A couple of years after it was debuted at Harrah’s Laughlin, High Card Flush was brought to the M in Las Vegas in February 2013. Similar to Three Card Poker, High Card Flush has a fold or call structure. However, the difference between the two games is that the goal is for participants to make the highest possible flush out of seven cards with their hand ranking.
The game is played with a 52-card deck. Players are required to make an ante wager, and then have the opportunity to play for a Bonus. Once all wagers have been made, the players and the dealer receive seven cards, face down.
The highest number of sequenced cards in one suit is the highest valued hand in High Card Flush, known as a Maximum Flush. Standard poker rankings for flushes is the secondary rating.
After being issued their cards, players may take the following actions:
Forfeit their Ante wager by folding, or Call and place a secondary wager that is equal to or better than the Ante wager (dependent on the player's hand ranking).
Once the players have decided, the Dealer makes a similar assessment of his own cards. If the Dealer doesn’t have at least a three card flush nine high, all players are paid their Antes and the Calls are pushed. If the Dealer does, all players with higher hands win. Players with lower hands lose, and those who Tie push both the Ante and Call wagers.
Any player with a Bonus wager is compared to the Bonus Payout Table and the Bonus is either paid out or collected from the player.
- Hands are evaluated in the following fashion:
- The first ranking criteria is the greatest number of cards in any one suit. This is referred to as the “maximum flush.” For instance, any hand with a maximum four-card flush beats any hand with a maximum three-card flush, but loses to any hand with a maximum five-card flush.
- The second ranking criteria is the standard poker-rankings for flushes; that is, a hand with a maximum four-card flush of K-Q-J-T would beat a hand with a maximum four-card flush of K-Q-J-9, but lose to a hand with a maximum four-card flush of A-4-3-2.
- Each player then decides upon one of the following options:
- Fold, and surrender the Ante.
- Call, placing a second bet equal to at least the Ante. The maximum amount of the Call wager depends on the rank of the player?s hand:
- With a two-, three- or four-card flush, the maximum Call wager is equal to the Ante wager.
- With a five-card flush, the maximum Call wager is double the Ante wager.
- With a six- or seven-card flush, the maximum Call wager is triple the Ante wager.
- Once all players have decided, the dealer turns over his seven cards and evaluates his hand in a similar fashion as described above.
- If the dealer does not have at least a three-card flush, nine-high, all remaining players have their Antes paid, and the Call bets are pushed.
- If the dealer has at least a three-card flush, nine-high, his hand is compared to each other player:
- All players with a higher-ranking hand win, and have their Ante and Call wagers paid at even money.
- All players with a lower-ranking hand lose, and have their Ante and Call wagers collected.
- Players with the exact same ranking hand as the dealer push both their Ante and Call wagers.
- Finally, any player who made the Bonus wager has his hand evaluated against the Bonus paytable, and the Bonus wager is either paid or collected as necessary.