Telesina is a poker game that originated in Sanremo, Italy. It’s often referred to as a variation of five-card stud, though it’s actually a combination of stud and community-card poker.


  • The Sitdown – Due to the stripped deck, a maximum of 6 players are allowed to play.
  • Telesina is played with a stripped deck of 32 cards by discarding the all the 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’sand 6’s from the pack.
  • All players must post their mandatory bets known as Antes.
  • The dealer then deals out 2 cards to each player, one of which is faced down (the pocket card) and the other face up (the door).
  • The player with the lowest upcard kicks off the first betting known as ‘the open’,  with the least bring-in bet (a forced fraction sized bet), but he can also choose to make a full-sized bet.
  • If the next player (in the clockwise sequence) chooses to play the hand they must raise the bet to a full sized bet (if the previous bet is fractional). This does not count as a raise but a mere completion of the bet.
  • A player may also choose to Raise the bet or Fold.
  • All remaining players must either call the minimum bet or raise.
  • Once players are done betting players receive a second upcard called the third street.
  • Thereafter, players commence the second round of betting starting from the player with the highest exposed hand.
  • Once all players are done betting a fourth card called the fourth street is dealt to each player face up.
  • The fourth street is followed by another round of betting.
  • And again the final upcard is revealed known as the fifth street or ‘the river’.
  • The fifth street is again followed by a fourth round of betting.
  • On the completion of this betting round player are shown ‘the vela’ or the first and only community card revealed on the table.
  • This revelation is also followed by a fifth and final round of betting.
  • Then, once all bets are complete players move to showdown where all players reveal their respective hands in order to determine the best possible Telesina hand.


  • Players can win pots by making the best possible Telesina hand.
  • A player may also win if he is the only one who has bet at a pot and all other players choose to fold.
  • In the event of a draw there are no split pots as suit ranking is used to break the tie.


  • All Players must post antes before they receive their initial cards.
  • Each player after receiving his cards can choose to fold in any betting round.
  • There are five betting rounds in a complete game of Telesina, not including the ante.
  • On the first round of betting, the player with the lowest value door card ‘brings-in’ the betting - equal to at least half the minimum bet for the game.
  • In subsequent rounds, the player with the highest hand initiates the betting.
  • Rules to be considered while determining the low hand:
  • All cards are worth face value and face cards are valued from worst to best: Jack, Queen, and King.
  • Aces are high for the bring, which means they rank higher than a king.
  • If two players have the same value low card, suits are used to determine the loser.
  • Stud uses poker-suit ordering, alphabetic from worst to best: clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades.
  • The player with the forced bet has the option of opening for a full bet.
  • Increasing the amount wagered by the opening forced bet if it is half the full bet, by the next player, up to a full bet does not count as a raise, but merely as a completion of the bet.
  • Once the third raise has been made, the betting is "capped," meaning all future action in that betting round is restricted to calling or folding (only used in fixed limit games).


  • Suit ranks in  from best to worst: hearts, diamonds, clubs , and spades.



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