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WSOP: Five-Card Stud (1971 to 1974)

The first poker variant to be eliminated from the World Series of Poker was Five-Card Stud. Part of the reason for its demise may have been that it was a simple and boring game. But the main reason was that nobody could beat Bill Boyd, the Marion Tinsley of Five-Card Stud.1

Boyd was arguably the best Five-Card Stud player in the world. He won the inaugural $1,000 1971 WSOP event against an unknown number of opponents,2 the $10,000 1972 event against a single opponent, the $10,000 1973 event unopposed, and the $5,000 1974 event against seven opponents. The game was no longer popular, and nobody really wanted to play Boyd anyway, so they discontinued the event. Amarillo Slim claimed that he'd "rather catch frost on his winter peaches than play Five-Card Stud with Bill Boyd."3

Game NameFive-Card Stud
Game TypeStud
Game LimitsLimit
High or LowHigh
WSOP Years1971 to 1974
Buyins$1,000 to $10,000
Largest Field~10 (1971 $1,000 event)
Notable ChampionsBill Boyd (1971-74)
Basic RulesAntes only. Each player is dealt one hole card. There is a round of betting after each of four up cards.
HistoryFive-Card Stud first became popular during the American Civil War.4
NotesThe game can feature a bring-in, in which the player with the lowest card showing after the first up card must make a minimum bet.5

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