Internet poker has become world acclaimed as of late, with televised tournaments and celebrity poker game events. Its popularity, though, stretches back in reality a bit further than its TV ratings. Over the years many variations on the earliest poker game have been developed, including some games that are not quite poker anymore. Caribbean stud poker is one of these games. Despite the name, Caribbean stud poker is most closely related to twenty-one than traditional poker, in that the gamblers bet against the bank rather than each other. The succeeding hands, are the long-standing poker hands. There is no concealment or different types of bamboozlement. In Caribbean stud poker, you are expected to ante up before the croupier announcing "No more bets." At that moment, both you and the bank and of course every one of the other gamblers are given 5 cards each. Once you have seen your hand and the dealer’s 1st card, you must either make a call bet or surrender. The call bet’s amount is akin to your beginning ante, meaning that the risks will have doubled. Giving Up means that your wager goes instantaneously to the bank. After the wager comes the showdown. If the dealer doesn’t have ace/king or better, your bet is returned, including a figure equal to the initial bet. If the house does have ace/king or better, you win if your hand is greater than the dealer’s hand. The casino pays out money even with your bet and fixed odds on your call wager. These odds are:

  • Even for a pair or high card
  • 2-1 for 2 pairs
  • 3-1 for 3 of a kind
  • four to one for a straight
  • 5-1 for a flush
  • 7-1 for a full house
  • twenty to one for a four of a kind
  • 50-1 for a straight flush
  • 100-1 for a royal flush