Live Stud Poker Rules
The aim of the game is to build the best possible five-card poker hand. If your hand is better than the dealer’s is at the end of the round then you have won. The game is very simple, you are dealt five face up cards and the dealer is dealt five face down cards,
The aim to form one of the following poker hands (listed from strongest to weakest):
- Royal Flush – A, K, Q, J and 10 of the same suit
- Straight Flush – Five cards in sequence of the same suit (e.g. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
- 4 of a Kind – Four cards of the same value (e.g. four Queens)
- Full House – Three of a Kind with a Pair (e.g. Q, Q, Q, 6, 6)
- Flush – Five cards of the same suit but not in sequence
- Straight – Five cards in sequence but not the same suit
- Three of a Kind – Three cards of the same value (e.g. 4, 4, 4, 6, 9)
- Two Pair – Two pairs (e.g. 3, 3, 7, 7, J)
- Pair – Two cards of the same value (e.g. 6, 6, 3, 10, 7)
- High Card – None of the above hands so the highest value card is compared.
The dealer can only qualify with Ace King or better. If the dealer doesn’t qualify then your Call bet is returned and your Ante bet pays 1:1. If the dealer qualifies and you win, then the Ante bet pays 1:1 and the Call bet pays according to the paytable. If your hands are equal then both your bets are returned as a push.
How a Round Works
You start a round by placing your Ante bet. At this point, you can also place the 5+1 Bonus Bet and the Jackpot side bet.
You and the dealer are then dealt five cards each. Your five cards are dealt face-up while the dealer’s first card is dealt face-up and the rest are dealt facedown. Now you can choose to Call, and continue playing against the dealer, or Fold, and lose your Ante bet. The dealer’s hand is then revealed and the two hands are compared to see who wins.
To help speed up the game play you will find buttons such as ‘Double’, which quickly doubles your bet, ‘Rebet & Deal’, which quickly starts the next round, and ‘Double & Deal’, which starts the next round with double the Ante bet of the previous round.
A Royal Flush pays out at 100:1, a Straight Flush pays out at 50:1, Four of a Kind pays out at 25:1, a Full House pays out at 10:1, a Flush pays out at 7:1, a Straight pays out at 4:1, Three of a Kind pays out at 3:1, Two Pairs pays out at 2:1, Pair pays out at 1:1 and High Card pays out at 1:1.
Side Bets and Features
Blind Call Bet
You can place a Blind Call bet (on the Call 2x position on the table). If you place this bet then you will automatically participate in the entire round, meaning that if you don’t make a decision to Call or Fold in the allowed time then the game will automatically Call.
5+1 Bonus Side Bet
The 5+1 Bonus bet pays if your five cards combined with the dealer’s first face-up card forms a poker hand of at least Three of a Kind. It pays 1000:1 for a Royal Flush, 200:1 for a Straight Flush, 100:1 for Four of a Kind, 20:1 for a Full House, 15:1 for a Flush, 10:1 for a Straight, and 7:1 for Three of a Kind.
The Progressive Jackpot pays if you are dealt a Royal Flush. If you have placed the bet then you will also win for other poker hands. A Straight Flush will pay 2500:1, Four of a Kind pays 250:1, a Full House pays 50:1, a Flush pays 25:1, a Straight pays 10:1 and Three of a Kind pays 3:1.