There are many poker online variations available today. Some of the most popular are Seven-Card Stud, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hold'em, and Caribbean Stud.
Caribbean Stud Poker is a mix of Blackjack and the traditional Poker. The hand ranking and card ranking in this game are like that in a regular Poker game. The game uses a regular 52-card deck and a hand consists of five cards. The table used in this game looks like the one used in Blackjack. The house edge for this game can be as low as 5% and payouts vary per casino.
The player needs a stronger Poker hand than the dealer to win the game. The player and the dealer both receive five cards each and create the best five-card hand. After comparing hands, the one with the stronger hand wins.
The gameplay and rules
The game starts with the player placing the ante or the mandatory bet for playing a hand. The player also puts the optional side bet that is for the progressive jackpot. The basic concept of the game is to place a bet when you have a strong hand and quit if you do not have one.
The player receives five face down cards and the dealer gives himself five cards. The four cards are facing up and one is facing down. The player can look at his cards but should not let other players know about them.
The player chooses between two actions:
- Fold and lose the ante or original bet; or
- Make a bet twice the ante and carry on with the hand.
Once the player folds, he or she forfeits cards, ante bet, and side bets made for the hand. A raising bet is perfect for a good hand.
The dealer turns his or her cards over to reveal all five cards. There should be an Ace and a King for the game to continue. The lowest qualifying hand for the dealer is A/K/2/3/4. The player wins the money on the ante bet when the dealer does not have a qualifying hand and this becomes a Push. A Push is a draw where the player receives the bet back. If the dealer's hand qualifies and defeats the player's hand, the dealer wins. The player loses both the ante bet and raise. The dealer pays the player even money on ante bet if the player's hand beats the dealer's hand. There is a bigger payout for a stronger hand.