Five-Card Stud Poker has four rounds of betting. It is the oldest form of Stud Poker and is still enjoyed by many Players that consider themselves purists .
The object of the game is to finish with the best poker hand and win the pot.
Two to eight Players can can play Five-Card Stud Poker at one time.
Playing Five-Card Stud Poker
To play Five-Card Stud you must have enough chips on the table to place an ante and a bet.
Five-Card Stud plays as follows:
Place an ante on the table.
The ante amount is set by the card room.
There is no ante at some small stake tables.
Each Player is dealt two cards, one hole card and one card face-up.
The Player with the lowest card showing by suit, must bring-in the betting.
In the second round, another card is dealt face-up to all Players at the table.
A round of betting follows. Players can either:
This process continues until each Player has one hole card and four face-up cards.
After the last face-up card is dealt to each Player, a final round of betting follows. Remaining Players display their hole card. The highest hand wins.
If a Pair is showing, the first Player to bet may choose to open the betting at the higher limit.
Each Player places an ante on the table.
Each Player is dealt one hole card face-down and one door card face-up.
First betting round.
Each Player is dealt one card face-up, known as Third Street .
Second betting round.
Each Player is dealt another card face-up, known as Fourth Street .
Third betting round.
Each Player is dealt a last card face-up, known as Fifth Street or the River Card.
Final betting round.
Fourth betting round.
Players compare hands to determine the winner. The Player with the highest hand wins the pot. This is known as the Showdown.
To improve your chances of winning, use the following strategy:
Watch your opponents' visible cards. If a Player's face-up cards at any point beat your entire hand, it is better to fold. And you can see if any card that you need to complete a winning hand is already taken by another Player.