This Game is Seven Card Stud

“This game is seven card stud.” is the last line of Tennessee Williams play Streetcar Named Desire. I don’t think that is what the next game is, but what this past one of Streetcar was. Seven Card Stud, with it’s minimum amount of players, two, Stanley and Blanche, also participating though not playing is Stella, the dealer.

Initially Blanche has been dealt what appears to her to be a wining hand, while Stanley has an okay hand. They each have been dealt two cards face down, and one face up. The face up cards is all that the other knows about them. The two cards down are their capabilities, past, cunning and all else that they other doesn’t know such as Blanche is unaware of Stanley’s cunning predator side, and Stanley is doesn’t yet know of Blanche’s past. Blanche’s unexpected arrival and openness allows her the high face up card. So she makes Stella the prize that Stanley and she are battling for

Stanley and Blanche are dealt their next card at the poker party. And they both reveal their ‘highest’ hand. Stanley basically learns nothing but Blanche learns about Stanley’s drunken behaviours. Again Blanche bets first and adds Mitch into the kitty.

With his wife and his friend on the line Stanley steps up his game. And then as the face up cards are dealt, Blanche accidentally shows her hand, thinking in her that the game was the shorter, old south version of Five card stud. Stanley who was holding back his highest cards, used them. He reveals his hand at the final deal. And their is nothing she could do about it.


Stanley won. Blanche lost. And that was seven card stud.




Game Rules Guru – Card Games – Seven Card Stud (Razz, High/low Eight or Better, Chase the Queen

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Bibliography:,. ‘Game Rules Guru – Card Games – Seven Card Stud (Razz, High/Low Eight Or Better, Chase The Queen’. N.p., 2015. Web. 7 Dec. 2015.



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  1. Dear Joel,

    I really enjoyed reading your interpretation of the last line of the play, since it was so very significant and a lot of us didn’t understand it. I think that your analysis was really good and I completely agree with you when you talk about the hands that both players have been dealt.

    As for constructive criticism, I would have liked to see you maybe trace the poker game throughout the novel or touch more on the matter part of it which I am currently struggling with. But, all in all, I look forward to reading more of your work and I thought this was great.



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