Caribbean Stud Poker Rules and Game Play

Caribbean Stud is a quick and simple casino form of poker. The rules are easy to learn, which makes it the perfect diversion for any poker player who wants to take a break from grinding and do a little gambling.

Flash Game Instructions: Click on a chip amount on the left, then click on the ante circle to place your bet. You may also bet on the jackpot if you please. After hitting deal, choose to call or fold.

Based on a classic form of poker, Five-Card Stud, Caribbean Stud borrows the most basic concepts from the original and converts it into a fast-paced game of chance where you play against the house, rather than the other players.

Firstly, to play Caribbean Stud you should know the official poker hand rankings. Once you understand that, the game is very straight forward:

Step One - Ante

Like any form of Stud poker, you begin the game by placing an Ante. The size of your ante is up to you, but must be within the table's designated minimum and maximum bet amounts.

Step Two - Look at Your Cards

After all players have ante'd the dealer deals each players five cards. The players cards are all dealt face down, while the dealer turns one of his five cards face up.

Players are not allowed to talk about, or show their hand to any other players on or off the table.

Step Three - Bet or Fold

After looking at your hand, you are required to either bet or fold. If you fold, you forfeit your ante and wait for the next hand. If you bet, your bet must be exactly equal to twice the amount of your ante.

Step Four - Bust or Baller

Once all players have chosen to fold or bet, the dealer turns up his remaining four cards. If the dealer does not have a hand equal to or better than Ace-King high (meaning they have both an ace and a king in their hand), all players are paid 1:1 on their ante, and are returned their bet.

If the dealer's hand is equal to Ace-King high or better, then the dealers hand is said to "qualify". At this point the dealer will compare your hand to their own. If your hand is worse than the dealer's qualifying hand, you lose your ante and bet.

If you hand is better than the dealer's qualifying hand, you receive even money (1:1) on your ante, and payment on your bet in accordance to the following pay scale:

  • AK or Pair - 1:1
  • Two Pair - 2:1
  • Three of a Kind - 3:1
  • Straight - 4:1
  • Flush - 5:1
  • Full House - 7:1
  • Four of a Kind - 20:1
  • Straight Flush - 50:1
  • Royal Flush - 100:1

Progressive Jackpot

Although not required, players are allowed to participate in the progressive jackpot if they so choose. To participate players must pay an additional $1 during the ante stage of play. If paid the players are elegible to win a piece of, or all, of the progressive jackpot.

To win a piece of the jackpot a player must have a premium hand (flush or better), and it must beat the dealer's qualifying hand. If all those conditions are met, the player will receive a percentage of the progressive jackpot.

Basic Strategy

If the dealer's one show card is either an Ace or a King, you should only bet if you can beat an Ace King. In general you should bet anytime you have ace-king or better.

It's a guessing game whether or not the dealer will qualify, thus it's often not worth risking three times the amount of your ante to potentially make back only 1:4 on your money.

While playing optimum strategy the house edge in this game is no lower than 5.2%.

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charlie 2013-01-25 06:11:34

This is good!

caribbean stud fan 2010-04-28 12:16:54

Thanks for the great description. Caribbean stud is definitely an exciting game even though it has some of the lowest odds to be honest. The dealer always has the advantage. But anyway... it happened to me to make some good money with this game. The most important thing in my opinion is to play directly for the progressive and if you are lucky you take some good money an run. If you play small you are losing in the long term.

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