What is ‘Utah’?
Utah, or Utah poker, is another name for the variant of five-card community stud poker which is often called Cincinnati. In Utah’ games, players make the best hand they can from a set of ten cards, of which five are held by the player and five are shared with the table. Players bet after each community card is revealed, and the best hand according to standard poker rules wins the pot at the end of the rounds.
In the form of poker known as Utah or Cincinnati, players aim to make the best five-card hand during a series of turns which borrow heavily from Hold’Em and stud poker games. Players receive ten total cards, though they share five, and the best hand made from the personal cards – with or without the board – wins the pot. Utah follows standard highball poker rules regarding the ranks of different hands, and aces play high for pairs and sets.
The game begins with five cards to each player, and an ante is taken from everyone. There are also five cards dealt face down to the table. One card is turned with each round – there is no flop – and players can bet after every card appears. When all five cards are visible, the hands can be improved no further and players face off in the showdown.
As with most poker games, play passes left from the dealer button in Utah and players can opt to call, raise or fold at every stage of the game. Tied hands can usually be determined by a high card kicker – for example, K-K-9 beats K-K-4. However, in some forms of Utah, the house will break a tie using suit ranks. This is usually done according to bridge rules: clubs, diamonds, hearts then spades.