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Caribbean Stud Poker

Caribbean Stud Poker is a fairly new addition to the casino world and casinos wishing to offer this game must enter into a license aggrement with the rights holder. Because of this, some casinos are offering similar – but not identical – games, using some other name.

When Caribbean Stud Poker was first invented it failed to become a success among the gamblers. This changed when the progressive jackpot feature was introduced. With the chance of winning a huge progressive jackpots, players began to flock around the Caribbean Stud Poker tables. Today, this game is also popular in online casinos.

Even though Caribbean Stud Poker is based on five-card stud poker, it is not a game where you play against other players. You play against the dealer’s hand and it doesn’t matter if other player-hands are better or worse than yours.

Playing Caribbean Stud Poker

Caribbean Stud Poker liveCaribbean Stud Poker is played with one standard (French) 52 card deck. No jokers or other wild cards are used.

Each player is dealt five cards face down. The dealer will deal herself four cards face down and one card face up. You will pick up and look at your five cards to see what poker hand you have, but you are not allowed to show your hand to any other player.

Am I allowed to change any of my initial cards?

No, there is no card exchange in Caribbean Stud Poker.


You make one bet before you get your five cards (dealt face-down) from the dealer. When you have picked up and looked at your five cards, you decide if you want to continue playing or not. If you don’t want to stay in the game, you fold and lose your bet. If you want to stay in the game, you have to make a new bet that is exactly twice the size of your original bet.

Example: You bet €20 and get five cards. It’s a pretty good hand, so you decide to stay in the game. You therefore make your second bet; a €40 bet.


When all the players have decided if they will stay in the game, the dealer will show her own five card hand. Now, one of two things can happen:

  • The dealer’s hand isn’t good enough to qualify as a playable hand. In most casinos, her hand must be at least ace + king to qualify. If her hand doesn’t qualify, all players that are still in the game gets paid 1:1 on their first bet, regardless of how poor their hand is. This means that there is sort of a “bluffing” element to Caribbean Stud Poker. Players sometimes stay in the game even with really bad hands, hoping that the dealer won’t qualify.

    When the dealer doesn’t qualify, you don’t get any pay for your second bet, but you do get to keep the money.

    Example: Your first bet was €20 and your second bet €40. You get paid 1:1 on your first bet and nothing on your second bet. In front of you, you now have €20 (first bet) + €20 (win) +€40 (second bet).

  • If the dealer’s hand qualifies, she will check your poker hand to see if it is better or worse than hers (or a tie). If it’s worse, you lose your first bet and your second bet. If it is better, you get paid 1:1 on your first bet, while your payment on the second bet depends on the rank of your hand. (See table below.) If it is a tie, you keep your first and second bet, but doesn’t win anything.

Payment on your second bet when the dealer qualifies

If the dealer qualifies, and your poker hand is better than hers, you get paid 1:1 on your first bet, and how much you get paid on your second bet will depend on how good your hand is.

A list posted at the Caribbean Stud Poker table will display the payments for applicable poker hands. This is what it normally looks like:

Royal Straight Flush100:1
Straight Flush50:1
Four of a Kind20:1
Full House7:1
Three of a Kind3:1
Two Pairs2:1
One Pair1:1
Ace + King + a higher kicker than the dealer1:1


  • Your first bet is €20 and your second bet €40.
  • The dealer’s poker hand is One Pair and your poker hand is Straight.
  • You get paid 1:1 on your first bet and 4:1 on your second bet. In front of you, you will have €20 (first bet) + €20 (first bet win) + €40 (second bet) + €160 (second bet win). On this round, you have won €20 + €160 = €180.

Winning something from the progressive jackpot

If you want to have a chance at winning the progressive jackpot, or even a part of the progressive jackpot, you must make a side bet at the start of the round, at the same time as you do your first bet. The progressive jackpot is fed by these sidebets. It is common for casinos to create networks where many Caribbean Stud Poker tables feed the same progressive jackpot.

The side bet is usually small, e.g. €1. On the Caribbean Stud Poker table, you will place the side bet in a special slit.

To win something from the progressive jackpot, you need to have a good enough poker hand. In most casinos, this means Flush or better. If you have such as hand and the dealer doesn’t qualify, make sure you tell her to check your hand anyway so you can get paid from the jackpot.

Example of a commonly used payment schedule for the progressive jackpot

Poker handWin
Royal Straight Flush100% av the progressive jackpot
Straight Flush10% of the progressive jackpot
Four of a Kind€500