Caribbean Poker: Rules and Strategy

Caribbean Poker_ Rules and Strategy

Caribbean Poker is a kind of poker which is common in modern casinos and implying playing a game against the dealer. The common name of the Caribbean poker is Oasis Poker.


Caribbean poker prototype originated in the 1500s. Then there were 3 card games, known in Spain as Primero, but which had different names for the British, Germans and French. In this game, there were such combinations as Three of a kind, Pair and 3 suited cards. The latter was referred to as Flux, but soon evolved into Flush. In the 1700s, the game changed so that betting and a choice of inflating ability were added.
The game hit the shores of the current United States, presumably in the 1700s and was brought in by the French. The huge success of the game led to the fact that in the 19th century it moved to the northern territories.

Rules of the Game

Players in Caribbean Poker must collect a stronger combination of cards than the dealer. The rules of Caribbean poker assume the player’s compulsory betting ante before the dealer distributes five cards. Only the last card out of all the cards dealt is opened – the one belonging to the dealer.

After analyzing the cards, the player decides to bet, replace cards or fold. At the same time, the ante rate is lost. Participants in the game reveal their cards. If the dealer has no Ace and the King or another poker hand, the player picks up the winnings in the ante regardless of the cards collected. If the dealer has a combination of Ace and King, the participants’ cards are compared. The winner is the owner of the senior combination.

The winner receives a win at the ante bet based on the ratio 1: 1. At bet, the payment is calculated in accordance with the table:

  • Royal Flush – 100: 1
  • Straight Flush – 50: 1
  • Four-of-a-kind – 20: 1
  • Full – 7: 1
  • Flash – 5: 1
  • Straight – 4: 1
  • Three of a kind – 3: 1
  • Two pairs – 2: 1
  • Pair – 1: 1
  • Ace-King – 1: 1

In case of equal results, the player and dealer have to pay attention to the cards that took part in the combinations to determine the winner. Different cards are important for different combinations:

  • Ace-King. In this case, the winner will be the one whose eldest is the third card. If it is identical, then players look at the fourth, and so on;
  • The pair is the same as the previous combination. The third card solves everything further;
  • Two pairs – players compare the older pair. If this did not help, the fifth card helps to understand the situation;
  • Straight Flush – the winner is revealed by the most senior card.

Boxes in Caribbean Poker

The poker table in Oasis poker consists of six boxes. Cards are distributed to the boxes five-up. The player chooses from one to three boxes out of six, placing the Ante and the main bet on the third. Bets on different boxes are made independently of each other.

In the process of playing each box, the player makes different decisions. Each box is also paid separately.


In most casinos, Caribbean Stud poker players are given the opportunity to win a jackpot, which can be progressive or fixed. To do this, before the cards are dealt, you need to bet on a special field. Payouts and jackpot conditions may vary, but usually, you need to get some big combination from the deal. More details about the rules of jackpot draws should be specified directly in the casino.

Caribbean Poker Bonuses

Caribbean poker rules often give you an extra win – a bonus. To try your luck, the player must place an additional bet before the cards are dealt. The bonus is paid if the player from the hand receives a combination from a set or higher (sometimes from a street, depending on the rules of the casino). The bonus is paid according to a separate payout table. The bonus is paid even if the dealer has a higher combination and the player’s main bet loses. If the combination giving the right to receive a bonus does not come from the deal, the bet on the bonus loses. If a player makes a card exchange, the dealer takes the bonus bet.

Player Tips

The process of evaluating dealt cards is to analyze the strength of poker hands. In Caribbean poker, there are ten meaningful hands and a situation where no hand has formed. The components and names of the combinations are similar to the main types of poker. The only difference is that the suits in this game do not matter. Tambourine and club street will have the same value.

Caribbean poker is the most profitable for a player in terms of the size of wins. However, this is offset by the maximum dealer advantage over the player for all types of poker – 5.2%. However, there are a number of recommendations that increase the chances of success and reduce the chance of failure:

1. Play only if a pair or a better combination has arrived;
2. You’d better throw up your cards if they are lower than the king or ace;
3. If the cards are good, then the game should continue under the following circumstances:

  • the dealer has a card lower than the king and the player has a similar one;
  • the dealer discovered the king or ace but the player holds a jack or a queen;
  • if the player does not have a card suitable for the dealer, but there is a queen, and the fourth card is higher than the open one.

Caribbean Poker in The UK

Caribbean poker in the UK and Europe is different from American. Here the game is called “Casino Five Card Stud Poker”. In addition, not all gambling establishments play the jackpot. The latter are referred to as the “Casino Jackpot Five Card Stud Poker”. In both cases, the game is referred to as Casino Stud Poker.

In the British version, the rules are the same as in the USA, but the payouts are different – the maximum bet is 100 pounds for ante and 200 for a raise, and all payments are made on a raise. That is, a player can get up to 10 thousand pounds (Royal Flush is paid in the same way as Straight Flush – 50 to 1).

Jackpot casinos use special machines to shuffle cards, while smaller establishments do it manually.

If the dealer has not shown the Ace / King, then when playing the jackpot the player must reveal the cards. If the player does not participate in the jackpot, then the cards are not revealed.