Caribbean Stud Poker is a very simple casino card game found in most casinos. Like all other casino games, the house has an edge in this one as well. This means that you can not win in the long run (you will lose all your money, if you play long enough), there-for you should only play it with money you can afford to lose and only play it for fun.
That being said, here are the rules (although they may differ a bit depending where you play):
Every player first posts an ante (a fixed bet).
The dealer deals out five cards to each player and to himself. All player cards are dealt face up and one of the dealers cards is also face up (four of his cards are face down).
The players then have two options:
- They can surrender and lose the ante.
- They can call by putting in another additional bet of 2x the ante.
After all players make their decision, it’s time for the showdown. The dealer revels his face down cards and everyone can check whether or not they beat his hand (hand rankings or hand strengths are the same as in regular poker). There are a few possible outcomes for each player:
- The dealer has a worse hand than AK-high = Players get their ante and bet back, plus an additional ante.
- The dealer has the better hand = Player loses his ante and bet
- The player and the dealer have the same hand = it’s a “push”, the player gets back his ante and his bet, but doesn’t win any additional money.
- The player has the better hand = Player gets his ante and bet back, plus an additional money reward depending on his hand:
- 1x his bet for a pair or high card
- 2x his bet for two pairs
- 3x his bet for three of a kind
- 4x his bet for a straight
- 5x his bet for a flush
- 7x his bet for a full house
- 20x his bet for a four of a kind
- 50x his bet for a straight flush
- 100x his bet for a royal flush
In addition to this reward, most casinos also have a special, optional, jackpot. You can participate in this by placing an additional “jackpot bet” and then, if you have a flush or better, you win part of the jackpot (qualifying hands may differ between casinos).
That’s it, simple and sweet:)