Caribbean Stud Poker - Rules

As the name Caribbean Stud Poker already implies, this is one of the most popular games in south pacific clubs and aboard cruise ships. It is played on a special table similar to a Black Jack table.
Before the game starts each player has to make a bet, which is called your Ante. In addition to your Ante you now have another option called the progressive jackpot, making the game much more interesting.

Your goal when playing Caribbean Stud is to beat the dealer's 5-card Poker hand. The game is played with one standard 52-card deck. Shuffling is most often done by an automatic shuffle machine. On the table in front of each player are marked 2 spots for betting, one Ante, the other Bet. Atop the Ante bet is a slot for players to drop coins and become eligible for the progressive jackpot.
Caribbean Stud hand rankings:

Name of Hand

Cards Held

Royal Flush

A hand of 10-J-Q-K and all of the same suit

Straight Flush

A hand of 5 cards all of the same suit and in unbroken order

Four of a Kind

A hand of 4 cards all of the same rank

Full House

A hand of 2 cards of like rank and 3 cards of another rank

Flush

A hand of 5 cards all of the same suit but not in sequence

Straight

A hand with 5 cards in unbroken order but not of the same suit

Three of a Kind

A hand with 3 cards of like rank

2 Pair

A hand with 2 groups of 2 cards of like rank

Pairs

A hand with 2 cards of like rank

Ace King

A hand with an Ace and a King

To play, every player places his Ante on the layout where indicated; all Ante wagers must be placed prior to the dealer announcing 'No more bets'. Each player and the dealer will then receive 5 cards, face down. The dealer will turn over one of his cards, then push the cards towards the players, after which the players may look at their cards. They may only look at their own cards, and may not discuss what they have with any other player at the table.

Players have the option to play or fold; if they choose to play, they place their bets (twice the amount of their respective Ante) in the bet box. If they choose to fold, they forfeit their Ante. After all the players have made their decisions, the dealer reveals his face-down cards. The dealer only plays with an Ace/King or higher; he then compares his cards to the players' cards (individually, right to left), and the best Poker hand wins.


There are some major rules in Caribbean Stud Poker that must be observed at all times while playing:

  1. Only one hand per player. Players cannot hold or wager on multiple hands at the table.

  2. Players may not exchange or communicate information regarding their hands to other players or the dealer. Player violation will result in a dead hand and forfeiture of all wagers.

  3. Incorrect amount of cards to the player constitutes a dead hand (or push) for that player only.

  4. The decision of the table/casino supervisor is final.

  5. If the dealer is dealt 4 cards of the 5-card hand, the dealer shall deal an additional card to complete the hand. Any other misdeal to the dealer shall result in all hands being void and the cards shall be reshuffled.

  6. Each player shall be required to keep the 5 cards in full view of the dealer at all times. Once each player has examined his or her cards and placed them face down on the layout, they may not touch the cards again.

  7. If a hole card is exposed prior to the dealer announcing 'No More Bets', all hands shall be void.

  8. If a player's cards beat the dealer's cards, the player will receive even money (1-1) on the Ante, and the following on his bet:

Name of Hand

Payout

Royal Flush

100 to 1

Straight Flush

50 to 1

Four of a Kind

20 to 1

Full House
7 to 1

Flush

5 to 1

Straight

4 to 1

Three of a Kind

3 to 1

2 Pair

2 to 1

1 Pair or less

1 to 1

If the dealer does not have at least 1 Ace or King, all bet wagers will be void, and players will receive even money on their Ante bet only. If the dealer's cards beat a player's cards, the dealer collects both the Ante and bet.

In addition, in Caribbean Stud Poker, players can also bet on their Poker hands and win the 'progressive feature'; this is done by dropping a 1.00 dollar gaming chip into the chip acceptor on the table after placing the Ante. Players with a flush or higher win, regardless of the outcome of their table bets:

Name of Hand
Payout
Royal Flush
100% of Progressive Meter
Straight Flush
10% of Progressive Meter
Four of a Kind
$ 500
Full House
$ 100
Flush
$ 50















Winning progressive payout hands are paid in accordance with the amount on the meter when it is the player's turn to be paid. However, if more than one player at a table has a Royal Flush progressive payout hand, each player shares equally in the amount on the meter when the first player with a Royal Flush is to be paid.

 
 
 
 
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