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Online Card Stud Poker Rules & Strategy

Stud Poker is a variety of poker in which every player is content with one card face down in the first round and one card face up in the other four rounds. There is a betting interval in each of the last four rounds. These betting intervals in the game influences better betting structure for the game. Games having less betting rounds(mainly four or less) such as Mississippi stud and five-card stud are capable of playing with any structure. These games are known for no limit and pot-limit play. On the other side, we have games with more betting rounds. These are mainly suited to the spread limit and fixed limit. It is a common convention to name the betting intervals after holding the cards by each player and betting begins.


Let's see the different bets of stud poker:

• So the bet that occurs when each player has three cards is called "third card" or "third street”.

• The bet that occurs when each player has five cards is "the fifth street".

• The final round do not have betting rounds and is known as the "river" or simply the "end". 


Stud Poker Variations  


Seven-card stud is the most common form of the game. This classic poker game takes a lifetime to master in this. A five-card stud is a basic pattern upon which multiple variations are built. 


Six Card Stud: 

Six card stud is usually played like a seven-card stud only but the last face-up round is removed in six-card stud). It can also be played as 1-4-1, where the first betting round occurs after only two cards are dealt (one down and one up). This latter form more closely resembles a five-card stud with an extra downcard. Six card stud rules let players Each hand begins with an ante and then proceed through several betting rounds before culminating in a final showdown.


• Razz

Razz is a variant where the game is the opposite. Here, the lowest hands win the pot as that of the highest. There are so many versions in Razz with different rules for treating straights and flushes as high or low. Razz is commonly found in the high stakes section at major poker rooms. Many aspiring poker players generally play in high stakes poker which really sharpens the skills in order to learn a new variant. Razz is almost similar to seven-card stud, but the difference in the tow is hand rankings. 


High-low stud

The High-low stud variant is played with high-low split betting. Here, the pot is split between the player with the highest hand and the player with the lowest hand. It is technically the most demanding poker game where players are individually dealt seven cards throughout the course of the hand except the best five-card hand possible for each player is used to determine the winner. When there is no qualifying low hand, then high hand takes the entire win.


Mexican stud

Mexican stud poker is a variant of regular stud poker in which you can choose to reveal cards to your opponents as you bet. The power to reveal the cards gives a very different dynamic than other poker games. Mexican stud poker uses 53 cards deck and a joker. Joker plays as a bug it is faced up and it plays fully wild if it is faced down. This variant removes the 8s, 9s, and 10s from the deck whereas adds a single joker making the deck 41 cards. It's very amazing to know that straight can jump from 6 to jack and flushes are hard to get but flush beats a full house. This game is mostly played with a very high ante.


Caribbean stud

Caribbean Stud Poker is a casino game that is developed with poker hands and some general rules of 5 card stud poker. This variant combines the poker elements and standard table game elements. Here each player contended into the hand is playing against the dealer. 

Author

Sanchit Kumar

An active personality on Indian poker Groups, Sanchit is directly in touch with the poker players and this reflects in his writing.