Caribbean Stud Poker

Caribbean Stud Poker is a popular casino game based on five card draw poker. The game is a much simpler version of traditional poker, as players are not required to decipher bluffs and other player behaviour, making it accessible for all types of recreational gamblers.

Rules and How to Play

In Caribbean Stud Poker, the point of the game is to have the highest ranking poker hand. It is very similar to five card draw, except players not competing against each other. Instead, they are competing against the house.

First, players must place their ante bets. They are then dealt five cards by the dealer, who also deals five cards to himself before turning on of his own cards over. The players can look at their cards after this and decide if they would like to play or fold. After this, the dealer turns over his hole cards and compares them to each individual player’s hand. The dealer’s hand only qualifies if it is Ace/King High or above.

Strategy
In order to win at Caribbean Stud Poker, players must know how to decrease the house edge. They can do so by ensuring they know which hands to keep and which hands to fold. As a general rule, players should not fold any pairs and they should fold any hand that is less than Ace or King-high.

Should the dealer’s face up card be an Ace, then you should keep your hand if you hold any face cards or another Ace. These cards act as blockers to any pairs or straights that the dealer may have. If the dealer shows any card from a 2 to a Q, you should raise him if you have a King or an Ace and you also have one of the same face up cards in your hand.

Variations
A new and popular variations of Caribbean Stud Poker is Caribbean Hold ‘Em. This game operates on the same premise as Texas Hold ‘Em (the most popular poker game in the world right now) except players compete against the house rather than each other.