STUD POKER

Poker is a very popular game. Its exact origin remains unknown. It is said that the Chinese invented it in 894AD. Around 1500AD a variation of the game appeared in Persia and was called "as nas". Later the game passed the European borders. In the 17th century the game was known in Germany as "Pocken". The English followed ("Bragg") and then the FRench ("Poque") who determined the rules of the game. The combination of the words "as" and "Pogue" gave the game the name "Poquas", which in its turn and upon the influence of the German bluffing game "Pocken" was renamed to "Pokah", with an ultimate English pronunciation of "Poker".


Poker is a game with many different variations. In the Greek casinos Caribbean Stud Poker or Stud Poker or Mini Stud Poker is played, which is based o the Five Card Stud Poker. This game was first played on an experimental basis on cruisers and it made huge success, while it was officially first played in the mid 80's on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Poker on the casino table (hereinafter stud poker) is played in a very different way from Poker among friends, at clubs etc, but even from Video Poker that is available on electronic devices.

THE GAME

Objective of the game

 

Stud Poker is played with a 52-card deck and each player and the dealer get a hand of five cards.
The aim for the player is to get the best possible combination of cards and a better hand than the dealer, so as to be in a position to be paid depending on his "hand". "Hand" means the five cards that each player and the dealer hold.

 

The descending ranking of the four suits (kind & color) is the following: spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs. The ranking of the different successful hands, for a 52-card deck, in descending order, is:

 

(1) "Royal flush" (ace-high straight flush): It is the combination of 5 consecutive (sequential) cards, of the same suit, with the best possible value (Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10).

 

(2) "Straight flush": It is the combination of 5 consecutive (sequential) card, of the same suit. The highest value card in hand determines the value of the straight flush.

 

(3) "4 of the kind": (4 card of the same rank/ quads) It is the combination of 5 cards that contains four cards of one rank and any other (unmatched) card (e.g. 4 Kings and 1 ten).

 

(4) "Full house": It is the combination of 5 cards that contains three matching cards of one rank and a pair of cards of another different rank (e.g. three 8 and two 9). When comparing hands, priority is given to the rank of the three cards as opposed to the rank of the pair.

 

(5) "Flush": It is the combination of 5 cards, all of the same suit, but not in sequence [meaning 5 not sequential, same suit cards]. The highest value card in hand determines the value of the full house. When comparing hands, if both have the same highest rank card, then the rest of the four cards are compared, starting with the second highest rank card and continuing in descending order of rank.

 

(6) "Straight": It is the combination of 5 consecutive (sequential) card, of different suits. The highest value card in hand determines the value of the straight. An Ace may be played both as a high or low card in a straight (e.g. 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace, or Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10).

 

(7) "3 of the kind" (three card of the same rank): It is the combination of 5 cards that contains 3 cards of the same rank and another 2 that are not a pair, meaning they are not of the same rank (e.g. three 8, one King and one Queen).

 

(8) "Two pairs": It is the combination of 5 cards that contains two cards of the same rank, plus two cards of another rank (that match each other but not the first pair), plus any card not of either rank, (e.g. two 9, two Jacks and one Ace). The pair with the highest rank has priority when comparing hands. If both hands have the same top pair, then the second pair of each is compared and then the fifth card.

 

(9) "One pair": It is the combination of 5 cards that contains 2 cards of the same rank, combined with three cards of different ranks (e.g., tow Kings, one 8, one 9 and one Ace). The pair with the highest rank has priority when comparing hands. When comparing hands, if both have the same pairs, then the rest of the three cards are compared, starting with the highest rank card and continuing in descending order of rank.

 

(10) "Νο pair" or "Higher car": It is the combination of 5 unmatched cards, meaning the hand that does not contain any of the above winning combinations. Two high-card hands are ranked by comparing the highest-ranking card. If those are equal, then the next highest-ranking card from each hand is compared, and so on until a difference is found. (namely in descending order).

 

Winning hands are paid as follows:

 

Stake Odds
1 pair 1 to 1
2 pairs 2 to 1
3 of the kind 3 to 1
straight 4 to 1
flush 5 to 1
(full0 3 of the kind and 1 pair 7 to 1
(care) 4 of the kind 20 to 1
(straight flush) 50 to 1
(straight royal) same suit and in ascending order with Ace as the highest card 100 to 1

 

How it is played

 

I. Caribbean Stud Poker (CSP) is a game played with up to six (6) people, and they must all be seated.

 

II. Players place their initial bets in the "ANTE" marked box and if they wish they can also play in a different Bonus bet of 2 Euros, by placing the bet in the Bonus circle.

 

III. Each player and the dealer will then receive five (5) cards, face down. The dealer placed his last card face up.

 

IV. After all cards have been dealt, players shall look at their hands, which are rated in the same way as in classic Poker.

 

V. Any player who chooses to fold forfeits his ante and the Bonus.

 

VI. Any player choosing to play places his cards face down into the box in front of him marked "Bet" and places a bet on top of the cards. This additional wager shall equal to twice the amount of the ante.

 

VII. After all the players have made their decisions, the dealer reveals his four hole cards.

 

VIII. The dealer only qualifies (plays) if his hand either contains both an ace and a king or has a better hand.

 

IX. If the dealer's hand does not qualify, then all players that stayed in the game will win even money 1 to 1 for their Ante.

 

X. Bonus bet wins when the players has a hand of Flush or better. The Bonus bet plays irrespectively to whether the dealer's hand qualifies or not.

 

XI. In case of stand-ff, the player neither wins or loses.

 

XII. If the dealer qualifies in the game, and the player's hand beats the dealer's, then the player is paid at even money for the Ante (initial bet) and in addition is paid the bet he has placed in the "Bet" box, depending on the combination he has placed his bet on.

 

Bonus Bet:

 

The bonus is a separate bet, which is placed at a special betting position on the table and through which the player ensures an additional pay for winning combinations from Flush and better, even in the case that the dealer has "no game".

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