Caribbean Stud was the first new casino game to be widely distributed for use with an automatic shuffling machine. It is a casino table game played on a standard size table with a house dealer. The game was first conceived in the early 1980s and everyone from down-on-their-luck poker players to cruise ship managers to poker guru David Sklansky purport to have been the real inventors of the game.
Regardless of who thought the game up, Progressive Games of Ft. Lauderdale distributed the game in the 1990’s, had it approved in many gaming venues, and sold the rights to Mikhon Gaming in 1998. The game was distributed more aggressively after Mikhon took over, but the introduction of 3-Card Poker took some steam from their expansion.
Today the game can be found in land-based casinos as well as on cruise ships and at online casinos. A video application is also available. The game continues to be popular because of the progressive jackpot that the game offers, usually exceeding $100,000.
Like many other casino games, Caribbean Stud Poker was quickly picked up by casinos in Asia. The game is a popular choice for casino goers in Macau, Korea, Singapore and Australia as well as a number of other Asian countries with most casinos offering a progressive jackpot.
As well as this, it can be played at most online Asian casinos. One important thing is that Caribbean Stud only comes as a Flash game such as the game pictured below at Dafabet. There is no live dealer version at this moment in time.
Caribbean Stud Poker has become very popular thanks to it’s huge progressive jackpot prizes
The game of Caribbean Stud is very simple to play, since each player and the dealer are dealt five cards and no additional cards can be drawn. A regular deck of 52 cards is used with no jokers or wild cards in use. Betters play against a house dealer, not each other.
To play the game, each player must make an Ante bet in the Ante wager circle. Players with wagers receive five cards, as does the dealer. As an enticement, the dealer will expose a single card from their hand. After seeing the dealer’s up card and their own five-card hand, players must either fold and lose their Ante, or place a Bet of double their Ante wager in the Bet wager circle.
Once all players have placed their Bets or folded, the dealer will expose their own hand. Standard poker hand rankings apply, and if a players’ hand is higher than the dealers’ then the Ante will pay even money. The Bet portion of the player’s hand is only paid if they beat the dealer’s hand AND the dealer “qualifies” with a hand of Ace/King high or better, such as a pair or higher poker hand. If the player and the dealer have the same hand (such as both holding a 7-high straight), both the Ante and Bet wagers are a push and no money changes hands.
Since the dealer qualifies on any hand of at least an Ace/King high, the player should raise (make the Bet wager) when their own hand is a pair or above. In addition, when the player holds Ace/King they should follow these rules:
The fun part of Caribbean Stud is when the dealer qualifies and the player’s hand wins, because then the Bet can pay more than even-money! The following payoffs are standard for winning player hands:
|Hand Ranking||Payout Odds|
|One pair||1 to 1|
|Two pair||2 to 1|
|Three of a Kind||3 to 1|
|Straight||4 to 1|
|Flush||5 to 1|
|Full House||7 to 1|
|Four of a Kind||20 to 1|
|Straight Flush||50 to 1|
|Royal Flush||100 to 1|
Players have the option to make a separate wager on the Progressive Jackpot offered on most Caribbean Stud tables. The wager is usually $1 and the Progressive amount is usually over $100,000. This wager is popular because of the high payoff, but varies by gaming region and by online websites. The meter will grow as players bet the optional wager, so you may find wide variance of both the total jackpot, and the bonus for a player flush, full house, and four-of-a-kind.
All casinos pay 100% of the Progressive meter for a Royal Flush and 10% of the Progressive meter for any other Straight Flush. Four-of-a-kind and Full-houses are also paid at all casinos and many online websites also offer a bonus for a flush, as do casinos in the United States.
If you are playing online, make sure you find the best payoff for the Progressive bonuses as well as the highest amount for a Royal Flush. Bonuses for the four-of-a-kind can run as high as $5,000 or 5% of the Progressive meter, but may be as low as $500 when a flush is also paid a bonus. When a bonus is not paid on a flush you can expect the four-of-a-kind and full-house bonuses to be significantly higher.
Many players only play Caribbean Stud when the Progressive meter is over $200,000 since the odds of being dealt a pat Royal Flush is close to 650,000 to 1.