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The rules of Big Raise Stud Poker

The rules of Big Raise Stud Poker

As you might have guessed already, Big Raise Stud Poker is a variant of regular Stud Poker with a few key differences. The game focuses on a five card hand the player will make with his three card hand plus two community cards. The player only has one opportunity to raise, up to four times the ante that he paid.


  1. You will require a single 52-card deck to play this game.
  2. Players get to make their Ante bets.
  3. Each of the players gets three cards plus two community cards which will be placed face down.
  4. Players can now examine the cards they're just received.
  5. At this moment players have the option to fold or make a Raise bet. The Raise bet can be from one to four times the Ante bet which they've already placed.
  6. Now the dealer will reveal both community cards.
  7. Both the Ante and Raise bets will pay according to this pay table:
    • Royal Flush - 500 to 1
    • Straight Flush - 100 to 1
    • Four of a kind - 40 to 1
    • Full House - 8 to 1
    • Flush - 6 to 1
    • Straight - 4 to 1
    • Three of a kind - 3 to 1
    • Two pair - 2 to 1
    • High pair (10-ace) - 1 to 1
    • Medium pair (6-9) - Push
    • All other - Loss
  8. You can also choose between two extra side bets which I will explain below.

3 Card Bonus

This side bet will pay based on what cards the player had in his initial three card hand. If you look at it mathematically it is exactly like the Pairplus bet which can be found in Three Card Poker.

Progressive Bet

This is a $1 side bet which will be based on the player's final five-card hand. If you get a royal flush you will receive a progressive jackpot and a straight flush will pay 10% of that jackpot. There also exist envy bonuses which will be given to any other player who also has a straight flush or higher.


To help you with the strategy I will use this notation:

  • High card = 10 to Ace
  • Medium card = 6 to 9
  • Low card = 2 to 5.

You can make a 4x raise if you have the following:

  • Three of a kind.
  • Medium or high pair.
  • Three to a royal flush.
  • Three to a straight flush with no gaps, five-low or better.
  • Three to a straight flush with one gap, six-low or better.
  • Three to a straight flush with two gaps and at least two high cards.

You should make a 1x raise if you have any of these hands:

  • Three to a flush.
  • Low pair.
  • All three cards medium or high.
  • Two high cards and one low card.
  • Three to a straight with one or less gaps and two medium cards.

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