5-Card Stud Poker
5-Card Stud is one of those games that confused the people. Whenever you call it so people say something like “you mean 7-Card Stud?” or “how it is different than draw poker?” But 5-Card Stud is a game in itself, although you rarely see it played these days. There are a few good reasons for this, but let us do the basics first.
Betting limits, buy-in, Bankroll, The Ante, and the deal are all pretty much the same as 7-Stud (see below). Note that since 5 Stud is rarely played in casinos these rules often vary. The truth is that 5 Stud is usually played as a social game these days, the rules bend to taste of the player.
A round begins with the dealer’s two cards to each player. Traditionally, the first one pocket (hidden) card and the second open (up). There are variations on this and we will see why.
Now it’s time for the first betting. Low card opening is standard, but it is not uncommon to open high card. Throughout the game the same either way. The betting round circles the table, and it is on Third Street.
The third card is dealt to each player as an open map. Betting usually follows 7-Card Stud, the Third Street Game (low limit bet).
Another card, usually per 7 Stud Fifth and Sixth Street (High Limit bets) played.
The last card, usually also an open map. Betting after 7 Stud Seventh Street (High Limit bets).