5 Card Stud Poker

As far as poker is concerned, five-card stud poker is one of the oldest forms of the game. Although the game has lost some of its popularity, it still remains a firm favorite within some gambling circles.
In order to excel at this game, players need a lot of patience. However, no game can be successfully played without knowing the basics first.

The sequence

  • 1.The game starts with each player placing an ante bet. This is generally ser by the game in question and will often vary between games. This however does not apply to the relatively low betting games.
  • 2. Each player is then dealt two cards – one face up and one face down. The first player dealt is the player on the dealer’s left. The player who has been dealt the lowest face up card starts off the betting. This will then move around the table.
  • 3. Players are then dealt their third card (second face-up card). This is known as Third Street. The player with the highest dealt card will be the one to check first. This rule applies to all further betting rounds.
  • 4. Players are then dealt a third face up card, bringing the total cards dealt to each player to four. This is known as Fourth Street. Another betting round begins but this time the minimum bet is raised to the next level.
  • 5. Players are then dealt the fifth and final card face up. This is known as Fifth Street. Each player should now have three face up cards and one pocket card. The betting continues from here.
  • 6. The Showdown takes place where all the players at the table reveal their hands by turning over their pocket cards. The winning hand (as determined by the dealer) is the one to take the pot.
  • 7. These are the general rules that apply to the game. This sequence could change somewhat, depending on the house rules.

Good playing habits

Once the sequence has become clear to you, you need to get your head into the right playing space.

You need to always keep your wits about you. Always know what card is in your pocket and use it to determine (as far as possible) what your opponents could be holding.

If you are used to playing according to a certain style then you stick to your style as far as possible. However, you should never become predictable. If you do, your opponents will know whenever you are bluffing and you will lose a very strong weapon in your arsenal. Furthermore, you should also be able to adapt your playing style according to what style will serve you best in the moment.

You should never allow your ego to determine how you play the game. If you think you should fold, it is probably then a good idea to fold. Folding does not mean defeat. It just means that you will keep your chips safe in order to face another round. If you are aware of what is going on around you and stay as patient as you can then you are on your way to becoming a good 5 card poker.