Poker has become world celebrated recently, with televised championships and celebrity poker game shows. Its popularity, though, arcs back quite a bit further than its TV scores. Over the years several variants on the first poker game have been developed, including a few games that are not really poker anymore. Caribbean stud poker is 1 of these games. Regardless of the name, Caribbean stud poker is most closely related to vingt-et-un than old guard poker, in that the gamblers bet against the bank rather than the other players. The winning hands, are the established poker hands. There is no conniving or different types of deception. In Caribbean stud poker, you are expected to pay up just before the croupier saying "No more wagers." At that moment, both you and the bank and of course all of the different players attain 5 cards each. Once you have seen your hand and the dealer’s initial card, you must in turn make a call bet or accede. The call bet’s value is equal to your original bet, which means that the stakes will have increased two fold. Abandoning means that your wager goes directly to the bank. After the wager comes the face off. If the dealer doesn’t have ace/king or better, your wager is given back, plus an amount equal to the ante. If the casino has a hand with ace/king or better, you win if your hand beats the casino’s hand. The casino pays money equal to your bet and controlled expectations on your call wager. These expectations are:

  • Equal for a pair or high card
  • two to one for 2 pairs
  • 3-1 for three of a kind
  • 4-1 for a straight
  • five to one for a flush
  • seven to one for a full house
  • twenty to one for a 4 of a kind
  • fifty to one for a straight flush
  • 100-1 for a royal flush