To play new table games you don’t have to be a Ragin’ Cajun; all you need to know are the rules. In this article we’re going to tell you more about Cajun Stud.
Let’s say you’ve already taken a few laps around the casino, you’ve prayed to the Keno Board and you fed the slots; you walk up and down the isles and lo and behold your eye catches a new poker game. The layout looks vaguely familiar, not to mention the hot dealer shooting you a beguiling smile. Cajun Stud is played with standard card decks that contains 52 playing cards. Without any further ado you decide to take the plunge by handing over your cash for chips, sound familiar?
”Playing poker with two dealt cards and three community cards has never be so much fun.”
When playing Cajun Stud you aren’t playing against the dealer, it’s just you and the other players trying to make a winning combination, high or low. Before you play, check the layout for the pay tables, other than that you’re good to go. The next step is to take a seat, watch the dealer shuffle the cards and place your bets in the Ante circle.
If you decide to play with just one bet keep in mind that it’s so oh school. If you make a side bet you’ll improve your winning chances. The object of the game is to achieve a winning hand that matches the pay table. Other wagers are the Board Bonus, the optional Poker Bonus, Lo-Ball and Five Card Jackpot Wager.
Once you’ve made your bet the dealer gives you two cards, in return you’ll have to make a Raise Wager of 1x, 2x, or 3x your original Ante wager or fold. If you decide to fold away your Ante wager, don’t worry, your side bets will stay in the action.
Community Cards and Raises
The first community card is revealed by the dealer, you’ll be offered a chance to make an additional raise of 1, 2x or 3x your original Ante Wager. Basically you have one of two options, Raise or fold as such you’ll forfeit your Ante wager and first raise. The second community card will be revealed. Once again you must raise 1x, 2x or 3 your Ante wager or fold before the final community card is dealt by the dealer.
You’ll have to make a five-card poker hand by using your starting cards and three community cards. To win at least even-money you need a pair of jacks or better – have a look at the pay table for payoffs. The better your hand the bigger the payout you’ll receive. A push is earned through a pair of 6’s through 10’s. No pairs and lower pairs lose.
Your bet is on your two-card starting hand if you wagered in the Pocket Bonus spot. To win 10-1 you’ll need at least an Ace or pair to win 5 to 1. Pocket Bonus has an edge to the house of between 4.52 and 9.95 percent.
If you placed a wager in the Board Bonus spot, you’re pinning your hopes on the three community cards. In order to win even-money you need a pair – no pair, no money. The higher the hand the better, if you have a three-card Royal Flush the payout is 50 to 1. The Board Bonus has a house advantage of 2.14 to 7.10 percent.
The Low-Ball side bet pays when you make a no-pair, no-straight, no-flush hand with your highest card, a jack or lower. A losing hand is a queen or higher. Payoffs are as high as 100 to 1 for a 7-high hand of 7, 6, 5, 4, 2. Lo Ball has a house edge 7.18 and 8.71 percent.
Five Card Jackpot Bonus
When a player makes at least a three-of-a-kind bet on the Five Card Jackpot Bonus he wins. If you score a royal flush you’ll win the progressive jackpot.
In Cajun Stud the side bet is tied into the house advantage and the game provided by the casino. The primary game has a house edge that ranges between 1.37 and 5.4 percent. All in all Cajun Stud poker is an exciting game to play since there’s so many angles to it.
The Raise bets and the Ante bet will be paid once the community cards are revealed. The Ante and Raise Bets are paid like this (Pay tables courtesy of Crushthecasinos.com):
- Royal Flush pays 500
- Straight Flush pays 100
- Four of a Kind pays 40
- Full House pays 10
- Flush pays 6
- Straight pays 4
- Three of a Kind pays 3
- Two Pairs pays 2
- Pair Jacks to Aces pays 1
- Pair 6s to 10s is a push
You can improve your odds at winning if you receive these payouts. Side bets offer different payouts while the big money is riding with Lo Ball:
- 7 high pays 100
- 8 high pays 50
- 9 high pays 15
- 10 high pays 5
- J high pays 1
- Other hands lose
Cajun Stud Strategy
The high cards are Jack to Ace, medium cards are 6 to 10 and low cards are 2 to 5. If you have any pair raise. Make a medium raise if you have one high card, two medium cards or 5/6 suited. Fold if you have two small cards or a small card and medium card (unless it’s 5-6 suited).
In summary. Cajun Stud is one of the most interesting variants of poker. It is easy to learn plus the primary game bets along with the three different side bets gives players the chance to win large sums of money. We see a bright future for the game it’s played in land and online casinos.