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How to Play 5 Card Stud Poker
Using five pocket cards, try to make a five-card hand with a value ranked higher than the hands of the other players. Between two and eight players can play.
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Dealing the Game of Five Card Stud
Who Shows First?
In a live game, generally players who feel that they have a good opportunity to win a pot will show their hand voluntarily. However, in many instances, players all stare at each other wondering who will show their cards first. To avoid this situation, the game employs the following standard rule:
The determination of which players' cards will and must be shown first will lie with the player who had initiated the last bet, raise or re-raise.
This simply means that whoever created the last action on the Fifth street must show his cards first. If the player who had the action checked and all players checked, then the player who had the initial option to bet would show first. If a player checks and another player bets, then the player who bet will have his/her cards shown first. If a player checks, another bets and then another player raises, the raiser's cards will be shown first.
In the PlayNow.com poker room, "cards speak." That means the dealer will find the best 5-card hand on the table and declare it the winner based on the universal poker hand rankings.
It is theoretically possible that two or more players can hold the best five-card hand. If there is a tie between two or more players, then the dealer will "split" the pot equally between all the winning players.