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Caribbean Stud Poker rules

Caribbean Stud Poker is a relatively new game, that has it's roots in the Caribbean islands. On this page we will give a short description of caribbean stud poker rules. The best Caribbean Stud bets (with the lowest house edge) are offered by Micrograming casinos.

The game starts with each player placing an ante bet, prior to the dealer announcing "No more bets". In order to participate in the progressive jackpot, a player may also place a $1 side bet at this time. After all bets are placed, each player receives 5 cards face down. The dealer receives 4 cards face down and one card face up (the dealer's up card).

Each player has to decide whether to call or to fold, depending on the fact if the player thinks his or her hand will beat the dealer's hand. If the player folds, he or she will lose the ante bet. If the player calls, he or she has to place an additional wager of twice the ante bet.

Next, the dealer will reveal the remaining 4 cards. The dealer's hand qualifies, if it holds at least an ace and a king or higher. If the dealer's hand doesn't qualify, all players that didn't fold receive their call bets back and are paid out 1 to 1 on their ante bets. If the dealer's hand *does* qualify, all players that have a higher ranking hand than the dealer's hand, are paid out 1 to 1 on their ante bets. The payout on the call bets is dependent on the payout table, which is discussed below. If the dealer's hand and the player's hand tie (all five cards are identical in rank), the ante and bet wagers are both pushes and no action is taken.

Tip: The best Caribbean Stud bets (with the lowest house edge) are offered by Micrograming casinos.

Ranking of hands for Caribbean Stud Poker

The following table lists the ranking of poker hands for Caribbean Stud Poker, starting with the highest rank. Obviously, higher ranking hands pay out more than lower ranking hands. This table is almost identical to the table used for Jacks or better video poker, with the exception that any pair and ace/king are also included.

Hand Cards
Royal Flush
A,K,Q,J,10 of the same suit.
Straight Flush
5 sequential cards of the same suit.
4 of a Kind
4 cards of the same rank.
Full House
3 of a Kind and a Pair.
5 cards of the same suit.
5 sequential cards ( an ace is either the highest or lowest card).
3 of a Kind
3 cards of the same rank.
2 Pairs
2 cards of one rank, and 2 of another rank.
1 Pair
2 cards of one rank.
One ace and one king of any suit.

Payout table

If the dealers hand qualifies and your hand beats the dealer's hand, you will be paid according to the following schedule.

Hand Pays off
1 Pair or Less 1 to 1
2 Pair 2 to 1
3 of a Kind 3 to 1
Straight 4 to 1
Flush 5 to 1
Full House 7 to 1
4 of a Kind 20 to 1
Straight Flush 50 to 1
Royal Flush 100 to 1

Progressive payout table

Regardless of the dealers hand, if you have placed the $1 progressive side bet, you qualify for a payout depending on the progressive jackpot payout table used. If more than one player at the table qualifies for the Royal Flush progressive payout, each player shares equally. Below we have listed a typical progressive jackpot payout table.

Hand Pays off
Royal Flush 100% of the progressive jackpot
Straight Flush 10% of the progressive jackpot
4 of a Kind $500
Full House $100
Flush $50

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