Information About The First Poker Variants – Straight And Stud Poker

Poker is by far one of the more popular competitive card games and casino games. The set up regarding the game is fairly simple really and the game can be played by a number of players ranging from 2 to even 10 players per pack of cards. This basically means that for any single game there can be only one pack of cards that can be used.

Any wagers or bets were done traditionally in the form of cash, personal effects or even property. As the game matured, monetary representations evolved known as chips. A poker chip only has value when in play and otherwise it is just a piece of metal or plastic. When you win the game or feel that you want to leave the game then all you have to do is take your chips to the cashier and exchange them for hard cash.

In the traditional form of poker which is also called the Straight variant 3 cards were dealt to each player and each of the players was allowed to either bet or fold. In this game there was an ante that was agreed upon and after the first player bets each player in turn continues to bet the same amount in the previous bet or fold. When there are only two players left one of them can level or “see” the bet and there is a showing of cards. The pot goes to the higher hand and the game begins again.

This variant is no longer played quite as popularly as before owing to the more complex versions that have surfaced. This Straight version evolved into the very popular Gentleman’s game – Three Card Brag.

The next family of poker variants is called the Stud. It is the family in which poker evolved into a 5 card game. In this a predefined number of cards would be dealt face up and face down with a betting round between each play. This family of games became popular during the American revolutionary war and has been made more complex over the years. In this game earlier on all the cards were dealt at once but as the game evolved into five card hands each card is now dealt separately either face up or down as prearranged and a round of betting follows every card.

The most popular game in this family are called the seven card stud. In this play there are seven cards that will be dealt to each player. Out of the seven cards 3 will be face down and 4 will be face up. The players must use only five of the seven cards to make their winning hand. The betting structure in this game is also very different from most other variants. In the five card and Mississippi stud games where the number of rounds are fewer, the structure is a no limit play. But in the seven card stud where there are 7 rounds the first two have a lower bet limit and a higher limit in the last rounds. The variations in this family did not stop. Now there are a number of different versions with slightly differing rules.

Caribbean Stud Poker: Walk Into Any Casino Worldwide or Online, and You’re at a Table

Caribbean Stud Poker is a very popular table game that has been seeing a lot of casino action for more than 30 years. It is found in nearly every casino that offers table play, and also online. If you know poker hand rankings, it is easy to learn and play.

How to Play

The game is played on a blackjack like table with six or seven seating areas. Each betting area contains three positions to make bets:

  1. A slot for the optional Progressive Jackpot bet
  2. An Ante bet box
  3. A bet (call) box

The objective is for the player to have a higher ranking hand than the dealer.

A standard 52 card deck is used. Before the cards are dealt, all players must make the ante bet. An optional progressive jackpot bet may also be made by inserting a one dollar chip or coin into the appropriate slot. The dealer will then deal five cards face down to each player, and four cards face down and one face up to his or herself.

After players review their hands, they must then make a decision to either call (make an additional wager), or fold, (forfeit the ante and optional jackpot bet). If the player calls, s/he must place an additional wager in the bet box, which must be twice the ante. After collecting the chips from the players that folded, the dealer will then turn over all the cards.

Dealer Qualifier

The dealer must have at least an Ace/King or higher to qualify for play. If the dealer does not qualify, All hands that called will win the ante bet at even money. The call bet becomes a push and will be returned to you.

If the dealer qualifies, the hand is compared to each player’s hand. If dealer beats player, the ante and call bets are lost to the house. If player beats dealer, He or she is paid even money for the ante wager.The call bet is paid according to a pay table depending on the strength of the poker hand as follows:

  • One Pair – pays even money
  • Two Pair – 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
  • Royal Flush – 100 to 1

Payouts may vary between jurisdictions. Most casinos have a maximum table payout. Many are set at $5,000.

The Downside

A drawback for Caribbean Stud Poker is the dealer qualifying requirement. A player may have a very high paying poker hand but if the dealer does not qualify, the player will only win the ante bet at even money.

Progressive Jackpot

Provided the player placed $1.00 in the jackpot slot, the bonus pays to all qualified players that called. The dealer’s hand does not matter. Most progressive jackpots are at least $10,000. Here is one pay table

  • Flush – $50
  • Full House – $100
  • 4 of a Kind – $500
  • Straight Flush – 10% of jackpot amount
  • Royal Flush – 100% of Jackpot

If two or more players qualify for all or part of the jackpot in the same hand, they will share the jackpot.


The following strategy when playing is recommended

  • Always call on a pair or higher
  • Always fold with less than Ace/King
  • Call with an Ace/King if you have a Queen and your fourth highest card is equal to or higher than the dealer’s up card

The house edge is about 5.3% when proper strategy is used.

The house edge for playing the progressive jackpot option is a whopping 26.5%!

Good Luck!