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5-Card Stud Rules

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Key Statistics

Betting and Drawing

5-Card Stud: Hi(gh)

The Basics

Hand Ranking (same as above)
Multiple “Dealer’s Choice” variants: roll your own, high or low Chicago, hole-card wild, follow the queen, etc.
Antes (~10% to 50% of the limit): may also be played with blinds as in Hold’em
5 “streets”: 4-bet cap per street (4th and 5th street may be with “big bets”)
Action begins on 2nd Street: 1 down, 1 “door card” up
Low card bring-in (suits–low to high: CDHS)
Bring-In size: ~25% to 50% of the small bet
3rd and 4th streets: both dealt up
5th street (the river): dealt either up or down
Position: high-hand opens from 3rd Street to River
Minimum stack size per table: at least 17 big bets: 25bb recommendation
Capped each round = 4xsb on 2nd & 3rd, 4xbb on 4th & 5th = 16 big bets
Table stakes: Match big stack (see 6max Hold’em bankroll management)

Table/Player Analysis
2nd Street (5-Card Stud Push Calculator)
Starting Hands (any pair, Ax, any 2 higher than opponents’ doors – TP is king!)
Probability of being dealt any pair in 2 cards is 5.88%, 16 to 1 against.
Ascertaining Villain’s Hole-Card Calculator

3rd Street
Heads-up or up-pair: “double-net” option on 3rd street (option to “double-raise”)
Odds & Outs Calculations (5-Stud Runner-Runner Calculator): flush/straight?

4th Street: big bets (2x the small bet)
Odds and Outs Calculations (5-Stud: 1-Card “Draw” calculator)

5th Street: (see Ascertaining Villain’s Hole-Card Calculator

General Statistics

5-Card Hands (High)

5-Card Hands # Hands in 5 Cards Probability (as a %) Odds Against
Royal Flush 4 0.000% 649,739 : 1
Straight Flush 36 0.001% 72,192 : 1
Four of a Kind 624 0.024% 4,164 : 1
Full House 3,744 0.144% 693 : 1
Flush 5,108 0.197% 508 : 1
Straight 10,200 0.392% 254 : 1
Three of a Kind 54,912 2.113% 46 : 1
Two Pair 123,552 4.754% 20 : 1
One Pair 1,098,240 42.257% 1.4 : 1
No Hand 1,302,540 50.118% 0.9953 : 1
Total 2,598,960 100.0%



Betting and Drawing

For detailed explanations on the information covered below and additional instructions as well as example hands see the 5-Card Stud coaching series entitled Essential Poker Knowledge: The Art of Poker as well as our poker-strategy blog.


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