They play Caribbean Stud Poker, similar to
the casino game Let It Ride, on a Black Jack size table using
standard Poker combinations to decide winning hands. Each
player places an ante and then the dealer deals players five cards
face down, one of the dealerís cards is face up. Players then
look at their five cards and evaluate whether to remain in the game
or fold, losing the ante.
Players remaining in the game must add
an amount equal to their original ante to continue. The dealer then looks at their
remaining four cards and if the dealer does not have at least an ace/king high hand the
game is over.
When the dealer does not have an ace/king or better poker hand all players receive even money
on their original bet only. If the dealer has at least an ace/king hand, they then
compare it with the players hand. When the player has a higher poker hand, use
the chart below to decide winning payoffs for the additional second bet. They always pay
the original ante for winning hands 1:1. Should the dealers hand be better
than the players hand, the dealer wins both the ante and the second bet.
Removing the difficult elements of betting,
raising, bluffing and playing against the entire table of players, Caribbean Stud Poker
attracts many players who do not want to work on their individual poker skills. Caribbean
Stud allows you to play against the dealer only. Progressive jackpots for Royal Flush and
Straight Flush hands have become extremely popular.
To play for the jackpots, they
require a side bet of $1.00 per hand. Most casinos jackpots are usually $30,000.00
to more than $250,000.00 depending on frequency of jackpot wins. As stated above, the
following chart shows the probabilities of hitting each hand, we omitted progressive
jackpots in the chart below because they will vary from each casino.
Caribbean Stud Poker
Payoffs & Probabilities
|Four of a Kind
|Three of a Kind
Several different betting strategies have been
developed for Caribbean Stud Poker by skillful and experienced players. As found
with all gambling statistic, programs are designed to work over thousands or millions on
hands. The actual outcome of what happens on any one specific hand is just one of
the millions of possibilities in the overall calculations. Therefore, the following
statistic is important in calculating whether to play this game with serious quantities of
money, the casino retains a 5.22% advantage in Caribbean Stud Poker!
When to Hold or Fold A Hand:
Players should hold all hands that have a pair or
better. This hand is when the experts say you should place your second bet on the
table. Now this brings up the controversial hand, ace and a king. This is
where some experts disagree. The following three rules are the consensus of players
and experts alike.
|Dealer's card is an ace
or king and player has queen or jack in hand.
||Dealer's card does not
match any of players & player has queen in hand and the dealer's card is less than
players fourth highest card.
||Dealer's card is 2
through Jack & matches one of players card.
The statistics for winning a Caribbean Stud Poker hand have been illustrated on the
chart below. This will allow players the opportunity to see the full odds of each
possible hand and the return in favor of the casino per hand. Since progressive
jackpots and payoffs, Straight Flush wins 10% of progressive jackpot and Royal Flush wins
100% of the jackpot, the casino advantage is greater when the jackpot is lower.
Players odds of getting an even money bet, if they won the entire jackpot
requires the jackpot size to be over $260.00.00.
Stud Poker Statistics
|Dealer Does NOT Qualify
|Dealer Beats Player
|Three of a Kind
|Four of a Kind