Caribbean Stud Rules

Internet Caribbean Stud is an interesting and popular online poker game. The Caribbean Stud rules might seem complicated, but it's actually rather easy to learn Caribbean Stud. The player starts the game by offering their ante, as well as making their optional $1 progressive side bets.

After the ante the players are each dealt five cards face-down, and the dealer gives himself five cards, four face-down and one face-up. The player may look at their cards, but they are not allowed to divulge any information about their cards to the other players. At this point the player must decide whether to raise the ante and continue to play in the game or to fold. This is actually the only decision you have to make during a hand, so if you're a Caribbean Stud beginner you don't have to worry about having to learn a lot of complicated strategies.

If the player decides to fold they forfeit their cards, ante bet, and any side bets that were made for the hand. If the player feels that they have a good hand they must place a raising bet that is twice the amount of the original ante. After this, the dealer turns over his cards so that all five cards are revealed to the players. At this point the dealer must have at least an ace and a king in order for the game to continue. In accordance with the official Caribbean Stud rules, the lowest qualifying dealer hand is 2, 3, 4, ace, king.

If the dealer doesn't have a qualifying hand then the player wins money on their ante bet, and their raise is pushed. "Pushed" is a term frequently used in online gambling. It simply means a draw, and that the bet is returned to the players bank roll. If on the other hand the dealer's hand qualifies and beats the player's hand, then the dealer wins and the player will lose both their ante bet and their raise. If the dealer has a qualifying hand but it doesn't beat the player's hand then the dealer will need to pay the player even money on their ante bet and pay the player money on their raise based on the raise pay table. To determine winnings from progressive side bets, the player will need to refer to a side bet pay table.