Caribbean Stud Poker is a 5 card poker based game, played against the house, rather than individual players, with up to seven players in a game.

Exactly where Caribbean Stud Poker originated, or by whom, is not exactly known. The game is at least known to have been around since the ‘80’s. Becoming a popular casino table game, just like payout and betting limits, there are some rules of the game that may differ slightly by location of play.

Here are the basic rules of Caribbean Stud Poker.

Basic Rules of Play

Each player starts out by placing his ante on a designated spot on the table. *Caribbean Stud Poker also has a progressive jackpot feature that allows players to place a $1 bet separate from the overall outcome of the game. Dealer will check players hand to see if the hand qualifies for the bonus. Usually consisting of a flush or better. All antes and progressive jackpot wagers must be placed before dealer announces “No More Bets.”

Five card are then dealt to each player as well as the dealer. All cards are dealt face down.

When the dealer has dealt all cards, one card from the dealers hand is then turned up. Players may then look at their cards. Players are not allowed to discuss their hand with other players or look at other player’s hands.

Players now have the option to either play or fold. Folding players forfeit their ante.

Players choosing to play their hand then place another wager twice the amount of the ante.

Dealer then reveals his/her remaining cards.

Hands are then compared to dealers starting with the player farthest right.

Dealer’s hand only qualifies if dealer holds both an Ace and a King, or forms a pair. Any other higher ranked poker hand also qualifies.

If dealer’s hand does not qualify, only ante bets of players beating the dealers hand pay out. All raise bets push.

In the case of a tie with dealer, ante and raise bets both push.

Even when using “optimal strategy”, the house will enjoy a roughly 5.2% edge in Caribbean Stud Poker. While there are a few strategies to employ to help increase your chances of winning, the house will more than likely have the advantage. One rule on the side of the house is that the dealer’s hand must qualify for a player to win the big payout. Simply, no matter a players hand, if the dealer’s hand does not qualify, that player only gets the payout on their ante. The raise pushes.
As far as payouts, here is a standard US Caribbean Stud Poker payout table.

Caribbean Stud Poker Payout Table (US)

-Royal Flush- 100 to 1
-Straight Flush- 50 to 1
-Four of a Kind- 20 to 1
-Full House- 7 to 1
-Flush- 5 to 1
-Straight- 4 to 1
-Three of a Kind- 3 to 1
-Two Pair- 2 to 1
-All Others- 1 to 1



Strategy wise, there are some ways to increase your chances against the house. Here are some basic strategies and the probable outcomes when employing these strategies.

Basic Strategy/House Edge

-If you raise on everything, expect a house edge of 16.5%
-Raising on a King or better, expect a house edge of 5.7%
-Raising on a pair or better, expect a house edge of 5.4%
-Raising when the dealer’s up card matches one of your, expect a house edge of 5.35%
-Raising on Ace, King, Jack, 8, 3, or better, expect a house edge of 5.3%

Probable Outcomes

-22.6%- Dealer does not qualify.
-13.6%- Dealer wins.
-2.4%- Player wins with two pairs.
-1.1%- Player wins with three of a kind.
-0.2%- Player wins with a straight.

Each individual player is sure to fine tune their own strategies when it comes to Caribbean Stud Poker. With that in mind, knowing when to ante up or when to fold, is what could keep you in the game long enough for luck to come around.

While Caribbean Stud Poker is relatively new, as compared to other card games that have been around for hundreds of years, it enjoys a fair amount of popularity and continues to grow.