Caribbean Stud Poker (also known as cyberstud poker) is a variation of traditional poker with big payouts for high ranking hands. The game is compatible with all popular online software. The high house edge and high variance, it is a poor choice for the bonus game, if blackjack is available.

Rules and Play

After placing a bet, the player and the dealer are dealt a 5-card poker hand. Only 1 of 5 cards of the dealer is visible. The player must then either fold and lose the hand, or raise. Increasing the bet has 2x ante bet size so that the total bet after a raise is 3x the initial deployment. If the player raises, then there are several possible payouts.

-If the dealer has an ace and a king or better (for example, A, K, 5,6,7), the dealer “qualified.” If the dealer does not qualify (regardless of whether the player wins or loses the hand) back, then paid profits on the ante bet and the raise bet.

-If the player loses the hand and the dealer qualifies, the player loses his full bet.

-If the player wins the hand and the dealer qualifies, then the player wins the Ante bet and the increase bet pays according to a pay table listed. The majority of casino software, use the rate table below. This includes Playtech, Boss Media, Chartwell, Grand Virtual, Random Logic, PartyGaming, Orbis, World Gaming and Gambling Federation. The bonus casino 5Dimes offers a choice of many improved pay tables.


The simple strategy of increasing a Ace/King/Jack/8/3 or better results in a house edge of ~ 0.1% optimal. Wizard of odds, the strategy below to improve further results to ~ 0.001% from the optimum.

Always with a pair or higher to raise, fold with less than ace / king, and raise on ace / king, if one of the following three rules:
1 Raise if the dealer’s card is a 2 through queen and corresponds to one of you.
2 lifting, if the dealer’s card is an Ace or King and queen or a jack in the hand.
3 lifting, if the dealer does not rank any of you fit and you have in hand a queen and the dealer’s card is less than your fourth highest card.

Variance and Bet Size

The standard deviation per initial bet of Caribbean Stud Poker is 2.24 with the standard paytable and 3.93 with the Microgaming payout table. If it is defined in terms of the bet unit, the standard deviations to 1.57 with the standard paytable and 2.75 with the Microgaming payout table. These latter values are used to estimate number of return, while a suitable wagering requirements.

With a higher variance like this, you might want to use a non-traditional betting strategy. You can start by selecting a normal bet size. If you get a big win, then you can change size to a small bet and grind the betting switch or to a lower variance game. This strategy increased average yield and reduces cost. It significantly reduces the chances of long stays bets without profit to show for it. The downside is an increased risk of busting.

The following table shows the possibility of termination of the deposit above balance with unlimited bankroll, after completing a wagering requirement with 4 bet sizes (size of the Ante bet). The standard paytable accepted.