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Caribbean Stud Poker - How To Play

Playing Caribbean Stud Poker is easy, though it can appear confusing at first, especially to those who lack experience playing traditional poker.

To begin playing, you must choose your bet -- this is placed on what's called the 'ante' bet, and this is a mandatory wager, in order to begin the game. Many games offer a minimum of £1, while others will have a £5 minimum, so be sure to choose a table that accommodates your budget!

Now, once you've selected your bet, you just press on the 'Start', or 'Deal' button, and gameplay will begin right away.

Note: If you choose to play any of the side bets or progressive jackpot bet options, you will need to place the chips on the table before pressing the deal/play button.

Once the hand has begun, you’ll be dealt five cards, and the dealer will also deal themselves five cards. One of the dealer’s cards will be face up, while the other four are face down, until later on in the game.

The general objective of the game is to make a 5-card-hand that BEATS the dealers – just as you would in regular Texas Hold 'Em Poker – and now, we’ll look at the various hand rankings.

Texas Hold 'Em Hand Rankings

(Note: These are in order from lowest, to strongest.)

  • High Card – When none of the below hands are made; highest card wins.
  • One Pair – A pair of cards, i.e. two 4’s.
  • Two Pair – Two pairs, i.e. a pair of 2’s, and a pair of 10’s.
  • 3-of-a-kind – Three cards of the same value, i.e. the 4 of clubs, the 4 of spades, and the 4 of hearts.
  • Straight – 5 cards in consecutive value, i.e. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  • Flush – 5 cards of the same suit, i.e. the 4 of hearts, the 8 of hearts, the 10 of hearts, Jack of hearts, and the King of hearts.
  • Full House – A combination of one pair, and a 3-of-a-kind, i.e. a pair of 2’s, and three 6’s.
  • 4-of-a-kind – Four cards of the same value, i.e. the 2 of hearts, the 2 of spades, the 2 of clubs, and the 2 of diamonds.
  • Straight Flush – 5 cards of consecutive value, all of the same suit, i.e. 2 of hearts, 3 of hearts, 4 of hearts, 5 of hearts, and the 6 of hearts.
  • Royal Flush – 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace, all of the same suit.

What Happens Next?

After you’ve been dealt your hand, you have two options; first, you can choose to fold your hand, if you think you have weak holdings and won’t beat the dealer.

second, is to “raise”. This is where you fancy your chances, and want the game to continue. If you opt to raise, you must place double you ante bet, and the dealer will then reveal his/her remaining 4 cards, with the best 5-card hand winning!

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