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As nerve-wracking as it can be to approach a new game at a casino, at least it’s somewhat reassuring to know that you’re not alone. If you’ve never seen or heard of Caribbean Stud Poker, there’s no need to worry though. With this guide, you’ll be able to learn all of the complexities of Caribbean Stud Poker, so that you’ll feel comfortable sitting down at any table and giving the game a genuine shot.

Starting the Game

As soon as you’ve approached a table of Caribbean Stud Poker, you’ll be expected to place an initial bet on the Ante space. After placing a bet on this space, you’ll be presented with the option of placing a separate bet on the “Progressive” space. Unlike the Ante space, this space simply pays out whenever you’re dealt a hand that is at least a flush or better. For those unfamiliar with their poker terms, this includes the flush, full house, straight flush, four of a kind, and the famous royal flush. The payouts for these different hand types can vary between casinos though, so it’s important to do your research beforehand if you plan on heavily investing in this space.

Moving Beyond Ante

If you’re not interested in investing the Progressive space, or you’ve already chosen to do so and are looking for other places to put bets on, then you’ll need to wait for the dealer to deliver each player a hand of five cards. Along a similar vein to Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker has the dealer reveal one of his cards face-up to the players, while the rest of his cards remain face-down. If there are multiple players at the table, all of their cards are delivered face-down.

From here, you will be faced with an important decision. Do you think your hand can beat the dealer’s? If you aren’t confident in your abilities, then you can choose to fold and immediately forfeit your Ante or Progressive bets.

If, on the other hand, you’re confident that your hand is enough to beat the dealer’s, then you can choose to place a further bet to continue the game. Unlike the Progressive bet, the value of this bet directly hinges on how much you put in the Ante. More specifically, you must place a bet that is at least twice the value of whatever your Ante was.

Resolving Final Bets

Once everyone has made their decision over whether or not to stay or fold, the dealer reveals their hand. In order for the final round of bets to apply, the dealer’s hand must consist at least an ace and a king, or any pair or above. If the dealer does not meet these minimum requirements, then any players that were still in the game win an amount equal to their Ante back, as well as the amount they put in the Ante, and are returned any additional money they gambled.

If the dealer does meet the minimum requirements though, then each player that beats his hand is awarded an amount equal to their Ante, as well as a payout based on the value of their hand and the value of their secondary bet.

Although it has an exotic-sounding name, Caribbean Stud Poker isn’t really too different from its more traditional counterpart.