Caribbean Stud Poker is a popular casino card game available at most CasinoSmash partner sites, where players bet against the house and not against each other.
Players are dealt five cards and have to decide whether to play stronger hands against the dealer by calling, or to fold weaker hands if they are not strong enough to play.
The game of Caribbean Stud Poker begins with players placing ante bets. All the players and the dealer receive five cards facedown.
After all of the cards are dealt, the dealer exposes one of their cards to the players providing them additional information regarding the dealer’s hand. Players then have to decide between the following two options:
* Calling – Placing a bet two times the size of the original ante bet must be made if the player wishes to continue their hand.
* Folding - Surrendering their ante and folding their cards.
If the player decides to call and compete against the dealer's hand, all cards are exposed and there is a showdown between the dealer's hand and the player's hand.
The dealer's hand must qualify for the player to win on the call bet, and in order to qualify, the dealer must have Ace-King or better. Once all of the cards are exposed, one of three scenarios will occur on showdown:
* Dealer does not qualify – Player's ante bet is paid 1:1.
* Dealer qualifies and beats the player – Player loses both their ante and call bets.
* Dealer qualifies and loses to the player – Player's ante bet is paid 1:1 and player's call bet is paid out as follows:
- 1:1 for Pair or High Card - 2:1 for Two Pairs - 3:1 for Three of a Kind (Trips) - 4:1 for Straight - 5:1 for Flush - 7:1 for Full House - 20:1 for Four of a Kind (Quads) - 50:1 for Straight Flush - 100:1 for Royal Flush
Caribbean Stud Poker: Jackpot
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Almost all Caribbean Stud Poker games provide a chance of hitting a large jackpot by placing a small optional side-bet. At times, online Caribbean Stud Poker jackpots on CasinoSmash partner sites can get very large. The most common jackpot payouts are:
* Royal Flush – 100% of jackpot
* Straight Flush – 10% of jackpot
* Four of a Kind – Fixed amount (for example $1000)
* Full House – Fixed amount (for example $300)
* Flush – Fixed amount (for example $100)
Caribbean Stud Poker Strategy
Learning to play Caribbean Stud Poker is quite easy with only a few strategy guidelines to keep in mind. The optimal strategy is for the player to call any pair or better and fold anything less than A-K.
This simple Caribbean Stud Poker strategy reduces the house edge and significantly increases the player’s chance of winning. In order to take advantage of your A-K hand you must know how to play it.
Here are some tips:
* Raise A-K-Q and A-K-J if the dealer shows an Ace or a King as their exposed card. When a player holds A-K the dealer's chances of collecting a high pair are reduced and the player’s A-K is most likely to turn out as the best hand.
* A-K-Q and A-K-J should also be raised if the dealer shows any card from 2 to 5. Ace-King will most likely be the best hand.
* A-K should be raised if the dealer receives anything from 2 to Q as their open card and the player has also has the same card.
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Keep in mind that the chances of getting a strong hand in Caribbean Stud Poker are not very high for either the player or the dealer, so players should not be afraid to play small hands like pairs or two pair.
Most of the time players will either be dealt nothing or a pair, so it is important to take advantage of reasonable cards when the opportunity arises. While two pair and three of a kind can also be common, they still don't appear often enough to cause any real concern about the dealer's hand.
Another thing to be prepared for in Caribbean Stud Poker is that a lot of dealer's hands will not qualify.