Caribbean Stud Poker rules explained

This popular variant of traditional poker is all about beating the dealer by exceeding the value of his or her hand. The game has its origin in the Caribbean, where it was often played on cruise ships. Nowadays, the game is well known in casinos around the globe. Caribbean stud poker is played with a standard 52-card deck on a blackjack-type table. Caribbean stud can be played with a maximum of nine players per table. This all ensures Caribbean stud poker is one of the most exciting table games around!

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The start of a game of Caribbean stud poker

The game starts with the ante, the accepted name of the first bet. This can be any amount within the table limits. The start of the game is also the moment at which players can choose to join the progressive jackpot by placing a bet on the jackpot section of the table. Obviously, the actual chances of winning the progressive jackpot are quite low, but when you do so you will be happy that you made that bet! For most people, the jackpot bet feature makes Caribbean stud poker attractive, as it provides you with a chance of leaving the casino as a big winner.

After the first bets have been placed, both player and dealer receive five cards each. One of the dealer's cards will be dealt face-up, the other four cards face-down. All players’ cards are dealt face-down. After that, the player can choose to fold (quit and loose the original bet), or play on (to continue and double the ante bet is known as a call bet).

If the player continues, the dealer will check his or her cards. The dealer has to have a king and an ace (or higher), or the player will automatically win even money on the ante bet. The additional bet is returned then, and the call bet will be a push. If the dealer has a king and an ace (or higher), the player's cards and the dealer's cards will be compared. If the player's hand is better than the dealer's, the player wins even money (1:1) on the ante bet. For the payout on the call bet, please see the following payout table below:

Rules regarding payout in Caribbean stud poker

Cards Pay-off
Royal flush 200:1
Straight flush 50:1
Four of a kind 20:1
Full house 7:1
Flush 5:1
Straight 4:1
Three of a kind 3:1
Two pair 2:1
Pair 1:1


Final tip

Some Caribbean stud players believe it is never wise to bet on low pairs (twos, threes, etc.) because usually they lose with these cards. That's true of course, but it is worth bearing in mind that folding will cost you your ante bet over and over again.

We hope that our explanation of the rules of Caribbean stud poker will contribute to your success when playing in the best online casinos!

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