High Five Poker is a casino table game originally developed and marketed by SHFL entertainment. The purpose is to get a better five card poker hand than the dealer. Should you ever played Pai Gow Poker you will 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 tables are at The Brass Ass (real name) Casino in Cripple Creek, CO, which also provides a progressive version.
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 maintaining the best five card poker hands and make a Play bet equal to the Ante wager.
The dealer then shows the house cards to create the best five card poker hands. The dealer qualifies if he or she has at least a pair of sixes or against a player who has a straight.
For instance, if the trader 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 participant but not against participant number 2. So, what happens to the payouts once the dealer does or does not qualify?
– If the dealer doesn’t qualify, the Ante bet pays even money, and the Play bet pushes.
– If the dealer qualifies and defeats 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 Trips side Bet pays for a player hand with Three of a Kind or better, no matter if the player wins or loses the hand, according to the following table:
Straight pays 2/1
Flush pays 4/1
Full House (Aces Full) 20/1
Four of a Kind pays 40/1
Straight Flush pays 50/1
Royal Flush pays 100/1
Five Aces (Four Aces w/Joker) 200/1
Pay tables may vary slightly between jurisdictions.
The strategy for this game is quite basic in the dealer doesn’t qualify if he or she has less than a pair of sixes, then you should fold with under a pair of sixes. Otherwise make a play bet.
The game is relatively easy to play.