In Stud Poker the players receive a set of cards face down and a set facing up and the game is played with multiple rounds that the players bet in. The game is a non-positional one and the person who bets initially may change and someone else may start betting later. Generally the player who has the highest ranking cards facing up gets to bet in a round. The cards that are faced down are hole cards and ones looking up are the normal cards.
The Seven card Stud Poker is played with betting in five rounds and this is the main difference fromTexas or Omaha Holdem, which is played for four rounds of betting. The betting in the first two rounds are done with a single amount and the limits are played by doubling them in the tailing rounds. The levels are more spread out in lower limit games and the levels are demarked for the higher limit games. The player who wants to raise will be asked to double the amount bet. The five card draw stud game is played with two blinds and one is higher and the other is lower.
The size is fixed by the betting limit of the table. When one is with the five cards Stud Poker, one to the left of the dealing person posts the small bet or blind and the one to the right deals the bug blind. The small blind being the main – they deal five cards with their face down to the players. The play starts from the person in the left of the big blind and is called “under the gun” and he is allowed to fold the cards or call equal money to the big blind.
He can also do a raise and that is to put in double the amount of the big deal. The play goes on till all the players matched the amount of the ongoing bet or have folded so as not to play. The blinds are also taken in as bets and if there are no raise before the game is completed, then the big blind has the option to check and draw. He can raise and re-open the game. The five card Stud Poker can be played with three raises on the rounds of betting.
The draw is the next phase and the players choose to discard the cards and replace them facedown. They are again dealt with cards as many as they discard and they can discard as many as five of them. The game starts with the person on the left of the button who has highest card face up, once more. The play of Stud Poker goes on in the clockwise direction till the bets are matched or the cards are folded for not playing. The five cards are used to form the best hand and then the one who has the highest ranking hand as per sequence, wins the game. If there is more than one hand of same value, the pot is divided in equal divisions.