Form 5 Card Stud Poker is a relatively easier poker compared to its other variants. It has a similar base to the other shapes played on it, but a few nudges make it different. Let’s take a look at the basics to learn how to play and win at this game.
Like any other game of poker, cards from 2 to 10 are valued according to the number they represent. Above them, the Jack, Queen, King and Ace are placed in increasing order of value. In the case of straights, the Ace can also be used as the lowest card.
The cards that are dealt to you by the dealer are to be used by a player to make his hand. The hands, with different values are given different names, the knowledge of which is essential to win in this game. If arranged in increasing order of value, these are: 1 pair <2 pairs <3 of the type <Straight <Color <Full House <4 of the type <Flush <Royal Flush. If you have any of these hands, you will hit all the hands listed to the left in the list above.
Now, when there are more players at the table, there is a probability that more than 1 player has the same type of hand. In this case, the player with the highest value win cards.
As soon as the cards are dealt to the players by the dealer, betting can be started. The first bet made by the players is called “a priori”. Bets made to match bets already made by other players are called ‘Raising’. When you put your cards on the table and leave the game, it says ‘Fold’. Lastly, calling a previous player’s bet after he has opened his hand is called “calling”. “Staying” is when a player decides not to change any of his cards after the first round of betting.
Now let’s look at the process in which the game progresses. All players place their bets first which are placed in the pot. The dealer deals 5 cards to each player. The player to the left of the dealer either places his bet or passes to the next player. If all the players keep checking instead of placing their bets, then all the cards are picked up and a fresh hand is dealt. Next round of betting begins in which players can call, raise or fold. Players who do not fold and are still playing May, at this point, exchanging cards or staying. Another round of betting begins after the trade is made then the players show their hands. This is where the winner is decided based on the hand value of the cards. The winner is taken to take the entire pot, which is the total of the best of all the players at the table.
Since the process suggests, it is a very simple and interesting game and this is why 5 Card Stud is so popular.