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Caribbean Stud Poker Strategy

How to Play Caribbean Stud Poker

  1. Click on one of the chip denominations to place a bet into the Ante                             
  2. Click on the X button to clear the bet placed in the Ante                                             
  3. Click on the progressive slot to place a $1 chip in for a chance at the jackpot              
  4. Press the Deal button when you are ready to receive your cards                                 
  5. If you play your hand, click Raise and you will double your bet                                   
  6. If you fold, you lose your initial bet and aren't eligible to play the dealer                       
  7. If the dealer loses but does not qualify, you will win back on your initial bet only          
  8. If the dealer loses and qualifies, you will win on both bets                                            
  9. Click on the table anywhere to clear the cards after a hand                                         

Caribbean Stud Poker is the most popular of the progressive style card games. This game was invented some time in the 1980's at a casino in the Caribbean sea and thus got it's name. Any game that is called stud poker means that you only get the cards that you are dealt and there is no option to draw for more card. In this game, you are playing one on one against the dealer.

One of the features that made Caribbean Stud unique was that the casinos offered a jackpot that you could win part or all of by getting a great hand. The catch is that the casinos made Caribbean Stud a progressive game. This means that unless you put a dollar into the progressive slot, you were not eligible to win this jackpot.

In this game, the dealer must get Ace/King in his hand or better in order to qualify for the hand. Qualifying is one of the most important aspects of Caribbean Stud poker and it will often make the difference between a small win and a big one.


Before you are dealt any cards, you must place a bet. You get dealt five cards and then have to decide whether to play your hand or fold. If you want to play your hand, you must put in a bet 2 times the amount that you anted. The payouts differ if the dealer qualifies or not.

The ante is always paid out 1 to 1 on a win no matter what. The bet that you place afterwards only gets paid when the dealer qualifies. If the dealer does not qualify, then it doesn't matter what you had because you only get paid 1 to 1 on your ante.

Here is the bet payout chart for Caribbean Stud: One pair or Ace/King - 1 to 1; Two pairs - 2 to 1;
Three of a kind - 3 to 1; Straight - 4 to 1; Flush - 5 to 1; Full House - 7 to 1; Four of a Kind - 20 to 1;
Straight Flush - 50 to 1 and Royal Flush - 1000 to 1.