Placing your bets
Caribbean poker – which is sometimes known as Caribbean Stud Poker – begins, like any other poker game: with a bet. The game requires players to look at their chip values, and decide how much they wish to stake in the ante betting circle. The amount you can wager depends on the individual table limits, which vary from game to game. The player also has the option of wagering a side-bet, if they wish to compete to win the progressive jackpot. That side-bet is fixed at $1, or your local currency equivalent.
Following the betting round, the player and the dealer will each receive a total of 5 cards. Those cards are dealt face down, although one of the dealer’s card is dealt face up. The player must then make another decision.
Playing the game
After looking at his or her hand, the player can decide to fold or raise. If they choose to fold, they will lose their ante bet, and their side-bet. If they choose to raise, they must place another bet of exactly the same value as the original ante bet. The dealer will then reveal their cards.
In order for the game to progress, the dealer must qualify. To do so, they must have an ace and a king, or better in their hand. Should they not have a qualifying hand, the player wins even money on their ante bet, and their raised bet is pushed (returned to them).
Winning or losing
If the dealer does indeed qualify, then the game progresses. The dealer’s hand is then compared against that of the player. If the dealer has a better poker hand (according to standard poker hand rankings) then the player loses both their ante and raised bets. However, if the player has a better hand, the ante bet is paid out with even money, whilst the raise bet is paid out according to a pay-table. That pay-table is visible on the screen when you play Caribbean poker online.
The progressive jackpot side-bet
Also visible on the screen will be the progressive jackpot pay-table. As long as you don’t fold, you can win with your progressive jackpot side-bet. All it has to do is match one of the hands on the progressive jackpot pay-table. Generally speaking, you need to land a Royal Flush to win the progressive jackpot. However, smaller cash prizes, or percentages of the progressive jackpot can be paid out for other hands, depending on the pay-table, and the game you are playing. Your progressive jackpot side-bet is not affected if you lose to the dealer, as long as you don’t fold.