Caribbean stud poker is a
variation of regular five-card stud poker played on a standard
blackjack-sized table. It is unique in that it is the first
casino table game to offer a progressive jackpot.
As its name implies, this poker game originated
in the Caribbean islands, and it soon spread to casinos in
America and Europe.
This card game is played with one standard
deck of cards. The game is initiated when the player places
a wager called the ante. Next, the dealer will deal five cards
face down to each player. The dealer's own five-card hand
is dealt, four cards face down and the final card face up.
Now it is the player's choice to either stay in the game or
fold. If the player chooses to fold, the ante is forfeited.
If the player decides to stay, the amount of the original
ante must be doubled. The dealer's cards are then revealed.
If the dealer does not have at least an ace/king combination,
the player automatically wins even money on the ante and the
wager is returned.
Players are also given the option of playing
for the progressive jackpot. To be considered for the progressive,
players must make an additional side bet of one dollar at
the onset of the game. The player is wagering that they will
receive a hand of cards that equates to a flush or better.
Regardless of the outcome of the regular table game, if the
player has a hand that qualifies for the progressive jackpot,
that player will win the amount designated in the payout table.
Players are usually rewarded with 100% of the pot for a royal
flush, 10% of the pot for a straight flush, and a set monetary
amount for a four of a kind, full house, or a flush. These
amounts will vary from casino to casino.
Basic Strategy dictates that you should at
least do the following:
• bet when you hold a pair or better
• bet when you hold an ace/king if your hand contains the
same card as the dealer's upcard.
Playing the Hand
1. Examine your five cards. Share no information
about your hand with your neighbours.
2. Decide whether to fold or call the dealer.
3. Place a bet equal in size to double the ante if you wish
to continue playing.
4. Forfeit your ante if you wish to fold.
5. Place your cards facedown on the table.
6. Watch the dealer collect the antes of those who have folded
and expose his other four cards.
7. Note if the dealer qualifies by having an ace-king or higher.
8. Note if your hand qualifies for the progressive jackpot
- provided that you placed money in the drop slot at the beginning
of play. Make the dealer turn over your hand if you made this
bet, regardless of whether or not he qualifies.
9. Collect your winnings.
10. Place a mandatory bet in the Ante box if you wish to play
11. Place an optional bet in the Progressive Jackpot drop
slot if you wish to play again.
If the dealer does not qualify, the hand is
over. Antes are paid even money and the call bet is returned.
If the dealer qualifies with a better hand than the player,
the player loses all bets. If the player holds a better hand
than the dealer, he is paid even money on the ante and the
following on his call bet: 1-to-1 on ace-king or one pair,
2-to-1 on two pair, 3-to-1 on three of a kind, 4-to-1 on a
straight, 5-to-1 on a flush, 7-to-1 on a full house, 20-to-1
on four of a kind, 50-to-1 on a straight flush and 100-to-1
on a royal flush.
If the player and the dealer hold the same hand, the hand
holding the highest card wins.
Progressive jackpots are paid the following: A royal flush
pays 100 percent of the jackpot, a straight flush pays 10
percent of the jackpot, four of a kind pays $100, a full house
pays $75 and a flush pays $50.