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Live Caribbean Stud Poker – Game Rules and Deals

Live Caribbean Stud Poker is a classic casino game that combines the best of poker with its own quirky mechanics.

Unlike regular poker games, in Caribbean Stud Poker you only have to beat the dealer, not the other players. Bluffing is completely unnecessary here, so you can just relax and have fun.

All players at the table and the dealer receive 5 cards. Since the dealer needs an ace and a king to play, it is not necessary to be a poker expert to enjoy this game.

Live Caribbean Stud Poker – Basic Rules

Each player places an ante to play with the dealer. After that, all players at the table, as well as the dealer, receive 5 cards each. Players’ cards are dealt face up. The dealer’s cards are dealt face down, except for the last card, which is dealt face up.

Players can fold or raise, after which the best 5-card hand is determined for each player.

Players play against the house and each player can only take one seat at the table.

Every distribution of Live Caribbean Stud Poker begins with players placing bets (“ antes ”) that are placed in front of them. This is a mandatory bet that must be placed before the cards are dealt. Minimum and maximum bet limits apply.

The dealer then announces, “No more bets.” All players and the dealer receive 5 cards. Players’ cards are dealt face up. The dealer’s cards are dealt face down, except for the last card, which is dealt face up.

After evaluating their cards, each player can fold or raise. If a player decides to raise, then he must put in twice the ante. After folding, the player discards his cards and loses his ante.

The dealer then reveals the other four cards, showing all five.

The dealer must have at least an ace and a king to play. That is, the weakest hand that the dealer can play with is ace, king, 4, 3, 2, and the highest hand that the dealer cannot play with is ace, queen, jack, 10, 9.

How the 5 + 1 bonus works

The additional bet “Bonus 5 + 1” wins if your 5 cards plus 1 open card of the dealer form a five-card poker hand not less than trips.

To make this bet, you must first place an ante. A player’s call or fold does not affect the 5 + 1 Bonus bet.

The “Bonus 5 + 1” bet is paid as follows:

Additional bet “Bonus 5 + 1”Pay
Royal Flush1,000 to 1
Straight flush200 to 1
Square100 to 1
Full house20 to 1
Flush15 to 1
Straight10 to 1
Thrips7 to 1

Possible outcomes of the main game

  • If the dealer’s cards do not allow him to play, the player receives an “equal money” payment at his ante, and a draw (push) is declared on the raise.
  • If the dealer’s cards allow him to play and he beats the player, the player loses the ante and raise.
  • If the dealer’s cards allow him to play, and he loses to the player, then the player receives an “equal money” payout according to his ante bet, as well as a raise payout, which depends on what combination the player has collected.
  • If the player and the dealer have made the same combinations, a draw (push) is declared at the rate of ante and raise.

Draw, push is a situation when the player and the dealer have made the same combination. In this case, the bet is returned to the player.

Precedence of combinations and payouts

If the player’s hand is stronger than the dealer’s, the player will receive an “equal money” (1-1) payout at the ante. The payoff for a raise is determined from the table below.

Raise Payouts
Royal Flush100 to 1
Straight flush50 to 1
Square25 to 1
Full house10 to 1
Flush7 to 1
Straight5 to 1
Thrips3 to 1
Two pairs2 to 1
Couple or younger1 to 1

The theoretical return to player (RTP) for Live Caribbean Stud is 98.19%.

The theoretical return to player (RTP) for the “Bonus 5 + 1” bet is 91.44%

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