Caribbean stud poker is a pretty simple game so once you’ve read through the rules and started playing there should be no problems with getting the hang of it.
The basic object of the game is to get a five card hand of cards that has a superior poker hand ranking to the dealer’s. There are three stages of the game:
The basic payouts range from 1:1 up to 100:1. The payouts of 1:1 are handed out if you win with a pair, a high card hand or if the dealer’s hand doesn’t qualify (to qualify a hand must have be a king + ace, or better). The rest of the standard payouts are listed below although they can vary slightly:
The progressive jackpot payouts tend to start at a flush and work all the way up to the much-coveted royal flush. These payouts can be a multiplication of the side bet, a set figure or a percentage of the jackpot. However, the prize for a royal flush will always be the full amount of the progressive jackpot.
We must stress that you should always play the progressive jackpot side bet. Without it, the game has a much higher house edge than the 5.24% that applies when you play the side bet.
In fact, that house edge isn’t as bad as it sounds. Your ability to choose whether to raise or not brings it down to a much more manageable 2.54%.
There are some strategies for Caribbean stud poker but most can prove to be extremely complicated and work only marginally better than using the rules below. So, in an effort to keep it simple we’ve laid down a few laws here:
Always fold unless: