Stud Poker Variants and How to Play Them

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While No Limit Texas Hold’em’s popularity reached all-time highs at the start of the 21st century, stud poker’s roots date back to the Revolutionary and American Civil Wars. A combination of face-up and face-down cards, the most popular stud games are Mississippi, Caribbean, Razz and 5 & 7-card stud variants.

Our expert guide to stud will cover:

  • Where US players can play stud poker online
  • How to play & rules for the most popular stud variants
  • Proven strategies
  • Online FAQ

Where to Play Stud Poker Online

Here are the online casinos our team of experts recommend US players use for playing stud online:

Types of Stud Poker

There are four main types of stud poker you should be on the lookout for when you are playing at online poker rooms, or at online casinos.

Stud Poker Strategy

Below are some proven basic strategies for each stud variant. As always, with all games, our main strategy recommendation is to set a bankroll strategy, and stick to it.

The best thing you can do, both for your winning record and your enjoyment, is to ensure you’re playing with the right amount of money. Don’t chase losses, don’t bet emotionally, and never bet more than you can afford to lose

5 Card Stud Strategy

  • Consider folding if opponents’ up card beat both your up and face down cards.
  • Don’t chase straights and flushes.
  • Having an ace in the hole is the best possible (including pairs).

7 Card Stud Strategy

  • Be selective about your starting hand – if you don’t like your hand, and you can get out for free, fold.
  • If you believe you have a strong hand, bet strong on third betting round and smart on fourth and fifth.
  • If your hole cards include an Ace or King, play on. If you have a pair in the hole, bet aggressively.

Mississippi Stud Strategy

  • Avoid 2x ante bets- either fold, wager 1x or 3x the ante.
  • If you have a face card, raise 1x the ante.

Caribbean Stud Strategy

  • If you start with a pair or better, call or raise depending on what the dealer is showing.
  • If you don’t have a pair and at least one face card, fold the hand.

Stud Poker FAQs

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