5 Card Stud: The Professionals Guide on How to Play
Probably the oldest variation of stud poker coming out the American Civil War, 5 card stud is still a game that can be found in casinos and online.
Supplies You Need to Play
Playing online just needs an internet connection and a device to play on. If you want to play live, you’ll just need chips, a deck of cards and a dealer.
How to Play the Game
The goal is to build the best possible five card poker hand using only cards that he or she is dealt. There are no shared community cards, just a mix of face-up and face-down cards.
The game starts with each player being dealt two cards each – one face-up and one face-down. 5 card stud is played with a small ante and something called a “bring in”, which means the player with the lowest value face-up card has to place a small bet. Then a betting round takes place.
For the rest of the game, players are dealt one face-up card each, followed by a betting round. These deal/betting rounds go by the names Third Street, Fourth Street and Fifth Street. This goes on until players have 5 cards – one face-down and four face-up.
From here, players will show their face-down card and the best hand wins. This game does have pot variations, so it’s important make sure you know which one it is you’re playing so you don’t mess yourself up.
These rankings do vary based on which game you’re playing, but this is the overall structure:
|#1||Royal Flush||A straight from 10 to Ace, all of the same suit.|
|#2||Straight Flush||Any cards in consecutive order that are all of the same suit.|
|#3||Four of a Kind||Four of the same card.|
|#4||Full House||One pair and three of the same card.|
|#5||Flush||All cards are the same suit.|
|#6||Straight||Cards are in consecutive order.|
|#7||Three of a Kind||Three of the same card.|
|#8||Two Pairs||One pair of one card and one pair of another card.|
|#9||Pair||Two of the same card.|
|#10||High Card||None of the hands above, relying on the highest card in your hand.|
Strategies and Things to Remember
It’s important to remember not to try and aim for straights and flushes because with one wrong face down card, it’s over. If you have an ace, it’s good to stay in the game, however, if your opponent’s hands have been beating yours from the outset, it’s probably best to fold.
3rd Street Bet: The first bet placed by players on the three community cards. Must be 1x – 3x the ante.
4th Street Bet: The second bet placed on the remaining two community cards. Must be 1x – 3x the ante.
5th Street Bet: The last bet placed on the one remaining community card. Must be 1x – 3x the ante.
Before You Play
It’s always important to practice playing for free or for very small amounts when starting out. When playing 5 card stud for real money, you have to make sure you know what the pot limit is and play within your means. This is a fun game that anyone can learn and master easily!