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Caribbean Stud Poker Guide

Caribbean Stud Poker

Caribbean Stud is a casino card game found at both online and offline casinos. It uses standard poker hand ranking with the Royal Flush being the ultimate hand. There is often an option $1 side bet which can win a progressive jackpot.

The house edge on caribbean stud poker is about 5% and even higher on the $1 side bet for the jackpot.

How to Play Caribbean Stud

Caribbean Stud poker is available at most online casinos however it often goes under slightly different names. Regardless of the name it is a great twist on a regular poker game and gives the opportunity for you to win some serious money.

To start a game of Caribbean Stud poker you first must place a bet on the Ante area of the table. It is important to remember that this is really only one third of your actual bet if you decide to play once you have seen you cards. This is because once you have received your hand you must place a bet double your ante on the bet area.

After you have placed your ante bet you are dealt five cards face up and the dealer is dealt five cards, one face up and four face down. It is at this point where you must decide whether your hand has a chance of out ranking the dealer. If you think it does then you can bet and see the outcome. If you feel you have a bad hand you can surrender and lose your ante bet.

The dealer must receive a hand of Ace, King or higher to qualify. If the dealer does not qualify and you have placed a play bet then you get double your ante and your play bet i is returned to you. This is one feature of Caribbean stud that can be a little frustrating especially if you have a great hand and the dealer fails to qualify.

There is often a side bet that you can also make which is usually $1. This side bet gives you access to the progressive jackpot. If you hit a straight flush or a royal flush you receive part of the jackpot or the whole jackpot respectively.

Common Caribbean Stud Poker Pay Offs

  • One Pair - 1 to 1
  • Two Pairs - 2 to 1
  • Three of a Kind - 3 to 1
  • Straight - 4 to 1
  • Flush - 5 to 1
  • Full House - 7 to 1
  • Four of a Kind - 20 to 1 (Microgaming casinos pay 50 to 1)
  • Straight Flush - 50 to 1, Side bet pays 10% of jackpot
  • Royal Flush - 100 to 1, Side bet pays 100% of jackpot


Caribbean Stud Poker Hand Rankings (Highest to Lowest)

  • Royal Flush - A, K, Q, J, 10 (all same suit)
  • Straight Flush - K, Q, J, 10, 9 (all same suit) to A, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Four of a Kind - Any four of the same number or face cards
  • Full House - Three of a Kind + any pair
  • Flush - Any combination of cards but all same suit
  • Straight - A, K, Q, J, 10 to A, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Three of a Kind - Any three of the same number cards
  • Two Pairs - One Pair + One Pair
  • One Pair - Any two of same number or face cards
  • High Card - highest to lowest as follows: A to 2
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