Double Down Stud is one of the simplest variations of the famed casino game, video poker. Its simplicity stems from the fact that there’s very little decision making, and the choices you have to make are often obvious.
One of the other great things about this version of the game is the big payouts it offers – more than the expected payouts in other versions of the game.
Online video poker games work more or less the same. First you make a deposit, then you make a bet on your chosen game. You’ll then receive 5 cards, and your first decision in the game will be which cards to keep and which to discard. You will get new cards in place of the ones you’ve discarded, and your final mission is to build the best possible hand with the cards you have. Payouts are done according to the strength of your hand.
The option to discard unwanted cards and to draw new ones is a hallmark of draw video poker games. Draw poker games is the direct opposite of stud poker games. In stud poker, you are not afforded the option to draw and discard cards. This means that you are forced to make due with the cards you have, but instead of drawing or discarding, you are given the option to double down on your original bet at any given point in the game.
Double Down Stud Poker Rules
Now that you know how the game works, we can get into the actual gameplay. But, as mentioned previously, you essentially only have one decision to make in this version of the game so learning how to play should be relatively easily. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide to get you started.
You must begin by making a bet.
Thereafter, you will be dealt a single card face up, followed by 3 community cards also dealt face up. It sounds strange calling the community cards during a solo double down stud game, but they refer to the common cards placed in the center of the table at a land-based casino.
Then, another community card is dealt but this time it will be face down.
You now have to decide whether you want to double down on your initial ante or not. This decision will be strongly based on the potential or strength of your current hand.
The dealer or casino software will then collect all double down wagers and reveal the community card that was placed faced down.
Your hand will then be inspected, and you will receive the equivalent payout.
Double Down Stud Payouts
So, how much can you expect to win back when you play stud poker? Well, the paytable in double down stud poker doesn’t differ much from the paytables in other versions of the game. Here’s a paytable with odds more commonly used.
But remember in double down stud you have the option of doubling down. The odds displayed below applies beforehand. Your payout will naturally double if you’ve decided to go for it. E.g 8000 to 1 for a Royal Flush hand.
4000 to 1
200 to 1
4 of a Kind
50 to 1
12 to 1
9 to 1
6 to 1
3 of a Kind
4 to 1
3 to 1
A Pair of Jacks or Better
2 to 1
Best Strategy and Tips
Because the game is straightforward, the only strategy you might need to come up with has to do with when to double down and when to stay put instead. In our experience, there’s only three outcomes that justifies doubling down.
A pair of 6s or better
A hand of 4 cards with the potential to form a flush, straight, royal flush or straight flush
If you have what we call an “outside draw”. That’s 4 cards with the potential to form a straight with either a high card or a low card.