The Rules of Caribbean Stud Poker

Caribbean Poker Caribbean Stud Poker is very similar to the more familiar 5-card Stud, but the one glaring difference is that Caribbean Stud is played against the house and not other players. This, in turn, means that in the long run it is nigh impossible to win on a regular basis because the powerful poker plays like bluffing and other forms of deception are obviously not part of the action.

How to play Caribbean Stud

  • Each player must place the ante, or forced bet, on the table in front of them before the dealer calls ‘no more bets’. An ante is a uniform bet, for all players, of money or chips. Players also have the opportunity of placing an optional progressive side bet – normally £1
  • Each player and the dealer is dealt five cards each, face down.
  • The dealer will flip over and expose only one of his cards after which the remainder of the players may take a look at their hands.
  • Players will then either opt to play or fold, and should they choose the former, they will have to place a bet valued at twice the original ante into the pot or kitty. Should they choose to fold, they will lose their ante, and the optional side bet of £1, if made.
  • Once all the players have made their choice, the dealer will reveal the rest of his cards – the hole cards – and the winning hand, according to the usual poker rankings, will take the pot.
  • Bear in mind that the dealer must have an ace, king or higher to qualify. If the dealer does not qualify the player will win even money on his ante, and the raise will push.

Rules specific to Caribbean Stud which must be adhered to

  • There is a limitation of only one hand per player
  • To play the ‘Progressive Payout Feature’ the player must ensure that their additional wager, the optional £1, is inserted into the slot and the ‘indicator light’ is on.
  • There can be no exchange of information between players or the dealer.
  • If there is a hand with an incorrect number of cards, then a dead hand shall be declared for the specific hand only
  • Should the dealer only be dealt four cards instead of the required five, he may deal another card to round the hand off. Any other misdeals will see the entire round being voided and the cards re-shuffled.
  • All five of the player’s cards must be in clear view of the dealer at all times, and once the players have scrutinised their cards they have to place on the table. Face down, and may not touch them again.
  • If a hole card – a card which is face down – is exposed before the dealer calls ‘no more bets’, all hands are negated.