The Queen is played exactly like Seven Card Stud until and unless the queen of spades appears. If it is an up card, it signals the end of the round, with no winner, just a growing pot. If it is dealt face down, then it is wild. Like Seven Card Stud, The Queen is played by 3-7 players.
Before the deal, each player must ante up. This means that each player places a small, equal sum of money in the pot. The dealer gives each player two cards facedown, and a third card face-up. If the queen of spades is dealt face-up, then the game is over. The cards are collected and shuffled, and the game begins again with each player adding a new ante to the pot. The player to the dealer’s left deals this round.
Otherwise, the first round of betting begins. The player to the dealer’s left begins the round of betting, and the betting moves clockwise around the table. Players can choose to stay in or to fold. If they choose to stay in, they can call, paying only the current wager. They can also raise, adding to the current wager and forcing every player who wishes to stay in to match the new bet.
When the betting round is over, the next three rounds follow. Cards number 4-6 are dealt one at a time, face-up. If any of these cards are the queen of spades, the game is re-anted and re-dealt as above. Each card is followed with a round of betting.
The seventh card is dealt facedown. There is a final round of betting and then there is the showdown. Players show their hands, and form the best possible five-card hand from their seven cards. If any player has the queen of spades as a hole card, it is wild. The player with the best hand wins the pot.