Perhaps one of the easiest ways to get into poker is by playing casino stud poker. Simple and straightforward this game varies from normal poker as you play against only one person; the dealer.
Although other poker games pit one player against another in casino stud player each player at the table is contesting against the dealer alone. What the other players are holding makes no difference to the strength of your final hand. This keeps the game easy to follow for newcomers to poker.
The game is simple to set up and play. Each round of casino stud poker starts with participating players putting up an ante in order to take part. Antes can vary from table to table. The Dealer then deals five cards face down to each player as well as five for himself. However, the dealer’s last card is dealt face up for all players to see.
With all cards dealt each player checks his hand. At this point there are only two choices open for each player: ‘Raise’ or ‘Fold’. To raise a bet you must put down exactly twice your original ante bet. If you fold you lose your ante and the round ends for you at that point.
When all players have either raised or folded the dealer reveals the rest of his hand. However, if the dealer doesn’t have better than at least a King and Ace in his hand then the house pays out even money on the ante bets for those players still in the round but nothing for the raised bets. If the dealer is holding better than an Ace and King he turns over all the players hands to compare them with his own. Standard poker rankings are used and the aim is to beat the dealer’s hand.
Hands that beat the dealer payout as follows:
One Pair or Less; Even Money
Two Pairs; 2-1
Three of a Kind; 3-1
Full House; 8-1
Four of a Kind; 20-1
Straight Flush; 50-1
If a player ties with the dealer then it is a ‘Stand Off’ and the ante and raise are left on the table for the next round.