Five-Card Stud Poker

Five-Card Stud is the earliest and most basic form of stud poker, It originated at about the time of the American Civil War and became hugely popular, both in America and in Europe. Other poker games have since gained more support, but Five-Card Stud remains an especially good poker game for beginners to start with.

In Five-Card Stud, four of a total of five cards dealt to each player are exposed, so there’s little room for bluffing. Because Five-Card Stud uses only five cards per player, it allows for up to 10 players to participate in a game. For more details on how the game is played, see Five-Card Stud rules.

Five-Card Stud and the WSOP

From 1971 to 1974, Five-Card Stud was included as a preliminary event in the annual World Series of Poker (WSOP). In each of these four events, Bill Boyd came out victorious, earning a total of US$80,000.

From 1975 on, the game was no longer included in the WSOP and it became rare to find it played in professional tournaments in the United States. Outside the United States, however, Five-Card Stud has retained much of its original popularity.

Five-Card Stud Variations

Because the rules of Five-Card Stud are so simple, it’s common for players to introduce some sort of stipulation to make the game more interesting or more challenging. Especially in Europe, several variations of Five-Card Stud are played. In Finland, for example, the hugely popular game called Sökö is derived from Five-Card Stud. The same game is often referred to as Canadian Stud or Scandinavian Stud. For more details, see Five-Card Stud variations.