How to Play 5-Card Stud
5-card stud is one of the oldest variations on the game of poker. In 5-card stud, only the first card is dealt facedown, and the next four are dealt faceup, which adds another layer of strategy to the game. The highest hand wins each round, and aces can be played either high or low.
Each hand of 5-card stud can be divided into four rounds. In the first round each player is dealt two cards, and one of them, the hole card, is facedown. In the next three rounds one additional card is dealt faceup to each player. Players can bet between every round, and at the end of the fourth round players who haven’t folded compare their hands.
A hand of 5-card stud is usually begun by all players adding an ante to the pot. The first player to bet after play has begun can choose to bet a minumum amount, decided beforehand, or to place a full bet. Play continues clockwise, with players choosing to match the bet, raise the bet, or fold, bowing out of the hand. Betting is usually begun by the player with the best hand showing at any given time, and at the end of the last round the player with the best hand takes all the money in the pot.