Five Card Stud

Five Card Stud is one of the great, traditional poker games.  Gaining popularity in the United

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States in the 19th century, it had developed in Europe prior to that and worked its way across the Atlantic with the movements of immigrants and other settlers.  Probably correct anecdotes relate that Five Card Stud was played by civil war soldiers, gold rush miners and assorted cowboys.

It was a real man’s game then and until the 1920s the most popular variant was played only with Tens, Jack, Queens, Kings and Aces.  When the full pack was introduced and the rules tweaked, the game became what we know today.  Texas Hold’em has replaced Five and Seven Card Stud as the most popular game but the availability of these games online has given them a new lease of life.

The basic rules are as follows:

Five Card Stud is usually played with a bring in, a mandatory bet at a pre-set level.  The dealership usually rotates amongst the players.

The dealer deals each player one card face up and one card face down. The player with the lowest ranked face up card bets the bring in.

A round of betting now follows in which each player can fold, raise, check or call.  If two or more players remain in the game, remaining players are dealt a third card face up – third street.

A second round of betting now follows in which each player can fold, raise, check or call.  If two or more players remain in the game, remaining players are dealt a fourth card face up – fourth street.

A third round of betting now follows in which each player can fold, raise, check or call.  If two or more players remain in the game, remaining players are dealt a fifth card face up – fifth street.

There is now one more round of betting and in the unlikely event that two players till remain, the showdown occurs, hands are disclosed and a winner is revealed.

Not too demanding and a good way to learn the poker basics of bluffing and hand rankings.

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