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Caribbean Stud Poker Rules

Caribbean Stud Poker has been called a blend of Blackjack and Poker. Although the game draws on aspects of both games there are some rules that set it apart from both Blackjack and Poker. If you are familiar with either Poker or Blackjack you may find some of these rules strange.

Some of the important rules to know before playing Caribbean Stud Poker are:

  1. Unlike Blackjack, in Caribbean Stud Poker you can only play one hand at a time. You may not hold or wager on multiple hands.

  2. If you are going to be playing for the Progressive Jackpot you must make sure that you place your wager ($1) is placed into the Progressive slot and that the indicator light is lit. If the light fails to turn on you must notify the dealer immediately. It doesn't matter if you've played the Progressive all night, if the light is not lit and you get a winning hand for the Progressive you don't win the jackpot.

  3. Players are forbidden to discuss or exchange information about their hand in any manner with any other player or the dealer. Any player that violates this rules will immediately lose any wagers placed.

  4. If during the deal a dealer fails to deliver the correct amount of cards to a player, that player's hand is considered dead and all wagers placed by that player are pushed. The hand continues for the other players at the table.

  5. A decision made by the table/casino supervisor is final. There isn't anyone higher up that will listen to your complaint.

  6. If the dealer miss dealer their hand and it is only one card short (4 instead of 5) than the dealer will immediately deal a fifth card to themselves to complete the hand. Should the dealer deal less than 4 cards or more than 5 cards then the hand is considered dead and all cards will be reshuffled.

  7. All the cards making up the players hand must be kept in full view of the dealer at all times. As well each player is only allowed to view the cards in their hand once, after which they must be turned over face down on the table and not touched again.

  8. If a dealer's hole card is turned over before the dealer is able to announce 'No more bets' then all hands will be considered dead and a new had dealt.

The payout structure is a little different than most table games found in a casino. The first difference is that the dealer's hand must qualify. To qualify the dealer's hand must contain at least an Ace/King. If the dealer's hand does not qualify than all wagers are pushed and the ante is paid off at 1:1.

If the dealer's hand qualifies than a payout table is used. Most land based and online casinos use the same payout table, which can be seen below. If the dealer's hand is the highest then all wagers and ante's are lost. If the player's hand beats the dealer's then the ante is paid at 1:1 and the wager is paid off using the appropriate payout found on the payout table. Typically the maximum payout for a wager is $5 000.

Payout table:
Royal Flush 200:1
Straight Flush 50:1
4 of a Kind 20:1
Full House 7:1
Flush 5:1
Straight 4:1
3 of a Kind 3:1
Two Pair 2:1
One Pair 1:1
High Card 1:1

Along with the regular wagering in Caribbean Stud Poker there is the Progressive Jackpot that can be wagered on. To wager on the Progressive Jackpot the player places a one dollar chip into the Progressive slot on the table and the Progressive light will turn on.

Regardless of the outcome of the hand, if a players hand is a Flush or better they win on their Progressive wager. The Progressive win is based on the following table.

Royal Flush 100% of Progressive Jackpot
Straight Flush 10% of Progressive Jackpot
4 of a Kind $500
Full House $100
Flush $50

The Progressive Jackpot payout is determined by the amount showing on the meter at the time when the winning player is to be paid. Should more than one player at a table wins a Progressive Jackpot with a Royal Flush then the amount of money is shared equally between the winners based on the value shown on the meter at the time the first Royal Flush is to be paid.

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