Live Caribbean Poker has been around for a few years but didn’t really hit the mainstream live casino scene until 2015 when Evolution Gaming released Live Caribbean Stud Poker.
The Evolution version (in association with Games Marketing) opens up the whole new market that gives European players the opportunity to play this great card game.
It’s a card game that’s played against a dealer.
The player is dealt 5 cards and the dealer is dealt 5 cards.
The player has to decide whether his hand will be the better poker hand than the dealer. If he thinks he can win then he can place a bet, otherwise, he folds.
Winning payouts are dependent on the value of the hand, and you can see more about this below.
There are currently two versions of the game being played at live casinos.
A 5 handed game and a single-handed game. Both are played in exactly the same way.
The version found at XPRO Gaming and Vivo Gaming is a 5 handed game.
This means that up to 5 players can play against the dealer.
It’s a good community card game but only 5 players can play against the dealer, which makes this version rather limiting.
The Evolution Gaming version is a one to many game, i.e only one player hand is dealt that any number of players can play.
This is a better option as there are no restrictions on the number of people that can play.
The Evolution version also comes with a progressive jackpot at some of the casinos, which gives an added incentive to play.
The only real playing strategy is to play hands that are greater than a High card hand such as Ace / King.
It’s not worth playing hands of lesser values.
The 5 +1 Bonus side bet is available at Evolution Caribbean Stud Poker and is an optional additional bet that you can make alongside the main Ante bet.
You’re aiming to make the best 5 card poker hand using the dealer’s first up card and 4 of the players 5 cards.
Anything greater than three of a kind wins. Payouts are listed in the table below.
This is a side bet that gives you a chance to win part of a progressive jackpot if the player hand is dealt a Royal Flush.
Other prizes are available for lower value poker hands.
This side bet is paid whether or not the hand beats the hand of the dealer.
It’s only available at Evolution Live Casinos.
As of today, February 21, 2024 the running total for the Evolution Live Caribbean Stud Poker Jackpot is – £369,785
Xpro & Vivo
|Payout 5 + 1 Bonus
|4 of a Kind
|Three of a Kind
In ascending order, the value of poker hands is described below.
A hand that has two cards of the same rank and three other cards. In this case, it’s a pair of 9’s. Another pair of a higher value e.g 10’s would beat this hand. If two hands have a pair of 9’s the next highest card is used to determine the winner.
A hand that has two sets of pairs where each pair is different from the other. In this example, it’s 9’s and 3’s. If another hand has two pairs then the hand containing the higher pair will win.
One set of 3 cards that have the same rank, with 2 other cards completing the hand. In this case, we have three 5’s. This hand would be beaten by three 6’s or above.
Is a hand of 5 cards that form a run of cards in the number sequence. The suits do not need to be the same. In this example, we have a run of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Straights with a higher run value e.g. 5,6,7,8,9 would beat this hand.
A set of 5 cards from the same suit in a random number sequence. The high card in the hand is used to determine the winner and if this is the same then the next card down (the kicker) is used.
A combination hand that is made up of 3 of a kind and a pair. The three of the kind are dominant in the hand and would be used to determine ties with other full houses. This hand would be referred to as 9’s over 5.
4 cards that are of the same value, one from each suit. The value of the 4 of a kind is used to determine a winner if there is another 4 of a kind hand in play.
This is a set of 5 cards in a run, but all in the same suit. In this example, we have 3c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 7c.
The best possible hand in poker. A straight flush of the highest value cards in a suit.
Live Caribbean poker has become a very popular game at live casinos.
The Evolution version is available at most of their casinos, while it’s a bit harder to find the Xpro Gaming & Vivo Gaming versions.