What is the basic concept of Stud Poker?
The basic concept of Stud Poker games is that each player has a certain number of cards face-down and a certain number face-up. The face-down cards (or “cards in the hole”) are cards that only each player can see. The face-up cards, however, are the ones that all players at the table can see in each other player’s hand. In typical seven-card stud, each player by the end of the game has three cards face-down that nobody can see, and four cards face-up that the whole table to see. In typical five-card stud, each player has one card face-down and four cards face-up by the end of the game.
In 1949 famous gambler Nicholas “Nick the Greek” Dandolos approached Benny Binion with an unusual request – to challenge the best in a high-stakes poker marathon. So Binion set up a match between Dandolos and Johnny Moss. The game was played in full public view. During the course of the poker marathon, which lasted five months with breaks only for sleep, the two men played every form of poker imaginable. Moss eventually won and pocketed an estimated $2 million. When the Greek lost his last pot, he arose from his chair, bowed slightly, and uttered the now-famous words, “Mr. Moss, I have to let you go.” Dandolos then went upstairs to bed. In the last couple of years the WSOP has experienced yet another period of huge growth – this time due to the combination of Internet poker and televised poker. The broadcast of the World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour has motivated millions of people to learn about the game while the rise of Internet poker has made it much easier for prospective players to enter satellites in an attempt to win their way into the big tournament.