In past days when New Orleans jazz was taking over the music scene, five-card stud was the most popular game being dealt and, along with the exciting jazz tunes of the day, five-card stud moved on up the Mississippi amusing crews and passengers alike. With the War Between the States winding down, five card stud headed west lured by the stories of gold and plenty of men ready and willing to use that gold to place bets on the cards they were holding.
With the War Between the States winding down, five card stud headed west lured by the stories of gold and plenty of men ready and willing to use that gold to place bets on the hand they were holding.
Five-card stud has the advantage of being simple to play, making it easy for beginners to get right into the game. It does require the player to learn to do a little bluffing since possible hands are fairly easy to read and bluffing plays a large part in this game.
Five-card stud is played with the dealer placing one card, face down before each player. This is followed by dealing each player a second card, face up, visible to all. Opening bets are placed. This is followed by each player receiving three more cards. All face up. With each new card, more bets may be made. Readers may remember this is the famous game played in the classic film, “The Cincinnati Kid”.
Unfortunately, for five-card stud aficionados, few online casinos offer this game today. While some live casinos periodically set a table, either on some sort of schedule and perhaps on special days, it has become more and more difficult to find a game. Many of today’s poker players have never played the game at all.
The best starting hand is a pair of aces or any other high pair. Pairs of higher value have a tendency to increase the player’s chance of winning in this game. In film, players often have “monster hands” all around, but this is not so easy in real life. Three of a kind is considered a monster hand and an even better hand would be considered a super monster.
Five-card draw poker has replaced five-card stud in popularity possibly because it permits more betting along with more gambling as each player gets to see more cards. Fewer possibilities for betting may have hurried along the loss of popularity of five-card stud. Seven-card stud has, however, replaced the older game in many card rooms as well as being a casino favorite.
Still, five-card carries an aura to this day, and many continue to feel a romantic attachment to this game. When straight-shootin’ cowboys rode into town, they invariably entered the town’s saloon where rough, tough men sat at the many tables drinking whiskey and playing five-card stud poker. One reason for this may be because the action was easy for anyone, even kids to follow as each hand was played out, and in the case of any problems, a shoot-out was sure to follow.
Five-card stud is the easiest poker game to learn. The values of the cards and the way they are dealt make it easy for anyone to jump right in. For many, the art of bluffing can bring a great deal of satisfaction. We’ve all seen it in action in the movies, where a player with a high card on the table bluffs another who may be holding a very good hand. It takes a very cool player to bluff his way through a hand and win with nothing but a smile.