How to Play Telesina

Telesina ( Teresina ) is game that is played more so in European countries. The game is kind of a Five Card Stud variant. Instead of playing with a 52 card deck only 32 cards are used in Telesina. Playing with thirty two cards is considered a French deck. Also, the typical hand ranks vary greatly compared to games like Texas Holdem.

Telesina Game Basics – Hole Cards

A max of six players can play at once. The dealer hands out 2 cards to each player in a clock-wise rotation. The first card dealt to each player will be face down (concealed) while the second card is face up for everyone to see. The first betting round begins.

High Card Brings it In

The player who holds the highest card dealt after the first deal brings it in. Bringing it in means they are first to bet which is usually two times the ante size.

3 Remaining Cards Dealt

After the hole cards are dealt three more cards are dealt to each player face up so all players can view each others’ cards. A betting round persists after each card is dealt.

Vela Card Dealt

The sixth card to be dealt is the “Vela Card” which is placed in the center of the board. Every player still in the hand can use this card. Then the 5th and final betting round starts.

What Beats What

  • Straight Flush
  • Four of a Kind
  • Flush
  • Full House
  • Straight
  • Three of a Kind
  • Two Pairs
  • One Pair
  • Highest Card