Monday, May 16, 2011

Important Rules For 5 Card Stud Poker

If you want to succeed with anything, it is important to know the basic set of rules. That is also the same with gambling. Without prior knowledge in the rules set, you will be nothing more than a mediocre sitting at the table, hoping for a fluke. But if you really want to hit the jackpot and get more than a fluke or two, you need to familiarize yourself with the rules and by familiarizing, you also have to memorize it by heart.

The simplest and most initial form of poker is the 5 card stud poker. This is probably the game where all poker rules were born. If you want to be a successful and seasoned poker player, you have to master the rules of this game first to achieve the confidence to play the more complex forms of poker.

Here are the rules:

1. The first bet on the table is called the 'ante.' This bet is done by all poker players and is non-refundable. The 'ante' makes up the pot for which the game is played.

2. The 'bring in' is done by the player who holds the door card with the lowest value. The 'bring in' is commonly half the value of the lower wager.

3. If you are not playing for the bring in, betting on the first round is initiated by the player with the door card of the highest value.

4. Each player has four options to choose from in every betting round. A player can make a bet, or make a check to evaluate how the other players are doing. At this point, the player can make a bet or raise the bet. Fold and leave the game is also an option. Players who feel that they don't have very strong hands and very little chances of winning leave the game. Players who stay or survive the game are dealt for the next round.

5. Individual cards have different values and each hand's value is computed according to the value of each individual card. Low cards are those from 2-9. They are computed for their face value, hence, 2 spade is worth 2 points. High cards include the Jack, Queen or King. Ace is the card with the highest value, 6.

6. The river card is the last card dealt to a poker player. After the river card is dealt, the last round of betting is initiated and players are required to call their final decisions at this point.

7. The player with the highest value at the end of the game wins the pot. The pot increases because it is the sum of all the bets made in the previous rounds. Rarely would you see a table where all players survived the end. More often than not, only one or two players are left at the end of the game. If the surviving players have the same type of hands, the individual value of the cards are taken into consideration.

Of course, knowledge of the rules is not enough to make you a winning poker player. Practice. Doing so will enable you to find your groove and eventually, you'll learn strategies that can get you closer to the pot.

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