Caribbean stud poker is a gambling game that originated in the islands. It is card game based on playing against a lead dealer but other groups of people can join in and they share the risk. Those who can beat the dealer will then take the shared pot of earnings and the rest will lose out.
What is attractive about Caribbean stud poker?
The fact that there are many people involved increases the enjoyment for those who are social gamblers. It can also be a conduit for other social activities such as drinking and smoking which enhances the social life of those who enjoy gambling.
In terms of the gambling itself, the game is not particularly challenging to understand and once you get a few tips and pointers, you will be well on your way. The fact that there are many people involved means that you can consult and discuss. It is generally a very enjoyable game.
It is also one of the few games at online casinos that does not have a large house advantage. For a player that follows the basic strategy below, you should expect a house advantage of around 2.5%. This is lower than many blackjack games and is even lower than roulette. The fact that there aren’t many complicated rules only adds to attractiveness of the game.
In Caribbean stud, the players are trying to make a five-card poker hand that is better than the dealers five-card poker hand. In each hand, the player must place an Ante Bet before he or she receives their cards. Once the cards are received the dealer then turns one of his cards face-up, each player decides if their hand is good enough to stay in or fold.
These are the decisions: Raise or Fold. If you decide your hand is not good enough, you must Fold and forfeit your Ante Bet. If you decide your hand is good enough (i.e. you think you can beat the Dealer’s hand), then you Raise by placing a Bet that is equal to twice your ante.
For instance, if you made a $5 ante bet before you received your cards and now decide to raise and stay in the hand, you must place an additional wager equal to twice your ante bet. In our example, since your ante was five dollars, you must place an additional bet of $10 to stay in the hand.
Now, the dealer exposes his hand. If the dealer does not have an Ace-King or better (i.e. does not qualify), you will be returned your bet ($10 in our example) and be paid 1-to-1 on your Ante bet. In our example, you would win five dollars, the amount of your ante regardless of what you had in your hand.
If the dealer does qualify with an Ace-King or better and your hand beats the dealer’s hand, then you will be paid 1-to-1 on your Ante Bet and at least 1-to-1 on your Raise bet. To determine what you get paid on your Raise bet, just refer to the following list:
Ace/King or one pair – 1 to 1 payout on Raise bet
Two pair – 2 to 1 payout on Raise bet
Three of a kind – 3 to 1 payout
Straight – 4 to 1 payout
Flush – 5 to 1 payout plus $50 from the Progressive Jackpot if played
4 of a kind – 20 to 1 payout plus $500 from the Progressive if played
Straight Flush – 50 to 1 payout plus 10% of Progressive Jackpot if played
Royal Flush – 100 to 1 payout plus 100% of Progressive Jackpot if played
You must place the progressive bet ($1 per hand) in order to be eligible to win the part or all of the progressive jackpot. If you receive a flush or higher, you will receive the progressive payout regardless of what the dealer has in their hand.
Caribbean Stud Poker Strategy
1. You should fold if you do not have Ace/King or higher. The dealer has a 53% chance of qualifying for the hand. This means that you are risking 3 times your ante to try to win back your ante on a worse than 50/50 draw.
2. Always raise if you have a pair or better. The dealer might be able to beat a low pair, but odds are on the side of the player, even with a pair of 2′s.
3. If you have an Ace/King, you should raise if you have a) a third face card or b) the dealer’s card matches one of your cards.
4. Either play the progressive or don’t. Do not waffle between the two options. You will probably win more money over the long haul if you don’t play the progressive chip; but you will be kicking yourself if you would’ve won part of the jackpot and you didn’t play.