How to Play Stud Poker

Stud poker is one of the many poker variants in which each player is dealt with a mix of face up and face down cards.  There are totally 5 betting sessions in the stud poker.

• The game begins with the ante, where every participant player is required to place a bet. The value of the ante depends upon the size and value of the stakes.

• After the ante is done, a total of three cards are dealt to each player, of which two are dealt face down and one is dealt face up.
• After the dealing of the cards are over the player with the low rank card is supposed to initiate the “bring in.”  The value of the “bring in” depends upon the size and value of the stakes.  It can either be a very small amount or a little bigger amount than the ante.
• After the bring-in the betting round is rotated in the table and the first betting round comes to an end.
• The first betting round is followed by the dealing of the fourth street card (face up card)
• Second betting round is completed (high rank card initiates the bet)
• The second betting round is followed by the dealing of the fifth street card (face up card)
• Third betting round is completed (high rank card initiates the bet)
• The third betting round is followed by the dealing of the sixth street card (face up card)
• Fourth betting round is completed (high rank card initiates the bet)
• The fourth betting round is followed by the dealing of the seventh street card (face down card)
• A showdown follows the seventh street round where the player with the best 5 cards wins the game.

The number of street cards in a stud poker may vary depending upon the type of stud poker being played, like the street cards dealt may be less for five card stud against a six card stud against a seven card stud.  There are several many other variations of stud like the Mexican stud, Mississippi stud etcetera.  Some slight variations in the betting structure may apply for each kind of studs.

You need to just have a track of the cards that were dealt face up as other players would most likely calculate odds to master against you.  You need to watch the face up cards of other players too, in order to follow a proper strategy of folding of proceeding.

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