Caribbean Stud Poker

Even if you’ve played poker regularly, you may find new variations to play.

Caribbean Stud Poker

If you’ve played 5- Card Stud you have all the game knowledge you need to play Caribbean Stud.

The actual rules are simple. The dealer deals 5 cards, face down to each player who has placed an initial bet (ante) on the table and 5 cards to themselves, their last card is dealt face up.

Once the cards are dealt you can look at your 5-card hand and decide if you’d like to exchange one or more of your cards by paying an additional amount equal to the Ante or you can place an extra bet equal to two times the ante bet.

If you decide to fold, you will lose your ante bet and will have to wait until the next hand is dealt to play again. You can continue in the hand only by making the additional play bet.

Once every player at the table has decided either to pay the extra bet or fold, the dealer will then look at the full hand in front of them.

To qualify the dealer MUST have at least Ace-King or higher.

If the dealer doesn’t qualify you will get your original ante paid out 1-1. Your play bet is a push and returned to you.

If the dealer qualifies and your hand is higher than the dealer’s you will be paid out:

  • Ante bet paid out 1-1
  • Play bet paid out according to a chart at the table with a sliding scale for higher hands.

If the dealer’s hand is higher than yours, you will lose both the ante and play bets.

If your hand and the dealers are the same all bets are a push and returned to the player.


A player is ONLY playing against the dealer, not other players. Even if your 5-card hand is higher than another player’s you will still lose your bets if the dealer’s hand is higher than yours.

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