How to Play Caribbean Stud?

Caribbean Stud is a popular poker game variation.

It was developed as a genre of five-card stud poker and gained popularity over the years.

What makes Caribbean stud super special is that it is played against the house like a casino game. So you don’t bet against the other players, you are all betting against the house.

Another characteristic when it comes to playing Caribbean stud poker is that a bluff cannot be part of your Caribbean stud poker strategy.

This Stud Has a History

Unlike many games that have been spawned through the Collective Unconscious, this game technically has an actual inventor! Though not unequivocally confirmed, his name is David Sklansky.

Sklansky is a professional poker player that claims to have invented a game called “Casino Poker” (also referred to as “Casino Hold’em”) back in 1982. The idea was that the dealer reveals two cards instead of one. This is no longer a part of the game that Caribbean stud ended up being. There was also no progressive jackpot to speak of.

He attempted to patent the game but apparently had some problems with the patent laws, and so “Casino Poker” remained an idea.

This was until another poker player approached him and then took the game to a casino in Aruba called the King International Casino. The casino since changed its name to Excelsior Casino. Supposedly, this poker player had the game patented by the casino. The rules were slightly changed to incorporate a progressive jackpot and a few other facets, and Caribbean stud poker was born. Other reports say that the game was introduced to the Grand Holiday Casino in Aruba and that it spread to other casinos on the island from there.

The fact is, casinos were looking to bank on poker’s growing popularity. They were all in the market to get more poker fans to play at their table games. Obviously, they needed a game where the players play against the house, and this one fit the bill. Whoever might have invented it, it is associated with casinos and not any individuals now.

Caribbean Stud Poker Rules

Before you sit down to a Caribbean stud poker table, it’s best to get acquainted with the rules.

Generally, stud poker is a type of poker game where players get a mix of face-down cards (known as hole cards) and face-up cards (known as upcards) throughout the betting rounds.

The person who places the first bet will not always be the one to bet on the next round first as stud poker is usually non-positional. In most cases, it is the player whose final cards make up the best hand of the current game.

Because it’s a variation that is played against the house, it can be found in land-based and online casinos around the world.

The rules we will describe here are typical for U.S. casinos; note that some payout and betting limits details do vary based on location. This will be pointed out at the end of the text.

The players are required to place their antes on a designated spot on the table surface, usually on a surface where the word “ante” marks the spot. There is also the option for players to place the progressive jackpot side bet, but there is a separate designated area for that feature. Once all the ante and progressive side bets have been properly placed, the dealer calls “no more bets,” and this starts the game.

The dealer then hands out 5 hole cards to each player (“hole” means they’re facing down). Once the dealer turns over one of his/her cards, the other players are allowed to look at their own.

Players immediately get the option to fold if they choose. The ones that play on have to raise which must be twice the amount of the ante placed into the box marked “Bet.” If you fold at this point, your ante is forfeited. When everyone has played, the dealer turns 4 hole cards face-up. The dealer also needs to qualify to play, and this can only be done if the dealer’s hand includes an ace and a king, or a pair, or any other classic poker hand.

Then a comparison is done between the dealer’s and the players’ hands as well as the ante and raised bets of the players who managed to beat the dealer. But you can also lose your ante and more — the hands that lost to the dealer forfeit their ante and raises. If a dealer’s qualified hand ties with the player’s then both of them get their ante and raise back with no extra money — this is called a “push.” If the dealer does not qualify, all raise bets push, and the ante bets get paid even money.

Read on to get an idea of the payout scheme in different countries.

The Payout

The U.K. calls Caribbean stud poker Casino Five-Card stud poker. Not all casinos offer a jackpot there either. The ones that do call it Casino Jackpot Five-Card stud poker.

The game in the U.S. and the U.K. have the same basic rules, and the real difference is in payouts. In the U.K., that maximum bet on the ante is usually £100, and the bet on the raise is  £200. All the payouts get paid on the raise, which means that you could potentially win a £10,000 payout.

Likewise, if at the start of the game, the dealer does not have both an ace and a king, then those who are playing for the jackpot need to turn their cards-face up for all to behold. The players who are not playing for the jackpot leave their cards facing downward.

If the player wins against the dealer, they receive a 1–1 payout on the ante, also known as “even money,” as well as payouts on the bet.

If they win with a royal flush, they can get 100 to 1 on the bet; straight flush brings 50 to 1; four of a kind is 20 to 1; full house — 7 to 1; a flush gets them 5 to 1; a straight is 4 to 1; a three of a kind is, aptly, 3 to 1; and a two pair is 2 to 1. One pair gets 1 to 1 or less.

The progressive jackpot payout rules vary from country to country.

The U.S. payout typically follows like so: a Royal Flush gets you 100% of the Progressive Meter, a Straight Flush 10% of the Progressive Meter, Four of a Kind brings 500 U.S. dollars, a Full House 100 U.S. dollars, and a Flush brings 50 U.S. dollars.

The Macau payout goes along these lines: Royal Flush gets you 100% of the Progressive Meter, a Straight Flush 10% of the Progressive Meter, Four of a Kind brings 5,000 U.S. dollars, a Full House 1,500 U.S. dollars, and a Flush brings 1,000 U.S. dollars.

In Australia, the game is most popular in Adelaide. There, the Jackpot payout usually goes thus: Royal Flush gets you 100% of the Jackpot, a Straight Flush 10% of the Jackpot, Four of a Kind brings 1,200 U.S. dollars, a Full House 375 U.S. dollars, and a Flush brings 250 U.S. dollars.

Wherever you choose to play — best of luck to you!