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Game Type Intro/Overview & Rules

5-Card “Low ball” overview and rules

5-Card Stud (“Low Ball”)
“Dealer’s Choice” variants: roll your own, hole-card wild, follow the queen, 2-7, etc.
Similar to 5-Stud High with following exceptions:
Lowest hand wins (no “8 or better” qualifier)
Straights and flushes DO NOT count as a high hand
Highest door card (suits–low to high: CDHS): forced “Bring-in” or “Complete”
Starting Hands (see 5-card low probabilities)
A-5 (the “Wheel”) is the nuts, but highly unlikely (0.0394%)
Any non-pair (50.7%) is often best when short-handed
T-high or better (i.e. lower) happens only ~10%
Position (low-hand opens from 3rd Street to River)
Odds and Outs Calculations (5-Stud calculators)

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

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General Strategic Considerations

Player Types: Statistics (see poker-strategy blog for details)

Table buy-in recommendations
Fixed Limit Stud: 25 bets recommended … 17 bets minimum stack size
Pot Limit or No Limit: match the table’s big stack if you have an edge, or buy in for the average to get your feet wet (see 6-max Texas Hold’em Bankroll Management)

 

General Statistics

5-Card Hands: Low

5-Card LOW Hands # LOW Hands in 5 Cards Probability (as a %) Odds Against
5-high 1,024 0.039% 2537.1 : 1
6-high 5,120 0.197% 506.6 : 1
7-high 15,360 0.591% 168.2 : 1
8-high 35,840 1.380% 71.5 : 1
9-high 71,680 2.760% 35.2 : 1
10-high 129,024 4.960% 19.2 : 1
Jack-high 215,040 8.270% 11.1 : 1
Queen-high 337,920 13.000% 6.7 : 1
King-high 506,880 19.500% 4.1 : 1
Total 1,317,888 50.697%

Source: http://www.durangobill.com/LowballPoker/Lowball_Poker_5_cards.html

Starting-Hands Ranges

Full-Ring

6-Max

Heads-Up

Post-Flop Play

Flop

Turn

River

Recommended Reading

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Starting-Hands Recommendations (“ranges”)

Full-Ring (i.e. 7-10 players) Starting Hands Recommendations

 

6-Max Starting Hands Recommendations

 

Heads-Up Starting Hands Recommendations

Strategy/Tactics

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