Rules of Best Flush Poker

Best Flush is a little further left field from some of the other variants of 5 Card Stud. Unsurprisingly, as the name suggests, only flushes are worth anything, so to win the hand, you need to hit a flush. In community card games, a flush is a hand that consists of five cards of the same suit. This variant is a little different as there are a number of different 'Flushes' that can be made, some of which don't need 5 of the same suit.

The initial deal is none too different from 5 Stud with each player being dealt two cards, one up card and one down. Players will be dealt a total of 5 cards and the objective of the game will be to make the best card hand, provided of course, it's a qualifying hand (.i.e. a flush!).

Here are the unique ranking of hands for the game (see how these compare to the traditional ranking of poker hands):

Straight - 5 consecutively suited cards.
5 Card - Any 5 cards of the same suit.
4 Card - Any 4 cards of the same suit.
3 Card - Any 3 cards of the same suit.
2 Card - Any 2 cards of the same suit.

The following illustration shows the order of play.

All players ante
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Each player dealt 1 card face-down (hole card) and 1 card face-up (door card)
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First betting round
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Each player is dealt one card face-up
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Second betting round
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Each player is dealt another card face-up (4th street)
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Third betting round
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Each player is dealt a last card face-up (river)
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Final betting round
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Showdown

Note: If two players are tied .i.e. both players had a three card flush, the winner would be decided by the highest card making up the hand, not including the cards that were being used to make their initial hand.

What if no player makes a Flush?

This is a common question and scenario. If no player makes then the standard ranking of hands would be followed to determine the winner. This would only be used in instances where no-one has made the required number of suited cards. The same rule set is followed through use of kickers (as in a standard game of poker).

A common variation that is frequently played is that where there is no winner, the money that has been put in the pot carries forward to the next hand. This continues where there is no qualifying hand until there's a winner. This can add to the excitement - the more you have in the pot, the more players try to represent hands to take it down.

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