Caribbean Stud Poker Rules...

Caribbean Stud Poker is a lot of fun to play, but just a word of warning...it is not a great returner, with a house edge of over 5% even if played optimally.  So don't look to raid the casino's coffers playing this game.

The rules of the game are pretty simple...

  • Play begins with players placing a starting wager, called the 'ante'

  • Each player is dealt a 5 card, face up hand.

  • The dealer also receives 5 cards, although 1 is face up, the other 4 are face down.

  • Players must then decide whether to stay of fold.  If they fold, they forfeit their ante.  If they stay, they must add a further bet equal to 2x the ante ('the raise').

  • Once players have made their choices, the dealer reveals their cards. Now, for the game to continue, the dealer must qualify (have a minimum Ace and King poker hand).  If the dealer doesn't qualify, players still in the game win even money on their ante and the raise is pushed (ie returned to the player - no win no lose)  If the dealer does qualify, then the player's and dealer's hands are compared and the highest wins (applying normal poker rankings).

    - If dealer's hand wins, the player loses both the ante and raise

    - If the player's hand wins, the player wins even money on the ante, and gets odds on the additional wager according to the following payoff table:

Payout Table




Royal flush

A, K, Q, J, and 10, all in the same suit

100 to 1

Straight flush

Five cards in sequential order & of the same suit

50 to 1

Four of a kind

Four cards with the same value

20 to 1

Full house

3 cards of the same value, along with a pair

7 to 1


Five cards of the same suit

5 to 1


Five consecutive cards

4 to 1

Three of a kind

Three cards of the same value

3 to 1

Two pair

Two pairs in the same hand

2 to 1


Two cards with the same value

1 to 1


An ace or king in your hand

1 to 1


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