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Casino Stud Poker Guide

Learn how to play Casino Stud Poker with our handy guide and introduction to the rules of the game

Casino Stud Poker is popular game in casinos (both online casinos and land-based casinos) although it can be slightly repetitive and requires only small amount of skill.

To play Casino Stud Poker a standard, single pack of 52 cards is used; the pack being well shuffled prior to each deal. Before the deal, all the players place their bets (within the casino's limits) in the relevant boxed areas of the table. The dealer then deals 5 cards to each player, including himself. The last card of the dealer is dealt face-up. As in the regular poker game, the hands are ranked with a straight flush being the best possible hand as shown in the table below. Aces can rank high or low in a straight.


The player then has to decide whether to 'fold' or 'raise'. If her decides to fold, he loses his stake. If he decides to raise, he must place a bet of twice the original stake in his area on the table. After all the players have decided whether to fold or raise, the dealer reveals his 4 face-down cards. If the dealer's hand is higher than ace, king high, the dealer is deemed to be in play, in which case his hand is compared, one by one, with the hands of the remaining players who have 'raised'. If the dealer does not qualify, then all stakes remaining are paid out at even money but all raises are returned without profit.

In the event of the dealer's hand being the best in any comparison, he collects both stake and raise. If the player's hand is higher, he is paid even money on his stake and a bonus on the raise.

Whenever the player has a pair or better, it is always correct to raise regardless of the card which the dealer is showing face-up on the table. In this situation, the dealer will be unable to play when he has less than ace, king high and the player will 'steal the ante'.

If the player has a hand without a pair, his action often depends on the face-up card the dealer is showing. The best card for the dealer to have is a queen and not the ace. If the dealer's hand is good enough to play, he will have a least ace, king, queen high. The full table of minimum hands on which to play is shown below.


Minimum Requirements to raise in a game of Casino Stud Poker:-

  1. When the dealer has an ace or king, the player needs ace, king, jack, ten or better whether you match the dealer's card or not.
  2. If the player has a card of the same rank as the dealer, he needs ace, king high if that card is a 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 but only king high if it is a queen, jack, 10, 4, 3 or 2.
  3. When the player does not have the same ranked card as the dealer, the player needs ace, king, queen high if the dealer has a jack *or* ace, king, jack high if he has a 10, 9, 8, 7, 7, 6, 5, 4 *or* will need ace, king, 10 high if he has a 3 or 2.

If these minimum requirements are met during the course of Casino Stud Poker, the casino advantage is approximately 2% of the original ante.

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