High Five Poker is a casino table game originally developed and marketed by SHFL entertainment. The objective is to have a better five card poker hand than the dealer. If you ever played Pai Gow Poker you’ll 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 currently at The Brass Ass (real name) Casino in Cripple Creek, CO, which also offers a progressive version.
How High Five Poker is Played
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 keeping the best five card poker hand and make a Play bet equal to the Ante wager.
The dealer then reveals the house 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.
For example, if the dealer 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 player 1 but not against player number 2. So, 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 determining the outcome of all of the remaining players’ wagers. The house edge is about 3.6%.
Trips Side Bet
The Trips side Bet pays for 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 pays 7/1
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 that the dealer does not qualify if he or she has less than a pair of sixes, then you should fold with less than a pair of sixes. Otherwise make a play bet.