Caribbean Stud Poker Strategy

Caribbean Stud Poker is a 5-card poker game played with a single deck of 52 cards, where you play against the Dealer. You place an Ante (initial bet), receive a hand, and decide whether you would like to bet against the Dealer's hand.

One of the Dealer's cards is dealt face up so your decision will have to be made on the card showing and the strength of your 5-card poker hand. At this point, you may believe that you can't beat the Dealer and you can simply fold. If you fold, you forfeit your Ante.

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To bet against the Dealer, you must double your Ante (click “Raise”). To win, you must not only beat the Dealer's hand but the Dealer must also “qualify.” The Dealer qualifies by getting any hand containing an Ace and a King or better (e.g. Pairs, etc). If the Dealer does not qualify, you are paid 1 to 1 on your Ante and your “Raise” is returned to you as a push. Play some Caribbean Stud Poker Now.

If your hand beats the Dealer's hand and the Dealer qualifies, you're paid on the Ante and your Raise. The payoff of the Ante is 1 to 1. The payout on your bet will be determined by the quality of your hand (see Payouts below for more details). If the Dealer beats your hand, you lose both your Ante and your bet. In the event that you and the Dealer have the same hand, the next highest card (kicker) determines the winner.

The Player can win if:

  1. Ante – The Player has a higher 5-card poker hand than the Dealers.
  2. If the Player Raises and the Dealer does not qualify.
  3. Raise – The Player has a higher 5-card poker hand and the Dealer has a minimum of an Ace/King.
  4. Progressive – If the Player places $1 in the Jackpot slot, the Player receives a flush or higher.

The Player loses if:

  1. The Player folds.
  2. The Dealer qualifies and has a higher 5-card poker hand.

Hand Ranks/Payout Amounts

  • Royal Flush: A, K, Q, J, 10 of same suit : 200:1
  • Straight Flush : 5 cards of same suit in sequence 50:1
  • 4 Of a Kind : 4 cards of same rank : 20:1
  • Full House : 3 of a kind, plus a pair  : 7:1
  • Flush : 5 cards of same suit  : 5:1
  • Straight : 5 cards in sequence, mixed suits  : 4:1
  • 3 Of a kind : 3 cards of same rank : 3:1
  • 2 Pair : 2 pairs of different rank  : 2:1
  • One Pair : 1 pair (2 cards) of same rank  : 1:1
  • High Card : 5 cards of different ranks and suits  1:1

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Player Actions/Button Descriptions

Bet – To place a bet, the Player must click on the chip value that they wish to wager.

Deal – Press Deal to begin the game once a wager has been placed. The Player gets 5 cards face up and the Dealer gets 4 cards face down and 1 face up.

Raise – If the Player feels they can beat the Dealer, click Raise to continue. The Raise amount will be double the Ante. The Dealers cards are then revealed and compared to the Players hand to determine a winner.

Fold – Clicking the fold button ends the current game and Player forfeits the wager.
Progressive Jackpot Payout

Progressive : The Progressive Jackpot is a “side bet” that allows a Player to share in a Jackpot regardless if the Dealer “qualifies” or not.

Example: If you receive a Flush, but the Dealer does not qualify, you would only receive a 1 to 1 payout on your Ante, not 5 to 1. If you play the Progressive Jackpot you would win $75 regardless of the size of your bet, and regardless of whether the Dealer qualified or not (if the Dealer did qualify, and you had a better hand, you would win both bets.)

You must place your $1 in the slot prior to clicking deal in order to qualify for the Jackpot. If you don't opt in and you get one of the hands below, you won't get paid!

There are only five hands that qualify for Progressive Jackpot:

  • Flush – any five cards of one suit. $75
  • Full House – 3 of a Kind with a Pair. $100
  • 4 of a Kind – any hand of four like cards. $500
  • Straight Flush – Five consecutive cards of the same suit in a row. 10%
  • Royal Flush – 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace of the same suit. 100%

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