Caribbean Stud Poker

Caribbean Stud Poker is similar to the most popular version of Poker (Texas Hold’em) however the main difference is that Caribbean Stud is played against the dealer (Casino). There is no form of bluffing or deception that can be attributed to the game. The game is played with one standard 52-card deck and the deck is shuffled after every hand. Not much is known about the origins of the game except that it came about in the early 1980’s but theories of how it was invented range from being played on cruises to being played in Casinos in Vegas.

The RTP (Return To Player) for optimal play is approximately 97% and for Bonus bets approximately 91% making it a relatively fair game statistically.


Player vs Dealer at all times
A Caribbean Stud hand in action

How to Play

The aim of Caribbean Stud Poker is to beat the dealer’s hand by getting the best possible five card hand on the Poker ranking table. Each player can only take one seat at the table.

To start the game the player needs to place an initial bet in the Ante spot on the table. The dealer then deals five cards faced up for the player. Then one card faced up and four faced down are dealt to the dealer.

The player then needs to decide whether to stay in the hand (Call) or to fold. To call, double the ante will need to be bet. A fold will immediately forfeit the ante bet.

After the player makes their decision, the dealer will then the reveal four cards and both hands are now shown.

The winner is then decided by comparing the highest ranking hand between the dealer and the player.


Side Bets

Most poker variants have side bets available and the traditional side bet that is usually found with Caribbean Stud Poker is the 5+1 BONUS. 

Side bets are optional bets – and the 5+1 BONUS wins when the 5 cards dealt to you and the first face up card that the dealer has creates a poker hand of Three of a Kind or better.


easy to learn game
If the dealer does not have an A+K or better, the dealer does not qualify



The dealer must have an Ace and a King or better for the player to qualify for the payout table should their hand beat the dealers.

This table shows the games outcomes as to whether you would Win, Lose or Tie



                                                                                              Ante               Call

Dealer does not qualify and you win                                  1:1                 Push

Dealer qualifies and you win                                               1:1                 Win*

Dealer qualifies and you lose                                             Lose               Lose

Dealer qualifies and you tie                                               Push               Push

Player folds                                                                         Lose               Lose


*Call bet pays according to the payout table which is as follows:

Call bet


Hand                                                Payout

Royal Flush                                         100:1

Straight Flush                                      50:1

Four of a Kind                                     25:1

Full House                                           10:1

Flush                                                    7:1

Straight                                                5:1

Three of a Kind                                    3:1

Two Pairs                                              2:1

One Pair                                               1:1



The following is the typical 5+1 Bonus payout

Hand                                                 Payout

Royal Flush                                         1000:1

Straight Flush                                      200:1

Four of a Kind                                     100:1

Full House                                           20:1

Flush                                                    15:1

Straight                                                10:1

Three of a Kind                                     7:1


Ante bet payout is 1:1

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Good luck at the tables!