Millions of players and casino enthusiasts around the world are in love with poker. It’s a fun game, offers a nice payout, and there are more variations than anyone could think of.
Texas Hold ’Em, stud poker, straight poker, and video poker are all popular forms of the card game which are played every day at land-based and online casinos. All of these variations have different rules, but essentially, the goal is to beat the other players.
But what if you could play versus the casino only? It’s certainly an exciting challenge, isn’t it? You’d like to try your hand in poker against a casino rather than a group of players? Caribbean Stud Poker gives you the chance to do so. It’s not only the challenge of beating the house that draws players to this poker variant. Most are drawn to it because of the huge jackpot often attached to the game.
What are the Rules of Caribbean Stud Poker?
Caribbean Stud Poker is available in land-based and online casinos both. The game is played the same, except for the fact that you’re playing alone in online versions rather than at a table that has up to 7 player spots.
The main goal of the game is to beat the dealer (casino) at his own game and walk away with a huge cash prize. Of course, it’s far more complicated than that, but the main goal is obviously clear.
The game starts with the player placing a bet on the ante, a box that’s clearly marked on the table. Players can place their wagers on the ante until the dealer calls for “No more bets’, which is self-explanatory. Before the dealer ends the betting, players can also place a wager on the progressive jackpot. The jackpot attached to the game in another box that is also clearly marked on the layout.
5 Cards are Dealt
Once the bets are accepted by the dealer, he’ll deal a total of 5 face-down cards to each player and himself, turning one face up. After he’s done, players can take a look at the cards and the game begins. After taking a good look at his cards, the player should decide whether to fold or play. If the hand is not even close to winning (based on traditional poker hand rankings), the obvious choice for the player is to fold.
If he decides to play, he’s required to make a bet in a separate box which should be twice the size of the ante. If the player folds, he loses his ante and the progressive jackpot side bet as well. If he chooses to play, he still has a shot at beating the dealer. The dealer will reveal his cards after each player decides his move, then compare them to each player’s hand individually. The player with a losing hand loses the ante and jackpot bets.
If a player ties the dealer’s hand, the game results in a push, which means the player gets his original wager back. If the player wins, the ante bet pays 1:1, with the secondary bet payout depending on the hand the player has. For example, One Pair that beats the dealer pays 1:1, a Flush pays 5:1, while a Straight Flush pays 40:1.
The real jackpot lies in a Royal Flush, which pays a whopping 100:1 in this exciting variant of poker. Even if a player loses to the dealer, but still has a Flush, Straight Flush, Royal Flush, Full House or Four-of-a-Kind, he can win the progressive jackpot.