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How to Play Caribbean Stud Poker

Caribbean Stud Poker has grown in popularity over the last decade. These days every casino provides their gamers with this table gaming options. This game gives a gambler the chance at winning the jackpot by making a side bet.


The craze is so much that gamblers are willing to make a bet even with a meagre chance of 649,000 to 1. As far as the main game is concerned, the house edge is close to 5%.




The history has no solid reference. This is very unusual for a game, which is relatively new as compared to other table games. However, famous gambler, David Sklansky claims that he invented the game in 1982 in a very popular forum for casinos.


After a few years, Sklansky was approached by another fellow gambler to bring it to Aruba where he would get it patented. Since then casino owners have changed the rules of the game many times to make it where it stands today.


How to Play Caribbean Stud Poker


Caribbean Stud Poker is a form of poker and is played on table. It is important to know the ranking of the hands. As with the case of poker, Caribbean Stud is played against the dealer and the ultimate objective is to get the dealers beaten.


A player need not be concerned about other fellow players. What matters is to beat the hand of the dealer.

  1. The game requires every player to make an ante, which should be equal to the table minimum. The same is placed in a circle known as the ante. At the same moment, a gambler is given an option to make a side bet to get a shot at the jackpot. The worth of the side bet is generally $1.
  2. A shuffler then distributes five cards face down to each player. The dealer has one card up and the rest are face down.
  3. Players now glance at their card and have two options. They can either forfeit the ante or advance with an additional bet. The latter is twice the bet size.


Rules of Caribbean Stud Poker

  1. Players can only wager once, multiple wagging is not allowed.
  2. If a player wants to opt for a side bet, then they have to ensure that $1 gets inserted into the slot and the indicator is turned on.
  3. Gamblers are not allowed to communicate among each other. A violation of this rule will result in the closure of all hands.
  4. A faulty card distribution will result in a dead hand for the player who has received incorrect amount of cards
  5. The table supervisor has the final say in case of any disputes.
  6. The players should show all the five cards to the dealers. Once the card is put down, no player is allowed to touch the card until communicated otherwise by the dealer.
  7. In case the dealer ends up getting four cards, he is entitled to deal one extra card to complete his hand.


Strategy of Caribbean Stud Poker

  1. If the dealer deals ace or king as face up, then your raise should be either A-K-Q or A-K-J.
  2. If the dealer portrays a queen, you should definitely raise A-K. This move is known as the blocker effect.
  3. If the dealer’s face up card turns out to be deuce through five, you should raise A-K-Q or A-K-J.




The payout varies from country to country. But the rule is that the player is entitled to receive one-one on ante. However, the limit of the payout is limited to $5000.


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