Caribbean Stud Poker
Caribbean Stud Poker
Set a five-card hand which ranks higher than the dealer’s hand.
Good to know
Before playing Caribbean Stud Poker, you might benefit from learning about certain notions of the game. These helpful tips and basic rules will give you a sense of what to expect before you get to the casino. Once you are at the table, don’t hesitate to ask the dealer any questions you may have. Helping you understand how the game is played is part of their job.
Taking a seat at the table
Caribbean Stud Poker tables can be easily identified by their blue playing surface.
First, find a spot that isn’t already occupied. A special marker is used to indicate spots reserved for players who have temporarily left the table. These spots may be used until the absent player returns.
The initial bet
Place your money on the table. Never hand it to the dealer. The dealer will exchange your money for value chips and you may place your bet in the betting spot indicated on the table before the first card is dealt. Initial bets cannot be made, changed or withdrawn after that point.
You must respect the minimum and maximum limits indicated at the table when placing your bets.
Caribbean Stud Poker is played with one standard deck of 52 cards. The ranking of the cards, in decreasing order, is Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. An Ace may be used to complete an Ace-2-3-4-5 straight or straight flush.
The dealer distributes five cards, face down, to each player in turn, and also deals himself five cards, face down, one of which he then exposes.
After having examined his hand, you have the option of making an additional bet (relance) equal to twice the amount of his ante. If you decide not to make an additional bet, you lose your ante. You are not authorized to show your cards nor discuss them with other players. Once all the players have made their decisions and placed their cards face down on the layout, the dealer exposes his cards and sets the highest ranking poker hand possible.
To open, the dealer must have at least a King and an Ace or a higher ranking hand. When the dealer can open, he exposes, in turn, the cards of all the players who have placed an additional bet. If two hands are of equal ranking, based on the foregoing combinations, or if they contain none of these combinations, the hand with the highest ranking card is considered the highest ranking hand; otherwise the hands are considered to be of equal ranking.
The combinations in decreasing order
Royal flush: Ace-King-Queen-Jack-10 of the same suit.
Straight flush: five cards of the same suit in consecutive order.
Four of a kind: four cards of the same rank.
Full house: three of a kind and a pair.
Flush: five cards of the same suit.
Straight: five cards in consecutive order, regardless of suit.
Three of a kind: three cards of the same rank.
Two pair: two sets of two cards of the same rank.
Pair: two cards of the same rank.
Winning and losing hands
If you have made an additional bet and the dealer cannot open, your ante is paid even money and your additional bet is a push.
If you have made an additional bet and your hand ranks higher than the dealer’s hand and the dealer can open, your ante wins and is paid even money, and your additional bet wins and is paid according to the chart below.
If you have made an additional bet and your hand ranks lower than the dealer’s hand and the dealer can open, your ante and additional bet lose.
- If you have made an additional bet and your hand is equal in rank to that of the dealer and the dealer can open, the bets are a push.
The progressive jackpot
In addition to the ante, you may place a supplemental bet of $1, also called “progressive” bet, to try to win all or part of the progressive jackpot* amount indicated on the display panel at the table. This supplemental bet must be placed in the designated area on the layout before the dealer announces “Rien ne va plus” (no more bets) and the cards are distributed. The supplemental bet wins if your hand is a royal flush, a straight flush, a four of a kind, a full house, or a flush, regardless of the ranking of the dealer’s hand.
Some games enable you to place additional bets. Ask the dealer about your options.
*The progressive jackpot varies according to each bet and payout. Winning hands are paid in increasing order, from the smallest to the largest payout.
This text gives a summary of the main rules regarding Caribbean Stud Poker. For more detailed information, please consult Québec’s By-law respecting casino games. In case of a discrepancy between the rules in this text and those in the By-law, the rules in the By-law prevail.