Player plays against the dealer, and not against the other players. You will place an ante, receive a hand, and then decide whether or not you would like to bet. If you bet, and if the dealer's hand qualifies (contains an Ace/King combination or better), your hand will be compared to the dealers. If you win, your payoff will be determined by the quality of your hand.
After you have placed your ante, you will receive 5 cards. The dealer will receive four cards face down, and one card face up. At this point, you may either bet if you think you can win, or surrender if you feel that your hand is inadequate. If you bet, your bet will equal twice your ante. If you surrender, you will lose your ante to the dealer, and your hand will end. The dealer will then reveal his cards, and one of two things will happen: he will either qualify, or he will fail to qualify. If the dealer does not have an Ace/King combination or better in his hand, he will fail to qualify. (In other words, the dealer must have at least a pair if he does not have both an Ace and a King.)
If the dealer does not qualify, your hand will receive a 1 to 1 payoff on your ante, and your bet will be returned to you.
If the dealer does qualify, his hand will then be compared to yours. If the dealer's hand beats yours, you will lose your ante and your bet. If the dealer's hand and your hand are equal, no money will be exchanged. If your hand beats the dealer's hand, you will win even money (1 to 1) on your ante, plus a payoff on your bet based on the quality of your hand, (see below). If the dealer and you both have the same hand (for example you have one pair and the dealer has one pair), then the winner is the one with the high ranking cards.
If the dealer has one pair, (example Jack, Jack, Ten, Six and Five and the player has one pair hand of Jack, Jack, Ten, Eight and Four), then the player wins. Your original ante and bet, as well as any winnings, will be displayed as separate piles of chips.
One pair with three distinct cards. High outside card breaks ties.
This is two distinct pairs of cards. The highest pair wins ties. If both hands have the same high pair, the second pair wins. If both hands have the same pairs, the high outside card wins.
Three of a Kind
Three cards of any rank, matched with two cards that are not a pair. Highest three of a kind wins. If both are the same rank, then the compare high outside cards
A straight is 5 cards in order, such as 1-2-3-4-5. An ace may either be high A-K-Q-J-T or low. When straights tie, the highest straight wins. If two straights have the same value they split the pot.
A flush is a hand where all of the cards are the same suit. When hands tie on the rank of a pair, three the outside high card break ties.
A full house is a three of a kind and a pair. Ties are broken by the three of a kind, then the pair.
A straight flush is the best natural hand. A straight flush is a straight 5 cards in order that are all of the same suit. As in a regular straight, you can have an ace either high or low. An Ace high straight-flush is called a Royal Flush and is the highest natural hand.
Five of a Kind
A five of a kind when using wild cards is the highest possible hand. If more than one hand has five of a kind, the higher card wins.