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Five card stud is an online poker variant where a few of the pocket cards of the players are dealt face up. This is known as an open card game for this reason. Players thus have an opportunity to form an opinion about the kind of poker hand that a specific poker player might be able to make. Players can as well make use of the kind of poker action like calls, raise and re-raise made by the player to assess their probable hand strength.

How to Play 5 Card Stud Poker There is at least one card that is kept face down and unknown to the table until the showdown. This is indeed the challenging aspect. Having too much information is indeed a tricky situation because the one down card can change it all.

To play this variant of poker, you need to be familiar with general poker terminology, poker hand ranking, and rules specific to this game of poker.

In this online Poker game, each player is dealt with 5 cards. Therefore, up to 10 players can play this game at a time.

The game progresses as follows:

  • The players ante in to the pot. Ante is a compulsory small sum that is pre-determined to be invested by all the players at the table to kick-start the deal.
  • Each player at the table is dealt with one card face up and one card face down. Following this deal, there is one round of betting. The bet starts from the player who has the highest face up card. This player is expected to make bring in bets. The game progresses from this player in the clockwise direction. After the poker action is complete, the game progresses to the dealing of the third card.
  • The third card is dealt face up for each of the individual players. Following this deal, there is a round of betting. The bet starts from the player who has the highest face up card. After the poker action is complete, the game progresses to the dealing of the fourth card.
  • The fourth card is dealt face up for each of the individual players. Following this deal, there is a round of betting. The bet starts from the player who has the highest face up card. After the poker action is complete, the game progresses to the dealing of the fifth card.
  • The fifth card is dealt face up for each of the individual players. Following this deal, there is a round of betting. The bet starts from the player who has the highest face up card. After the poker action is complete, the game progresses to the show down.

In the show down, the player with the best 5-card hand win the pot. Regular poker hand ranking rules are applicable for this game.

The ante and bring in rules might vary slightly between casinos. Lowball versions of five card stud have the lowest ranking poker hand hit the pot. In five card stud hi-lo version, the pot is split between the highest and the lowest hand.