General rules of poker apply to five card stud, such as the pack of cards, rankings of
cards and hands, etc. The number of players at Five Card Stud can range from 2 to 10.
The dealer deals each player face down one card, or the hole card. Next, he deals each player
a face up card. Next, he places the pack face down on the table in front of himself so that
the cards are handy for the following part of the deal. The hole is the only card which
remains unknown to the opposing players. The player with the highest ranking upcard makes
the opening bet. The next bettor, left of the first better can fold, stay, raise the pot, or reraise.
Once finished, the dealer deals another upcard to the players.
The second round of betting is begun by the player holding the highest-ranking hand with the two
upcards. He can either drop out, check, or bet. The next bettors can either play or stay, drop or
fold, raise, or reraise. After this round, the dealer deals each player another card face up in
the proper rotation, now three upcards plus a hole card. The third round of betting commences and
is exactly like the second. After the third betting round, the dealer deals each player one upcard
for a total of five cards.
Next is the fourth and final round of betting which is just like the previous rounds.
The only difference is the a bettor can choose to call, instead of playing or staying.
The showdown begins when all betting is completed and the players starting with the call hand turn
over their hole cards.