5-Card Stud Poker

5-Card Stud is another popular variation of poker, although not as popular as 7-Card Stud in most poker rooms. It plays much the same, but with only one face down card (‘hole card’) dealt to each player to start, and four streets of face up cards totaling 5 cards dealt to each hand.

First each player antes up for the hand about to be dealt. The amount of the ante is determined by the table at which you play.

One card is dealt face down to each player in the game, known as the ‘hole card’. One card is dealt face up to each player.

There is a round of betting. Typically the player with the highest valued card showing opens the betting round.

After betting, another card is dealt, face up, to each player.

There is another round of betting.

Another card is dealt, face up, to each player.

There is another round of betting, with the betting minimums/maximums typically doubled during this round.

Another card is dealt, face up, to each player.

There is then the final round of betting.

Betting Note: Unlike Texas Hold’em or Omaha where betting starts to the left of the dealer, in any Stud game the player with the highest ranking hand showing amongst their face up cards bets first for that round, with the bet then moving clockwise around the table.

Once the betting is over, the hands are called and it’s time to show ’em what you’ve got – the player with the highest total hand wins the pot.