This version of poker dates back some thirty or so years, which is quite young for a card game. Especially a game that has gained the amount of popularity that Caribbean Stud Poker has. With the current success of the game it may be hard to believe the origins are mired in failure and loss. Well at least the true story is, not the fantastic stories making their rounds on where game originated from.
A Brief History of the Caribbean Stud Poker Game
It is claimed the game found its way to Aruba when James Suttle sold the game to casino owner Danny Jones. James Suttle was taught the game by a gambler on a losing streak in Las Vegas in exchange for a five thousand dollar loan. Danny Jones failed to sell the game because the game had poor returns to players and so no one wanted to play it. It wasn’t until he was advised to add a progressive jackpot to it that the game took off. The Jones family were conned out of the Nevada distribution deal never being paid the full amount promised to them. Regardless the family successfully distributed the game internationally until they were bought out by Mikhon Gaming. The game gained major success in online casinos because of the better odds in online games and the progressive jackpot. Many tourists so go to Aruba to play the game in its “place of origin”.
The Caribbean Stud Poker Rules
This version of five card poker has one major difference from other forms of poker aside from the progressive jackpot. The game is played against the dealer and not other players. The game is played with a fifty-two card deck. The game payouts and betting limits are different depending on where you are playing. The game play and etiquette however remains the same.
Game play begins with players placing an Ante bet and a progressive bet, if they desire to play the progressive jackpot as well. This is done before the no more bets call. Five cards will be dealt to everyone including the dealer, face down. The dealer shows one of his cards. After the players have taken a single look at their cards they get to choose either to stop playing (fold) or continue playing. If they choose to continue playing they raise which is to place a bet equal or twice the ante bet. The dealers need to get both a king and an ace, two of a kind or any other high ranking hand to qualify. If the dealer fails to qualify the Ante bet is paid even money. The raise bets push which means they are returned to the players unpaid. If the player ties with the dealer both Ante and raise bets push. If players beat the dealers qualified hand they win and are paid according to the pay table.
Players are only allowed to play one hand per game. Incorrect numbers of cards result in that hand being a dead hand and the bets push. Players are not allowed to communicate their hands to each other. To win the progressive jackpot players must get a flush or higher. In the United Kingdom the game is known as casino stud poker.