5-Card Stud Poker Tips
5-Card Stud Poker Tips
5-Card Stud Poker Tips

5-Card Stud Poker Tips

5-card stud is usually played with an ante. After players have anted up, each player is dealt two cards - one face up and one face down. The player with the lowest card visible on the table has to make a bet to start the game. The rest of the players either call the bet, raise it, or fold their hands. All players then are dealt a third card face up and another round of betting takes place. From this round, the poker players with the highest card face up always begins betting. A fourth card is dealt face up, and another round of betting takes place. The process is repeated with the fifth card dealt face up. At this point, the dealer awards the pot to the highest hand.

It’s pretty simple, but these simple tips can ensure that you have at least a decent chance of winning:

Always look for a pair or a good card that beats the others on the board before you start betting.

If you have nothing or a very low hand, fold rather than staying in. Lots of betting rounds and lots of visible cards makes it hard to bluff your way if you have a very bad hand.

Look for at least a pair in the first three cards you are dealt. If you don’t have at least that, do consider folding.

Be wary of low or very high hole cards. If your face down cards are very low and you are using them to build a hand, you simply may not have a strong enough hand to win, especially if other players have face-up cards that are quite a bit stronger. Also be wary of putting all your faith on a single high card, especially if you see evidence that other players have strong hands. Once high card is likely not enough to win.

As the cards keep getting dealt, keep guessing at the hands that other players may have. Guessing what the other hands at the table are is important if you hope to win. Each card that is dealt can completely change the strength of your hand, so keep re-evaluating your hand in the face of the information you get about other hands at the table. Bet according to this updated information.

Keep track of the cards that have been dealt face up on the table but have been folded. These are cards that you can no longer in the deck and so can no longer help you with your hand. Make sure that you are not counting on these dead cards to bolster your hand.

Vary your game. Do not always raise bets on strong hands and fold on weak hands. Do bluff occasionally or experienced players will easily guess your hand and win each time. Varying your game helps keep other players guessing and also makes the game more fun for you.

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Date Added: 2005-10-15

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