This is not really a poker game, in that players do not bet against each other. It is an American casino game in which each individual plays against the bank. You ante and you and the bank get five cards each. After you have seen your hand and the bank's first card you must either
- make a call bet, increasing your stake by an amount equal to twice your original ante, or
- surrender, in which case the bank wins your ante.
- If the bank does not have A-K or better your bet is returned, plus an amount equal to the ante.
- If the bank does have A-K or better you win if your hand beats the bank's (see poker hand ranks). The bank pays out even money on your ante and fixed odds on your call bet as follows:
- evens for a pair or high card
- 2-1 for two pairs
- 3-1 for three of a kind
- 4-1 for a straight
- 5-1 for a flush
- 7-1 for a full house
- 20-1 for a four of a kind
- 50-1 for a straight flush
- 100-1 for a royal flush
- If the bank has A-K or better and your hand is worse than the bank's you lose your ante and call bet.
The Casino-info.com site has a page of Caribbean Stud Poker rules and tips.
ReviewPokerRooms.com offers several useful Caribbean Poker resources:
- An odds calculator which gives your probability of winning and expected gain given your hand, the dealer's upcard, and cards known to have been dealt to other players.
- A jackpot calculator which tells you the expected payout given the size of the jackpot and the scale used.
- An article on collusion in Caribbean Poker.