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How To Play Caribbean Stud

caribbean studCaribbean Stud can be an exciting game to play both online and in a brick and mortar casino. We will give you a brief overview of the rules of Caribbean Stud here, which should help you learn how to play the game. In addition to reading up on the basic rules and strategies I would suggest that you head on over to and practice your Caribbean Stud game for fake money before jumping into the real money games. This article should help your understanding, but the best way to learn how to play is to practice and supply free versions of the game to their customers.

Basics of Caribbean Stud:

In Caribbean stud you are dealt a five card poker hand, and you play against the dealer’s five card poker hand. You don’t have to beat the other players at the table, only the dealer. Before you receive your 5 cards, you need to place your initial bet, which is called an ante. After placing your ante you will receive all of your cards, and the dealer will receive 5 cards as well, with one of the dealer’s cards being dealt face up. You will then look at your cards and decide if you would like to continue with the hand. If you decide that you have a good hand and would like to continue, then you will make an additional bet that is equal to two times your ante bet.

For example if you bet $10 as an ante, you will bet an additional $20 if you would like to continue. If you fold now, you will lose only your ante and will not have to place additional money on the table. If you decide to continue, then the dealer will flip up his cards and the winner will be determined. The highest 5 card poker hand will be declared the winner of the hand. If the dealer does not qualify (he must get ace-king or better to qualify) then you will win 1-1 on your ante bet, and you will not win or lose your additional wager. If the dealer qualifies and you win, you will receive an additional payout on your bets as stated below.

– one pair pays 1 to 1
– two pair pays 2 to 1
– three-of-a-kind pays 3 to 1
– straight pays 4 to 1
– flush pays 5 to 1
– full house pays 7 to 1
– four-of-a-kind pays 20 to 1
– straight flush pays 50 to 1
– royal flush pays 100 to 1

Basic Strategy:

You should not play every hand of Caribbean stud for the second betting round. You should typically only play if you have at least A-K-Q or better in your hand. When I say A-K-Q or better I mean that is the worst hand that you should play. You should still play all of your pairs, flushes, straights, etc as those are all excellent hands to be dealt.

There is also an ante bet in Caribbean Stud in which you pay $1 each hand to have a shot at winning the jackpot. All of the odds say that this is a bad bet, and the odds are correct in that sense. However this $1 jackpot bet is one of the most fun bets in the casino, and after all you are playing to have a good time correct? I say play the ante bet and take a shot at hitting a huge payday.