Poker Rules and How to Play Stud Poker
Five Card Stud used to be the most popular poker game around. It is the game that is featured in all the poker movies. Westerns always featured five card stud being played before the bad guy gets shot. Anyway, I’m drifting away from the point, back to the rules of five card stud poker.
The object of the game is to make the best five card hand using the players own personal five cards, one which the other players cannot see (hole card.)
This is one of the easier and more straight-forward poker games to play, unfortunately, it is very difficult to find a poker room on the internet that allows you to play five cards stud. Luckily, there are one or two.
To start, place an ante on the table. The ante amount will se set by the card room. Often you will find that there is no ante amount to be played when the betting amounts are low.
During each betting round in five card stud, the players will each have to Bet, Check, Fold or Raise. See our Dictionary page for definitions of these.
Each Poker Player will be dealt two cards. One hole card and one visible card.
The five card stud player with the lowest card showing must bring-in and start off the betting.
After the first round of betting, a second visible card is dealt to all Poker Players at the table. Another round of betting follows. This continues until each Player has one pocket card and four visible cards.
After the last visible card is dealt to each, a final round of betting follows.
After the last round of betting, the remaining players all display their pocket cards. The highest hand will win the pot and take the money.
During the betting rounds, play close attention to the other players visible cards and as soon as you see that your hand cannot win, Fold.
If you can see that your hand cannot be beaten, raise the stakes, quite often some players will continue until the bitter end chasing their money. Don’t feel sorry for them, take the money and enjoy the success!