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Stud Poker is the form of the game where every player gets their own hand. The cards come in a mix of face-down ("hole cards") and exposed cards. There are no redraws.
The popular versions of the game deal either five cards per player or seven cards. In either case, players use their best five cards to make a poker hand.
By adding wild cards, including hi-lo pots, or varying the number of hole cards, you can come up with a seemingly endless number of variations of Stud Poker. Some of the games listed on the Stud Poker pages use less (or more) than five cards.
5 Card Stud
In 5 Card Stud each player antes, and then a single card is dealt to each player, face-down. This is the hole card.
Then a second card is dealt, face Up. This is followed by a round of betting.
A third card is dealt face up, followed by a round of betting. Then a fourth is dealt (with another round of betting).
Finally the fifth card is dealt, followed by the final round of betting and the Showdown.
Variations on Five Card Stud
♠ Mexican Rollover
In this game the first two cards are dealt face down. Each player has the option of exposing
the card of their choice. A round of betting takes place.
A new card is dealt to each
player. The player then chooses to expose the new card, or a card already in their hand.
Once everyone has made their decision a round of betting takes place.
Play continues like this until the showdown.
♠ Mexican Stud
In this "Mexican" version of the game, each player is dealt two hole cards initially. They choose to expose one card, and keep the value of the other hidden. This hole card then becomes Wild for that player.
Other cards of the same rank also become Wild. Each additional card in the hand is dealt face down, and players are then given the choice of which card to expose and which to use as a Wild card.
In a Chicago style showdown, the player with the highest spade in the
hole wins half the pot. Thus an Ace of Spades in the hole is a sure winner.
♠ No Peek
A game in which it is impossible to bluff. Each player gets five cards, face down.
Players are not permitted to look at their cards. The first player exposes a card, and then bets
or checks. The next player then turns up cards from his hand until he shows a hand that beats
the previous players. Another round of betting takes place.
If a player turns up all the cards in their hand without becoming the highest hand at
the table, they are automatically out. The hand ends with the best exposed hand taking the pot.
♠ Last Card Down
In this version of the game there are two hole cards. The fifth card (the last one dealt in the hand) is dealt face down.
♠ Lowball Stud
The 5 Card Stud game where the lowest hand wins. Betting proceeds with the
player having the worst exposed cards betting first.
This game is played with a split pot, half going to the high hand, and
half to the low hand. Also, once the final round of betting takes place, players may make up to
Players pay for the privelege of substituting a new card for an old one in their hand. Usually
the charge is one bet unit on the first card, two bet units and the second, and three times the table minimum bet
unit on the third. Hole cards are replaced with a face down card. Exposed cards are replaced
with face up cards.
♠ Jerry's Game
This is a high hand game. It is a take on 5 card stud where players can replace one card when it is dealt to them.
The first card is dealt face down. A player may reject the card, and replace it, or take the card. After each player has a down card, a round of betting occurs.
Then the up cards are dealt. One at a time, with each player given the option to reject. Each player has one reject option, so once they reject a card, they must take the rest.
After each round of dealing, a round of betting takes place. At the showdown, high hand wins the pot.
♠ Pig Stud
Each player is dealt three hole cards and two up cards. Once the fourth
round of betting is finished, play turns into a draw poker game. Each player takes up their cards,
and recieves a chance to draw new cards. The final round of betting takes
place, followed by the showdown.
♠ English Stud
This game also combines elements of Stud and Draw poker. Players
recieve two holes cards, and three cards face up. After the third round of betting, players
may draw new cards.
Down cards are replaced with down cards. Exposed cards are replaced with exposed cards.
This is actually a 2 Card Poker game. Each player is dealt one
card face down, followed by a round of betting. A second card is dealt face up, followed by a round
of betting. Next, players can draw as many as three cards, with fees similar to
those in the Sustitution game.
The game is usually played hi/low. Straights and flushes do not count. Aces are always high. A pair
of sevens automatically wins both the high and low pot.
♠ Three Card Stud
Players ante, and are dealt one card face down. A round of betting takes place, followed by the
next card being dealt face up. Another round of betting, and a final card is dealt, face up. Then the showdown.
Hands are ranked for this game as follows:
- Straight Flush
- Three of a Kind
- High Card
Often played hi/low, this game starts with every player being dealt a hole card, and a
second card face up. Starting to the left of the dealer, the player may either keep his up card, or pass it to
the player on his left. He then gets a new up card from the dealer and must keep it.
The right to "pass" then proceeds around the table, until everyone has had their turn. Play proceeds like this
until everyone has five cards. Players are then allowed to discard and draw one card, for the usual
fee of three times the minimum bet.
♠ Big Squeeze
Actually, this is a game of Six card stud. The last card is dealt face down. After the sixth card is
dealt and the betting round that follows ends, players may discard and draw one more card. Now
the final betting round takes place, followed by the showdown.
♠ Cathy's Game
This is the lowball version of Jerry's Game. In this take on 5 Card Stud each player has one option to reject a card.
The first card is dealt face down, and each player is given the option to refuse it and have a different card dealt to them. Once you excericise the option to reject a card, you must accept the rest of the cards that come your way.
As in traditional Stud, there is a betting round following each round of dealing cards. Cards 2 through 5 are dealt face up. After the last betting round, the lowest hand wins Straights do count, so A-2-3-4-6 is the lowest hand possible.