Stud Poker

Stud poker, either 5 or the more common 7 card variety, is a game in which you’re dealt 3 starting cards and are required to make the best 5 card hand. If you decide that your initial 3 cards are worth playing then you are required to put some money into the pot, either in the form of a call or a raise.

Once you’ve made the decision to play you will be dealt another card by the dealer. Once again a betting round occurs and if you decided not to fold the action moves onto the next street. This dynamic continues until the set number of cards for the game – which is usually 7 – have been dealt and the remaining players go to a showdown.

As with all forms of poker a showdown isn’t necessary for a win to occur, indeed, if all the other players fold before you do then you’ll win the pot. In Stud Poker, though, it’s often the case that at least two players will reach a showdown and the pot will be awarded to the player with the strongest hand.

One of the biggest things to consider when playing Stud Poker is the cards you’ve seen. When everyone is dealt their first 3 cards, 2 are face down while the final card is placed face up. All subsequent cards, except for the last card, are dealt face up which means that it’s important to keep track of which ones have been folded. Indeed, by knowing this you’ll have a better idea of which cards are left in the deck that can improve your holding.

Stud Poker is one of the oldest variants of the game and one that provides a solid basis for many other variants. Indeed, the closest link is with free Texas Hold em and if you can master one then you’ll find it relatively easy to prosper in the other.

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Last Updated 7 May 2018
Stud Poker