At one time 5-Card Stud poker was the favorite of all the poker games, it was the first form of stud games to be played. It was the game that all poker players sat down to play until the American Civil war. During the conflict the game grew in popularity amongst players on both sides of the war. The game then moved up the Mississippi River from New Orleans and then into the saloons of the old west and the game has remained popular ever since.
5-Card Stud is a moderately simple game to learn and play as each player is dealt out 5 cards, one card at a time. The players then have to create the best 5 card hand they can from the cards. The play of the game is the same as 7 card stud apart from there are less cards dealt out. When betting in 5 card stud games there is a limit of only 3 re-raises allowed, however it is sometimes played no limit and pot limit.
Playing the game:
To start the game a small ante is put down by all the players and then each player isdealt 2 cards, one of these is face down and the other is face up.
The first round of betting then begins with the player who has the lowest face up card.
After the betting round is completed the players who are still left in the game aredealt out a second face up card, in stud games this is known as the “ThirdStreet”. This is followed by another round of betting beginning with the player whoholds the current best hand.
The remaining players are then dealt out another face up card known as “FourthStreet” and at this point each player has four cards. 3 face up and 1 faced down.Once again after the card is dealt out there is another round of betting.
Those players that call are then dealt a final face up card called “TheRiver”. The final betting round is then completed and all of the cards are turnedface up. The player holding the highest poker hand wins the hand and rakes in the pot.
Due to the lack of variations five card stud games are not as popular as they once wereand seven card stud and Texas Holdem poker games seem to have replaced them as games of choice in most poker rooms.
It is a hard game to bluff in as it is easy to work out what each player might have asa hand. Another problem with the game is the lack of possible hands a player may have.However like all card games five card stud is still an entertaining game which can make awelcome break from the others.