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Double Down Stud Video Poker

This is one of the most popular video stud poker games, easily found in land internet video poker
based casinos around the USA. Double Down Stud Poker as the name suggests is played on a single deal of the deck. The player gets to see 4 out of the 5 cards and depending on the 4 visible cards may “double down” on the initial bet or draw the 5th card without betting again. Double Down Stud was developed by one of the largest casino games producers in the world: IGT (International Game Technology).

This video poker game can be played on IGT’s Game King machine which provides the Double Down Stud theme to 5 different poker games:

All the 5 games are played with the same rules but have different paytables and odds. We will go into each game in depth further below.

Since this a stud poker game there is no optimal strategy to apply. Double Down Poker only requires a bit of common sense to know when to double the bet and when to draw the 5th card without raising the stakes.

The Game-King machine provides Double Down Stud poker in multi-hand and single-hand versions. Multi-hand video poker fans can play this game on Triple Play, Five Play and Ten Play

Where to Play Double Down Stud Poker

Double Down Stud Poker is easily found both in the West and East of the US. Here’s a sample list of some casinos that offer this game:

How To Play Double Down Stud Poker

This is a very easy game to play. Insert your money into the machine and bet up to 5 Double Down Stud  Video Poker credits per hand. Press the yellow Deal button to begin the game. The machine will deal 5 cards to you, 4 face-up and 1 face-down. At this point you will have to decide if you want to double your bet (double down) or draw that final card without betting more. After seeing the 5th card the game is over and if you have a qualifying poker hand you will get paid according to each game’s pay table.

Let’s have a look at each game. The Max Double Down column displays the payout given when doubling down on the max 5 coin bet.

6's or Better
Poker Hand Coin 1 Coin 2 Coin 3 Coin 4 Coin 5 Max Double Down
Royal Flush 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000 20000
Straight Flush 200 400 600 800 1000 2000
4 of a Kind 50 100 150 200 250 500
Full Housem 15 30 45 60 75 150
Flush 10 20 30 40 50 100
Straight 6 12 18 24 30 60
3 of a Kind 4 8 12 16 20 40
Two Pair 3 6 9 12 15 30
Jacks or Better 2 4 6 8 10 20
Pair of 6's thru 10’s 1 2 3 4 5 10

6’s of Better is played with a 52-card deck. This game is similar to Jacks or Better except for the fact that the pay table starts with at least a pair of 6’s. It is a very low qualifying hand because in stud poker you don’t get to draw a second time from the deck. The initial draw of 5 cards is final, therefore getting even a pair of 6’s is not very easy. Our stats show that a winning pair (6’s or better) will appear once every 5 hands played.

Deuces Wild
Poker Hand Coin 1 Coin 2 Coin 3 Coin 4 Coin 5 Max Double Down
Royal Flush 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000 20000
4 Deuces 400 800 1200 1600 2000 4000
Wild Royal Flush 100 200 300 400 500 1000
5 of a Kind