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  • Caribbean Stud Poker

    Caribbean Stud Poker is a Casino table game with rules that are similar to that of 5 card stud poker rules.

    However the game is not played against other opponents and players sat at the table, it is played as a head-to-head game against the dealer. The dealer of course, as with all other Casino games always has the long term advantage in this game.

    There is near on zero skill and deception involved in this form of stud poker, simply calling or folding which will be made clearer to you as you read a little more into how the game works below.

    The game is held on a semi-circular table much like the standard blackjack tables you would find at the Casino using a standard 52 card deck of playing cards.

    How is Caribbean Poker Played?

    The game starts with you as the player deciding how much you would like to stake into an ante box. Once decided and the bet has been placed into the box, 5 cards are then dealt to both the player and dealer with the dealer turning face up just one of their cards for all players to see.

    Players now have the option to play with the 5 cards they have or alternatively fold them. If the player decides to fold then the ante bet that they staked at the beginning, before the cards we’re dealt is then lost. What this does is give an incentive for players to bet. However, if the player decides they would like to play with the 5 cards they have been dealt, they must bet double [2x] their initial ante bet and place this into the box directly beneath the ante box, this is commonly known as a ‘call’.

    Once the players decision has been made, the dealer turns over their remaining 4 faced down cards to reveal their hand. The player initally had a slight advantage in the sense that they could see one of the dealers cards before deciding whether to call or fold however, this is the Casino we’re talking about here and now it’s time for them to be put back into the advantage with whether or not the ‘dealer qualifies’.

    ‘Dealer qualifies’ relates to whether or not the dealer is holding the minimum hand of an Ace, King High card hand [stud poker hands]. If the dealer does not qualify, in that they don’t have at least the Ace, King high card regardless of the players ‘call’ bet, they are only paid out double [2x] their initial ante bet. The call bet is then just pushed back to the player.

    If on the other hand the dealer does have a hand that qualifies that is anything above the Ace, King high card then it goes to who has the strongest hand between the player and the dealer. If the dealer has the strongest hand then the players ante and call bet are both taken, however if the player has the strongest hand, they are then paid out determined by what hand they are holding with odds that are set by each individual table. Below is an example taken from online poker site Titan Pokers payout odds:

    • High Card – 1 to 1
    • One Pair – 1 to 1
    • Two Pairs – 2 to 1
    • Three of a Kind – 3 to 1
    • Straight – 4 to 1
    • Flush – 5 to 1
    • Full House – 7 to 1
    • Four of a Kind – 20 to 1
    • Straight Flush – 50 to 1
    • Royal Flush – 100 to 1

    The Progressive Jackpot
    There is also an extra feature of caribbean stud poker and that is the progressive jackpot. This is played alongside the actual game itself and can be played by choice of the player.

    Before the start of a hand when the player is deciding on the amount of their ante bet, they also have an option to put $1 into a little slot which is usually located above the ante box. By putting the $1 into the slot it automatically puts the player in to win the potential progressive jackpot payouts.

    The difference between this bet and the normal bet is that to win the dealer does not need to qualify with the minimum hand of an Ace, King high card hand. However, the progressive jackpot only pays out if the player has a flush or higher which as you’ll now know puts the advantage in the casino’s favour, because those hands don’t come very frequently.

    The payouts however can amount up to a huge number if hit. It’s not uncommon to see progressive jackpots into the hundreds of thousands or millions and the payouts can vary depending on where you are playing. Again an example has been taken from Titan Poker for you to see a very rough idea of the payouts:

    • Royal Flush – 100% of Jackpot
    • Straight Flush – 10% of Jackpot
    • Four of a Kind – 500x Ante [Side Bet]
    • Full House – 100x Ante [Side Bet]
    • Flush – 50x Ante [Side Bet]