Caribbean Stud Poker Rules


Caribbean Stud Poker has its origins in the traditional game of poker. It hasn’t been around in casinos very long. It’s only been around for 25 years or so. But the game is booming now and is getting increasingly popular. Caribbean Stud Poker’s origins are definitely a good story.

The game originated in casinos on cruise ships. Operators of these casinos were looking for a way to further increase their casino’s revenue. Blackjack had the highest revenue and they wanted to top that. After they figured out the rules, it was an instant hit on all the cruise ships. As the audience on cruise ships is often very international, the game quickly spread to many different countries.

The game Caribbean Stud Poker is very similar to Texas Hold’Em, the classic poker game. You use the same card combinations as Texas Hold’Em. A fundamental difference is that you play against a dealer and not against other players. You don’t have to raise, fold or call.

Odds / House win Caribbean Stud Poker

The odds for the house are on average around 5.3%. This means that about 94.7% of the bets are paid out to the players. It depends on the card combinations you’re able to create how much you’ll get paid.

We have listed this payout for you:

  • A pair or less – 1:1
  • Two pairs – 2:1
  • Three of a kind – 3:1
  • Street – 4:1
  • Flush – 5:1
  • Full House – 7:1
  • Four of a kind – 20:1
  • Straight Flush – 50:1
  • Royal Flush – 100:1

Caribbean Poker explanation

When playing Caribbean Stud Poker, you need to consider a bet and an ante. The first bet you place is the ante. After you have placed the ante, the dealer will give 5 cards to each player. After you have received your cards as a player, the dealer also receives 5 cards. The last of these 5 cards are visible. You must now decide whether to continue or to fold. This is based on your own cards and how good they are and based on the dealer’s cards as well.

You can now “fold” or “bet”. You must make that decision based on the cards you have. They should provide you with sufficient information about how good your hand is. You’re not entirely sure what the dealer has, and that’s the gambling element is. Your “bet” is twice the amount you bet as an ante, so you need to be very sure before placing your bet.

Possibilities of card combinations

We’ve already set the payout ratio of different card combinations above, and below we’ll explain the different possibilities of card combinations.

  • A pair: Two identical cards (two kings, two aces). Suit is not important
  • Two pairs: Two pairs: Two times two of the same cards, suit doesn’t matter
  • Three of a kind: three of the same cards and it doesn’t matter what suit these cards have
  • Straight: 5 cards form a street (e.g. 6-7-8-9-10). They do not have to be of the same suit
  • Flush: All cards are of the same suit, they don’t have to be in order
  • Full house: A three of a kind complemented by a pair
  • Four of a kind: Four of the same cards, the suit does not matter
  • Straight flush: All cards are of the same suit and form a street
  • Royal flush: This is the highest possible Royal flush, from A to 10

There are different terms when playing Caribbean Stud Poker:

  • Ante: The first bet you make, necessary to get cards
  • Bet: When you think you’re gonna win and want to place a second (double) bet
  • Fold: You estimate that you don’t have a good hand and stop playing

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