Caribbean Stud Poker Strategy and Rules

Caribbean Stud Poker Strategy.

A very basic strategy for Caribbean Stud Poker is:

  • You should fold if your hand holds less than and Ace-King.
  • You should raise if you hold a pair or higher.
  • You should raise if your hand has an Ace-King and if one of your other cards matches the dealers.
  • You should raise if you hold Ace-King and of the three remaining cards one card is Jack or better, one card is 8 or better and one card is 3 or better. Do not average the value of the cards, the cards must meet the values on their own.

Caribbean Stud Poker Rules.

Caribbean Stud Poker is a 5-card poker game played with a single deck of 52 cards. There are no wild cards and you are playing against the dealer.

The basic rules of Caribbean Stud Poker are:

  • Ante and side bet (for Progressive Jackpot) is placed. Side bet is not required and plays for Jackpot only.
  • Player is dealt 5 cards and Dealer is dealt 5 cards with one card face down.
  • Fold or Raise. Folding forfeits all bets. Raises are double the ante.
  • Dealer hand must qualify by holding an Ace and King.
  • If Dealer hand does not qualify, Player wins even money on ante and raise will push.
  • If Dealer qualifies and beats Player, Dealer wins ante and raise.
  • If Dealer qualifies and loses to Player, ante pays even money the raise is paid according to pay table.
  • If a tie, both ante and raise is a push.

Caribbean Stud Poker Payout.

Hand Name


Royal Flush


Straight Flush


4 of a Kind


Full House






3 of a Kind


Two Pair


One Pair


High Card


The Progressive side bet is not played against the dealer. It's a side bet placed at the beginning of the hand and pays out only on 5 winning combinations. These hands and the payouts are:

Hand Rank


Royal Flush


Straight Flush


Four of a Kind


Full House




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