The objective of Stud Poker, like that of most poker games, is to get the highest hand. There are several twists to this variety, however, that provide for a different an interesting challenge.
How to Play
To begin the game, the player must place an ANTE on the table. Once the ante (which works as a straight 1:1 bet) has been placed, the cards are dealt: all of the player's cards are showing, and all of the dealer's cards are facing down, except for one. There are no card replacements for either of the parties.
Once the cards have been dealt, the player must decide if to RAISE the bet or to FOLD it. When the player decides to RAISE, the bet is raised automatically. The value of the RAISE bet is fixed as twice the ante and no modifications are allowed. The dealer must have an ace and a king or higher in order to be able to open or qualify. In other words, the lowest qualifying hand would be Ace, King, 4, 3, 2 and the highest non-qualifying hand would be Ace, Queen, Jack, 10, 9. If the dealer is unable to open his or her hand then the player will win even money on his ante wager and the raise will push.
The dealer then turns his cards up to compare both hands. If the dealer wins, he keeps both bet and ante. If the player has a better hand, he/she wins the ante straight plus the bet multiplied, in accordance to his/her hand. Refer to the payout table for complete details.
Drop a Credit
When placing the Ante, the player is allowed to Drop a Credit. This side bet can be done by placing one credit in the slot above the betting circle. The winning customer gains an advantage on payouts and an additional bonus for all hands ranking as a flush or higher.
When the player surrenders or Folds back, the dealer keeps the ante and reveals his cards.
The bet manager not only lets you specify the amount you wish to wager; it also helps you to keep track of your balance, the total bet amount (this is the dropped $1 bonus bet + ante + raise bet) and your winnings. Its data is constantly updated since it keeps track of every operation.
Increasing / Decreasing Bets
Click the betting circle to increase your bet. The amount that is increased by each click is determined by the selected chip value (which appears larger and more opaque) in the bet manager. Click on a chip in the bet manager to select a new value. Decrease the amount you bet by holding shift and clicking on the betting circle.
The Raise button is enabled once the cards have been dealt. The player may choose to click on Raise if the cards shown in his or her hand seem favorable to be a winning hand.
Remember that if this button is clicked the bet is raised two times the ante amount.
Once the bets are placed on the table by the player, clicking the Deal button will start the game.
Re Bet Button
The REBET button automatically places an Ante bet equal to the previous one, and then allows the game to begin.
The Fold back button surrenders the hand and yields the ante to the casino. This action calls the game off without placing a bet.
The menu in the top left corner allows the player to leave the game and return to the lobby, optionally use the cashier to transfer funds between accounts (where applicable) and to access the help section of casino. It is not operational at all times.
The Payout table may be accessed in the bottom right hand side corner of the table, it will display the chart for the payouts on the regular poker hands plus the amounts paid if the dropped credit bet was placed.
Two of a kind 1.00
Two Pairs 2.00
Three of a kind 3.00
Full House 7.00
Four of a kind 20.00
Straight Flush 50.00
Natural Royal 100.00
Payouts for Higher Hands with Dropped Credit
Hand Payout Bonus Slot
Flush 5.00 75.00
Full House 7.00 100.00
Four of a kind 20.00 500.00
Straight flush 50.00 1500.00
Natural Royal 100.00 10000.00