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Caribbean Stud Poker

1. How to Play
2. Strategy
3. Progressive House Advantage Calculator
4. History
 
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  1. HOW TO PLAY CARIBBEAN STUD POKER  
  The objective of Caribbean Stud Poker is to beat the dealer’s five-card poker hand. The game is dealt from a single standard 52-card deck. Before the deal, all players must make a required Ante wager and have the option to place a $1 side bet on the progressive jackpot. After bets are placed the dealer deals five cards to each player and five cards to herself. Only one of the dealer’s cards is exposed to the players. There is no redraw on the initial 5-card hand.


A DEALER’S INITIAL HAND

After the deal, the player must decide whether to fold or continue playing. If he folds his initial Ante bet is lost. If he decides to play out the hand, he must make an additional Call bet equal to double the amount of his Ante. After all players have decided to fold or play out the hand, the dealer exposes all five of her cards. At this point one of three things can happen:

A. DEALER DOES NOT QUALIFY
If the dealer does not have a poker hand of Ace/King or better, she does not qualify. All players who decided to play out the hand are paid even on their Ante bets, even if their hand is lower than the dealer’s. All Call bets are returned to the players.

B. DEALER QUALIFIES, PLAYER LOSES
The dealer qualifies with a Poker hand of Ace/King or better that is higher than the player’s hand. In this case the player loses both his Ante bet and his Call bet.

C. DEALER QUALIFIES, PLAYER WINS
The dealer qualifies with a poker hand of Ace/King or better that is lower than the player’s hand. In this case the player wins even money on his Ante bet and his Call bet is paid according to a hand chart [top right].

A player’s progressive jackpot bet is separate from their Ante and Call bets; it is only dependent upon the player’s hand — it is paid off even if the dealer fails to qualify or wins the hand. This payoff varies from casino to casino [schedule at right]. The jackpot grows as players place jackpot bets, and unless it reaches an incredible total, this is a sucker bet [bottom right].

PLAYER’S HAND PAYOUT
ONLY APPLICABLE WHEN DEALER QUALIFIES
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
One Pair or less
1 to 1
PROGRESSIVE JACKPOT PAYOUT
Royal Flush
100%
Straight flush
10%
Four-of-a-kind
$100–500
Full House
$75–250
Flush
$50–100
PERCENTAGES ARE OF CURRENT JACKPOT TOTAL
» PROGRESSIVE HOUSE ADVANTAGE CALCULATOR
SUCKER BET
The progressive side bet: Progressive side bets for table games have a large house advantage and qualify for a Work the Odds Sucker Bet. Although the small amount of the bet ($1) and the large payoff for a Royal Flush (often over $100,000) make this bet hard to resist, keep in mind that the odds of getting a Royal Flush with no draw are 1 in 649,740.

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  2. CARIBBEAN STUD POKER STRATEGY  
  The house edge in Caribbean Stud Poker is about 2.6%. Optimal strategy becomes difficult to memorize because of all of the possible hand combinations combined with the dealer’s upcard (over 120 million combinations). Fortunately, the only time a player needs to make a decision is when he is dealt an Ace/King hand. We recommend the following basic strategy:


ACE/KING QUALIFYING HAND

A. Always Fold if you don’t have at least an Ace/King; conversely,

B. Place a Call Bet if you have any pair or better.

C. Place a Call Bet on an Ace/King if one of your other cards is the same as the dealer’s upcard, thus decreasing the dealer’s chance of pairing that card. (In the example above, the Ace/King player should Call if the dealer is showing a Jack, 6 or 7.)


Caribbean Stud Poker is a good table game for Poker lovers, although it can be very frustrating when you are dealt a great poker hand and the dealer does not qualify.

HOUSE ADVANTAGE: A house advantage of 2% means that on average the casino will retain 2% of the players bet. So, the lower the house advantage the better. All house advantages on this site are expressed in terms of average bet amount using strategies we recommend.

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COMPARISON OF THE HOUSE ADVANTAGE FOR POPULAR GAMES (ASSUMING OPTIMAL PLAY)

CARIBBEAN STUD POKER
2.6%

PAI-GOW POKER
2.85% or 0.08%

LET-IT-RIDE™ POKER
2.8%

THREE CARD POKER℠
3.37–4.28%

BLACKJACK (COMMON RULESETS)
0.18–0.95%

BACCARAT
1.06%

ROULETTE
2.7–5.26%

 
1. How to Play
2. Strategy
3. Progressive House Advantage Calculator
4. History
 
Welcome to the Club Dice Casino
ONE OF THE BEST CASINOS FOR TABLE GAMES
OUR REVIEW
 
  3. PROGRESSIVE HOUSE ADVANTAGE CALCULATOR  
  Progressive House Advantage Calculator coming soon!
 
OTHER RESOURCES AT WORK THE ODDS
BEST BETS
SUCKER BETS
LUCK VS SKILL
GLOSSARY
 
  4. THE HISTORY OF CARIBBEAN STUD POKER  
 
Caribbean Stud Poker is a relatively new game that is catching on in US casinos. It was invented and first played on the Caribbean Island of Aruba in 1988, later began appearing on cruise ships, and was eventually adopted by US-based casinos. Caribbean Poker has since experienced rapid growth in the US in a relatively short time.

• Caribbean Stud Poker is based on the game of 5 Card Stud which is very popular in the US and easily recognizable to many players.

• It was the first casino table game to offer a progressive jackpot. Players have the opportunity to win a huge sum of money with a $1 side bet.

• All players are competing against the dealer instead of each other, negating the competitive nature of the typical poker game.

 
1. How to Play
2. Strategy
3. Progressive House Advantage Calculator
4. History
 
Welcome to the Club Dice Casino
ONE OF THE BEST CASINOS FOR TABLE GAMES
OUR REVIEW
 
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