Caribbean stud poker is one of the easiest poker games where players, instead of playing against each other, bet against the dealer only. Hence the game is played by the majority and beginners as it gives simple wins to players.
To get the idea of the gameplay, you should know the five-card stud poker as the basics are the same. The whole concept of winning the bet is raising better cards than the dealer’s cards. Also, since all players play against the dealer, they don’t have to deceive each other; instead, they play sportively and also cheer each other during the play.
The noticeable thing here is that the house keeps an edge of 5% in this game. However, this can be justified with the simplicity of the game. You don’t need to use special strategies or think hard to win the game. Someone who knows Hold’em, Omaha, Stud, or Five Card Draw will enjoy the game to the fullest.
Caribbean Stud poker is mainly played by people who don’t want to pressurize their minds so much and want to have a light, fun game. As the bets are placed against the dealer, you can enter with your bunch of friends and have a great means of entertainment while winning some amount.
Beginning of the Gameplay
The game begins when you place a bet or the ante in the specific box. Afterward, the dealer distributes the cards giving five cards to each player. Each of these cards faces down. The dealer also holds five cards to himself with one card facing up, so it will be visible to the players.
Now comes the time when the players choose to show their cards based on the card of the dealer. Once the cards are facing up, or they are visible to the dealer, he compares them with his cards. Based on the comparison, it is decided if your cards are better than the dealer’s cards.
In case you have a hand stronger than the dealer’s, you get paid 1 to 1 on your ante. However, if the dealer qualifies, you only get paid 1 to 1 on your “Play” amount. If the dealer doesn’t qualify, you get paid on the ante amount, and the play amount remains as it is.
More than 1 to 1 can be paid as follow:
Two pair pays 2 to 1
Three pays 3 to 1
Straight pays 4 to 1
Flushes pay 5 to 1
Full boats pay 7 to 1
Quads are paid at 20 to 1
Straight flushes pay 50 to 1
Royal flush pays 100 to 1
However, for winning such bets, the dealer has to have a qualifying hand, and your hand should beat the dealer’s hand.