5 Card Poker - Strategies

5-Card Stud Poker is mostly a game of high cards and pairs. Don't play for Straights and Flushes unless you have 3 cards to a straight flush on third street, or it looks like you might luck into a Straight or Flush on fourth. With only one down card, it is easier than most games to put your opponents on hands. Pay close attention to how they each play. Usually don't start without either a pair or at least one live card that beats the board. Usually fold if you do not have at least a pair in the first 3 cards. Always fold when you are beaten on the board and do not have a good draw to the best hand.
Playable Starting Hands:

  1. Any Pair - Fast play low pairs to try to get heads up. Consider folding if you don't get trips or a live up-card on third street. Bet/Call high pairs.

  2. Both cards higher than the board - i.e.: You hold 9, 8 and there is no opponent up-card that is higher than 7.

  3. High hole card that beats the board with any up-card - i.e.: You have Q down/ 6 up and there is no opponent up-card that is higher than Jack.

  4. High up-card that beats the board with high card in the hole - An Ace up is a good hand that you can sometimes take past third street unpaired, if you have a good kicker. The high card in the hole does not have to beat the board.



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