Caribbean Poker

OBJECTIVE OF CARIBBEAN POKER: Beat the dealer’s hand.

NUMBER OF CARDS:  standard 52-card

RANK OF CARDS:  A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2




Caribbean Poker or Caribbean Stud Poker is not a true poker game since the dealer and the player are pitted against each other, rather than players playing against each other. The descriptor “Stud,” which is commonly used when referring to the game, is also misleading. It is not a stud poker game because players are dealt their five card hand prior to betting, not betting between each card. This game is played on a special Blackjack table in American Casinos.


Prior to the deal, players place their ante. This is a forced bet required to play. They also must place a wager if they wish to stay in the game AND play against the dealer. No one is permitted to play against the dealer unless they have a qualifying hand of Ace and King or better.

Once all the bets are in the pot, or the marked spot on the table, the dealer deals each player five cards face-down. The dealer deals themselves five cards and turns one card face-up.

Look at your hands and compare using Poker Hand Rankings. Decide to fold or stay by doubling your ante. Stay if you believe you have a chance of beating the dealer’s hand.

The dealer reveals their hand and the play is over.

If the dealer does not qualify after revealing their hand, players are paid out 1:1.

If a dealer qualifies and beats the player, the player loses their ante and bet.

However, if the dealer does qualify and loses to a player, the pay out table is below.


Pair or High Card: 1:1

Two Pairs: 2:1

Three of a Kind: 3:1

Straight: 4:1

Flush: 5:1

Full House: 7:1

Four of a Kind: 20:1

Straight Flush: 50:1

Royal Flush: 100:1



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