Caribbean Stud Poker rules are quite different from the poker games many people play at home, in poker rooms and in brick and mortar casinos. While a few of the rules are similar to those in standard poker games, several subtle differences exist.
The Ante Bet
Caribbean Stud Poker is a five card stud poker game played with a standard 52 card deck. Caribbean Stud Poker rules dictate that the game commences with each player placing an “ante” bet. This is a starting bet that plumps the pot and is placed before the dealer distributes the cards. The ante bet can be an amount anywhere within the set table limits – from a nickel in home games to hundreds in casinos.
After all players have anted up, each player receives five cards for his starting hand. The dealer also deals himself five cards. Four of the dealer cards are face down; one is face up.
Caribbean Poker rules are different than draw poker in that the cards that are dealt are the cards that are played; you can’t redraw to improve your hand. If you don’t like your cards and you believe, based on the dealer’s up card, that you might be beat, Caribbean Poker rules allow you to fold your hand immediately. In doing this, you only lose your ante bet.
The Call Bet
If you are satisfied with your cards and, based on the dealer’s up card, think you have a winning hand, you may bet. This bet must equal twice the amount of your ante. This is known as the “call” bet.
Once everyone has either folded or called, the dealer reveals his four hole cards. The dealer’s hand must contain either an Ace – King or higher in order to qualify to compete with player hands. If this is not the case, the round results in a “push” and the dealer pays even money on the ante bets of all players remaining in the game.
If the dealer’s hand does qualify, all hands are compared. If the dealer’s hand is higher than the player’s, the dealer claims both the player’s ante and call bets. If the player wins, he takes even money on the ante bet and the bonus total for the call bet.
The Progressive Jackpot Bet
Caribbean Stud Poker rules also allow players to make a progressive jackpot bet. Like the ante bet, this bet is placed before the cards are dealt. It pays out when a player hits a big hand, in this case, a flush or higher.
The progressive jackpot bet is a side game that is entirely separate from your Caribbean Stud Poker game. A player who hits one of the aforementioned big hands wins regardless of whether he beats the dealer or not. It’s important to note that Caribbean Stud Poker rules only allow players who bet into the jackpot to receive its payout.
If you hit a progressive jackpot hand, announce it to the dealer prior to the end of the round. Do not wait until the hand is over, when the dealer might inadvertently scoop your cards into the dead pile. You will lose your winnings if this happens. Instead, protect this winning hand. It wins regardless of whether or not you beat the dealer’s hand.
Hand Rankings & Casino Payouts
As with all poker games, Caribbean Stud Poker rules require that you understand how to build a good hand.
The best hand is a Royal Flush: a hand with Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and Ten, all of the same suit. According to Caribbean Stud Poker rules, a Royal Flush not only wins the progressive jackpot bet, it pays out 100 to 1.
A Straight Flush also pays out the progressive jackpot. This is a hand with five cards of the same suit in sequential order. A Straight Flush wins 50 to 1 according to Caribbean Poker rules.
Next up is Four of a kind, which pays 20 to 1 plus a bonus; followed by a Full House, which pays 7 to 1 plus bonus and a Flush, which pays 5 to 1 plus bonus.
Lower hands don’t pay a bonus from the progressive pool, but do afford more chances to win than you might think. A Straight pays 4 to 1; Three of a kind pay 3 to 1; two pairs earn players twice their original bet; and one pair or a qualifying high card pays even money.
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