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Caribbean Poker

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Take a wild guess where Caribbean poker originated. It was originally played on cruise ships in the Caribbean Islands before it made its way over to America. Today, it is one of the most popular versions of poker around.

Caribbean Stud poker received much attention in the beginning, mainly because it was the first poker game to feature a progressive jackpot. Watching the money grow right in front of you makes for a much more intense game, giving it that special twist. However, the Caribbean poker audience is still small in comparison to other poker variations, which is why finding a good game of Caribbean stud may prove to be a challenge. I have listed some online casinos that offer Caribbean stud.

One thing to keep in mind when playing Caribbean poker is the jackpot; afterall, that is the best part about this poker variation. With every ante bet, you also have the choice of making a side bet in the jackpot slot. This bet is purely based on luck and your gut instinct, as there is nothing to tell you as to what kind of hand you will get. The worst part about not making this bet is passing up the opportunity to win the jackpot, should you get one of the qualifying hands.

Flow of the Game

  1. You compete against the dealer for the best 5-card hand


  2. Typical Progressive Jackpot Payouts
    HandPayout
    Royal Flush100% of progressive payout
    Four-of-a-Kind10% of progressive payout
    Full House$500
    Flush$50
    * Usually, anything below a flush is not paid.
    To begin play, you place your chips on the "ante" bet. Because Caribbean stud has a progressive jackpot, you also have the option of placing a side bet in the jackpot slot. This is a separate game from that against the dealer. The hands necessary to win the jackpot are listed in the table to the right.


  3. Each player is dealt five cards face-down including the dealer, except his last card is dealt face-up.


  4. The players now have a choice to stay in the game if they think they can beat the dealer, or surrender, if they don't think their hand is enough to beat the dealer.


  5. Typical "Caribbean Poker" Payouts
    HandPayout
    Royal Flush100 to 1
    Straight Flush50 to 1
    Four-of-a-Kind20 to 1
    Full House7 to 1
    Flush5 to 1
    Straight4 to 1
    Three-of-a-Kind3 to 1
    Two Pair2 to 1
    One Pair1 to 1
    Ace & King1 to 1
    If the dealer's hand is Ace-King or better, the dealer qualifies. He compares his hand to each players and collects the ante bets if his is higher. If the player's hand is higher, the dealer pays the player according to the table on the right of this paragraph.

    If the dealer's hand is not Ace-King, it's a push and the game is finished; the players are paid off their antes.
    NOTE: if you placed a side bet, be sure to announce to the dealer that you have won; otherwise, your face-down cards will be swept away and you'll forfeit your win.


To play Caribbean stud online, visit some of these casinos: Grand Online, Golden Palace.