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Caribbean Stud Poker
Rules Used in Caribbean Stud Poker Strategies
Caribbean Stud poker is a highly popular poker variant that’s played in several casinos in Europe and throughout the world. Let’s go over some of its important rules. Please keep in mind that the betting limits and payouts in Caribbean Stud poker may vary from location to location.
- Every player places an ante bet at the marked spot on the Caribbean Stud poker table (called layout). All such bets must be placed before dealer announces that ‘no more bets’ will be accepted.
- Every player gets the option of placing a progressive jackpot side bet. These should also be placed prior to the dealer announcement of accepting ‘no more bets.’ A progressive jackpot bet can be placed by placing a chip in the concerned slot on the poker table, activating the respective jackpot light for the corresponding player’s seat on the table.
- All players and dealer are dealt five facedown cards each. The dealer turns over one of his five cards and slides the players’ cards towards them. The players are then free to see their cards if they wish. However, they can only see their own cards and must refrain from discussing their hands with other players at the table.
- At this point, players can either fold or play their hands. Any player opting to raise the bet must wager an amount double the ante bet. The raised bet must be placed in a box front of the player, and marked ‘Bet.’
- All folded hands forfeit their respective ante and progressive side bets.
- Once all the players are done making the decisions, the dealer’s 4 hole (facedown) cards are revealed to everyone. The dealer can continue playing if and only if his/her hand consists of a king-ace combination, has a pair or any other better-ranked poker hand.
- Now, the dealer compares his/her hand with that of the players, one by one, starting from the player sitting farthest to his/her right.
- The ante and raised bets of a player are considered won if his/her hand beats the dealer’s hand. Else, the player loses both the bets to the house. If a player’s hand is tied with the dealer, both ante and raised bets are pushed.
- If the dealer doesn’t get the minimum combination of ace and king, his/her hand doesn’t qualify and the player’s ante bet is paid out on even basis, while the raised bets are pushed (or returned to the player).
- Every player can play only one hand. No one’s allowed to bet or hold multiple hands at any Caribbean Stud poker table.
- Any player opting to bet on the progressive jackpot must ensure that he/she successfully places the £ 1 into the allocated slot on the poker table and that the corresponding indicator light turns on.
- Players are prohibited to communicate or exchange hands-related information to/with each other, or to/with the dealer. Any player found violating this rule is disqualified from the game and his/her hand is considered a dead hand. All wagers placed by him/her are also forfeited.
- A player’s hand is considered a dead hand or a push if he/she is dealt an incorrect number of cards.
- The casino or table supervisor’s decision is considered final in any dispute.
- A dealer may deal an additional card to himself/herself if he/she is dealt only 4 cards by mistake (for completing the hand). All dealt hands are considered void and the playing cards are reshuffled if there’s any other type of misdeal to the dealer.
- It’s imperative for every player to keep his/her five cards in complete view of the dealer. He/she must replace his/her cards in facedown position once he/she is done examining them. The player is not allowed to touch his/her cards again.
- All hands are considered void if the hole card of the dealer gets exposed before the ‘no more bets’ announcement.
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