Caribbean Stud Odds
Caribbean stud poker has become one of the most popular games on the casino floor. But with a house edge of 5.2%, this is a game where you get out as soon as you get up. With potential payouts as high as 100 to 1 on a wager, Caribbean stud poker appeals to just about every type of casino player.
It’s become so popular because it’s a very easy game to play, yet there is still player involvement in the game play. Players must make the decision to stay in a hand or fold out, leaving your ante bet behind if you fold. Dealers must qualify for the hand by making at least A-K or higher, otherwise the hand is dead and the player wins even money on the ante bet.
Once the dealer’s hand qualifies, the player has to beat the dealer’s hand in order to get paid on their bet. If the player wins against the dealer they will be paid odds based on the strength of the hand.
This will vary in each casino, but most payouts for Caribbean stud poker are as follows (and you can see by the difference between the payout and the probability why this game carries such a big edge for the house):
• One Pair pays even money (1 in 2 hands probability)
• Two Pair pays 2 to 1 (1 in 21 hands)
• 3 of a Kind pays 3 to 1 (1 in 47 hands)
• Straight pays 4 to 1 (1 in 246 hands)
• Flush pays 5 to 1 (1 in 526 hands)
• Full House pays 7 to 1 (1 in 694 hands)
• 4 of a Kind pays 20 to 1 (1 in 4,167 hands)
• Straight Flush pays 50 to 1 (1 in 72,202 hands)
• Royal Flush pays 100 to 1 (1 in 649,351 hands)
Caribbean stud poker has one simple strategy rule to follow to lower the house edge as much as possible. The golden rule of Caribbean stud poker is to stay in every hand when you’ve been dealt two pair or better; anything less should be folded.