Caribbean Stud Poker has been a popular table game for over 30 years. It will be found at almost every casino that allows table play online. It is simple to learn the poker hand rankings and play.

How to Play

You can play the game on a table that looks like blackjack with six to seven seating areas. In addition, three betting areas allow you to place bets.

You can play the Progressive Jackpot option on this slot.

  • An Ante bet box
  • A call (or bet) box

The goal is for the player’s hand to be higher than the dealer’s.

It is a 52-card deck. All players must place an ante wager before the cards can be dealt. You can also make an optional progressive jackpot bet by placing a coin or a chip worth one dollar into the slot. The dealer will then give five cards to each player face-down, four cards face-down and one face-up to the player.

After reviewing their hands, players must decide whether to call (make an extra wager) or fold (forfeit both the ante, and optionally the jackpot bet). If the player calls, they must place an additional wager in their bet box. This must be at least twice the ante. The dealer will turn over all cards after collecting chips from players who folded.

Dealer Qualifier

To be eligible for play, the dealer must have a minimum of an Ace/King. If the dealer fails to qualify, all hands that call will win the ante wager at even money. The push bet is returned to you and the call bet becomes a push.

If the dealer qualifies, each hand is compared with the other players. If the dealer beats the player, all ante and call wagers are lost by the House. If the player defeats the dealer, they are paid even money. The call bet is calculated according to the strength of the hand.

  • One Pair – pays even money
  • Two Pairs – 2 to 1
  • Three kinds – 3 to 1
  • Straight – 4-1
  • Flush – 5-1
  • Full House – 7-1
  • Four kind – 20 to 1.
  • Straight Flush – 50 – 1
  • Royal Flush – 100 x 1

Payouts can vary from one jurisdiction to the next. The maximum payout at a casino is $5,000. Many casinos have a maximum table payout of $5,000.

The Downside

The dealer qualifying requirement is a drawback to Caribbean Stud Poker. The dealer qualifying requirement means that a player can have a high-paying poker hand, but the dealer cannot qualify. This will result in the players losing the ante bet at even.

Progressive Jackpot

The bonus is paid to all players who call if the player has placed $1.00 in the Jackpot slot. It doesn’t matter what the dealer’s hand is. Progressive jackpots typically have a minimum $10,000. Here’s one paytable

  • Flush – $50
  • Full House – 100$
  • 4 of a kind – 500
  • Straight Flush – 10% Jackpot amount
  • Royal Flush – 100% Jackpot

Two or more players can share the jackpot if they both qualify for the whole or part of it in the same hand.


  • When using the following strategy, it is highly recommended
  • Always call on a pair of two or more
  • Never fold with less than Ace/King
  • If you have a queen, call with an Ace/King and your fourth highest card equals or exceeds the dealer’s upcard
  • If you use a strategy, the house edge is approximately 5.3%
  • Playing the progressive jackpot option has a house edge of 26.5%

Best of luck!