The foundation of Caribbean Stud Poker lies with the traditional Stud Poker game but combines the opportunity to play against the house and win big.

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Getting started

A How to Play brochure is available on the Main Casino Floor as a guide or click here to download a PDF version.

Caribbean Stud Poker is played with one standard deck of playing cards and has the added excitement of a progressive jackpot.

To join in the action, simply place your cash on the table and the dealer will exchange it for gaming chips – then you’re ready to go! 

SKYCITY Auckland has a dedicated Poker Room which is home to New Zealand’s biggest poker tournaments and cash games. Click here for more information.

What is the objective of the game?

The object of the game is to achieve a five-card Poker hand higher the dealer's. Plus, you could win an additional jackpot bonus (optional) if your hand is one of the top five Poker hands. The hands in Caribbean Stud Poker are the same as in draw poker.

The rankings of the hands are shown below:

Ranking of hands and odds Hand Winning bet payout odds Progressive jackpot bonus
Royal Flush - The highest hand in Caribbrean Stud Poker - the top five cards of the same suit (10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace) Maximum payout as displayed 100% of jackpot or 10,000 to 1 (whicher is larger).
Straight Flush - five consecutive cards of the same suit, other than a Royal Flush (the Ace is counted as one). Pay 50 to 1 10% of jackpot or 1,000 to 1 (whichever is larger).
Four of a Kind - any four cards of the same face value, plus any other odd card. Pays 20 to 1 500 to 1
Full house - Any three cards of the same face value, plus any other two cards of the same face value. Pays 7 to 1 150 to 1
Flush - any five cards of the same suit, but not running consecutively. Pays 5 to 1 100 to 1
Straight - five consecutive cards of the different suits Pays 4 to 1  
Three of a Kind - any three cards of the same face value, plus two other odd cards. Pays 3 to 1  
Two Pairs - two sets of any two cards of the same face value, plus any other odd card. Pays 2 to 1  
One Pair or lee - two cards of the same face value, plus three other odd cards. Pays Even Money (1 to 1)  

Any five odd cards higher than the deals qualifying hand.



How it Works

Firstly place a bet in the ‘Ante’ box. You canalso place an additional bet in the illuminated jackpot area, which makes you eligible for jackpot bonuses. After your Ante bet has been placed, all players and the dealer receive five cards face down. One of the dealer’s cards is then turned over, providing a window to the house’s hand.


How do I bet?

Firstly , look at your cards without revealing them to other players or the dealer. If you think that you can beat the dealer’s hand, place your cards face down in the ‘bet’ area and make an additional wager, which must be twice the value of your ‘Ante’. Place your bet on top of your cards. If you’re not confident you can beat the dealer’s hand, you may ‘fold’ by placing your cards face down next to your Ante and forfeit your Ante wager.

How do I win?

After all players have either folded or bet, the dealer displays the house hand. To continue (qualify), the dealer must have at least an Ace and King. If not, all Ante wagers are paid at even money and all other bets are considered inactive. If you beat the dealer's qualifying hand, you will be paid even money on your Ante wager and varying odds on your bet depending on your hand. If the dealer’s qualifying hand is higher than your hand, you lose both your Ante and bet. 

How do I win the Progressive jackpot?

The Progressive jackpot bet is independent of the game, although to participate in the jackpot, you must also have placed an “Ante” bet. If your hand is one of the top five Poker hands (see table above), you'll win an additional amount (see table above) regardless of the dealer’s hand.

A Caribbean Stud Poker Millionaire!

On 5 April 2013, one lucky winner walked away with a progressive jackpot of over $1 million - SKYCITY’s first Caribbean Stud millionaire.

After playing, go to the cashier to change any winnings back to cash or take them to another table to continue the fun.

Table Limits

Caribbean Stud Poker tables have varying minimum and maximum bets. Before you sit down, please check the sign displaying the betting range at the table.

Good Luck … and Remember

As with all Table Games, if you are not sure about a bet or the rules of the game, just ask one of our friendly Table Games staff for assistance. They will be happy to explain anything about the game that you may not understand or provide you with further information in relation to the rules.

Play Responsibly

SKYCITY prides itself on being a responsible host. As such, we would encourage you to play only at levels you can afford. Remember - you must be aged 20 years or older to enter the gaming areas of SKYCITY.