5 Card Stud Poker
Five Card Stud Poker Rules and Strategy Tips
The objectives and basic strategies for 5 Card Stud Poker shown here are those generally agreed to and recommended by the experts on bet limit games. An understanding of the basics is needed for all levels of competitive play. Solid intermediate and expert level poker normally requires study of the more advanced game tactics along with considerable hours of actual casino or online playing experience.
5 Card Stud Poker - Game Rules.
Highest hand wins || Ace plays both high and low for straights || Three raise limit per round || Cards speak
5 Card Stud - Card Distribution and Betting Procedure
Example: $2/$4 Five Card Stud games.
( 1. )
Each player is dealt one card face down and one face up. The player
with the lowest upcard makes an forced bet of either $1 half minimum
bet or $2 full bet
( 2. ) All get a third card face up followed by a round of $2 betting. From this round on, the player with the highest upcard(s) is always first to check or bet.
( 3. ) After the fourth card is dealt face up, the minimum bet goes to $4.
( 4. ) Then the fifth card is dealt face up and followed by the final round of $4 betting. The dealer then determines the highest hand and awards the pot.
Five Card Stud Strategy
Five Card Stud is mostly a game of HIGH CARDS and PAIRS. Don't play for
straights and flushes unless you have three cards to a straight flush
on third street, or it looks like you might luck into a straight or
flush on fourth. With only one down card, it is easier than most games
to put your opponents on hands. Pay close attention to how they each
play. Usually don't start without either a pair or at least one live
HIGH CARDS -10 thru A .
LOW CARDS - 2 thru DOOR CARD - The exposed upcard of a starting hand.
LIVE DARDS - Cards that have not been revealed on the board and are possible to get.
DEAD CARDS - Cards that have been revealed and no longer in the deck.
FAST PLAY - Bet, raise and re-raise to get as many other players out as possible.
SLOW PLAY - Just check and call along to keep other players in the game and increase the pot odds.
CHECK-FOLD - Check when you can and fold if you are bet into. Gladly accept all free cards offered. Playable Starting Hands
ANY PAIR - Fast play low pairs to try to get heads up. Consider folding if you don't get trips or a live upcard on third street. Bet/Call high pairs.
BOTH CARDS HIGHER Than the BOARD - ie: You hold 9 8 and there is no opponent upcard that is higher than 7.
HIGH HOLE CARD that BEATS the BOARD with ANY UPCARD - ie: You have Q down/ 6 up and there is no opponent upcard that is higher than Jack.
HIGH UPCARD that BEATS the BOARD with HIGH CARD in the HOLE - An Ace up is a good hand that you can sometimes take past third street unpaired, if you have a good kicker. The high card in the hole does not have to beat the board.
Fold if you don't have a pair or better in the first three cards.
Remember the folded cards so that you know which cards are "live".
5 Card Stud and Two Good Sites to Play
This grandpappy of modern poker games has almost slipped off the popularity charts in favor of Hold'em and others so places to play are not very easy to find. . As more and more players come online, the game might just make a little comeback for two reasons. . . First, it is by far the fastest poker game that there is (well over a hundred hands an hour on a good site). I find that refreshing because I like to wait for quality starting hands in any game, and when my cards are not running well, long waits between hands gets tiresome. . . The second reason is that this game is so simple that everyone understands how to play. However, it seems that not very many know how to win at it, especially in the lower limit games. That makes for one of the easier games to beat.