There are many purists who believe that casino stud poker (CSP) is not real poker. This debate has been raging on for ages and no matter which side of the fence you are on, you have to agree that the game does have its roots in pure poker. And no matter what side of the fence you are on, you also should agree that casino stud poker is one of the more fun games around. Casino stud poker is very similar to Caribbean stud poker.
Both games require the player to have a better hand than the dealer at the end of the game and this is known as the “showdown”. All hands are based on pure poker scores.
In casino stud poker, there is always a minimum and maximum ante bet. This is to ensure that the game does not get out of hand and that the game also remains accessible to both curious first time players and professionals alike. There are many casino games which are avoided due to the fact that the stakes are too high and therefore unobtainable to many people.
To start the game, players must make an ante bet.
These bets are all placed in the area in front of the player. The dealer then deals one card to each player and then to themselves. This is repeated 5 times until each player and the dealer has 5 cards. All cards are dealt face down, except for the dealer’s last card. Players can then pick up their cards and decide whether to continue playing or to pass.
In order to continue playing, players must double their initial ante. This is known as a “raise”. If a player chooses not to raise then this is known as a “pass” and the player loses the ante. Play will only continue between the dealer and a player if the player’s hand value consists of at least an Ace and a King. This is known as qualifying.
The game continues from there and the rules are quite similar to many other versions of poker. In fact, if a player is familiar with any versions of poker, casino stud poker should be very easy to grasp.