How to play Caribbean Stud Poker
Caribbean Stud Poker is a table game variety that resembles a five-card stud game, the difference being that all players play against the house instead of against each other. Invented around 1982 the main purpose of the game was to attract more players to the table seeing as poker was already a very popular game world-wide.
The rules of the game are simple:
- First the player needs to set down an Ante bet. He or she can also opt-in for a progressive side bet of $1.
- With 5 cards dealt face down to each player, including the dealer’s, on dealer card is dealt face up.
- Next, the player should Fold or Raise.
- In the event of a Fold, all bets are lost.
- For a Raise the player must be willing to put down double the Ante bet.
- This is when the dealer will expose the rest of his cards.
- To qualify for the bet the dealer must hold an Ace and King or higher. The Raise will push and the player will win even money on the Ante bet, in the case when the dealer does not hold a qualifying hand.
- Both Ante and Raise will lose out if the dealer beats the player’s hand.
- The Ante also pays even money and the Raise is given out according to the pay-table, if the dealer qualifies but loses the hand.
- A Push will be in order if there is a tie between dealer and player.
- Depending on the player’s hand the progressive bet will pay according to the pay-table of the game.
The house edge of the game can vary anywhere between 2.555% and 5.224%, depending on the play.
There are two general rules that need to be considered when strategizing during the game. First, the player should always raise if the hand they hold is a pair or higher. The second rule pertains to folding and dictates that the player should always fold when they hold less than Ace and King, which is the dealer’s qualifying hand.
If the dealer holds a 2 through Queen and one matches your hand then it is smart to raise. If the dealer holds the qualifying hand and your hand holds a queen or jack, again, you should fold. If the dealer has a weak hand that includes a card lower than your fourth highest hand and you hold a queen, it is safe to raise.
When it comes to the progressive betting, the payout differs from game to game, from casino to casino so it is harder to set down specific rules for betting. The average house edge on progressive side bets being a rather high 26.46% it is best to steer clear of these types of bets in Caribbean Stud Poker.
All-in-all, the game is just as fun as any other table game and maybe even more so since it’s rather new to the casino floors and online platforms. Our best advice is, if you are just starting out, play for as long as you can with small bets so that you learn the rules of the game better.