The object of the game
To set a five-card hand which ranks higher than the dealer's hand.
Caribbean Stud Poker is played with one standard deck of 52 cards. The ranking of the cards, in decreasing order, is Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. An Ace may be used to complete an Ace-2-3-4-5 straight or straight flush.
Using value chips purchased from the dealer, each player places his ante or initial bet (mise) on the designated area on the layout before the dealer announces "Rien ne va plus" (No more bets) and the cards are dealt. The bets must respect the minimum and maximum limits indicated at the table. Each player is permitted to play only one hand per game.
The dealer distributes five cards, face down, to each player in turn, and also deals himself five cards, face down, one of which he then exposes.
After having examined his hand, the player has the option of making an additional bet (relance) equal to twice the amount of his ante. If the player decides not to make an additional bet, he loses his ante. Players are not authorized to show their cards nor to discuss them with other players. Once all the players have made their decisions and placed their cards face down on the layout, the dealer exposes his cards and sets the highest ranking poker hand possible.
To open, the dealer must have at least a King and an Ace or a higher ranking hand. When the dealer can open, he exposes, in turn, the cards of all the players who have placed an additional bet. If two hands are of equal ranking, based on the foregoing combinations, or if they contain none of these combinations, the hand with the highest ranking card is considered the highest ranking hand; otherwise the hands are considered to be of equal ranking.
The ranking of Caribbean Stud Poker combinations, in decreasing order, is as follows:
Royal flush: Ace-King-Queen-Jack-10 of the same suit.
Straight flush: five cards of the same suit in consecutive order, with King-Queen-Jack-10-9 being the highest ranking straight flush and Ace-2-3-4-5 being the lowest ranking straight flush.
Four of a kind: four cards of the same rank, with four Aces being the highest ranking four of a kind and four 2s being the lowest ranking four of a kind.
Full house: three of a kind and a pair, with three Aces and two Kings being the highest ranking full house, and three 2s and two 3s being the lowest ranking full house.
Flush: five cards of the same suit.
Straight: five cards in consecutive order, regardless of suit, with Ace-King-Queen-Jack-10 being the highest ranking straight and Ace-2-3-4-5 being the lowest ranking straight.
Three of a kind: three cards of the same rank, with three Aces being the highest ranking three of a kind and three 2s being the lowest ranking three of a kind.
Two pair: two sets of two cards of the same rank, with two Aces and two Kings being the highest ranking two pair and two 2s and two 3s being the lowest ranking two pair.
Pair: two cards of the same rank, with two Aces being the highest ranking pair and two 2s being the lowest ranking pair.
- If the player has made an additional bet and the dealer cannot open, the player's ante is paid even money and his additional bet is a push.
- If the hand of the player who has made an additional bet ranks higher than the dealer's hand and the dealer can open, the player's ante wins and is paid even money, and his additional bet wins and is paid according to the chart to the right.
- If the hand of the player who has made an additional bet ranks lower than the dealer's hand and the dealer can open, the player's ante and additional bet lose.
- If the hand of the player who has made an additional bet is equal in rank to that of the dealer and the dealer can open, the bets are a push.
|Royal flush||100 to 1|
|Straight flush||50 to 1|
|Four of a kind||20 to 1|
|Full house||7 to 1|
|Flush||5 to 1|
|Straight||4 to 1|
|Three of a kind||3 to 1|
|Two pair||2 to 1|
|Pair of Aces / Kings||1 to 1|
The Progressive Jackpot
In addition to the ante, the player may place a supplemental bet of $1, also called "progressive" bet, to try to win all or part of the progressive jackpot amount indicated on the display panel at the table. This supplemental bet must be placed in the designated area on the layout before the dealer announces "Rien ne va plus" (No more bets) and the cards are distributed. The supplemental bet wins if the player's hand is a royal flush, a straight flush, a four of a kind, a full house, or a flush, regardless of the ranking of the dealer's hand, and is paid as follows:
|Royal flush||100% of the progressive jackpot|
|Straight flush||10% of the progressive jackpot|
|Four of a kind||$500|