Double Down Stud

This game is simplicity itself: you are dealt 5 cards; 4 up and 1 down and you have the option of doubling your bet before the fifth card is exposed. In the table format, the minimum bet is usually $5 which may be doubled to a total of $10 and in the machine format, the minimum is usually 25 cents, but in order to be eligible for the progressive Royal Flush jackpot, an initial bet of 5 coins is required and that may be doubled to 10 for a total bet of $2.50. A player cannot double for more OR less than the initial bet. Your final hand is paid according to this schedule:

Royal Flush Progressive (or 1000 to 1 if less than maximum coins are played.)
Straight Flush 200 to 1
Four-of-a-Kind 50 to 1
Full House 12 to 1
Flush 9 to 1
Straight 6 to 1
3-of-a-Kind 4 to 1
Two Pair 3 to 1
Pair of Jacks-Aces 2 to 1
Pair of Sixes-Tens 1 to 1


Obviously, if your initial four cards contain 2 sixes or better, you should double, since the worst you’ll do is get your money back. The only strategy here is how to play hands with a value of less than a pair of sixes. For example, should you double on a pair of fives? In a word, no. Doubling the bet on a ‘baby’ pair (2-5) is the biggest mistake most players make at this game. That very action doubles the house edge against you! (more…)