Rules of Caribbean Stud

Caribbean Stud is a relatively new variant of a casino poker. It was first introduced in 1982 in Aruba's Excelsior Casino.

The game is really simple. Each hand starts with players putting an ante of their choice into a designated area on the table.
This must be done until the dealer announces "no more bets".
After that, each player and the dealer are delt five cards face down. Then the dealer opens one of his cards, after which the players may look into their cards.

At this point each player has 2 choices:

  • Fold - player looses his ante bet and quits the hand.
  • Raise - player increases his bet by 2 x ante.

Once this step is complete, the dealer opens his remaining four cards.

If the player's hand is worse then the dealer's, the player looses the hand and forfeits his bet.

If the player's and the dealer's hands are equal, then the player just keeps his bet.

If the player's hand is stronger that the dealers, then player wins and his payout is calculated.
First step is to determine if the dealer's hand qualifies, or if it's at least Ace-King or better. If the dealer's hand doesn't qualify, then the payout equals to the player's ante bet.

If it does, then the payout is calculated by applying a coefficient determined by the player's hand rank.

For example:

Royal Flush x 100Straight x 4
Straight Flush x 50 Three of a kindx 3
Four of a kind x 20 Two Pair x 2
Full House x 7 One Pair x 1
Flush x 5 High Card x 1