Caribbean Stud Poker is a table game based along the lines of poker but perhaps with a hint of blackjack within it.
The game got its name, Caribbean Stud Poker, from the Caribbean cruises which made the game popular and it now is one of the more popular casino games and is often played as an alternative to, or along with, blackjack.
Caribbean Stud Poker begins with you, the player, placing an ante bet on the table, after which the dealer deals you five cards, which you are free to look at.
The dealer then deals the casino five cards, four face down and one placed face up for you to view.
Caribbean Stud Poker then allows you to either raise or fold. Raising allows you to put twice the amount of your ante bet up and places it in the “bet” section of the table. If you fold the casino wins your ante bet.
If you bet then the dealer shows his hand and if a higher poker hand than yours – the house wins. If your Caribbean Stud Poker hand is higher then you win. Equal values, whether the dealer qualifies or not, are a push.
The dealer has to have Ace-King or higher to qualify, if not, the ante is paid at even money and the bet value is returned to you. If however, the dealer does qualify and you win then the payouts are 1:1 for a pair 2:1, 3:1 for three of a kind and so forth – all the way up to, normally, 1000:1 for a royal flush.
Caribbean Stud Poker is an easy game to play and some spectacular wins can be had and the house advantage is a reasonable 2.5%.
Check out our full guide to Caribbean Stud strategy.