Enjoying Caribbean Stud Poker - Part 2 of 4
When we last spoke, I told you that Caribbean Stud Poker was a fun and exciting game. We went over some of the layout basics and the game setup. Today, I'll continue the discussion by going over game play from start to finish. You know the setup of the game, so now it's time to play a hand of Caribbean Stud Poker. First, placing a wager on the Ante spot is mandatory. Don't place it and you can't play.
Most tables have a $5 or $10 minimum wager, so this would be the lowest you could go on your ante. You basically have up to three decisions to make each hand and deciding to play by placing the ante is the first one. Once you've anted up, it's time to make your second playing decision of the hand. Do you want to play the progressive? If so, you need to place $1 into the progressive slot. By doing so, you're qualified for all the progressive payouts should your hand qualify.
After that's settled, the cards are dealt. Once you've analyzed your hand, the last decision that you'll make on each hand is whether to fold and call it a day or to stay in and play. If you want to fold, you lose your ante and progressive and the hand is over. Should you stay, you must place a Raise wager. This wager is always double your ante. For instance, let's say you anted with $10, your raise would be $20. It's never more or less. Let's back up for a minute. After you ante and decide on the progressive, the dealer will deal you five cards. And these are your only cards of the hand (unlike draw poker).
The dealer also gets five cards. Your goal is to beat the dealer's hand. If you think you can beat the dealer's hand, that's when you raise and stay in. The dealer's hand will reveal one card to you. So let's imagine that you've stayed in the hand. It's time to evaluate all hands to see who wins. The dealer must have an Ace-King hand or better to qualify. If not, all bettors win their Ante bet only and all raises are simply returned. However, all progressives are paid. We'll talk about hand rankings and payouts in the next segment of this series.
The downside about qualifying is felt when you have a good hand, like a four of a kind. If the dealer doesn't qualify and you have a four of a kind, you'd be paid even money on your ante wager, say $10, and that's it. By the way, antes are always paid even money. The raises are paid based on the hand ranking only if the dealer qualifies. And that leads us into our next segment, hand payouts and progressive payouts.