How to Play Boston 5 Stud Poker Official Rules
The Play – Boston 5 Stud Poker. Boston 5 Stud Poker is a patent-pending poker variation game, the rights to which on July 1, 2001 were owned by John Feola, doing business as New Vision Gaming of Medford, Massachusetts, and which may be transferred or assigned. In Coloado Boston 5 Stud Poker must be played according to the following rules:
Boston 5 Stud Poker may be played only on tables displaying the Boston 5 Stud Poker table layout. A single deck of fifty-two cards will be used. The object of the game is for each player to both get a better five card poker hand than the dealer’s hand, and to get a five card hand qualifying for payment according to an Ante bonus pay schedule. With an optional wager, the object is for the player to get a three card hand qualifying for payment according to a bonus pay schedule. Players may play only one hand of cards with each shuffle of the deck.
- Before receiving any cards, each player must place a wager in the "Ante" circle in front of the player’s position, and an additional wager in an amount equal to twice the Ante in the “1st Wager” circle in front of the player's position. The amount of each Ante shall be within the table limit range to be determined by the retail licensee; however, the aggregate of the ante and first wager shall not exceed five dollars. Table limits shall be posted at the table, except that if the retail licensee does not require the Ante wager to be in any minimum amount, no notice is required. Each player may place an additional, optional, three card bonus wager in the “Optional Bonus” wagering circle. The three card Optional Bonus wager may not be placed unless Ante and 1st Wagers have been placed. The three card Optional Bonus wager may be made in any amount between one and five dollars.
- At the discretion of the retail licensee, a player who wishes to tip the dealer by placing bets for the dealer shall place the tip(s) above or adjacent to the player's wagers at the same times that the player places the player’s wagers. A tip bet shall not be required to be in any minimum amount, and the amount of each tip bet may not exceed the amount of each of the player’s own wagers placed at the same time. Players may be permitted to place a tip bet for the dealer on either, or both, the Ante and the 1st Wager, but need not have made an Ante tip bet before making a 1st Wager tip bet. If both an Ante tip bet and a 1st Wager tip bet are made, the 1st Wager tip bet is not required to be in an amount which is double the amount of the Ante tip bet. Only when a player has placed a tip bet on the 1st Wager, the player may, but is not required to, place an additional tip bet for the dealer on the 2nd wager at the same time that the player places the player’s 2nd Wager. A player may also place a tip bet on the three card Optional Bonus wager only if the player has placed a player’s wager on the Optional Bonus, whether or not the player has placed any other tip bets on the hand. Dealers’ tip bets placed on tying hands shall push, and dealers’ tip bets on winning hands shall be paid at the same odds as players' bets on winning hands.
- Immediately prior to each round of play, the dealer shall shuffle and cut the cards. At the discretion of the retail licensee, the dealer may burn the top card. The dealer shall deal three cards to each player and to the dealer, all three at the same time, face down, in clockwise rotation around the table, beginning with the player to the left of the dealer and lastly to the dealer.
- An incorrect number of cards dealt to any player constitutes a misdeal with respect to that player only, voiding the player’s wager(s). Exposed cards dealt to a player do not constitute a misdeal; the dealer will turn the card(s) over and continue to deal. If a player’s card falls from the table, that player’s hand is dead and the player’s wagers are void.
- If the dealer misses dealing one card to the dealer, the dealer shall, after all other cards have been dealt to the players, take the next card from the deck stub to complete the dealer’s hand. If the dealer fails to deal two cards to the dealer, then the entire hand is a misdeal; all wagers are void and all cards are collected. An exposed card dealt to the dealer does not constitute a misdeal, and the exposed card will be played as dealt.
- After all players have received their three cards, the dealer shall ask the players if they hold cards qualifying for a Three Card Bonus payment, and if so, the players will expose their three card hands. Players who fail to declare and show their three card hands qualifying for payment at this time shall not be permitted to do so at any later time in the game. The dealer will collect all wagers on hands not qualifying for a three card Optional Bonus payment, and will pay all winning hands according to the following pay schedule:
|Player Holds:|| Three Card Bonus Pays
|Straight flush|| 40 to 1
|Three of a kind|| 30 to 1
|Straight|| 6 to 1
|Flush|| 4 to 1
|Pair|| 1 to 1
- Each player then has the option either to fold or to continue playing. Players who do not fold must make an additional wager in an amount equal to the 1st Wager by placing the additional wager in the 2nd Wager circle in front of the player’s position.
- After all players have had the opportunity to place their wagers, the dealer shall pick up the wagers and cards from players who have folded. The dealer shall begin with the player to the dealer’s right and continue in a counterclockwise rotation around the table, first picking up wagers, and then repeating the rotation picking up cards. The dealer shall not show the cards, and shall place them in the discard rack.
- At the discretion of the retail licensee, the dealer may burn the top card from the deck. The dealer shall deal two more cards, both at the same time, face down, in clockwise rotation around the table, to each remaining player and lastly to the dealer. The remainder of the deck will be placed in the discard rack.
- The dealer then turns the dealer’s cards face up and determines the best poker hand held by the dealer. Each player’s cards are then turned over by the dealer and are compared to the dealer’s hand. The dealer begins with the player to the dealer’s right and continues in a counterclockwise rotation around the table. The higher poker hand wins. In the event of a tie, the hands push and the player’s wager is neither won nor lost.
- When a dealer’s hand beats a player’s hand, the dealer collects both the 1st and 2nd Wagers. The dealer also collects the player’s Ante only if the player holds cards less valuable than two pairs. When a player’s hand beats the dealer’s hand, the player retains all the player’s wagers placed and wins an amount equal to the sum of the player’s 1st and 2nd Wagers, that is, the player is paid at odds of 1 to 1 on the 1st and 2nd Wagers. When the player’s hand beats the dealer’s hand, but the player holds cards less valuable than two pairs, the Ante wager is a push.
- The player is eligible to receive an Ante Bonus payment when the player holds a hand qualifying for payment pursuant to the pay schedule below. A player holding a hand qualifying for Ante Bonus payment always retains the player’s Ante wager and wins the Ante Bonus award, whether or not the player’s hand beats the dealer’s hand. The Ante Bonus is always paid on the Ante only, and not on the 1st and 2nd Wagers.
|Player Holds:||Ante Pays
|Royal flush||1,000 to 1
|Straight flush|| 200 to 1|
| Four of a kind|| 100 to 1|
| Full House ||25 to 1 |
|Flush|| 15 to 1 Straight 8 to 1 Three of a kind 5 to 1 |
|Two Pairs|| 2 to 1 |
- After all wagers have been settled, the dealer shall pick up all cards from the table, beginning with the player to the dealer’s right and continuing in a counterclockwise rotation around the table.