The objective of Online Stud Poker
In this style of poker, a favorite in the cruise ships, each player plays against the dealer and not against the other players. In Caribbean Poker you place an ante, receive a hand, and then decide whether or not you would like to bet. If you bet and if the dealer’s hand qualifies (contains and Ace/King combination or better), your hand will be compared to the dealer’s. If you win, your payoff will be determined by the quality of your hand.
Rules for Online Stud Poker
After you have placed your ante you will be dealt 5 cards. The dealer will then receive four cards face down and one card face up.
At this point, you may either bet if you think you can win or surrender if you feel that your hand is inadequate. If you bet, your bet will equal twice your ante. If you surrender, you will lose your ante to the dealer and the hand will end.
The dealer will then reveal his cards, and one of two things will happen: he will either qualify, or he will fail to qualify. If the dealer does not have an Ace-King combination or better in his hand, he will fail to qualify. (In other words, the dealer must have at least a pair if he does not have both an Ace and a King.)
If the dealer does not qualify, your will receive a 1 to 1 payoff on your ante and your bet will be returned to you. If the dealer does qualify, his hand will then be compared to yours.
If the dealer’s hand beats yours, you will lose your ante and your bet. If the dealer’s hand and your hand are equal, no money will be exchanged. If your hand beats the dealer’s hand, you will win even money (1 to 1) on your ante, plus a payoff on your bet based on the quality of your hand (see below).
If the dealer and you both have the same hand (for example you have one pair and the dealer has one pair), then the winner is the one with the high ranking cards. If the dealer has one pair, for example, jack, jack, ten, six and five and the player has one pair hand of jack, jack, ten, eight and four, then the player wins.
Your original ante and bet in addition to any winnings will be displayed as separate piles of chips.
The hand rankings in Caribbean poker are the standard poker rankings, listed from lowest to highest below:
- Nothing – A hand with five non-matching cards.
- One Pair – One pair of identically ranked cards.
- Two Pairs – Two groups of two cards showing the same number (or picture).
- Three of a Kind – Three cards from different suits displaying the same number or picture.
- Straight – Five cards in consecutive order, any combination of suits.
- Flush – Five cards of same suit.
- Full House – Three of a kind and a pair.
- Four of a Kind – Four cards from different suits of the same rank.
- Straight Flush – Five cards in consecutive order from same suit.
- Royal Flush – Ace, King, Queen, Jack and ten from same suit.
- Nothing: 1 to 1
- One Pair: 1 to 1
- Two Pairs: 2 to 1
- Three of a Kind: 3 to 1
- Straight: 4 to 1
- Flush: 5 to 1
- Full House: 7 to 1
- Four of a Kind: 20 to 1
- Straight Flush: 50 to 1
- Royal Flush: 200 to 1
Strategy for Online Stud Poker
Even if you were to play optimum strategy asino Stud Poker, you would only reduce the casino’s edge to just over 5.2%. This doesn’t make Casino Stud Poker one of your better longer term bets. And it’s is not surprising to find that Casino Stud Poker, while popular on cruises, is not a favorite amongst professional gamblers.
If you are hell-bent on having a wager on casino Stud Poker, then you’ll be happy to know that the basic strategy for this game is pretty simple, and its this:
- Raise on A-K-J-8-3 or better
- Fold otherwise.
A-K-J-8-3 is called the “beacon-hand” and it’s the lowest break-even hand in the game. While this won’t make you a long-term winner, it will help slow your losses. It’s the paying hands, a pair or better, that will net you the good wins. Trouble is that the dealer must qualify (A-K) in order for you to get the real payoffs and this only 54% of the time. This means that 46% of the time you’ll only get paid for your Ante bet at 1-1 no matter how good your cards are.