Rules of Scandinavian Stud

layerPlease, be aware of the difference compared to “normal” hand ranking as a 4-Flush and 4-Straight beats One Pair!s

Internet: Up to 8 players are allowed to play in the same game.

Deal

Cards are dealt clockwise starting with the first active player after the dealer box.

Ante

Soko is played with an ante. Before any cards are dealt the antes must be posted.

Deal

Each player receives 2 cards, one dealt face down and one face up. The card you are dealt first is your “hole card” and cannot be seen by the other players. This is indicated with grey background. After that there will be 3 more cards dealt face up to each remaining player.

Bring-in

The player showing the highest card after the deal must make a forced bet (bring-in) that usually amounts to 2 x the ante or make a bet higher than that if the limits allow it. For the purposes of determining the bring-in, ties in card rank are broken by suit, with the order being spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs (in descending order). After the initial bring-in or bet is made action continuous clockwise until betting is completed for the round.

Betting order

In Sökö there are 4 betting rounds. The first betting round takes place after each player is dealt his first two cards. Then a 3rd, 4th and 5th card is dealt to each player and another betting round starts.

Showdown

If no more betting takes place, after all the cards have been dealt out, there is a showdown to determine the winner (kickers count). The best 5 card hand wins the pot. If two or more players show the same hand they split the pot. If there is an odd chip it goes to the player nearest the dealer box.

If there was betting on fifth street the player who made the last bet or raise must show his hand first. If there was no betting the first remaining player to the left of the dealer shows his hand first.
Hand Ranking in Soko
1. Royal Flush
2. Straight Flush
3. Four of a Kind
4. Full House
5. Flush
6. Straight
7. Three of a Kind
8. Two Pairs
9. 4-Flush
10. 4-Straight
11. One Pair
12. High Cards