Caribbean stud poker

I Caribbean stud poker is a fairly new casino game based on five-card stud. Unlike five-card stud, Caribbean stud poker is played against the dealer (the bank) and not against the other players at the table. No psychology is involved, since the dealer is not allowed to make any decisions. Also, most Caribbean stud poker tables offer the option of making a separate wager on a progressive jackpot.

In this article we will focus on how Caribbean stud poker is normally played in the United States. Regardless of where you are in the world, or if you are playing Caribbean stud poker online, it’s always a good idea to check out the rules for the specific table you wish to play at. Especially payouts and limits are known to vary dramatically from one table to another.

Playing Caribbean Stud Poker

  1. Each player places an ante on a marked spot on the table.
  2. Each player can elect to place a separate wager on the progressive jackpot. This wager is placed in a slot on the table.
  3. The dealer announces “no more bets” and pushes a button which makes any progressive jackpot wager drop down through the slot and turn on the progressive jackpot light for that seat.
  4. The dealer gives each player and her self five face-down cards.
  5. The dealer turns over one of the cards.
  6. Once the dealer has turned over her card, you are allowed to look at your cards. You must keep your cards hidden from the other players and you are not allowed to discuss your cards.
  7. You will now select between folding and betting. If you fold, you are no longer in the hand and you automatically lose your ante (an any progressive jackpot wager). The dealer will immediately remove your cards and you ante from the table.

    If you wish to bet, you place a bet in bet-area on the table. The bet must be exactly twice as big as your ante. So, if your ante is $10, your bet must be $20. You can not suddenly decide to bet $100 just because you got a great poker hand.

  8. Once all players have folded or placed a bet, the dealer will show her five-card hand.
  9. The dealer must have at least ace + king to have a qualifying hand. If the dealer does not have a qualifying hand, and you are still in the game, you will be paid 1:1 on your ante and get to keep your bet regardless of what your hand consists of.

    If the dealer has a qualifying hand, she will unveil your hand. If your hand is better than hers, you will receive 1:1 on your ante, while your bet will be paid according to the paytable.


Royal flush 100 to 1
Straight flush 50 to 1
Four of a kind 20 to 1
Full house 7 to 1
Flush 5 to 1
Straight 4 to 1
Three of a kind 3 to 1
Two pair 2 to 1
One pair or less 1 to

Important information

  • You are not allowed to play at more than one box at the Caribbean Stud Poker table. (Unlike for instance Blackjack where one can play at several boxes.)
  • As mentioned above, you are not allowed to show your hand or talk about it until the entire hand (not just your hand) is over.
  • You must always keep your five cards where the dealer can see them.


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