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Live Caribbean Stud
Poker has many different variations that can be banked by either the house or the participating players. Live Caribbean Stud is a house-banked game that offers you the opportunity to pit your skills against the luck of the draw. It is a faster game than other variations of poker, and one that involves no bluffing or deception. It is just you and your poker skills against the house.
Live Caribbean Stud Explained
Live Caribbean Stud is classified as a house-banked game because you play only against the house. You are not playing against other players as you would in Texas Hold 'em or traditional five card stud. Another significant difference is that you only have two opportunities to bet. You bet to open a hand and then again once the cards have been dealt. That's it.
The origins of Caribbean Stud are unknown, which is odd given that the game has only been around since the early 1980s. There are competing stories laying claim to development and ownership of the game in its original form. At any rate, the game obtained the name we use today after a casino in Aruba bought rights to it and began offering it in 1987.
Regardless of Caribbean Stud's origin, our Live Caribbean Stud game brings live-action play to you on your computer or mobile device. You play against the house with a live, human dealer controlling the action on the other side of the camera. The dealer, table, and shoe full of cards are all real; this is not a computer simulation.
A live video feed keeps you tuned in to the action of all times. The game also features live text-based chat so that you can interact with your dealer as you play. You utilise the computer-generated game controls at the bottom of the screen to make your play decisions.
The beauty of Live Caribbean Stud is that you can play on your schedule. As long as you have an internet connection and a computer or mobile device, a game is waiting whenever the mood strikes you. Play on your lunch break or during the evening commute. Play at the poolside while you're enjoying your holiday. You can play from virtually anywhere.
Playing Live Caribbean Stud Online
Caribbean Stud is often described as a variation of five card stud played against the house. A hand of Live Caribbean Stud starts with the ante, a minimum wager required to play. Next, the dealer deals five cards to the player face up. He or she then deals the five house cards, the first four of which are dealt face down. Only the final house card is dealt face up.
At this point, the player has one of two options. He or she can raise by placing an additional wager; alternatively, he/she can fold and lose only the amount wagered on the ante. That's it. The hands continue until the shoe is empty, at which point the game is over. A new game begins with a new shoe.
The key to succeeding at Live Caribbean Stud lies in understanding the strength of the different five card poker hands. For example, high card is the weakest hand while the royal straight flush is the strongest. Stronger hands are harder to put together, which is what makes them stronger.
One more thing to note about Live Caribbean Stud: the dealer must have a king and ace or a hand higher than the player in order to qualify. Otherwise the player wins the hand and the ante.
Special Features in Live Caribbean Stud
The designers of Live Caribbean Stud added a couple of special features by way of two side bets. The first is the 5+1 side bet, a bet that offers a decent payout if you can combine your five cards with the dealer's face up card to create three of a kind or better. You can only place this bet after your ante and before the cards are dealt. If you should choose to fold after the deal, doing so will not affect the outcome of the 5+1 side bet.
The second side bet is one on a progressive jackpot. A progressive jackpot is one that continues to grow until a player wins it. Every player involved in a Live Caribbean Stud game can contribute to the jackpot regardless of where he or she is physically located. You place this side bet at the start of the hand, just like the 5+1 bet. It also is not affected by the actual outcome of the hand. You win by getting a hand of a flush or better.
Our Live Caribbean Stud game is a great alternative to five card stud, blackjack, and Texas Hold 'em. If you haven't played before, now is as good a time as any to give it a try.