Enjoying Caribbean Stud Poker

This amazing and enjoyable game was born on the Caribbean islands. Just how it got to the rest of the world is an easy tale. The primary vehicle was cruise ships. Soon, passengers were learning this game and before too long, it appeared in many casino pits. What’s amazing is that the game survived, so you know it’s good. Many games have been tried in casino pits and almost all fail.

Caribbean Stud Poker is popular because it’s so darn easy to learn and it’s fun. The game is played with a regular 52-card deck on a blackjack-style table. Each table holds up to 7 players. And of course, you can play at online casinos. Some online casinos have multi-player Caribbean Stud Poker. Even if you’re playing by yourself, it’s still a fun game.

When you look at a Caribbean Stud Poker table you’ll notice five main areas of interest to the game. The closest to your seat is the card area where you’ll receive your cards each hand. The dealer also has a card area. These are the two main focal points during a hand.

Following that up are the three betting areas in Caribbean Stud Poker. First, there’s the Ante spot. This is where you place your first bet for each hand. It’s required to play. The second betting spot is the progressive slot. If you slip $1 into the progressive slot before each hand, you’ll be qualified to win one of the progressive jackpots should you receive the proper hand. More on this later. And the last betting spot is the Raise wager spot. This is a required bet to stay in the hand after you’ve received your cards. We’ll discuss all of this in more detail shortly.

Seeing the betting options should put your mind at ease about this game. It’s not complicated. You bet, get your cards, bet a fixed amount to stay in, and win or lose. It’s very simple. Heck, even a child could pick up Caribbean Stud Poker to a degree and play. Perhaps the “biggest” item to learn is the hand ranking. But, if you already play poker or video poker, you know this. And if not, it’s fairly easy-especially online where they have help menus.

Next part of our Caribbean Stud Poker series we’ll talk about the action of a hand from start to finish. Later in the series, we’ll talk about payouts, hand ranking, and progressives, which vary from casino to casino. Some call Caribbean Stud Poker a “carnival” game, because the house advantage is high. Still, it’s a great game to break up the monotony and there’s nothing wrong with enjoying yourself every now and then.

How to play a hand of Caribbean Stud Poker

I told you that Caribbean Stud Poker was a fun and exciting game and we have went over some of the layout basics and the game setup. Now, we will continue the discussion by going over game play from start to finish. You know the setup of the game, so now it’s time to play a hand of Caribbean Stud Poker.

First, placing a wager on the Ante spot is mandatory. Don’t place it and you can’t play. Most tables have a $5 or $10 minimum wager, so this would be the lowest you could go on your ante. You basically have up to three decisions to make each hand and deciding to play by placing the ante is the first one.

Once you’ve anted up, it’s time to make your second playing decision of the hand. Do you want to play the progressive? If so, you need to place $1 into the progressive slot. By doing so, you’re qualified for all the progressive payouts should your hand qualify.

After that’s settled, the cards are dealt. Once you’ve analyzed your hand, the last decision that you’ll make on each hand is whether to fold and call it a day or to stay in and play. If you want to fold, you lose your ante and progressive and the hand is over. Should you stay, you must place a Raise wager. This wager is always double your ante. For instance, let’s say you anted with $10, your raise would be $20. It’s never more or less.

Let’s back up for a minute. After you ante and decide on the progressive, the dealer will deal you five cards. And these are your only cards of the hand (unlike draw poker). The dealer also gets five cards. Your goal is to beat the dealer’s hand. If you think you can beat the dealer’s hand, that’s when you raise and stay in. The dealer’s hand will reveal one card to you.

So let’s imagine that you’ve stayed in the hand. It’s time to evaluate all hands to see who wins. The dealer must have an Ace-King hand or better to qualify. If not, all bettors win their Ante bet only and all raises are simply returned. However, all progressives are paid. We’ll talk about hand rankings and payouts in the next segment of this series.

The downside about qualifying is felt when you have a good hand, like a four of a kind. If the dealer doesn’t qualify and you have a four of a kind, you’d be paid even money on your ante wager, say $10, and that’s it. By the way, antes are always paid even money. The raises are paid based on the hand ranking only if the dealer qualifies.

And that leads us into our next segment, hand payouts and progressive payouts.

Payouts in Caribbean Stud Poker

Up to this point we’ve talked about Caribbean Stud Poker’s layout basics, typical hand play and some other entry-level information. Now, we’ll continue the discussion by venturing into payouts. After all, that’s the best part, right? We’ll start with Caribbean Stud Poker hand payouts and finish with a segment about progressive payouts. Let’s get started.

As you know from our previous segment, the dealer must qualify for you to be paid on your raise wagers. Antes are always paid even money. Here’s a handy listing of what raise wagers are paid when the dealer’s hand rank is an Ace-King or better.

  • One Pair: paid even money. Ex: $10 is paid $10.
  • Two Pair: paid 2x your raise. Ex: $10 is paid $20.
  • Three of a Kind: paid 3x your raise. Ex: $10 is paid $30.
  • Straight: paid 4x your raise. Ex: $10 is paid $40.
  • Flush: paid 5x your raise. Ex: $10 is paid $50.
  • Full House: paid 7x your raise. Ex: $10 is paid $70.
  • Four of a Kind: paid 20x your raise. Ex: $10 is paid $200.
  • Straight Flush: paid 50x your raise. Ex: $10 is paid $500.
  • Royal Flush: paid 100x your raise. Ex: $10 is paid $1,000.

Here’s an important note. These payouts are not globally applied. Each casino may have different payouts. For instance, I once saw an online casino that paid 200x on the Royal Flush and 6x on a Full House. Shop around. That’s vital for the progressives.

The real money in Caribbean Stud Poker is won via the progressives. These payouts vary from casino to casino, so shop around to find the best deal. Some will pay less on a Royal Flush, but a lot more on a Four of a Kind. Also keep in mind that these payouts are always made regardless of the dealer’s hand. It’s $1 per hand to get locked into the progressives.

Here’s an example setup for a Caribbean Stud Poker progressive:

  • Flush: Payout of $50 – $100.
  • Full House: Payout of $75 – $250.
  • Four of a Kind: Payout of $100 – $500 (see, shop around).
  • Straight Flush: 10% of the current progressive jackpot amount. Ex: progressive is $50,000 so the payout would be $5,000.
  • Royal Flush: The big boy. It pays the whole progressive.

If you read any decent book on casino gambling, it will probably tell you that the progressive is a bad wager. But, they obviously haven’t been sitting at a Caribbean Stud Table and received a Four of a Kind only to see the dealer not qualify. To me, it’s a small price to pay for insurance.

Next, we’ll talk about hand rankings and perhaps look at some strategy for winning.

Rankings and strategy

We’ve looked at layout issues, hand play, the basics of the game and payouts. In this final installment, I’ll go over hand rankings and briefly touch on strategy.

It’s not wise to play the game without knowing how it works, so let’s go over hand rankings. If you’ve played poker of any kind, you probably know this already. It’s fairly simple. Here is the Caribbean Stud Poker hand-ranking list. I’m starting with the lowest hands first.

  • High Card: This is the hand you have when you can’t make any hand. Your highest card is your hand.
  • One Pair: Having two cards of the same rank, such as two Kings.
  • Two Pair: When you have two cards of one rank and two more cards of an additional ranks, such as two Kings and two Queens.
  • Three of a Kind: When you have three cards of the same rank, such as three Jacks.
  • Straight: When you have five cards all in sequential orders, such as 6, 7, 8 ,9 and 10. As a note, the Ace can be used before the 2 or after the King.
  • Flush: All five of your cards are the same suit, such as five clubs.
  • Full House: You have three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank, such as three Jacks and two Aces.
  • Four of a Kind: Four of your cards are the same rank, such as four 7s.
  • Straight Flush: This is the same as the straight except all five cards are the same suit, such as hearts.
  • Royal Flush: This is the granddaddy of the them all. It’s a straight flush that has the cards 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace. Think the progressive is a waste of $1? Imagine you have this hand and the dealer doesn’t qualify. You’d be paid even money on your ante bet only.

Let’s close with a little strategy talk. Strategy is all over the place in this game. Since the dealer doesn’t qualify a good amount of time, I have two strategy ideas to present with you.

First, if you’re playing $10 or higher hands, bet the progressive. At $10 antes, the progressive is a 10% add-on, so it’s not too much. And you’ll be glad when you have a decent hand and the dealer doesn’t qualify.

Second, stay in hands when you have a hand. If all you have is a high card, you have to pray the dealer doesn’t qualify. I don’t think it’s worth risking 2x your ante for a shot in the dark.

Either way, Caribbean Stud Poker is a great game to play. I hope you’ll give it a try.

Caribbean Stud Poker Strategy

Before you think that you would be doomed when playing against the computer, check out some of the clever strategies outlined below which would give you a clear edge to win.

How Is The Game Played?

You ante and then the dealer and you get five cards each; as soon as you have seen your cards and the first card of the dealer you have to assess your position and either call bet which will increase your stake by double the amount of the ante or call surrender in which case the dealer wins and gets your ante.

Now, if you have not called surrender and instead made a call bet then the dealer would show you his cards. If that hand does not have any Aces, Kings or a better hand and you get the amount of your bet returned plus the amount called as ante. In case there is an Ace or King then you can win if you have a better hand as per the ranking of poker hands and then you get even money on your ante.

Though the payment differs from casino to casino, normally you would get even payout for a high card or a pair; two to one for two pairs, three to one for three of a kind, four to one for a straight, five to one for a flush, seven to one for a full house, twenty to one for a four of a kind, fifty to one for a straight flush and 100 to one for a royal flush.

On the other hand if your hand is worse than that of the dealers (when he has an Ace or King) you loose and you will have to pay the amount that equals you ante and the call bet.

The Winning Strategy

There are two important techniques that would give a winning edge over the dealer. The first is that you need to raise only when you have a pair or higher in your hands. And the second is ? choose to fold with less than the dealer when he has a qualifying hand unless the card that dealer shows you is any card from two to Queen matching one of yours or when the dealer has and Ace and a King you have a Queen and Jack in your hand.

It takes a little time and practice to judge and make the right calls with the Caribbean Stud Poker. One you master the tactic, you will find that game is a very entertaining and fun to play. Have patience initially to understand and get into the rhythm of the game and do not pay much attention on loosing or winning. Once you gain a little experience, you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun with this game.

Caribbean Stud Poker Rules

All the games we have looked so far involved betting against other players. But this game is different; here everyone plays against the casino or room which acts as a bank (dealer), paying out all winning bets. To win you have to beat the dealer’s hand, other player’s hands don’t make a difference.

First each player makes an ante (initial blind bet) and is dealt 5 cards face down. The dealer receives 4 cards face down and 1 card face up. Now each player decides whether to fold or play by looking at their cards, if they fold then their ante is lost but if they continue, they have to double their ante-bet.

Now the dealer reveals his hand, but he must have an A-k or higher in order to play his hand, if not the player is paid even money on the ante and also the additional bet is not lost (See the table for odds). If the player’s hand beats the dealer’s, the ante is paid at evens. However, if the dealer’s hand beats the player’s hand then both bets are lost.

Additional Bet Payout odds:

  • One pair or High card —> 1/1 (Even) Two pair —> 2/1
  • Three of a kind —> 3/1 Straight —> 4/1
  • Flush —> 5/1
  • Full House —> 7/1
  • Four of a kind —> 20/1
  • Straight flush —> 50/1
  • Royal flush —> 100/1

If the dealer and player play the same poker hand, then remaining cards are taken in to consideration. If all five cards are equal, the hand is void. Neither the ante nor the additional bet is lost. The ranking of suits makes no difference to the hand.

Here the odds are poor; a normal game of poker with seven players will have odds of at least 6/1 which is a great deal better when compared to the minimum odds in this game which is 1/1. Also the odds paid for additional bet are poor. Again there is no skill required and you rely too much on luck. Finally remember you have much better odds of winning money when you are playing for the pot.

How to Play Caribbean Stud Poker

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Caribbean Stud Poker Intro

Caribbean Stud Poker Intro

It seems like only yesterday when this fun game started appearing in Casinos in the United States. As you might expect from the name, Caribbean Stud Poker got its illustrious start in the Caribbean. It eventually worked its way onto cruise ships and one day the game finally docked on U.S. shores.

This exciting game is now offered in just about every casino, both online and in the real world. It’s usually considered a party game, because, like Blackjack, everyone is playing against the dealer.

Caribbean Stud Poker is played on a Blackjack-style table and seats multiple players. If you’re playing the game online, you might be the only one playing-some online casinos are offering multi-player games now.

The layout for the game has three main betting areas. First, there’s the Ante spot, which is where your initial wager goes. Next there’s the Bet spot, which is why you bet to stay in the game-more on this later. Finally, there’s the progressive jackpot wager slot. When you drop $1 into this slot, you’re entered into the progressive jackpot.

Quick Game Play

In other articles, I’ll go over the game play and strategy in more detail, but for now, let’s run through the general game play of Caribbean Stud Poker.

Before the hand is played, you must enter a wager. The lowest betting limit I’ve ever seen in the real world is $5. You might find limits lower online. So, let’s imagine that you placed $5 on the Ante spot.

Next, you need to decide if you want to be entered into the progressive jackpot. If so, put $1 into the slot. You can’t be entered into the jackpot after the hand is dealt.

After all players have made these two moves, the hand is dealt. You’ll be given five cards. This game doesn’t have many big decisions. Unlike video poker, there are no draw cards, so these are the only five cards you’ll get. At this point, you need to decide if you think your hand will beat the dealer’s hand or not.

You can choose to fold now and lose your Ante wager, or you can stay in the hand and place a Bet wager. This new wager is equal to two times the Ante wager. So, if you made a $5 wager to start the hand, your Bet wager would be $10.

After all players have decided, the deal flips over his or her hand and bets are either taken or paid. At this time, any progressive winners are paid.

Time to Learn More

This article was just a quick intro to Caribbean Stud Poker. In other articles, I’ll go further into detail about playing the game, including progressive payouts, game decisions, playing strategy and more.

For now, I hope I’ve wetted your appetite for this fun game.

Caribbean Stud Poker Tips

Free Stud Poker Tips – an article about Caribbean Stud Poker

Stud poker may be just a card game that will not necessitate its players to be physically able, but lack of knowledge on it can lead to financial ruin and cause more damage on the players than what they could possibly get from games that require strength. Stud poker is a game played with strategy, so it is helpful that you know some techniques to equip your mind with before you begin your play.

Free stud poker tips and rules are easily accessible by basically anyone who knows how to use the Internet. With simply surfing the net, you would find several blogging sites where users who play the card game post articles regarding skills, strategies, and other free stud poker tips. Also, even if stud poker is a game intended for gambling, there are lots of educational websites available that reveal even to minors the tried and tested secrets of the game and present additional stud poker tips for free. Even poker websites themselves such as Bodog Poker offer free stud poker tips and tutorials for its online players. Here are some of those tips that you might useful.

Know that there are lots of things you as a player can do which you think would be helpful, but in reality, could reduce your chances of winning. An example of this is the fact that many are led to believe playing to many starting hands will increase the probability of winning. However, good poker players are actually very careful and choosy in playing. They would play only hands that have an enormous chance at the pot.

Know also when and how to bluff. Your opponents do not know what exactly are the cards are in your hand, and the least they could do is guess. Use that power to make them think that your downcards are good. Do not exaggerate though, look calm and in control.

In addition, be mindful of your opponents’ upcards. If the card you need is now included in your opponents’ upcards, then your original strategy in mind will no longer be advisable to pursue. Adjust your line of attack accordingly.

Another common mistake of a player is attempting to slow the play when he has a premium hand. This is very wrong, since it allows the other players to remain in the pot until the end of the game. If you have a premium hand, raise your bet and eliminate as many players out of the hand as possible because anything can happen and your opponents might get lucky and render what was supposedly a very promising hand wasted.

Furthermore, paying attention to your own cards is important but paying attention to your opponents’ cards is equally important as well. Observe when they make a raise and how behave in certain situations. Likewise, do not let your emotions get the better of you. If an opponent has an upcard that you badly need for your strategy, do not get frustrated. Adapt a new one and do not let them you face betray any emotion. As the name itself says, put up a “poker face”.

Most importantly, be brave enough to bet, raise or call. You will go nowhere if you do not know when and how to push your luck.

These are just some of the useful tips for one who plays or plans on playing the game. There are still lots of free stud poker tips readily available in books and on the Internet. All you need to do is check them out and start enjoying your winnings.