Caribbean Stud Poker

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Caribbean Stud Poker is a popular form of casino poker, a poker game that is played against the dealer instead of against other players.

Caribbean Stud Poker is loosely based on Five Card Stud Poker, but the player will not receive any cards after the start hand. (The same is true for the dealer.)

Virtually all Caribbean Stud Poker tables will give you the opportunity to place a side bet that makes you eligible for a progressive jackpot. The progressive jackpot is fed by side bets only and players that have not placed a side bet can not win the progressive jackpot, regardless of how great their poker hand turns out to be.

Playing Caribbean Stud Poker

Placing the ante

Each player starts by placing an ANTE wager in the designated square on the Caribbean Stud table. This is also the time to place a side bet if you wish to be eligible for the progressive jackpot. You can read more about this further down on this page.

Each player and the dealer receives a five card hand, face down. You are not allowed to look at your hand until the dealer turns up one of her cards.

Placing the bet

The aim of Caribbean Stud Poker is to get a poker hand that is better than the dealer’s hand. If you think that you have, you stay in the game by placing a BET wager in the designated square on the table. Your BET is always twice the size of your ANTE, no more and no less.

If you do not place a BET, your hand will be forfeited and your ANTE and your cards will be collected by the dealer. You will also automatically lose any chances of winning the progressive jackpot.


Once all players at the Caribbean Stud table have either placed a bet or forfeited their hand, the dealer will show her hand. Now, one of two things can happen.

A.) The dealer’s hand is good enough to meet the minimum requirement for playing.

B.) The dealer’s hand is not good enough to meet the minimum requirement for playing.

When B happens, all player hands that are still on the table automatically win 1:1 on their ante wager and get to keep their bet wager. At most Caribbean Stud Tables, the minimum requirement for the dealer is ace + king.

When A happens, she will unveil the player hands and compare them to her hand.

  • If your hand is higher than the dealer hand, you win 1:1 on your ante. How much your win on your bet depends on you hand, see pay table below. A two pair will for instance pay 2:1 in most casinos, while four of a kind pays 20:1.
  • If your hand is lower than the dealer hand, you lose your ante and your bet.
  • If your hand is exactly the same as the dealer hand (including high cards) you get to keep your ante and your bet.
Since Caribbean Stud Poker is played using just one deck of cards, players are not allowed to show or discuss their hands with each other since that would make is fairly easy to guess the dealer’s hand, especially on a full table where a very large chunk of the deck is in play.To avoid collusion, most casinos will only allow players to speak in languages understood by the dealer.

These rules are only in effect until all bets have been placed and all forfeited cards have been collected.

Payout table for Caribbean Stud Poker

This is just an example of a commonly used pay table. Always check the pay table for the specific Caribbean Stud Poker table you wish to play at.

Poker hand Description Pay out for BET wager
Royal Flush Ten, Jack, Queen, King, Ace of the same suite 100 to 1
Straight Flush Any five cards of the same suit in subsequent order (but not a Royal Flush)Example: 3-4-5-6-7 of spades 50 to 1
Four of a Kind Any four cards of identical numerical valueExemple: 5-5-5-5 20 to 1
Full House Any three cards of equal numerical value + any pairExample: 5-5-5-7-7 7 to 1
Flush Any five cards of identical suits, i.e. a five-card hand consisting of only hearts or only spades or only diamonds or only clubs 5 to 1
Straight Any five cards in subsequent order but of more than one suitExample: 3-4-5-6-7 of mixed suits 4 to 1
Three of a Kind Any three cards of identical numerical valueExample: 5-5-5 3 to 1
Two Pair Any four cards of two different numerical values, i.e. one pair + another pairExample: 5-5-7-7 2 to 1
Pair Any two cards of identical numerical valueExample: 5-5 1 to 1
Ace-King A hand containing Ace + King (but doesn’t form any of the better poker hands)Example: Ace – King – 7– 5 – 4 1 to 1

The progressive jackpot

As mentioned above, you can elect to make a side bet at the start of each round. The side bet is usually not big (€1 or $1 are common). By making the side bet, you add to the progressive jackpot.

If you hand is high enough, you will receive a part of the progressive jackpot or the entire progressive jackpot. Of course, you have to stay until showdown to be paid, so you need to make not just an ante wager but a a bet wager as well to get your share of the progressive jackpot.

Progressive jackpot wins pay out regardless of the value of the dealer’s hand.

It is common for Caribbean Stud Poker tables to be linked together in a network that feeds a common progressive jackpot.