Caribbean Stud Poker is a challenging game, which is enjoyed by many casino table game players. Although it has developed a reputation for offering a high house edge, Caribbean Stud Poker provides the possibility for a player who knows what he is doing to even the odds significantly with strategy and skill. You can learn more about the Caribbean Stud Poker odds and house edge and what you as a player can do to better them. Remember that you always have the option to play or to fold; use it wisely.
Caribbean Stud Poker House Edge
The house edge in Caribbean Stud Poker, not counting progressive jackpot games, is generally stated as being greater than 5 percent. This is roughly equal to the house edge for the game of American (double zero) roulette, widely considered to be one of the hardest casino games to beat. However, the standard calculations of the Caribbean Stud Poker house edge are based on the ratio of the expected loss to the “ante” (original bet) and ignore the option that the player will raise, doubling his ante. When this possibility is added to the picture, the house edge calculated as the expected loss to total bet ratio becomes closer to 2.5 percent.
Caribbean Stud Poker Odds
The highest valued hand in Caribbean Stud Poker is the royal flush, which is also, of course, the rarest. It pays out 100 to 1. A straight flush pays 50 to 1. Four of a kind is 20 to 1, a full house is 7 to 1, a flush is 5 to 1, three of a kind is 3 to 1, two pairs is 2 to 1 and one pair or less is 1 to 1. However, there is always the possibility that the dealer’s hand will not qualify – that is, contain at least an A-K, one pair or another poker hand. If his hand does not qualify, the player will win 1 to 1 on his ante bet only.
Caribbean Stud Poker Progressive Jackpot Odds
To be eligible for the progressive jackpot in Caribbean Stud Poker, you will need to place a wager in addition to your ante. A royal flush pays off with 100 percent of the progressive jackpot amount, whatever level it may have reached at the time of your win – which is often six figures or higher. (Chances of getting a royal flush are only 1 in 649,740 poker hands, though.) A straight flush will yield 10 percent of the progressive jackpot. Four of a kind, a full house and a flush are paid out in dollar amounts, generally $100, $75 and $50 respectively.