7 Card Brag, Rules, How To Play
7 Card Brag is another traditional UK card game played with between 3 and 6 players. It’s very similar in all aspects to the most popular version of all brag games which is 3 card brag.
The game is pretty much a game of turnovers with no betting rounds, just a pre specified bet before the cards are delay also called an “ante”.
We play 7 card brag for a £5 a hand, it may or may not sound like a lot, but it soon builds up as you need to win both hands to win the pot.
7 Card Brag Dealing and Betting
The dealer is chosen at the start by dealing 1 card face up to each player, highest card is the dealer. After the first dealer play moves clockwise and the deal moves round after every hand played.
All players ante, the amount of this is agreed before starting the game.
The dealer deals 7 cards to each player, if any players has 4 of a kind they instantly win the pot. If 2 players have 4 of a kind, the highest hand wins. i.e KKKK would beat QQQQ.
If no one has 4 of a kind players split their cards into 2 x 3 card brag hands, and discard their spare card face down in the middle.
All players place their best hand to the left, and their 2nd hand (worst hand) to their right.
Starting from the left of the dealer and moving round each player in turn turns over their best hand.
Who ever wins start the next round by turning over their second hand, followed in a clockwise direction by all other players.
To win the pot/money you need to win BOTH HANDS, this is where the pot builds up fast, and how you choose to split your hands becomes a crucial decision.
If no player wins both hands, the cards are collected and passed to the next dealer. All players Ante again and a new hand is dealt. This continues until someone wins both hands and collects the cash!
7 Card Brag Hand Rankings
The Best Hand in 7 card brag is 4 of a kind, which automatically wins the pot as stated above.
The others hands are the same as 3 card brag with the exception of 777 being the highest prial.
7 Card Brag Best Hands
A Prial: 777 is the highest follwed by AAA, KKK, QQQ and so on. 222 is the lowest prial.
Running flush: A23 is the highest followed by AKQ, KQJ and so on, the lowest is 234
A Run: A23 is the higest, followed by AKQ, KQJ, QJ10 and so on down to 234 which is the lowest run.
A Flush: AKJ os the highest flush all the way down to 235 being the worst.
Pairs: AA is the highest pair and the rest are ranking in normal order, KK then QQ, JJ, 1010, 99 etc.
High Card: As in all brag games all 3 cards play so AK9 would beat AK8. AKJ is the highest hand without having a pair or better.