What Is Caribbean Stud Poker
Tuesday, 15. September 2009

Caribbean Stud Poker is one of the most popular games on the internet and in land based casinos. Before you start to play this game there are some things that you need to know about like the rules of the game and a strategy or two on how to actually play. When you get ready to play for real money, you will always want to play at expert level or as close as possible to get the maximum return for play.

To start the game, each player must place their ante, and then each one of the players is dealt a five card poker hand. The dealer in this game is also dealt a five card hand of which only one is exposed. From here the player either folds (losing the game), or bets an additional amount which has to be equal to twice the amount of the ante.

The dealer now reveals the rest of his four cards. If the dealer merely qualifies which is having an Ace King or better, you as the player get your ante back and nothing on your bet. If the dealer ends up having a better hand than you, then you lose the game and your ante. If the dealers hand is worse than the players then the player gets paid out even money on the ante and an amount according to the player’s hand.

In Caribbean Stud Poker there is an option to take an independent side bet of a dollar, which is won when the player is dealt a premium hand which is a Flush or better.

Now that you know a little bit about the rules of the game you should know how to play the game strategically speaking. In this game it is important to know when to bet and when to fold your hand.

If you have any of the following hands it is safe to make that bet; AKQJ or better, any pair or better, AKQ with any card in your hand matching the dealers up cards or with both of the other cards having higher value than the dealers showing card, a four card flush of the same suit as the dealers up card, AKJ with any one of your cards matching the dealers up card or beating it or AKxxx with any one of the ‘x’ cards matching or beating the dealers up card.

One of the most common mistakes that you can make while playing Caribbean Stud Poker is folding on all pairs under a 5. In this game since the bet has to be exactly twice of what the ante is, some people think that anything under this is too risky to play and would cost them too much money. However almost half of all hands will not even contain a qualifying pair, so in the end the weakest pair would end up beating the dealer over half of the time.

Also you have to be on the lookout, you shouldn’t be one of the many players out there that often try to bluff the dealer. This isn’t a good idea because 56% of the time the dealer will have a qualifying hand, so you can’t think that you are going to bluff the dealer because most of the time it will not work. The best thing that you can do while playing Caribbean Stud Poker is to take your time, and pay attention to the cards that are laid out and how you play them, once you master this feat you will be a great player and your chances of winning will go up.

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