5 Card Stud Poker

5 Card Stud Poker attracts the players who are pure poker fans, it is the original stud game, a classic among Poker games, and one of the oldest styles of play but 7 Card Stud Poker is the more popular stud game. This Poker game follows the same rules as 7 Card Stud, but with fewer cards, and one less betting round.

5 Card Stud Poker attracts the players who are pure poker fans, it is the original stud game, a classic among Poker games, and one of the oldest styles of play but 7 Card Stud Poker is the more popular stud game.

Number of Players 2-8

The object is to be the player with the best 5 Card hand. Players are only dealt 5 cards - 1 hole card and 4 door cards - so unlike 7 Card Stud Poker, there are no extra cards to play with, making the game faster.

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Rules of 5 Card Stud Poker:

The Dealer Button is also referred to as Button, Buck, or Puck.....

Used in online poker rooms to mark the dealer for each hand. The dealer button is a small disk that is marked with the letter "D". The button is only essential to the players to determine who is dealing, and because the two players to the left of the dealer must post the two blinds in the game. After each hand, the dealer button moves to the left.


This is an amount that each player must put in the pot before they can receive any cards. The ante varies depending on table stakes. All antes are not recognized as part of any bets during the hand.

Hole Cards:

Hole cards are dealt to each player face down, so only the player can see these cards.

Door Cards:

All cards that are placed face up on the table are known as door cards.


A small starting bet that the player with lowest exposed card is required to put into the pot.

(Note: in 7-Card Stud the suit of card matters. From highest to lowest the order of suits are Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs)

Betting Structure of 5 Card Stud Poker:

The betting is the same for every table. The only change is the amount of money , which will correspond to table stakes. For the purpose of this chart we will use the $10 / $20 table example:

Ante: $1

Bring-In: $15

1st Round: $10

2nd Round: $10 /$20

3rd Round: $20

Final Round: $20

(Note: The higher bet occurs if a pair is showing)

5 Card Stud Poker In Action:

Ante and the Bring-In:

To begin, an ante is placed on the table by every player. The amount is only a fraction of a bet that is set by the card room. The dealer deals 2 cards - 1 hole card and 1 door card - starting with the player on their left and continuing clockwise. The player who has the lowest card must place the bring-in bet, equal to half of the lower level bet.

Round 1 Betting:

Each player except the bring-in player who has already contributed, may choose to fold (quit the game), call (meet the bet) or raise, increasing the bring-in to full bet. If players still left in the round choose to only call, then the player who originally contributed the bring-in is the only player who has the option to check (stay in the game without calling or raising) their own amount.

The ante in a $10/$20 game as mentioned above would usually be $1, and the bring-in bet $5. The full bet during Round 1 is $10. (Note: During Round 1, players can not bet or raise more than the lower level limit).

Round 2 Betting:

Each player is dealt one more door card. Now with 2 cards showing, players have a better idea of the potential of their hand, but also what advantages their other opponents have.

Strategies take effect as the player with the highest card begins the round of betting. The highest card includes all cards exposed, and could be the highest card, pair and so on. If two hands are of equal value, the betting is commenced by the player who is the closet to the dealer's left.

The player with the highest showing hand begins the betting, and either check, fold or raise. If this player chooses to check or fold, the remaining players, following clockwise from the left may check until a raise has been made.

In Round 2, the lower level bet applies automatically. However, should the highest exposed hand showing consist of a pair, any player in the game has the option of either betting the standard lower limit (in the case of the $10/$20 game that would be $10) or the higher betting limit ($20). If the higher betting limit falls into play, each player still in the hand must call to meet the max bet.

Round 3 Betting:

The dealer deals a 3rd door card to each player, as each players exposed hand reveals more details as to what potential their hidden card could have.

Players are now faced with another round of betting, the same as the previous round, except the max betting limit is used.

Round 4 Betting:

The final round and the last door card is dealt. The final betting starts the same as the previous round.

5 Card Stud Poker Showdown:

The single hole card and 4 door cards of the remaining players are revealed as each player left show their cards, starting with the last player to bet and continuing that pattern. During the showdown players may also choose to “muck” (fold out of the game, without showing their cards) their hand. The winner takes the pot.

If a player wins by default, which means that every other player in the hand folded, no showdown will occur, and the winner can decide to show their cards (or in the case of 5 Stud, their single card) or not. Most players do not choose to show their hand, there is no advantage to doing so.

Helpful Hints:

1. When it comes to 5 Card Stud Poker, trying to make straights or flushes can be extremely risky, setting yourself up for a losing game.

2. Watch your opponents exposed cards, you will be able to tell if they have a better hand than you. In addition, you will be able to see if they already possess the cards you need to make your hand, allowing you the chance to fold or change your strategy before it's too late.

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