Caribbean Stud Poker
Perhaps no other poker variation played in modern casinos, both physical and online, has as confusing and mysterious origins as Caribbean Stud Poker. Famed gambler David Sklansky claims he created it but was unable to patent it, the most common story though, is that it arrived to Aruba via a cruise ship game and then took off in real casinos. Whatever the truth, this is one of the most popular variations of 5 card stud poker out there, with the obvious change that you are playing head to head with the dealer, so your option to bluff is gone!
Like most heads up table games such as Roulette Caribbean Stud Poker has taken well to the world of online casino table games also, as it’s incredibly easy to optimise for play on almost anything, from mobile, tablet to desktop. It also has a home as a live dealer game in some casinos too for those who miss the interaction with the dealer that table games provide over their slot counterparts. As with the land based casino version, many online gaming networks also offer a progressive jackpot side game which you can just pop a chip in to play before each hand.
Choosing your initial bet is easy enough, you can stake anywhere from $1 - $500 or even more at some of the best sites. Regardless of your preference for low or high stakes play you should find this game accommodates your betting range and bankroll. Once you have your bet placed and you have decided on playing or not playing the progressive game, hit deal to get your 5 card hand, it’s here that the strategy begins.
Unlike traditional poker where the opponents hand is invisible, with Caribbean Stud the dealer will reveal just one card. For the dealer to qualify to play, he must hold AK, a pair, or another of the ranking poker hands, so the general accepted strategy for this game is pretty simple. If you hold AK or better – you hit the raise button to play the hand and the dealer will reveal his cards, if you hold lower, simply fold, this reduces the house edge dramatically.
Caribbean stud poker, like many of the other poker variants, is pretty simple and easy to play, though it does perhaps lack some of the dynamism and excitement of the classic poker games against other players. The addition of the jackpot feature at this table game allows the potential of that big one off win which doesn’t require you to beat the house, it may not drop very often, but it does drop in the end and can only be won by a player, which is a nice bonus to have over the base game offering.