Online Caribbean Stud Poker Rules

Rules of Caribbean Stud Poker

Caribbean Stud Poker is a popular casino table game that can be played at online or "bricks and mortars" casinos throughout the world.

Note there are a variety of payout tables for online Caribbean Stud Poker and associated Progressive Jackpot. The tables listed on this rules page are the most commonly found payout tables in US land based casinos and many online casinos.


1) To play the player must make an ante bet in an amount between the set table minimum and maximum.


1) Cards are dealt from a standard deck of 52 cards to between 1 and 7 players.
2) Each player at the table who has made an ante bet receives 5 cards dealt face down. Each player is allowed to look at their own cards but is not allowed to share this information with other players.
3) The dealer is dealt 5 cards - 1 card face up, visible to all players, and 4 cards face down.

Play of Hand

1) Each player examines their hand and the dealer's up card to determine which one of the following 2 options to take.

  • Fold - The player loses their ante bet and participates no further in the hand.
  • Raise - The player places an addition wager of exactly two times the ante amount.

2) The dealer reveals his hand by turning over and exposing his 4 down cards.

Determining Winner

1) The dealer's hand is ranked according to standard poker hand rankings.
2) The dealer's hand is said to qualify if it is ranked high card with Ace/King kickers or better.
3) If the dealer does not qualify the player is paid even money (1 to 1) on the ante bet and pushes the raise bet. (ie player wins an amount equal to the ante bet). 4) If the dealer does qualify the player's hand ranking and dealer's hand ranking are compared and the result is as follows.

  • Player's Hand Loses - Player loses ante and raise bets (ie an amount equal to 3 times the ante bet).
  • Player's Hand Ties - The ante and raise bets are a push.
  • Player's Hand Wins - The ante bet is paid even money (1 to 1) and the raise bet is paid according to the following table.
Player's 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 Pair or Less1 to 1

Progressive Jackpot

Players can choose to make a side bet of $1 along with their ante bet to participate in the Progressive Jackpot.

The Progressive jackpot bet is totally dependent on the player's hand and independent of whether the dealer qualifies or whether the player chooses to fold or raise.

The payouts on the Progressive Jackpot side bet varies between casinos. Below is a typical payout table.

Player's HandPayout
Royal Flush100% of Jackpot
Straight Flush10% of Jackpot
Four of a Kind$500
Full House$100

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