Playtech Launches Live Casino Stud Poker

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Live Casino Stud Poker is played against the dealer, 5 Cards are dealt to the player position, 5 to the dealer. the best 5 card poker hand wins.

Croupier dealing a live hand of casino stud poker

Playtech has also included a Network Jackpot, with the top prize being paid for a Royal Flush. The prize would be shared between all players playing the optional Jackpot side bet.

The table is located at Playtech’s studios in Riga Latvia.

Kevin Kilminster, Head of Live Casino Innovation at Playtech, commented:

“At Playtech we’re committed to developing fresh and innovative game variants to deliver the diversity our customers demand and to offer Live Casino players a superior experience. 2019 has been our busiest year yet for new game variants, and Casino Stud Poker is already proving to be a highly popular addition to our range.

With a jackpot exclusive to the Live network and the chance to win at just £1, Casino Stud Poker combines classic game play with a truly compelling proposition for superbull players.

Following the success of Live Casino Hold’em and Three Card Brag, and with another exciting new variant due to launch later this year, Playtech continues to lead the way on delivering exciting, versatile live Poker options for our customers”.

If you fancy a few game rounds head over to Betfair or Bet365.


Bet365 has had Casino Stud Poker exclusively for the last few weeks.

I took a look at the game and recorded my thoughts and game play in this review.

Playtech Casino Stud Poker

Playtech Casino Stud Poker is a 5 Card Poker game played with a Live Dealer.

The objective of the game is to win by getting a better 5 card poker hand than the dealer.

There’s also two side bets that can be played alongside the main hand:

5+1 Bonus which uses the players 5 cards and the dealers up card to make a poker hand.

A Progressive Jackpot that increases with each hand played until it’s won with a 5 Card Royal Flush. Lessor hands pay a fixed amount.

If the game looks familiar it’s because it is.

Playtech is not the only live casino provider to offer this game. Evolution, Vivo and XPG all offer the game as Caribbean Stud Poker.

Only Playtech and Evolution has a progressive jackpot.

How Casino Stud Poker is Played

Like a lot of live dealer poker games, Casino Stud Poker is very simple to play.

To really enjoy the game you should have an understanding of Poker hand values.

However it’s not essential to start playing. You’ll pick it up as you go along.

Croupier dealing a live hand of casino stud poker

Before any cards are dealt you’ll need to place an Ante bet.

There’s also the opportunity to place optional side bets of 5+1 Bonus and a Progressive Jackpot (if it’s available).

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5 cards are dealt face up to the player position and 5 cards with one face up to the dealers position.

This is the moment when you decide whether to play the hand. If you do then you need to place the Call bet which is 2x the Ante.

If you don’t want to play the hand you fold and you’ll lose the Ante bet.

The earlier then turns over their remaining 4 cards and compares the two hands.

The Dealer needs to qualify to be able to play his hand. This means he needs to have an Ace/King or better to be able to play. If he doesn’t, the Call Bet is returned to the player and the Ante is paid at 1:1.

When the dealer qualifies the two hands are compared. If the dealer hand beats the players the call and Ante Bets are lost.

When the hands are the same, the bets are pushed.

If the players hand is better, the Ante Bet is paid at even money, while the call bet is paid out according to the pay table.

A winning 5+1 Bonus hand is paid out regardless of the outcome of the main hand.

Casino Stud Poker Strategy

Casino Stud Poker can be won in two ways:

The dealer not qualifying – you get paid 1:1 on your Ante Bet.

The player beating the dealer with a better 5 card poker hand. Ante pays 1:1 and call Bet gets paid at the rate for the winning hand.

So a players hand with rubbish cards can still “win” if the dealer doesn’t qualify.

The strategy is to play any hand that is King high or more. Arguably you could say any picture card, but in my opinion that’s pushing it.

The dealers up card can really help in the decision making process.

If that is higher than any of the players cards then the player is beat so the player should fold immediately.

If the dealers up card is the same as one of the players cards that means there’s one less in the deck for the dealer to make a pair with.

That sort of info can help you decide what to do next.

Most of the time the dealers up card is not helpful, so you’ll be playing 95% of the hands through to the end.

The RTP improves with this tactic to 98.18%.

It’s not an exact science.

You’ll fold hands that would have won and lose hands you expect to win when the dealers pulls straight of flush out from no-where!