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What is Caribbean Stud Poker

The history of Caribbean Stud Poker has many different stories of its origins.
This game was created to attract more poker players to the tables, but it is not known exactly who invented the game and wrote the rules.

David Sklansky, a gambling authority claims he invented the game in 1982 under the name
of Casino Poker, but was unable to patent the game.
Another player who later purchased the game, had it patented in Aruba and named it Caribbean Stud Poker.

Yet another story is that the game was being played on a cruise ship to Aruba under a different name. After discovering the game on-board the owner of the Excelsior Casino (then The King International) purchased it.
Today Bally Gaming owns the trademark which they acquired for $1.3 billion in 2013.

No matter the origins, it has become one of the most popular casino table games in the world!
Caribbean Stud Poker is a table game with similar rules to 5-card Stud Poker.

Unlike standard poker games, Caribbean Stud is played against the House, not against other players.Therefore, bluffing has no place in Caribbean Stud Poker!

The aim of Caribbean Stud Poker is to create the highest combinations possible with one hand
of 5 cards.  The higher the combination, the higher the payout.

Online Baccarat is becoming popular at online casinos and is the oldest of all games played in modern casinos. Records suggest the game may have been played as far back as the fifteenth century in France where it is sometime known as punto banco.

There are just three bets to make and the game is often played for quite high odds. In traditional casinos Baccarat tables are often kept separate from the rest of the casino in a ‘Baccarat Pit.’ The Baccarat table is easy to recognize. It is often quite large and can have seating for as many as twelve people.

Baccarat is a card game played with a single deck of cards. The objective of the game is to predict which of the two hands (Banker or Player) that are about to be dealt will be closer to having a value of 9.

Caribbean Stud Poker Features

The Table layout has marked spots that indicate where players must place their Antes to be eligible to participate in the hand.

The Progressive Jackpot feature can be opted for before the Dealer announces, “No More Bets.”
To play the Progressive Jackpot, drop a chip in the slot, which turns on the light for that seat for the duration of the current hand.

Playing the Game

Multiple players can be seated at the table; each is dealt 5 cards by the Dealer, who
also receives 5 cards. There are 2 betting rounds:

The Ante – this is mandatory to receive any cards.
There is also an optional Progressive Jackpot side bet, this is the only time you can place that bet.
Once bets are made, you and the Dealer will receive 5 cards face down.
The Dealer will turn over one card; look at and decide what to do with your hand.
You will have 2 decisions at this point:

  • Fold - lose the hand and automatically forfeit your Ante bet.
  • Raise - you must double your Ante bet.
    (example, ante bet is $1, the raise must be $2 – for a total of $3)

Once everyone has played their hand, the Dealer will turn over his remaining 4 cards.
The Dealer’s hand gets compared to each player’s hand.
The Dealer’s hand only qualifies if he has AK or better.
If the Dealer’s hand does qualify, and your hand beats his, you receive even money on the Ante bet. How much money you receive on the Raise bet will depend on what hand you beat him with. If the Dealer’s hand doesn’t qualify, he will automatically lose.
You will receive 1:1 on your Ante bet and get your Raise bet back.
No additional payouts will be made if the Dealer’s hand does not qualify.

General Rules Of Caribbean Stud Poker

The rules of Caribbean Stud Poker can differ between Caribbean Stud variants and casinos.
The rules can also differ between online and land-based casinos:

There is only One Hand per player.

Players cannot wager or hold multiple hands at the table.

Players may look at their cards once; when they’re put down the cards may not be touched again.

During the game players may not talk or communicate in any way with the Dealer or other Players -
should they do so, their wagers will be forfeited or the hand results in a ‘Dead Hand.’

Should the Dealer receive 4 cards of his 5-card hand, he can deal himself an additional card.
All other mis-deals are considered as Dead Hands/Rounds.

Payout Schedule

If the Dealer's hand contains at least an Ace and King, he must play his hand against each Player based on traditional poker hand rankings.
If your hand beats the Dealer's, you win even money on your Ante bet.
For your secondary bet, the odds are as follows:



A Little Bit About Caribbean Stud Poker

Caribbean Stud Poker is a very unique variation of standard Five-Card Draw.
Players who enjoy 5-card or other table games such as Blackjack or Craps will more than likely become fans of Caribbean Stud Poker.
The game does require an extent of patience waiting for the right hand and discipline to stick to the strategy!

Caribbean Stud Poker and Cyber Stud Poker are the same game

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Straight Flush



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If the Dealer beats your hand, you automatically lose your Ante and secondary bets.
If you placed a Progressive bet and were dealt a Flush, Full House, 4-of-a-Kind, Straight Flush or Royal Flush, you win the Progressive Jackpot even if you lost to the Dealer!

Caribbean Stud Poker Tips

The best strategy is to play A-K, which can reduce the House edge in the game significantly.
To play this strategy one of three situations need to happen:
When the Dealer is showing an Ace or King as the face up card, it’s an optimal time to
Raise A-K-Q and A-K-J hands.
This is because the player has blockers to the Dealer’s pairs and is most likely to be the
best A-K hand. This strategy is referred to as the ‘Blocker Effect’.

The best tip for basic Caribbean Stud strategy is to play any pair you have and to fold less than AK

Last Updated 21 August 2017
Caribbean Stud Poker