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Caribbean Stud Poker

Caribbean stud poker rules, tips, payouts and simple gambling strategy to gamble online.

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Maximum Number of Players: 9 (the table may only seat 6-8 players)

Vigorish: 5% (depending on your strategy)

The Game

Players ante at least the table minimum.

Players are each dealt 5 cards down, the dealer gets 4 cards down and one up.

Players look at their cards without showing them to other players, and decided whether to fold (and lose their ante) or call. Players wishing to call must bet an amount equal to twice their ante.

Once all players have either folded or called, the dealer's hand is revealed. If the dealer does not have at least a King high, then the dealer's hand is said to not qualify, and all players who called get paid even money on their antes and their call bets are pushed.

If the dealer does qualify, then each player's hand is compared to the dealer's. If the dealer's hand beats the player's, then the player's ante and call bet are both lost. If, however, the player beats the dealer, then the player's ante gets paid even money and the call bet is payed as follows:

  • Pair or Less - 1:1
  • 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

The payouts listed above, should be displayed on the table.

There is another bet that players can take, called the progressive bet. This is a $1.00 side bet to win a jackpot. The vig on this bet depends on the jackpot's size, but a $100,000 jackpot has about a %50 vig. Unless instructed by a deity, don't take this bet. If you really think you're going to win the jackpot, send me an e-mail cause I'm sure I can think of better things to do with that money - like wiping my ass with it and flushing it down the toilet, the payout will be the same. No, really.

Simple Caribbean Stud Poker Strategy

The Strategy: Do not hold if you have less than a pair on the hopes that the dealer is not going to qualify. The best strategy, according to the few books I've read, is to only call if you have a pair or better. Personally, I think the best strategy is to play Video Poker instead if you're this desperate for a mindless poker game that you think you'll have a chance at winning at. I'd still play this over Video Poker, though, cause it's more fun and that's why I play table games.