Poker Guide

5 Card Stud Poker Rules

5 Card Stud is an older poker variation that plays similar to 7 Card Stud, only with 5 cards dealt to each player instead of 7. Also unlike 7 Card Stud, the final card is not dealt face down, and there is only 1 single card initially dealt in the hole to each player.

It’s a very simple game to play – arguably a little too simple. Because a single down card doesn’t leave much to the imagination, and 5 cards don’t allow for too many drawing hands, betting tends to be slow-going, making 7 Card Stud a much more popular alternative.

How a Game Is Played Out:

  1. All the players ante up for the hand about to be dealt. The amount of the ante varies depending on the table limits where you’re playing.
  2. Everyone is dealt one card, face down (the ‘hole’ card) and one card face up, totaling 2 cards for the initial deal to each player.
  3. Bets are placed. The player with the highest valued card showing opens the betting round.
  4. Each player receives another card, face up.
  5. Another round of betting.
  6. Each player receives another card, face up.
  7. More betting, with the betting minimums/maximums usually doubled now.
  8. Each player receives another card, face up.
  9. Final bets are placed.

Betting Note: 5-card stud is different than Texas Hold’Em and Omaha Poker in that the player with the highest ranking hand face up bets first for that round regardless of their position to the dealer. The bet then goes clockwise around the table.

After betting, the hands are called and the person with the highest 5 card hand wins the pot.

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