Five-Card Stud is a classic poker game, and it continues to be one of the favorites in home games around the world. Today much of the play has moved to Seven-Card Stud, but Five-Card Stud remains true to form. As in any stud game, there are no community cards but each players cards are a mixture of exposed and unexposed ones.
Five card stud is a very straightforward poker game. First all players ante. Then each players first two cards are dealt. One face down “Hole Card”, and one face up “Door Card”. This is followed by the first betting round. Here the player with the lowest exposed card is forced to start the betting by a “bring in” for a small forced bet (generally about half the small fixed limit bet) or make a full bet.
The third card is dealt face up to each player still in the pot, followed by a round of betting. On this round of betting and onward, the player with the best exposed hand begins the betting. Furthermore the only forced bet was made in the first betting round.
The forth and fifth cards are dealt face up, with a betting round after each – some variants call for the fifth card to be unexposed. After the fourth and last round of betting, the player with the highest hand wins the pot.