Stud Poker: 7 more versions

This lesson covers more stud poker versions. At Learn Poker Program 2, there are lessons for 7-card and Caribbean stud.
To expand your knowledge and education, Gambling Teachers lists 7 additional versions with an introduction and how-to-play each game.

Each player is dealt 1 or more cards face down when playing the game, while the balance of the hand is dealt face up.
The exciting challenge of stud poker vs. draw poker is that with some cards shown, each player’s goal is to determine their opponents’ hands and bet and/or bluff accordingly.
After all hands are dealt, a betting round occurs before dealing resumes.
Stud is played more than draw poker because increased betting rounds in turn increases the pot size. Thus, big money will always attract more poker players online and off.
We begin this list of 7 game versions with 5-card stud that is equal in popularity to 7-card.

1) 5-Card Stud
This game can accommodate 2-10 players. There is no ante in some 5-card stud games and betting minimums/standards are established before play.
Players’ hands are dealt 1 card down and 1 card up and the highest card up places the first bet. For each betting round thereafter, the player with the best poker hand face up makes the call to bet, fold or check. If two players show equally best hands, the player
nearest the dealer's left makes the first call.
Three more cards are dealt face up in 3 separate rounds of play followed by a betting round for each to those players remaining in the game after each round.
Any player who folds must turn all cards face down. The dealer states the first bettor by recognizing their highest hand.
For example, Ace King bets or First Queen bets. Players in the game at the end before final betting will have received 5 cards—4 cards up and 1 card down.
With a large number of players and a shortage of cards, the 5th or last card may be dealt face up and become the community card for all players remaining.
Players in the game after the final betting round reveal their hole card to determine the higher hand and winner of the game.

2) Last Card Down
Comparable to 5-Card Stud, but the 5th card dealt is face down instead of face up.

3) Last Card Optionally Down
Comparable to 5-Card Stud, but a player can turn up their hole card before the final round is dealt and request that the 5th card be dealt face down.

4) Mexican Stud
In an interesting twist for this game version, players are dealt their first 2 cards face down, at which time; they pick 1 card to be shown face up. Once selected, the other hole card is now wild and betting proceeds. A 3rd card is dealt and another pick is determined by the player as to which of these 2 cards will be revealed and which card is wild, followed by a betting round.
This picking method and betting continues until each remaining player’s hand holds 1 wild card with 4 cards showing.
The unique feature of this game is that the wild card held by an individual player is also wild for all other cards of the same rank.
The winner of the game is determined after the final betting round when all cards are shown.

5) 6-Card Stud
Players are dealt an additional card face down after the fourth betting round in a departure from regular 5-Card Stud. After the last betting round, the player then picks 5 of 6 cards as their best hand.

6) 7-Card Flip
Comparable to 7-card stud, this stud poker version begins with 4 cards dealt face down to every player. Players then reveal 2 of the 4 cards dealt. After a betting round, the game continues in the same fashion as 7-Card Stud--2 cards up and 1 down each of which is followed by betting.
A second 7-Card Flip version utilizes the following sequence of cards dealt accompanied by a betting round afterwards. 2 cards-one up and one down then 2 cards-one up and one down then again—2 cards- one up and one down and finally one card face down.
The player tosses one up card and one down card at which time 5 cards remain—2 up and 3 down. After final betting, the winner is the best 5-card hand.

7) 8-Card Stud Poker
Players are dealt an additional card either up or down as determined by the dealer in a departure from regular 7-Card Stud.

Gambling Teachers offers 2 more lessons about Stud Poker.
7-Card Stud Poker Basics lesson
Caribbean Stud advanced lesson
How to Play Poker 1 Program
Learn Poker Games 2 with 7 Game Types

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