All about Five Card Stud

When to Raise or Fold

Five Card Stud, which is considered the daddy of new age poker variants such as Omaha and Texas Hold ‘em, used to enjoy an unimaginable amount of popularity during its heydays, until it was displaced from its throne by the latter two. Despite the fact that Five Card Stud isn’t as popular as its’ other counterparts, there are still a large number of players throughout the world who love it more than any other poker game.

There’s plenty of difference between the modern-day poker games and the conventional Five Card Stud poker. While majority of cards in Five Card Stud poker are visible to everyone on the table, increasing the transparency and allowing the players to gauge the strength of their hands (against other players), it isn’t so in other poker variants.
The decision of folding or playing one’s hand must ideally be taken during the earlier phases of Five Card Stud, as delaying it any further can make the player lose a lot of money.
As is applicable to majority of other poker variants, Five Card Stud also requires players to have plenty of skill, strategy and patience. Furthermore, all beginning Five Card Stud players must master its basics and learn when to fold and when to raise their hands, in order to improve their winning chances.

When to fold your hands
It goes without saying that the strategies applicable to Five Card Stud poker aren’t the same as the ones which work in other variants like Texas Hold ‘em and Omaha.
Five Card Stud poker is a game that’s mainly to do with high value cards and pairs, the reason why seasoned stud poker players encourage beginners to avoid being obsessed with straights and flushes, unless they get excellent hands right from the word go.
- So, you must give up the idea of creating a straight or a flush if you don’t get cards appropriate for such hands by the time you’re on the third street.
- You must also take a good look at your initial three cards and fold your hand unless you see a good possibility of making a pair.
- It’s also advisable to hang onto high value cards like aces, 10s etc. during the earlier stages of the game.
- You must always bet aggressively on high value pairs, and continue playing only if you have cards that are better compared to the ones on the table.
- It’s alright to continue playing beyond the third street if you do have an ace and another high-value card in your hand, both of which can possibly help you make a straight.
- It’s recommended to quickly fold any hand that comprises of mismatched cards and/or low value cards.
- Last but not the least, you must continue playing only if you have at least a pair or two cards that are higher in value compared to the others’ up cards on the table.

When to raise the bets
The strategy of raising bets depends on several important factors, few of which are:
– The chip stack size of your opponents as well as your own
– The nature of cards received by you and your opponents
– Your table position
– The current game situation
– The type of players you’re playing against: whether they are sharks or fish

If you do decide to raise the bets, make sure that you do it with great confidence and never half-heartedly, making you come across as a vulnerable player. A good number of poker players commit the mistake of not raising the bets despite getting excellent cards, just because they are too afraid of getting re-raised or called. Raising bets in Five Card Stud is a slightly risky business and you must do it only and only if you are absolutely sure about your winning chances.