For as long as I've been managing casinos, I've been able to witness all kinds of trends and fads. Some games come and go while others stick around and become a popular staple. Caribbean Stud is one such game. Stud started to become really popular in the eighties. At the time I can remember working at a casino in Las Vegas and seeing more and more Caribbean Stud tables popping up. At first I wasn't sure what the attraction was to this different twist on poker. But it wasn't long before I realized what it was that was drawing people to this feisty little game. It's the speed! Caribbean Stud is one of the fastest forms of poker out there. It combines the fast paced turn around of blackjack with the dynamic card values of poker to create a truly exciting game.
These days Caribbean Stud has firmly planted itself in the casino and gaming culture of both online and offline casinos. Super Slots Casino has expertly designed an interface and overall Caribbean Stud layout that precisely emulates the action of a land based casino, and the great thing is that instead of being forced to play just a single hand at time, like you do at a land based casino, at Super Slots casino you can play up to 5 hands at a time. There are several advantages to playing 5 hands at a time; like blackjack the more hands you play the greater your chances are of coming out on top each round. But the additional benefit to playing multiple hands in Caribbean Stud is that, because it is poker after all, by playing more hands you are able to see what you have in each hand, which helps tell you what actions you should take. After all, the more kings you have in the five hands the less the chances are that there will be more kings in the deck.
The basic premise of Caribbean Stud is that you are playing a kind of short hand poker against the dealer. It uses the same number of cards as straight poker but the differences is that unlike any other kind of poker you are dealt all 5ive cards at once, and have to bet that you can make a hand that is better than the dealer's.
Placing an ANTE
The Caribbean Stud table is very similar to the Blackjack table, with five playing positions and circles in front of each player where players place their ANTE.
Before you can receive your first cards you need to make an ante. When you do this you will be dealt 5 cards. Once you get your five cards you can decide if you think that your cards are good enough to beat the dealers. You do this by making another bet.
If you do not make another bet you fold your cards and lose your initial Ante.
You can place a progressive bet on any hand you have placed an 'ANTE' bet on.
After placing an 'ANTE' bet and optionally a progressive bet, each of the player's hands is dealt five cards face up. The Dealer is also dealt five cards but only one card is face up. Based on the strength of your hand and on the value of the dealer's face up card you must decide whether to increase your bet to maximize your winnings - 'CALL' or to minimize your losses - 'FOLD'.
In Progressive Caribbean Caribbean Stud, no additional cards are dealt. The player and the dealer compare hands formed from their five cards.
In Super Slots Caribbean Stud, the dealer's hand has to contain at least one ace and one king in order to qualify. If the dealer's hand does not qualify, you receive 1 to 1 on your ante and your bet is returned to you without winnings.
If the dealer's hand does qualify with a value of at least one ace and one king, the best hand wins. Your winning hand receives 1 to 1 on the ante plus the winnings on your bet calculated according to the winnings table.
If the dealer's hand does not have a minimum poker combination of an ace-king the dealer fails to qualify. If this occurs the game is over. Your bet is returned to you together with double your 'Ante' regardless of the value of your cards.
If the dealer's hand has a lower poker combination then your hand, you win twice your 'Ante' and you are paid out on your 'Bet' according to the paytable.
Even if the dealer does not qualify you always win on your progressive bet.
If both the dealer's and player's hands tie, the party with the next highest-ranking card is the winner. And in the highly unlikely event of a total tie, the player will get all of their money back. I should note that in all of my years in the casino business I have never seen an absolute tie. Such an event is highly improbable. It's so rare, in fact, that one would think that a prize would be attached for getting one. But alas that's not how the game is played. If you do ever manage to get a total tie however, although you don't get a special prize, the bragging rights are just about the best reward you could ever get for such a thing.
What to Watch Out For
It's very important that you always stay on top of the paytable when it comes to Caribbean Stud. Although it is rare for a casino to change their payout structure, it does occasionally happen, and if id does you should make sure you know about it. Also if you are new to the game it might be a good idea to write down both the payable and the card values before you start. That way you won't have to keep going back to the help menu during your game, and best of all, the act of writing the information down will help implant it right into your memory.
How To Win
Winning Caribbean Stud is a combination a few simple rules that any good poker player should know. First and foremost, as mentioned above, you need to know your hands. After all, how are you supposed to make the best hands possible if you don't know what hands actually make up the best hand. Secondly, be sure to take careful notice of what cards have been dealt out to all your other hands. When playing multiple hands, this information will help you make decisions on what cards are remaining in the deck, and therefore help you gauge the chances of getting a particular card when you get your next deal.Caliber Bingo
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