Debuting in Las Vegas, NV in 2011, High Card Flush is a table game that is played with a standard 52-card deck of playing cards against the dealer.
Ideally, when you play the game correctly, you will call 67.86% of the time. The dealer will typically have a qualifying hand 75.36% of the time, and there is a 0.08% chance the dealer will push with any player(s).
To begin, you must at minimum place an ante bet. You also have a choice of placing two optional bonus bets for a flush bonus and a straight flush bonus. Every player and the dealer then receive 7 cards face down.
After receiving your hand, you should evaluate your hand and base it on these two factors:
The first is to determine how many cards you have for any one suit (heart, spade, clubs or diamonds). This is commonly referred to as “maximum flush”. For example, if you possess a hand with a three-card flush this hand will beat a hand with a two-card flush, but will lose to hands with a four-card flush or above.
The second factor to consider is based off of the ranking standards of poker-rankings for flushes. That is, a hand that contains a flush of K-Q-J-10 would beat a hand with a maximum four-card flush of Q-J-10-9, but lose to a hand with a maximum four-card flush of A-Q-4-3.
Upon evaluating your hands each player is able to decide what they would like to do from the following options:
Fold and surrender their respective ante bet.
Call, placing a second bet equal to at least the ante bet. The maximum amount of the call wager depends on the rank of your hand:
For two-card, three-card, or four-card flushes the maximum call wager is equal to the ante wager.
For five-card flushes, the maximum call wager is two-times the ante wager.
For six-card or seven-card flushes, the maximum call wager is triple the ante wager.
After all the players make their decisions, the dealer’s cards are revealed to the table. Similar to the rest of the table, the dealer must evaluate their hand and determine their best flush based on the standards listed above. If the dealer does not have at minimum a three-card flush with a nine-high, all of the players at the table have their ante bets paid and their call bets are pushed.
However, if the dealer does in fact have at least a three-card flush with a nine-high their hand is compared to each of the player’s hands according to the following scale:
Players with a higher-ranking hand win both their ante and call wagers at even money.
Players with a lower-ranking hand lose both their ante and call wagers.
Players with the exact same ranking hand as the dealer push both their ante and call wagers.
Lastly, any bonus wagers will be evaluated and paid or collected accordingly.