Fans of five-card stud can play a variation made popular in Aruba more than 30 years ago. Live Caribbean Stud is a house-banked poker game that combines the rules of five-card stud with fast-paced action and limited betting. If you appreciate a good game of five-card stud but hate waiting on other players to make your decisions, Live Caribbean Stud may be what you're looking for.
Live Caribbean Stud Description
Live Caribbean Stud was developed back in the early 80s as a house-banked poker game that would attract new players. A house-banked game is not played against other players; it is played exclusively against the house. So even if there are 10 players in a Live Caribbean Stud room, they are not competing against one another.
Card and hand ranks are identical to five-card stud. However, wagering in Caribbean Stud is a bit different; it is all explained below. For now, it's enough to know that this is a game to play if you normally find yourself distracted by other players in traditional five-card stud.
Live Caribbean Stud Presentation
Live Caribbean Stud comes to you compliments of a live gaming studio staffed by trained dealers. Upon logging in to the poker room, you are connected to a Live Caribbean Stud table via live audio and video. The video feed clearly shows your dealer standing behind a genuine poker table and dealing real cards. In the background you will see a nicely decorated studio that lends itself well to the desired atmosphere.
Live audio brings you all the sounds in the studio. You can even hear your dealer's voice, so be sure to have the volume up on your device, especially if you decide to send the dealer a message through the chat tool. The combination of chat and live audio and video makes playing Live Caribbean Stud a more interesting experience.
The controls you need to participate are all presented at the bottom of your screen in a very clean and unobtrusive interface. Use your mouse to make your choices on a desktop or laptop PC; use your finger with your smartphone or tablet.
By the way, Live Caribbean Stud is a completely mobile game. You can play anywhere you like as long as you have a device and an internet connection. Play on your phone while you're out and about, then move to your computer once you get home. Your choice of devices is entirely up to you.
How to Play Live Caribbean Stud
The rules of Caribbean Stud are very simple. After every player antes up, the dealer deals a total of 10 cards. Five cards are dealt face up to the player and another five cards are dealt to the house. Only the final house card is dealt face up. At that point players can choose to fold or raise. The dealer is obligated to call any and all raises.
Note that the dealer must have at an ace and king, or higher, to qualify for that hand. On any hands for which the dealer does not qualify, players are paid 1:1 on the value of the ante.
That's really all there is to Live Caribbean Stud. Because of the simplicity of its rules, hands and full games move along very quickly. A game concludes when the shoe is empty. You can join in at any time though; you do not have to wait for the start of a new shoe.
Remember that because this is a house-banked game, you are not competing against other players. Therefore, you cannot bluff. It is straight up – your five cards against the dealer's five. House banking is one of the things that makes Caribbean Stud attractive to players who appreciate poker but have a hard time competing against others.
Live Caribbean Stud Extras
Two side bets make up the extra features in Live Caribbean Stud. The first is the 5+1 side that. Made along with the ante, this bet says you are hoping to build a strong five-card hand using your own five cards and the dealer's face-up card. Score three of a kind or better and you win the bet.
The second side bet is the jackpot bet; it is also made with the ante. Making this bet means you are wagering that your five cards will form a three of a kind or better. If you score a royal flush, you win the progressive jackpot. Any winning hand less than the royal flush qualifies for a lower, static jackpot. Just a reminder: progressive jackpots continually grow until somebody wins them.
If you are looking for a different kind of five-card stud banked by the house, consider playing Live Caribbean Stud. This is an entertaining game that combines poker strategy with the luck of the draw.