing one card face down and one card face up. On the second street, deal one card face down and two cards face up.
Information development in this game:
Modified four-street seven-card stud: 2 - 5 - 6 - 7
The progressive revelation of information in this game is almost identical to that in Hold'em.
Of course, we've ignored the information you collect from seeing your opponents' open cards. In several ways, it's still a different game from Hold'em, obviously.
Is it a good game? I have no idea; I haven't tried it yet. Seeing the enormous amount of poker variations that are being played at kitchen tables around the world, chances are that someone else has already tried this one - and found it unplayable?
Have you tried it, or a similar game? Tell me how it worked! I'll be back on the subject after some trials.
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