5 Card Stud


5 card stud was the most popular form of poker in the United States. It is much the same as Seven-Card Stud, except that each player receives 5 cards, only one of which is dealt face-down.


  • To make the best five card poker hand using all five cards in order to 'take down' or win the pot.


  • Sitdown - A typical game of 5 card stud is seats anywhere from 2 to 10 players
  • Ante - All players must post an ante before any cards are dealt. Ante's are commonly 1/5 the bring- in, but vary from game to game. If you don't ante, you will not be dealt cards. The purpose of an ante is to create action, to give the players something to play for.
  • Each player places an ante on the table which is set by the card room. . After the player have placed their antes two cards are dealt to each of them - one face down card known as the pocket card and one visible card known as the door card this round is knows as 'The Open'.
  • Player with the lowest visible card brings in the first round of betting with a forced bet.
  • After the players have finished betting the dealer deals the next visible card called the third street. Thus giving way to the second round of betting.
  • After the players are done betting the dealer deals the third visible card called the fourth street.
  • Players continue betting after the fourth card is dealt.
  • Once the players have posted equal bets the final visible card known as the river is dealt to each player. And again the players move to a round of betting.
  • After all final bets have been posted. There is a Showdown i.e. all players reveal their pocket card to determine the best five card hand.


  • There are two possible ways a player can win or as they say in poker terms 'take down' a pot.
    1. If he has the best possible five card poker hand.
    2. If he is the only player to net at that pot and all other players choose to fold their cards.


  • All Players must post antes before they receive their initial cards.
  • Each player after receiving his cards can choose to fold in any betting round.
  • There are four betting rounds in a complete game of Five-Card Stud, not including the ante.
  • On the first round of betting, the player with the lowest value door card 'brings-in' the betting - equal to at least half the minimum bet for the game. In subsequent rounds, the player with the highest hand initiates the betting.
  • If the low handis tied, the first player clockwise from the dealerstarts the action. The player with the forced bet has the option of opening for a full bet.
  • Increasing the amount wagered by the opening forced bet, by the next player, up to a full bet does not count as a raise, but merely as a completion of the bet.
  • Betting increments in the game determine the bets. For example, in a game of $5 and $10 betting increments, the first two rounds of betting and raising are set at the lower level of $5, the other two rounds of betting and raising are set at the higher level of $10.
  • The maximum number of bets per player during any betting round is four. This includes a (1) bet, (2) raise, (3) re-raise, and (4) cap. The term cap is used to describe the 3rd raise in a round since betting is then capped and can't be raised further. Once capped, players have only the option of calling or folding.



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