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Caribbean Stud Poker

Caribbean Stud Poker is a variation of Five Card Stud poker played on a table similar to a blackjack table. It is usually played with just one deck of cards. Each player competes against the dealer's hand.

To play Caribbean Stud Poker each player must ante and may have the option to place a $1.00 side bet for a progressive jackpot to be paid to high ranking hands. Players will win all or part of the progressive jackpot with a royal flush, straight flush, four of a kind, full house or flush.

The dealer deals each player five cards face down and five cards to themselves except the last card which is dealt face up.

After receiving and view the cards, the player may then place a bet equal to the amount of the ante or more or fold and lose the ante wager. After the players have made their decisions, the dealer will reveal their hand. The dealers' hand must contain at least an ace and king to challenge the other players, otherwise the dealer folds and ante wagers are paid 1 to 1, regardless of the rank of their hands.

If the player's hand beats the dealer's hand, the player is paid 1 to 1 for the ante wager and paid according the rank of each player's hand. Casino rules differ, but these are common payout ratios among casinos:

A Pair - Even Money
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
Straight Flush - 50 to 1
Royal Flush - 100 to 1

Regardless of the dealer's hand, if the player has a hand that qualifies for the progressive jackpot, the player wins according to the rank of their hand and will share the pot with other eligible hands. Normal Caribbean Stud Poker payouts are as follows:

Royal Flush - 100% of the Jackpot
Straight Flush - 10% of the Jackpot
Four of a Kind - $100
Full House - $75
Flush - $50
House advantage in Caribbean Stud Poker is usually about 5.22%.


If you have a pair or better, you should always bet. You can expect a win even if you have only a pair of twos. Anyone who consistently bets on a pair of anything or better will lose less in the long run than someone who folds with the same hand.

A player will win the ante and dealer's payoff on the ante, whenever the dealer doesn't qualify. A player is paid even money on the bet when the dealer doesn't qualify. Remember that the dealer will qualify 56.3% of the time over the long run. Bluffing isn't a good choice here. A player who folds with hands worse than an ace and king will lose less over the long run than a player who bluffs.