5 Card Stud Rules
Five Card Stud – the Internet’s Stud Poker
Similar to 7 Card Stud Poker is 5 Card Stud. The main difference is that only five cards are dealt in 5 Card Stud causing the game’s structure to change. This guide explains the rules to an online game.
Betting Limits, Buy-Ins, Bankrolls, The Ante and the Deal are very similar to those in 7 Card Stud so please about them on the 7 Card Stud page. 5 Card Stud is rarely played in casinos and as a result the rules are often varied, in fact the game is mostly played online, but even on the internet rules change from one site to another.
Like in other Stud games, all players place an ante in the pot to spur the game on.
The first part of a game is called “The Open”. It usually begins with the virtual dealer dealing each player one pocket card (face down) and one open card (face up), however, this may vary at different online casinos.
Once the cards are dealt betting begins. The betting is usually started by the player with the lowest open card but occasionally it will be the player with the highest open card. In the first betting round the bet is limited to low limit bets.
Each player is now dealt another open card which is followed by a betting round. This round is known as “Third Street”.
A fourth open card is dealt to each player and the bet limit is raised to the high stake amount. This round is known as “Fourth Street”
Finally, a fifth card is dealt to each player known as the “River” card. Normally this card will be dealt face-up but occasionally it is dealt face-down. Betting follows as in “Fourth Street”.
Once all betting is complete, the last player to bet or raise will be the first to reveal their hand. If in the last round all players checked then, beginning with the player on the dealer’s left, hands are revealed in a clockwise direction. A player may fold if his hand is weaker than the one shown before them. As usual, the highest hand wins the pot.
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For chart and explanations on different hands and their worth, visit our Hand Rankings page for more information.