Caribbean Stud Poker
Caribbean Stud Poker is an exciting variation of poker that originated, as the name suggests, in the Caribbean islands. Unlike most poker variations, Caribbean Stud is not a competition amongst the players at the table but is played instead against the dealer. There are different payouts for different poker hands as well as a progressive jackpot, which adds some extra excitement to the game.
In order to play Caribbean Stud Poker you must first place a wager called an “ante” to enter the game. The ante is placed before any cards are dealt. Once all antes have been placed the dealer deals out five cards to each player, face down. The dealer takes five cards as well, placing four face down and one face up. Based on the cards that are dealt each player must decide to fold or stay in the game.
When a player folds in Caribbean Stud he forfeits the ante that he wagered. If a player decides to stay in the game then he must place a wager that is equal in size to the ante. Once all players have decided to fold or have placed their wagers the dealer reveals his cards.
If the dealer hand is not made up of at least an Ace/King combination then all players automatically win even money on the ante and their wager is returned to them. However, if the dealer’s hand has at least an Ace/King combo then the players reveal their hands and compare them to the dealer’s hand. If the dealer’s hand is higher then the player loses his bet. However, if the player’s hand is better then he is paid out based on the type of hand he has.
Payouts in Caribbean Stud Poker are as follows:
Royal Flush pays 100:1
Straight Flush pays 50:1
Four-of-a-Kind pays 20:1
Full House pays 7:1
Flush pays 5:1
Straight pays 4:1
Three-of-a-Kind pays 3:1
Two Pair pays 2:1
Pair pays 1:1
Ace/King pays 1:1
In addition to the above, Caribbean Stud Poker players also have the option to take part in a progressive jackpot. In order to qualify for the progressive jackpot players need to make an additional bet of $1 when the game begins. If the player is taking part in the progressive jackpot and obtains a poker hand that is designated on the progressive payout table then they earn the designated payout.