Caribbean Stud Poker is a type of casino poker based on traditional five card poker. You play against the dealer, not against other players.
Caribbean Stud Poker is played with one standard 52 card deck. No jokers or other wild cards are used.
The Caribbean stud poker table
Caribbean stud poker is played at a special Caribbean stud poker table. The table has designated areas for the ante, for the bet and for the side bet (progressive jackpot bet).
Playing Caribbean stud poker
- Each player makes their initial wager. This wager is called ANTE.
- If you want to have a chance of winning the progressive jackpot (or a part of it), you need to make a small side bet. This is voluntary. You can play Caribbean stud poker without making this side bet.You make your side bet by placing the casino chip in the side bet slot at the Caribbean stud poker table. You will not be allowed to decide how much to bet, it will be a fixed per-determined sum. Normally, it is a small sum, e.g. $1.
- The dealer starts the round by pushing a button that makes any and all side bets fall down and be added to the progressive jackpot. If you had placed a side bet in the designated slot, a small lamp will light up in front of you as the chip falls down. This light shows the dealer that you have made a side bet and can win the progressive jackpot.
- The dealer gives each player 5 cards, face down. She also gives herself 5 cards face down.
- The dealer turns up one of her own five cards, so everyone can see what it is.
- You should now look at your 5 cards, but keep them hidden from all the other players. You are not allowed to show your hand or part of it, or even indicate what you have or do not have. Since Caribbean stud poker is played with just one deck, the casino staff tend to be vigilant against any attempt at player collusion.
- Put your five cards back in the designated area on the table, face down.You now have an important decision to make. Do you want to discard your hand or do you want to keep playing?If you discard your hand, you lose your ante (and any side bet) and this round is over for you.If you want to keep playing, you must make a new wager that is exactly twice the amount of your ante. This is called BET. If your ante is $10 your bet must be exactly $20, if your ante is $50 your bet must be exactly $100, and so on. You place your bet in the designated area on the Caribbean stud poker table.
- We assume that you decided to keep playing and placed your bet in the designated bet area. The dealer will now collect any folded hands (and their corresponding antes). She will then turn her remaining four cards over to display her full hand.
- What happens next depend on the dealer’s hand. The dealer must have a sufficiently good hand to qualify. At most Caribbean stud poker tables, a dealer hand is a qualified hand if it is king + ace or better.
This happens if the dealer’s hand does not qualify
If the dealer’s hand isn’t good enough to qualify, every player that is still in the game will be paid 1:1 on their ante. The dealer will not even look at your cards, since it is an automatic win in this situation. You get to keep your bet, but does not win anything on it.
This happens if the dealer’s hand do qualify
If the dealer’s hand is good enough to qualify, your hand needs to be better than her hand for you to win. She will open your hand and look at it.
- If her hand is the best, she will take your ante and your bet.
- If your hand and her hand are equally good, you keep your ante and your bet, but does not win anything.
- If your hand is the best, you get paid 1:1 on your ante. You also get paid on your bet. The better your hand, the more you get paid on your bet. Look at the paytable posted by the Caribbean Stud poker table to find out exactly how much.
This is an example of a commonly used paytable for how much you get paid on your bet:
|Royal Straight Flush||100:1|
|Four of a kind||20:1|
|Three of a kind||3:1|
|Ace + King + higher kicker than the dealer||1:1|
The progressive jackpot
As mentioned above, you can elect to do a side wager when playing Caribbean Stud Poker. This is voluntary. The side wagers are used to feed a progressive jackpot. It is only when you have made a side wager that you can win money from the progressive jackpot.
Caribbean Stud Poker is one of the very few non slot games that give you the chance to win a big jackpot. We do however not recommend it to anyone who wants to try their luck at winning a jackpot. Caribbean Stud Poker is a relatively slow game and you will get more chances to win per minute if you choose to play a jackpot slot like Mega Fortune instead. Jackpot slots also benefit from the fact that it often is possible to get free spins that allow you to play for free. It is almost never possible to get to play Caribbean Stud Poker for free (unless you use a no deposit bonus at the Caribbean Stud table). If you want to try to win a big jackpot for free we recommend that you visit Casinofreespins.nu to find a casino that offers suitable free spins.
In most casinos, you will win money from the progressive jackpot if you get Flush or better. To win the entire progressive jackpot, you need a Royal Straight Flush. This is a commonly used payout table for the progressive jackpot:
|Poker hand||Payment from the progressive jackpot|
|Royal Straight Flush||100% of the progressive jackpot|
|Straight Flush||10% of the progressive jackpot|
|Four of a Kind||$500 from the progressive jackpot|
|Full House||$100 from the progressive jackpot|
|Flush||$50 from the progressive jackpot|
In most casinos, you will win money from the progressive jackpot even if the dealer hand does not qualify. This means that if you have a sufficiently high poker hand, you must tell the dealer about it when it is clear that her hand isn’t a qualifying hand, since a dealer that doesn’t qualify will not look at player hands unless the player tells her to do it.