Play Caribbean stud poker with A K Casino Knights
There are many variations of poker and at A K Casino Knights we offer three of our favorite options. Caribbean stud poker, Texas hold’em poker and three card poker
Caribbean Stud Poker is a great, fun version of five card stud poker. Another game, like blackjack you might have played as a kid
A few beginner tips when playing Caribbean stud poker
Bluffing in Caribbean Stud Poker is non-existent
The dealer and player are unlikely to draw in Caribbean stud poker, the kicker cards always come into play
You are playing against the house at all times – not other players
Outside of those small differences, you are ready to play Caribbean Stud poker!
Rules of Caribbean Stud Poker
The actual rules of Caribbean Stud poker are simple. Every player, who would like to play puts in their ante bet. The dealer at the table will then deal out 5 cards, face down, to each player with an ante bet and include themselves within the round of cards. When the croupier deals the last card to themselves, it will be face up revealing the card. This gives the player a small clue whether to continue betting or fold
If the player decides to continue to play their hand they will have to raise their bet. The raise is double the ante bet
If you decide to fold, you will lose your ante bet and will have to wait until the next hand is dealt to play again. You can continue on in the hand only by making the additional bet.
When Does the Dealer Qualify?
Once every player at the table has decided either paid the extra bet or folded, the dealer will then look at the full hand in front of them.
The dealer must have an Ace and a King or higher to play against the players at the table. The lowest possible qualifying dealer hand would be A-K-4-3-2.
If the dealer does not qualify with their hand and you have made the additional bet you will get your original ante paid out 1-1. Your extra bet is a push and returned to you.
If the dealer does qualify with their hand and you have made the additional bet then your hand will go against the dealers hand. If your hand is higher you will be paid out. The ante bet paid out is 1-1. Your additional bet is paid out according to a chart at each table with a sliding scale for higher hands
Generally you can expect to be paid out 1-1 for a pair and up to 100x for a Royal Flush
What are the payouts for each hand?
Royal Flush pays 100 to 1
Straight Flush pays 50 to 1
Four of a Kind pays 20 to 1
Full House pays 7 to 1
Flush pays 5 to 1
Straight pays 4 to 1
Three of a Kind pays 3 to 1
2 Pair pays 2 to 1
1 Pair or less pays 1 to 1 (even money)
The payout table will vary slightly depending upon which individual Caribbean Stud poker table and fun casino you play at. Be sure to check the table payouts before placing any additional bets.
If the dealer’s hand is higher than your hand, you will lose both the ante bet and your additional bets.
Handy tip! Each player is ONLY playing against the dealer, not the other players. Even if your 5-card hand is higher than another player’s you will still lose your bets if the dealer’s hand is higher than yours.
If your hand and the dealer’s are exactly the same the kicker cards will come into play. If all cards are the same, all bets are a push and returned to the player.
There is a 56% chance the dealers hand will qualify
Basic Strategy Tips
By learning how to play optimal Caribbean Stud poker strategy you can decrease the house edge from about 5% down to less than 1%, so it’s definitely worth your while to learn the basics.
Caribbean Stud Poker Tip 1. Always Raise with Pair or Better
By “raise” here we mean pay the additional bet after the hands are dealt. In this case, if you are dealt any pair (yes, this includes 22) you should ALWAYS pay the extra bet to face the dealer’s hand.
Caribbean Stud Poker Tip 2. Always Fold Any Hand with Less Than AK
If you’re five-card hand has an Ace and a King or higher, play on. If you do not have at least and Ace and a King, fold it. Every time.
Caribbean Stud Poker Tip 3. If You Have AK, Bet if Up Card is Queen or Lower
More sophisticated Caribbean Stud poker strategy is required if you are dealt Ace-King.
If you’re holding AK and the dealer’s up card is a queen or lower (and matches one of your cards, meaning it is less likely the dealer has a pair with that card), always bet.
If the dealer’s up card is an Ace or a King, but you have a Queen or a Jack as well, you should also play the extra bet.
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