Caribbean Stud Poker rules and Caribbean Stud Poker strategy are explored in this article. Read on to find out how to play the exciting game of CSP, when to fold and when to bet – and improve your winning chances!

Players place their ante bet to begin the game. They may also place a progressive side bet if they wish. If a player hits a royal flush their progressive payout will be huge!

Caribbean Stud Poker Rules

To start off, each player receives five cards dealt face down while the dealer receives five cards with the last card face up. Players examine their cards and decide whether to play the hand or not. If you want to continue to play, you must place a bet twice that of the ante in the raise/play box. If you don’t want to continue the hand, you lose the ante bet.

The dealer reveals his hand first. The dealer only qualifies with A-K or higher. If the dealer has a hand lower than this, you automatically win even money on the ante bet and the raise/play bet is returned.

If the dealer qualifies, he then goes on to compare his hand with the players’. If the player wins, the player receives even money on the ante and raise/play bets, plus a fixed odds payout on the raise/play bet depending on the level of the hand.

Fixed Odds Payout Table for Caribbean Stud Poker

A regular payout table will look like to this:

One Pair: 1-1
Two Pairs: 2-1
Three of a Kind: 3-1
Straight: 4-1
Flush: 6-1
Full House: 8-1
Four of a Kind: 25-1
Straight Flush: 50-1 (including 10% of progressive jackpot)
Royal Flush: 200-1 (including 100% of progressive jackpot)

Caribbean Stud Poker Strategy

The basic Caribbean Stud Poker strategy says always to play (raise) with a Pair or higher and always fold with less than A-K-J-8-3.

It is not a good idea to play the progressive side bet as the chances of winning this are incredibly low at 649,760 to 1, the true odds. Some say only to play the progressive bet if the jackpot meter reads $263,000 or higher.

However, the crushing disappointment you would feel if you hit the biggest hand but didn’t play the progressive jackpot side bet means many players disobey the strategy guide on this point! So, by all means play the progressive side bet if you like – after all this does add hugely to the excitement of the game.

Following Caribbean Stud Poker strategy will help you improve your chances of winning at this popular casino game.

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