Trying Caribbean Stud Poker For First Time

Caribbean Stud Poker is a very popular table game that has been seeing a lot of casino action for more than 30 years. It is found in nearly every casino that offers table play, and also online. If you know poker hand rankings, it is easy to learn and play.

How to Play

The game is played on a blackjack like table with six or seven seating areas. Each betting area contains three positions to make bets:

  1. A slot for the optional Progressive Jackpot bet
  2. An Ante bet box
  3. A bet (call) box

The objective is for the player to have a higher ranking hand than the dealer.A standard 52 card deck is used. Before the cards are dealt, all players must make the ante bet. An optional progressive jackpot bet may also be made by inserting a one dollar chip or coin into the appropriate slot. The dealer will then deal five cards face down to each player, and four cards face down and one face up to his or herself.

After players review their hands, they must then make a decision to either call (make an additional wager), or fold, (forfeit the ante and optional jackpot bet). If the player calls, s/he must place an additional wager in the bet box, which must be twice the ante. After collecting the chips from the players that folded, the dealer will then turn over all the cards.

Dealer Qualifier

The dealer must have at least an Ace/King or higher to qualify for play. If the dealer does not qualify, All hands that called will win the ante bet at even money. The call bet becomes a push and will be returned to you.

If the dealer qualifies, the hand is compared to each player’s hand. If dealer beats player, the ante and call bets are lost to the house. If player beats dealer, He or she is paid even money for the ante wager.The call bet is paid according to a pay table depending on the strength of the poker hand as follows:

  • One Pair – pays even money
  • Two Pair – 2 to 1
  • Three of a Kind – 3 to 1
  • Straight – 4 to 1
  • Flush – 5 to 1
  • Full House – 7 to 1
  • Four of a Kind – 20 to 1
  • Straight Flush – 50 to 1
  • Royal Flush – 100 to 1

Payouts may vary between jurisdictions. Most casinos have a maximum table payout. Many are set at $5,000.The Downside

A drawback for Caribbean Stud Poker is the dealer qualifying requirement. A player may have a very high paying poker hand but if the dealer does not qualify, the player will only win the ante bet at even money.

Progressive Jackpot

Provided the player placed $1.00 in the jackpot slot, the bonus pays to all qualified players that called. The dealer’s hand does not matter. Most progressive jackpots are at least $10,000. Here is one pay table

  • Flush – $50
  • Full House – $100
  • 4 of a Kind – $500
  • Straight Flush – 10% of jackpot amount
  • Royal Flush – 100% of Jackpot

If two or more players qualify for all or part of the jackpot in the same hand, they will share the jackpot.Strategy

The following strategy when playing is recommended

  • Always call on a pair or higher
  • Always fold with less than Ace/King
  • Call with an Ace/King if you have a Queen and your fourth highest card is equal to or higher than the dealer’s up card

The house edge is about 5.3% when proper strategy is used.The house edge for playing the progressive jackpot option is a whopping 26.5%!

Good Luck!

When You Got Double Attack Blackjack

Double Attack Blackjack is another variant of this popular table game. During recent years alternates have been appearing (and disappearing) from the casino pits. The most active variants today are Blackjack Switch, Spanish 21, Free Bet Blackjack, and Three Card Blackjack.

Blackjack rules for Double Attack Blackjack gives the player the opportunity to double the play bet if he or she thinks the casino dealer has a weak up card.

How the Game is Played

A Spanish Deck s used which has 48 cards instead of the usual 52. The four 10’s are removed. Ace through 9, and J, Q, K, are all in play. Eight 48 card decks are used. Insurance pays 5/2 but a player blackjack pays even money instead of the usual 3/2 or 6/5 in some jurisdictions.

After all players place their initial wager the dealer will reveal his or her up-card. It’s important to note that this is done before any cards are dealt to the players.

Based on the value of the dealer up-card, players then have the option to Double Attack the dealer’s hand by placing an additional bet in the appropriate position. The amount must be equal to or less than the initial wager. After two cards are dealt to each player the following options are playable:

  • Double Down – on any two cards on the initial and double attack wagers up to the original bet.
  • Split – any pair. Players must place an equal amount for both the initial and double attack bets.
  • Surrender – When the dealer does not have a blackjack players can surrender one half of their wager(s) including after hitting, splitting, or doubling down.

Optional Bust It! Side BetThis optional side bet pays if the dealer busts with exactly three cards. Otherwise the bet loses.Players can wager as little as one dollar up to their initial bet but not mor than $50. Here is the winning pay table:

Third Card Bust

  • J, Q, K – Pays 3/1
  • Nine – Pays 6/1
  • Eight – Pays 8/1
  • Seven – Pays 10/1
  • Six – Pays 15/1
  • Bonus 8-8-8 Same color – Pays 50/1
  • Bonus 8-8-8 suited – Pays 200/1

Things to Consider When PlayingAccording to simple blackjack basic strategy:

  • If a dealer’s up-card is a 2 or 3, he or she is considered neutral
  • If the dealer has a 4,5, or 6, the dealer is considered weak
  • If the dealer has a 7 through ace, he or she is strong

Remember that players do not have any cards when choosing to attack or not.The insurance payout of 5/2 (for the few players that take this option) is more than double the standard 2/1 however when taking insurance players are betting that the dealer has a blackjack. With 32 10’s removed from an eight deck game, there are fewer blackjack possibilities for the dealer and player. Doubling down is also less effective in that there are fewer 10’s.

Here’s a recommended strategy when deciding to double attack or not:

  • If a dealer’s up-card is 2 or 3, make your minimum attack bet
  • If the up-card is a 4,5, or 6 make your maximum attack bet
  • If the up-card is 7 through Ace, do not make an attack bet

The game is not as prevalent in brick and mortar casinos as the aforementioned blackjack variants. For you readers in or near Niagara Falls, Canada, the game is at the Fallsview Casino. It is also available online for free and real play.Good Luck!

How To Play Texas Holdem

If you like poker but you feel you’re not seasoned enough to compete against other players in a poker room, then Ultimate Texas Holdem may be the table game for you. In this game you play solely against the house dealer, not the other players at the table.

How the Game is Played

The table has positions for up to five players and a house dealer with a standard 52 card deck of playing cards.

Players start by making two bets of equal size in the Ante and Blind Circles. There is also a spot for an optional Trips wager.

The dealer will then give each player and his or her self-two cards face down. S/he will also place five community cards face down on the table.

Players then look at their hole cards and make a decision depending on the strength of their cards to either check, (make no bet) or raise 3X or 4X their ante wager.

The dealer then turns over three of the five community cards. This is known as the flop. After this action, players that checked may make a play bet equal to two times the ante, or check again. Players that already bet may not bet further.

The dealer then turns over the two remaining community cards. All players that checked twice must now make a play bet equal to their ante, or fold forfeiting their ante and blind wagers.

The players and dealer then make their best possible five card poker hand by using their two hole cards and three of the five community cards.

The dealer must have at least a pair to open. If the dealer does not qualify to open, All the players ante bets push. All other bets receive action.

If the player beats the dealer, the play and ante bets win even money.

If the dealer beats the player, the ante, play, and blind bets lose.

If the dealer and player tie, all bets push.

The winning blind bet pays with the following progressive pay table if the player beats the dealer with at least a straight, otherwise it pushes:

Blind Pay Table

Straight – Pays 1/1

Flush – 3/2

Full House – 3/1

Four of a Kind- 10/1

Straight Flush – 50/1

Royal Flush – 500/1

The following optional trips bet pays according to the following pay table even if the player loses to the dealer:

Trips Pay Table

Trips – Pays 3/1

Straight – 5/1

Flush – 6/1

Full House – 8/1

Four of a Kind – 30/1

Straight Flush – 40/1

Royal Flush – 50/1

Strategy

Here’s some simple pre-flop strategy: Raise 4X with any A/2 to A/K.

Raise 4X with suited K/2 to K/4, Q/6, Q/7, and, J/8, J/9.

Raise 4X with any pair of 3’s or higher.

Always make a 4X raise, never 3X.

House Edge

The house edge for this game has been calculated at about 2%. When making the optional trips wager, it jumps to about 3.5%.

Do It Right When You Gambling

If you want to become a responsible gambler, try to exercise some discipline when you’re winning so you can leave a winner. It takes self control but believe me, you’ll feel a lot better when your cash out ticket(s) and/or chips tally up to a larger sum than what you walked in with.

The late Frank Lefty Rosenthal, a sports handicapper whose real life character was portrayed by Robert DeNiro in the movie Casino, once said during an interview, “When you’re gambling, it’s not hard to win, it’s hard to quit.”

If you have a circle of friends who visit casinos, you probably heard these responses time and time again when you asked, “how did you make out at the casino?” And with some hesitation it’s usually, “Well, we did OK.” Or,” We’re about even.” And then there’s, “I had a good run in blackjack but I lost it all on the slots”. Sometimes you’ll hear, “My husband won a little but I lost a lot.” Then there’s the best one all, “Hey, what the heck, we didn’t expect to win, we were just out for a good time.”

Just because your entertainment dollars are part of your disposable income doesn’t mean that you have to dispose of it so quickly at the casino. Sure you’re going to lose occasionally, but there are times when you’re going to win.

We’ve all seen casino advertisements that brag about their loose machines and generous odds. They boast about paying millions in winnings to players.That may be true but that does not mean that all those winnings ever left the casino.

Here are a few tips for you when it may be time to ponder, should I Take the Money and Run?

Before Playing

  • Keep your gambling dollars separate from your other money.
  • Set a win goal and a loss limit such as:
  1. Win Goal – When your session buy-in amount is doubled
  2. Loss Limit – When your session buy-in amount is lost

When PlayingWhen your in the casino and ready to play, think about trying the following with your budget:

YOUR MACHINE BUDGET – Consider dividing it into separate sessions. For example, if you’re playing three credit quarter slots with a $100 budget, break it up into five $20 deposits instead of putting the entire hundred into the machine. If you hit a payout or payouts that double deposit amount, ($40) Cash out the ticket right away. Take a little break before you continue gaming.You’ll feel good with that extra $20 in your pocket or purse when you’re not playing.

YOUR TABLE BUDGET – Consider buying in for at least 20 times the table minimum for each session. For example, buy-in for $200 at a $10 minimum blackjack table. The same applies when playing other card games, roulette, or craps. While playing, try separating the chips that you won from the buy-in chips. Only bet with the original units. If you’re having a decent run and the winning stack is at least double the buy-in, tip your friendly dealer and say goodnight. If you lose the $200, just say bye bye!

Remember, the house edge always belongs to the casino over the long term. When there’s an opportunity to pick up winnings in the short run, take advantage of it. Remember, responsible gambling money management is to Take the Money and Run! Good Luck!