Nearly all online casinos have a variety of card games but one of those largely ignored by Irish casino players is Caribbean Stud Poker or simply Caribbean Stud for short. The reason is possibly because not many people actually know how to play and secondly because it is called poker which many Irish casino players associate with the TV version of Texas Hold’em but in actual fact Caribbean stud bears little resemblance to that poker game. The online casino version of Caribbean stud is a simple game played against the dealer and the idea is to have a better poker hand than the dealer. There is no changing of cards and the only person who can raise the stakes is the player so you set your own risk. There is also no endless raising in online casino Caribbean stud as once you have placed your ante you can raise once only and that raise must be equal to exactly twice your ante so you know at the outset that the maximum you can lose is three times your ante. You can however win more than you can lose at the online casino as a better hand pays out at better odds than 1:1. Normally you must expect the online casino to have a slight advantage and this comes about by the fact that the dealer has to have what is called a qualifying hand in order for the raise bet to be valid. A qualifying hand in this context is generally an Ace/King or better. What this means is that even though you may have a very good poker hand such as a flush or a straight on which you clearly will place the raise bet if the dealer does not have a qualifying hand then only your ante bet will be paid at odds of 1:1 and your raise bet is simply returned. Caribbean stud nevertheless provides great entertainment and a good chance of winning when compared to other casino games.