Caribbean Stud Poker

studpokerCaribbean Stud Poker is a type of casino poker based on Five Card Poker. Unlike conventional Five Card Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker is played against the house (the dealer), not against the other players at the table. Also, Caribbean Stud Poker normally offers the opportunity of making a side bet that will give you a shot at taking home a whole or a part of a progressive jackpot.

Playing Caribbean Stud Poker

  1. Place your ante (e.g. $50) in the field with the text ANTE on the Caribbean Stud table.
  2. If you want to make a side bet, place the appropriate chip in the slot. You can read more about side bets further down in this article.
  3. All players who has placed an ante will receive five cards each, face-down. You are allowed to look at your own cards, but must keep them secret from the other players. The dealer will also deal herself five cards face down. She will not look at her cards, except for one card that will be turned up for everyone to see.
  4. You must now decide if you wish to fold your hand or continue playing. If you fold, you lose your ante (plus any side bet). If you wish to stay in the game, place a bet in the field with the text BET on the Caribbean Stud table. Your bet must be exactly twice the size of your ante. So, if your ante was $50 your bet must bet $100 – no more and no less.
  5. Once all players have made their decision, the dealer will remove all folded hands and their corresponding antes.
  6. During the next step, the dealer will reveal her own hand.She needs to meet a minimum requirement (at most tables, this is ace+king or better) to even play. If she doesn’t meet this requirement, all remaining players will receive 1:1 on their ante. So if your ante was $50 your will receive $50 from the house, and you get to keep your $100 bet. (Your poker hand doesn’t matter in this situation, unless it’s high enough for you to win something on your side bet.)

    If the dealer meets the minimum requirement, she will start looking at the player’s hands. Each hand is compared to the hand of the dealer. If your hand is lower than her hand, you lose your ante and your bet. If your hand is higher than her hand, you get paid 1:1 on your ante. You also get paid on your bet according to the pay table. The better the hand, the higher your pay.

Payout table for standard Caribbean Stud Poker

The exact pay table can vary from casino to casino. This is an example of a commonly used one.

Hand name Pay
Royal Flush (Ten, Jack, Queen, King, Ace of the same suite) 100 to 1
Straight Flush (Any five cards of the same suit in subsequent order) 50 to 1
Four of a Kind (Any four cards of identical rank) 20 to 1
Full House (Any three cards of equal rank + any pair) 7 to 1
Flush (Any five cards of identical suits) 5 to 1
Straight (Any five cards in subsequent order) 4 to 1
Three of a Kind (Any three cards of identical rank) 3 to 1
Two Pair (Any four cards of two different ranks, i.e. one pair + another pair) 2 to 1
Pair (Any two cards of identical rank) 1 to 1
Ace/King (A hand containing Ace + King) 1 to 1

Side bet and progressive jackpot

At the start of each round, you will have the opportunity of making a side bet. The side bet is typically small (e.g. $1). You make your side bet by placing the correct casino chip in the slot in front of you at the Caribbean Stud table. When all players are finished betting, the dealer will push a button to make the chip fall down through the slot. The side-bet chips are used to feed the progressive jackpot. It is common for several Caribbean Stud Poker tables to feed the same progressive jackpot, and sometimes tables in a long row of different casinos work together to feed a communal jackpot. This way, you can gain access to a huge progressive jackpot even if Caribbean Stud Poker isn’t a very popular game in your local casino.