Caribbean Stud Poker is a five-card poker game where you’re up against the dealer. The object of the game is simply to produce the best five-card hand.
In contrast to regular poker, however, Caribbean Stud is only played against the dealer. The other players at the table have no effect on your game. In this regard, Caribbean Stud is more like Blackjack than poker.
How to Play Caribbean Stud Poker
Caribbean Stud Poker begins when you place an 'Ante' bet, which allows you to receive your five-card hand, face up.
The dealer also receives a five-card hand, but only one of the dealer's cards is face up.
Now it’s time for the player’s only real decision: The player must decide – by looking at his hand and comparing it to the dealer's single face-up card – whether he wants to carry on or fold.
If you think your hand is worse than the dealer's, you can fold by clicking on the 'Fold' or 'Surrender' button on your screen. Folding loses your ante bet.
If you're feeling confident, you can bet on your hand by clicking the 'Challenge' button. This will automatically double your Ante bet.
When you choose to challenge the dealer, the dealer's remaining four cards will be turned face up, and it's time to compare the results.
Caribbean Stud Payouts
In order to qualify, the dealer's hand MUST contain an ace and a king.
If it doesn't, and the player wins, the player receives a 1 to 1 payoff on the original ante bet.
If the dealer's hand does qualify, however, the hands are compared and you will either win or lose your full bet. In the event that both hands are equal, it's a push, and the bet is returned to the player.
Different combinations in the player's hands produce different payoffs. A royal flush, for example, will pay much more than two pair.
These payouts may differ between casinos, so before you start playing, make sure you’re familiar with that specific casino’s rules.