Caribbean Stud Poker

Caribbean Stud Poker

Caribbean Stud Poker

Even if you have played poker all your life while at the table, you will find variations of poker on all floors that you may not have heard of.

One you need to know is Caribbean Stud Poker. Despite its fancy name, Caribbean Poker is almost the same as a nice and old-fashioned 5-card stud – a game that you might play with your grandparents in the kitchen.

If you have played 5 Card Stud, you will have all the knowledge of the game to play Caribbean Stud right away, although there are some important differences that you must remember before sitting:

  • Bluffing in Caribbean Stud Poker is non-existent
  • No draws are made (although you might find some rare Caribbean Stud variations where a draw or two has been added)
  • You’re playing against the house at all times – not other players

Outside of those small differences, you’re ready to play Caribbean Stud poker!

Rules of Caribbean Stud Poker

The actual rules for Caribbean poker are simple. The table trader gives 5 cards face down to each table player who has placed the original bet (ante) on the table.

The dealer will then deal a 5-card hand face down to themselves with one major difference:

  • They will flip one card (typically the last) over to display face up

Once that card is flipped up you can look at your own 5-card hand and decide if you’d like to place an extra bet (generally 2x the ante bet) on top of your ante bet.

If you decide to fold, you will lose your ante bet and will have to wait until the next hand is dealt to play again. You can continue on in the hand only by making the additional bet.

Caribbean Stud Poker - When Does the Dealer Qualify?

Once every player at the table has decided either paid the extra bet or folded, the dealer will then look at the full hand in front of them.

To “open” their hand the dealer MUST have at least:

  • Ace-King or higher

The lowest possible qualifying dealer hand would be A-K-4-3-2.

If the dealer can’t “open” their hand and you have made the additional bet you will get your original ante paid out 1-1. Your extra bet is a push and returned to you.

If the dealer can open their hand, you have made the additional bet and your hand is higher than the dealer’s hand you will be paid out:

  • Ante bet paid out 1-1
  • Additional bet paid out according to a chart at each table with a sliding scale for higher hands

Generally you can expect to be paid out 1-1 for a pair and up to 100x for a Royal Flush. See an example table below:

  • Royal Flush pays 100 to 1
  • Straight Flush pays 50 to 1
  • Four of a Kind pays 20 to 1
  • Full House pays 7 to 1
  • Flush pays 5 to 1
  • Straight pays 4 to 1
  • Three of a Kind pays 3 to 1
  • 2 Pair pays 2 to 1
  • 1 Pair or less pays 1 to 1 (even money)

The payout table will vary slightly depending upon which individual Caribbean Stud poker table and casino (live or online) you play at. Be sure to check the table payouts before placing any additional bets.

If the dealer’s hand is higher than your hand, you will lose both the ante bet and your additional bets.

Remember: Each player is ONLY playing against the dealer alone, not the other players. Even if your 5-card hand is higher than another player’s you will still lose your bets if the dealer’s hand is higher than yours.

If your hand and the dealer’s are exactly the same all bets are a push and returned to the player.

Note: You will find that the dealer’s hand will qualify and be “opened” roughly 56% of the time.

Caribbean Stud Betting Limits

At live casinos, the smallest bet you find at a Caribbean poker table might be $ 5. However, there is a possibility you can play with $ 3 at any time.

Caribbean Poker Online Poker has a much lower limit – in some cases this bet is even limited to $ 2.50.

Caribbean Progressive Betting

Usually there are also optional bets that you can place to qualify for progressive jackpots. This additional bet must be made before the dealer announces that the bet is closed.


If your 5-card hand is a:

  • Royal Flush
  • Straight Flush
  • 4-of-a-Kind
  • Full House
  • Flush

You will win the bet, whether you hit the dealer or not. They are paid after stumbling, but if Royal Flush claims 100% Jackpot and Progressive Flush, for example, you pay a much lower percentage (usually 10%).

Progressive jackpots vary at each table, depending on when the payment was last and how much has been paid since then. The current number of progressive jackpots must be clearly displayed at each Caribbean Poker table.

The standard progressive bet on most Stud Stud Caribbean poker tables is $ 1, but can be much lower online.

Additional Caribbean Stud Poker Bets 

5+1 Bonus Bet

On some online casinos (eg. Evolution Gaming) an optional side can be made. This is called the 5+1 bonus bet and pays if the player can make three-of-a-kind or better on any 5-card hand combining their own 5 cards plus the dealer’s exposed card.

Progressively higher hands are paid out on an escalating scale with a Royal Flush paying out up to 1,000x the bet.

How to Determine a Winning Caribbean Stud Hand

The best 5-card hand in Caribbean Stud poker is the same as the best high hand according to the standard hand ranking chart for Texas Hold’em and Omaha. If you need a refresher, hands ranked from best to worst:

  • Royal Flush
  • Straight Flush
  • Four-of-a-Kind
  • Full House
  • Flush
  • Straight
  • Three-of-a-Kind
  • Two Pair
  • Pair
  • High Card

Caribbean Stud Poker Online Live Dealer

If you want to play Caribbean Poker online, you can usually choose between fully automated Caribbean Poker Stud Studs or live dealers.

Online poker tables online from Caribbean Stud Dealers function like direct dealers with dealers, which can be seen through live streaming cameras made by the table. Online players take all bets online and transfer them. However, he can interact with the dealer through the chat box.

Caribbean Stud Poker Online – Basic Strategy Tips

By learning how to play the optimal Caribbean Stud Poker strategy, you can reduce the house limit from about 5% to less than 1%. It is definitely necessary to take the time to learn the basics.

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