The gaming table is for seven players and has seven betting boxes divided into four spaces: Ante, Bet, Carrousel and Buying an Extra Card.
It is played with a 52-card deck duly authorised for casinos. The aim of Caribbean Stud Poker is to get a combination of cards that is higher than that obtained by the croupier.
In Caribbean Stud Poker, the player will have the following betting options:
1. 1st Bet
2. 2nd Bet
3. Carrousel if there is one
4. Buying a card
Players must make their initial bets within the minimums and maximums for the table before the cards are dealt.
If the player decides to play against the croupier, he must double the initial bet in the box for the 2nd Bet for his cards.
This bet is placed in a special box. The bet will only be allowed for the player who has already bet on the 1st and before getting cards.
This will be considered an extra bet and will be governed by the following prize table:
Royal flush 20,000 times the bet.
Straight flush 3,000 “ “
Poker 500 “ “
Full 100 “ “
Flush 60 “ “
Straight 30 “ “
Trio 10 “ “
These prizes are independent of the croupier’s hand.
Buying an extra card.
The player will also have the option of getting rid of one card and buying a card from the bank for the same amount as he initially bet.
To do this, on his turn, he will place the unwanted card in the box for the same with the corresponding payment and he will get an extra card, which will be dealt to him face up in the same box where he placed the unwanted card.
If unseated players bet in the seated player’s box, they must also pay for the extra card.
The combination achieved by buying the extra card cancels out any special bet (carrousel) payment.
To start playing, you must lay your Initial Bet. Then, the croupier will offer the players 5 face-down cards and, then, will deal himself another 5 cards, leaving one face-up. Now the player must make two decisions:
If the player thinks that his cards add up to more than the croupier’s, he will place his cards in the corresponding box and will bet exactly double his first bet.
If the player thinks that his cards add up to less than the croupier’s, he will place his cards face down to signify that he is withdrawing from the game. In this instance, the player will lose his first bet.
The croupier will only play if he has an Ace and a King, or a higher combination. If not, he will pay each player he has followed in the game an amount equal to his first bet. Then he will withdraw the cards, leaving the bets.
If the croupier has at least one Ace and one King, but the player’s cards are better than the croupier’s, the player will get what he has bet as per the awards table below.