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Caribbean Stud Poker Review

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Caribbean Stud Poker is a casino table game (meaning that players bet against the banker rather than playing against each other) and is played with a single standard deck of 52 cards. Caribbean Stud Poker reportedly was created by poker author David Sklansky in 1982, though he didn’t patent the game at the time of its creation.

The player starts by placing an Ante bet then 5 cards are laid out in front of both the player and the dealer. The cards in front of the player are laid face up and all but one of the cards in front of the dealer are face down.

The player than has to decide whether to Fold their hand, losing their Ante bet, or to Call. If the player wants to call they have to put another bet out, twice the size of the bet they placed on their Ante.

After this the dealer will turn over their four cards that were face down.

The results of any hand are decided based on whether the dealer qualifies (has a hand of Ace/King or better) and then the standard poker ranking of hands.

If the dealer doesn’t qualify the player wins 1 to 1 on their Ante bet and the Raise bet is returned.

If the dealer does qualify and the player wins the hand the Ante bet is paid at 1 to 1 while the Raise bet is paid out according to the following table;

Hand Payout
Royal Flush 100 to 1
Straight Flush 50 to 1
4 of a Kind 20 to 1
Full House 7 to 1
Flush 5 to 1
Straight 4 to 1
3 of a Kind 3 to 1
2 Pairs 2 to 1
Pair 1 to 1
Ace/King 1 to 1

The optimal strategy for Caribbean Stud Poker is very complicated. It would be difficult to learn the full strategy off-by-heart. As such we’d recommend using our Caribbean Stud Poker Strategy Calculator. If you don’t want to use the calculator you can get within 0.1% of the optimum House Edge by calling any hand of Ace/King/Jack/8/3 or better.

The House Edge of Caribbean Stud Poker when playing using optimum strategy is 2.56%.

Caribbean Stud Poker almost always has an additional side bet available called the Jackpot Bet. This bet is usually a Progressive Jackpot (the jackpot amount gets higher with ever bet placed by players that does not win the jackpot), though some casino softwares do offer Jackpot Bets that have a stationary jackpot value. Without exception the Jackpot Bet is usually a substantially worse wager for the player than the main game and is often one of the worst bets you can place in a casino. The rare exceptions would be when a progressive jackpot reaches extremely high levels and given that you need to receive a Royal Flush to win the progressive jackpot, even when playing a bet that does have an player edge, the variance involved in make this wager is so high that you would need to have a very large bankroll to sustain it.