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.

Strategy

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!

If You’re Gambling, Do It Right – When You’re Well Enough Ahead, Take the Money and Run

If you want to become a responsible gambler, try to exercise some discipline when you’re winning so you can leave a winner. It takes self control but believe me, you’ll feel a lot better when your cash out ticket(s) and/or chips tally up to a larger sum than what you walked in with.

The late Frank Lefty Rosenthal, a sports handicapper whose real life character was portrayed by Robert DeNiro in the movie Casino, once said during an interview, “When you’re gambling, it’s not hard to win, it’s hard to quit.”

If you have a circle of friends who visit casinos, you probably heard these responses time and time again when you asked, “how did you make out at the casino?” And with some hesitation it’s usually, “Well, we did OK.” Or,” We’re about even.” And then there’s, “I had a good run in blackjack but I lost it all on the slots”. Sometimes you’ll hear, “My husband won a little but I lost a lot.” Then there’s the best one all, “Hey, what the heck, we didn’t expect to win, we were just out for a good time.”

Just because your entertainment dollars are part of your disposable income doesn’t mean that you have to dispose of it so quickly at the casino. Sure you’re going to lose occasionally, but there are times when you’re going to win.

We’ve all seen casino advertisements that brag about their loose machines and generous odds. They boast about paying millions in winnings to players.That may be true but that does not mean that all those winnings ever left the casino.

Here are a few tips for you when it may be time to ponder, should I Take the Money and Run?

Before Playing

  • Keep your gambling dollars separate from your other money.
  • Set a win goal and a loss limit such as:
  1. Win Goal – When your session buy-in amount is doubled
  2. Loss Limit – When your session buy-in amount is lost

When Playing

When your in the casino and ready to play, think about trying the following with your budget:

YOUR MACHINE BUDGET – Consider dividing it into separate sessions. For example, if you’re playing three credit quarter slots with a $100 budget, break it up into five $20 deposits instead of putting the entire hundred into the machine. If you hit a payout or payouts that double deposit amount, ($40) Cash out the ticket right away. Take a little break before you continue gaming.You’ll feel good with that extra $20 in your pocket or purse when you’re not playing.

YOUR TABLE BUDGET – Consider buying in for at least 20 times the table minimum for each session. For example, buy-in for $200 at a $10 minimum blackjack table. The same applies when playing other card games, roulette, or craps. While playing, try separating the chips that you won from the buy-in chips. Only bet with the original units. If you’re having a decent run and the winning stack is at least double the buy-in, tip your friendly dealer and say goodnight. If you lose the $200, just say bye bye!

Remember, the house edge always belongs to the casino over the long term. When there’s an opportunity to pick up winnings in the short run, take advantage of it. Remember, responsible gambling money management is to Take the Money and Run! Good Luck!