High Five Poker is a casino table game initially developed and promoted by SHFL entertainment. The purpose is to get a much better five card poker hand than the dealer. Should you ever played with Pai Gow Poker you’ll find some similarities in that it utilizes 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; differently it may be used as an Ace.
High Five Poker tables are currently at The Brass Ass (real name) Casino in Cripple Creek, CO, which also offers a progressive version.
The table has chairs for up to six players. 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 assesses his or her cards and makes one of the following choices:
– Fold, forfeiting the Ante bet.
– Discard two cards while maintaining the best five card poker hand and make a Play bet equal to the Ante wager.
The dealer then shows the home cards to make the best five card poker hand. The dealer qualifies if he or she has at least a pair of sixes or against a player who has a straight.
By way of example, if the trader has a set of deuces and participant number 1 has a straight, and player number 2 has a pair of three’s, the dealer qualifies against player 1 but not against participant number 2. Therefore, 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 deciding the outcome of all the remaining players’ wagers. The house edge is about 3.6%.
The Trips side Bet pays to get a player hand with Three of a Kind or better, regardless if the player wins or loses the hand, according to the following table:
Three of a Kind pays 1/1
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 plan for this game is rather basic in that the dealer doesn’t qualify if he or she has less than a pair of sixes, then you need to fold with under a set of sixes. Otherwise make a play bet.
The game is relatively simple to play.
All the Best!