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I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now: Stud

by Bryan Devonshire |  Published: Jan 23, 2013


Seven card stud is the predecessor to limit Hold’em. It used to be the most common game played, but eventually the faster pace and increased action of hold’em made it the game of choice. Stud is a descendant of five card stud, which came from five card draw. Stud plays a lot like its progeny, limit hold’em, rewarding the aggressive player with uncontested pots. Stud games are not nearly as common as its relatives. They are most prolific on the East Coast, spotty in Los Angeles, and there’s one $20-$40 game that goes regularly at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Otherwise, stud will mostly be found online or as a part the rotation in mixed games. Stud is generally played limit, however, it can easily be played pot-limit or no-limit also, yet those games are rarely spread. All modern stud games have five rounds of betting. Two of those rounds ...

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