How To Play Caribbean Stud Poker

Stud Poker

Caribbean Stud Poker is very similar to 5-card Stud, and it is a great way to have fun while winning some money. The rules are pretty simple, and we will go through everything you need to know in this article.

The Basics

Each player is given a total of five cards at the beginning of each game, which are placed face down on the table. The dealer also gets five cards that are face down, but one of them is flipped over face up. You will only be playing against the dealer and no other players in this game.

Making a Decision

After the dealer’s card is flipped over, you will be able to look at all of your cards. At this point you will need to decide if you want to place an additional bet, which is usually double the ante bet.

You also have the option of folding, which means that you lose the ante bet you places. You cannot play until the next hand is dealt. Only the extra bet will keep you in the game.

Dealer Qualification

Only an Ace-King or higher will allow the dealer to open their hand. In order to qualify, they must have at least an Ace, King, 4, 3, 2. If the dealer cannot open their hand, you receive the ante bet you placed with a 1:1 payout. You will also get your additional bet back.

If the dealer opens their hand and you have placed an extra bet with a higher hand than them, you will get a 1:1 ante bet payout. You will also receive another payout in accordance with the table’s chart.

Most of the time you will get a payout of 1:1 if you have a pair, or a maximum of 100x if you have a Royal Flush.

If the dealer has a higher hand than yours, you instantly lose any bets that you have placed.

Betting Limits

You will be required to place a bet of at least $5 if you are playing Caribbean Stud Poker at an actual casino. If you are playing online, you can find casinos that will accept smaller minimum bets.

Additional Bets

Additional Bets

If you are playing Caribbean Stud Poker online, you may be able to place an additional 5+1 bet. This is a bonus pet that offers a big extra payout if you hit it. You will be required to have at least three of a kind on a five card hand between your cards and the dealer’s face up card.

Keep in mind that there is a huge amount of risk that comes with placing this bet, and it’s unlikely it will pay out most of the time.


When you are playing Caribbean Stud Poker, you’ll need to keep in mind that making a progressive jackpot bet is rarely a good idea. The house edge with these bets is in excess of 25%, so you need to remember that. You should always fold any hand you get that is no better than an Ace-King.