Caribbean Stud Poker Rules

Caribbean Stud Poker was developed in the Caribbean islands. In the late 80’s cruise ships began offering the game, 1992 Nevada casinos also started with it and today you can find it at most casinos, especially online. It has become so popular because it’s poker based and very easy to learn.


First off all players make an ante wager, there’s often also an optional $1 progressive jackpot side bet. Then each player and the dealer receive five cards each. All cards are dealt face down except one of the dealer cards that is exposed. Players may now look at their cards, but can’t show them to the other gamblers at the table. Now you got two options, fold or raise. If you fold you will loose your ante, if you choose to raise then you’ll have to put in an additional amount equal to exactly twice the ante. When done the dealer will turn over his remaining cards. He must have at least Ace-King to qualify, otherwise you will be paid even money on the ante and push on the bet. If the dealer qualifies and his hand is better than yours, you’ve lost. If your hand is better then you’re paid even money on the ante and an amount on the bet depending on how good your hand are. If it would tie, both ante and raise would push. Any winnings of the progressive side bet is not depending of the dealer, it’s entirely based on the value of your own hand.

Pay Table

This is the most common pay table of Caribbean stud poker. There are various pay tables available, this is not the best one.

Winning Hand






Two Pair


Three of a Kind






Full House


Four of a Kind


Straight Flush


Royal Flush


The side bet pays the player for premium hands, which means flush or better. The specific payoff tables vary from casino to casino but always feature a progressive jackpot. The jackpot will be paid if player are dealt a royal flush. If you’re dealt a straight flush you will receive 10% of the pot. When someone has hit the jackpot the casino usually contributes $10.000 to the next pot.