Caribbean Stud Poker is a casino poker game. You play against the house – not against the other players at the table.
When Caribbean Stud Poker was first introduced to live casinos, it didn’t become very popular. To boost interest in the game, a progressive jackpot was added. This proved to be a big hit with the players, who flocked to play the new game.
Today, Caribbean Stud Poker is strongly associated with progressive jackpots. In many casinos, all the tables are linked to a joint progressive jackpot, since that makes the jackpot grow quicker. Some casino chains even have a progressive jackpot fed jointly by players in numerous casinos.
To win the full progressive jackpot, you need a Royal Straight Flush, but certain other high-ranking poker hands can give you a part of the jackpot. Typically, a Straight Flush gives you 10% of the progressive jackpot, while the Four-of-a-kind, Full House and Flush are hands that pay a fixed sum from the jackpot (in most casinos).
Important: You are not automatically eligible to win money from the progressive jackpot when playing Caribbean Stud Poker. Only players who have made a special jackpot sidebet are eligible, and it is these sidebets that feed the progressive jackpot. The sidebet is a small fixed sum; in many offline casinos, it is €1, £1 or $1. You don’t have to make this sidebet when playing Caribbean Stud Poker, but most players do, since they fear getting a Royal Straight Flush and not being eligible for the jackpot win.
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If the dealer’s hand fails to reach the benchmark, it doesn’t qualify.
When the dealer’s hand doesn’t qualify, all players get paid 1:1 on their ante. They also get to keep their bet.
Example: Your ante is €50 and your bet is €100. You get paid €50 on your ante. In front of you, you now have €50 (ante) + €50 (win) + €100 (bet).
Important: If your hand is good enough to get paid from the progressive jackpot, you must tell the dealer, because standard procedure for the dealer is to simply collect all player cards without looking at them when the dealer hand doesn’t qualify.
If the dealer’s hand is good enough to qualify, she will open up each player hand and compare it to her own hand.
This is an exampel of a commonly used payout schedule for the bet:
|Your poker hand||Pay|
|Royal flush||100 to 1|
|Straight flush||50 to 1|
|Four of a kind||20 to 1|
|Full house||7 to 1|
|Flush||5 to 1|
|Straight||4 to 1|
|Three of a kind||3 to 1|
|Two pair||2 to 1|
|All other||1 to 1|
Example #1: The dealer has a pair of fours, while you have a straight. Your ante is €50 and your bet is €100. You get paid 1:1 on the ante (€50) and 4:1 on the bet (€400). You now have €50 + €50 + €100 + €400 in front of you. You have made a €450 profit.
Example #2: The dealer has a pair of fours, while you have a straight flush. Your ante is €50 and your bet is €100. You get paid 1:1 on the ante (€50) and 50:1 on the bet (€5,000). You now have €50 + €50 + €100 + €5,000 in front of you. You ALSO get paid 10% of the progressive jackpot, IF you have made the jackpot side bet.