High Card Flush – A Poker Table Game, But No Need to Know Poker – If You Can Count, You Can Play

Game ObjectiveThe objective of High Card Flush is for a player to have a better flush hand than the dealer in order to win. A flush hand is multiple playing cards with the same suit of either hearts, diamonds, clubs, or spades. For hands with an equal number of cards with identical suits, the higher the rank, the stronger the hand. For example, a hand with a King, 8, and 7 of clubs would beat a hand with a Queen, Jack, and 9 of diamonds. Both have a three card flush but the King outranks the Queen.The ranking of all card values high to low are as follows:Ace – highest, followed by King, Queen, Jack. 10 through 2 are face value.How to PlayPlayers must first make an ante wager. There are also two optional side bets that pay even if the player(s) lose to the dealer. They are flush, and straight flush. Each player and the dealer receive seven cards face down from a standard 52 card deck. After reviewing their cards players then make one of two choices: Fold and lose the ante, or stay in the game by making a raise bet. Here is the recommended table for the raise wager:

raise 1X the ante if you have a 2, 3, or 4 card flush

raise 2X the ante with a 5 card flush

raise 3X the ante with a 6 or 7 card flush

The dealer must have at least a 3 card flush and nine high to qualify. If the dealer does not qualify, the remaining players have their ante paid at even money and all call bets push. If the dealer qualifies the hand is compared to all players. If the dealer beats the player(s) the ante and call bets are collected. All players that beat the dealer have their bets paid in even money. The house edge for the ante and play wagers is about 3%.Optional Side BetsHere is the pay table for the flush side bet, which pays if the card values are in any order:Flush Hand Pays 7 card 300 to 16 card 100 to 15 card 10 to 14 card 1 to 1The house edge for this option is about 8%.Here is the pay table for the straight flush side bet, which pays when the card values are in sequential order:Straight Flush Hand Pays7 card 8,000 to 16 card 1,000 to 15 card 100 to 14 card 60 to 13 card 7 to 1The house edge for this option is about 13%.High Card flush is currently making the rounds in Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos and a few other jurisdictions. It’s also up and running at Dover downs in Delaware. If it catches on as I believe it will you may soon find it everywhere.Good hunting and good luck!