What is Live Caribbean Stud?
Live Carribean Stud is an online casino game that is played over the internet using devices like desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. The casino develops a model which uses a video stream to give remote players a similar experience to what they would get in a physical casino.
The game is played with two hands- the dealer’s hand and the player’s hand. The players try to attain a better five-card hand than the dealer. Players compete against the dealer (house) rather than against each other. Since the game is virtual, there is no limit to the number of players that can ‘sit’ at a table.
Basic Rules of Caribbean Stud
The game begins with players begin by placing an ante wager. They can also make an optional side bet of $1. The dealer then draws five cards face-down for each player. He also draws five cards for himself, four face-down and the fifth one face-up.
The player(s) then examine their hand decides whether to fold or raise. Folding leads to forfeiture of all bets. Raising requires a wager double the ante amount which then prompts the dealer to turn over his cards. The dealer needs an ace and a king or a higher hand to qualify, else the player wins.
Basic Strategy of Caribbean Stud
Carribean Stud strategy is heavily determined by the dealer’s face-up card. It is a complex call that takes a lot of practice to master. Generally, however, players are advised to always raise with a pair or more. When folding, do so with a hand lower than the dealer’s qualification (ace/king).
Keeping the side bet is audacious but always presents a better pot when the player goes on to win. If a dealer’s card is between 2 and queen and is similar to one in a player’s hand, the trick is to raise. The same applies if the dealer has a king/ace and the player has a queen/jack.
History of Caribbean Stud
The origins of Carribean Stud are not well documented but it is believed to have come to life in the years around 1982. By his own claims, David Sklansky invented the game and named it casino poker. The professional poker player says he was not initially able to patent the game.
In its early days, Carribean Stud rules were slightly different. The dealer had two cards dealt face up and the game had no progressive jackpot. The tweaks to form the current rules were reportedly made when Sklansky and another fellow player brought the game for professional casino play. The game was also patented at that time.
Play Caribbean Stud in Ireland
Carribean Stud is a relatively popular game in Ireland. It was a common fixture even when casino games could only be found in member-only land-based casinos. The Irish people love the game because of its professional nature and also because of its mouth-watering progressive jackpots.
The rise of online gaming has led to a new age in Carribean Stud playing in Ireland. There are now more people placing wagers in both local and foreign-based online casinos. The interactiveness of the live model and the possibility of winning big keeps drawing new players in their numbers.