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There is swarm of poker games in the casino pits nowadays. Among them is High Five Poker. The objective is to have a better five card hand than the dealer. If you ever played Pai Gow Poker you’ll find some similarities in that it uses a 53 card deck, where the 53rd card is a Joker. This lone semi-wild card can be used to complete a Straight, Flush, Straight Flush, or Royal Flush; otherwise it can be used as an Ace.
High Five Poker games have been at Foxwoods in CT, The Brass Ass (real name) Casino in Cripple Creek, CO, and the Osage Casinos in Tulsa, OK, Sand Springs, OK, and some casinos in Washington State.
The table has seats for up to six players. Players must first make an Ante wager. The dealer will then deal seven cards face down in a clockwise manner to each player, and seven to him or herself. Each player then examines his or her cards and makes one of the following decisions:
Fold, forfeiting the Ante bet.
Discard two cards while keeping the best five card poker hand, and make a Play bet equal to the Ante wager.
The dealer then reveals the house cards to make the best five card poker hand. The dealer qualifies if s/he has at least a pair of sixes or against a player who has a straight. For example, if the dealer has a pair of deuces and player number 1 has a straight, and player number 2 has a pair of three’s, the dealer qualifies against player 1 but not against player number 2. So what happens to the payouts when the dealer does or does not qualify?
If the dealer does not qualify, the Ante bet pays even money, and the Play bet pushes.
If the dealer qualifies and beats the player, the player’s Ante and Play bets lose.
If the dealer qualifies and is beaten by the player, the player’s Ante and Play bets pay even money.
If the dealer qualifies and ties the player, the player’s Ante and Play bets push.
The dealer works counter-clockwise when determining the
outcome of all of the remaining players’ wagers. The house edge is about 3.6%.
The Trips side Bet pays for a player hand with three of a kind or better, regardless if the player wins or loses the hand, according to the following table:
3 of a Kind 1/1
Full House. 7/1
Full House (Aces Full). 20/1
4 of a Kind 40/1
Straight Flush 50/1
Royal Flush 100/1
5 Aces ( 4 with Joker). 200/1
Pay tables may vary slightly between jurisdictions. The above
table has a house edge of about 4.8%
The strategy for this poker game is quite basic in that the
dealer does not qualify if s/he has less than a pair of sixes, then you should
fold with less than a pair of sixes. Otherwise make a play bet.
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