How to Play Stud Poker

Poker is a family of card games that has more or less the same betting rules and hand rankings. There are different types of poker games. These differentiations are made on the basis of how the cards are dealt. Variations exist on how the hands are formed, whether the highest or the lowest hand wins and on betting specifications like the limit placed on the bet or the number of betting rounds allowed. One such variation of poker that is very popular poker players is stud poker. In this article we will find out more about stud poker.

Stud poker is a variation of the standard game of poker. In this variation each player is deal a mix of cards, some of which are face face up while some are face face down. This means that even though only you are allowed to use the cards dealt to you to form a hand the other player are able to see some of your cards and this allows them to guess at the possible hands you could make.

The cards that are dealt face down are called hole cards. The number of betting rounds depends on the game being played. Some types of stud poker work better with a no limit structure when there are four or five players while a bet limit would work better if there are a lot of players. A common practice is to increase the betting limit as the betting rounds progress. This means that a lot of the time the betting limit for the first round may be $ 5 for the first two rounds of betting but is increased to $ 10 for the next two.

The betting rounds are usually named after the number of cards a player has. For example when the third card is eliminated the betting round that follows is called 'Third Street'. The final betting round regardless of the number of cards being dealt is called the 'river'.