How to Play Caribbean Draw Poker
Caribbean Draw Poker has been growing in popularity along with it’s sisters Caribbean Stud Poker & Caribbean Hold Em’ Poker. The game is played with each player against the dealer instead of each player against each other in other forms of Poker. Caribbean Draw Poker can be found in online casinos as well as in land based casinos. Players like this game because it does have the opportunity to win a progressive jackpot for a bet of $1. One important detail a player should take not of is the hand rankings. They are as follows.
Royal Flush: A, K, Q, J, 10 of same suit
Straight Flush: 5 cards of same suit in sequence
4 of a Kind: 4 cards of same rank
Full House: 3 of a kind, plus a pair
Flush: 5 cards of same suit
Straight: 5 cards in sequence, mixed suits
3 of a Kind: 3 cards of same rank
Two Pair: 2 pairs of different rank
One Pair: 1 pair (2 cards) of same rank
High Card: 5 cards of different ranks and suits
The game starts when each player makes an ante bet equal to the table’s minimum bet amount, each casino has different minimum bet amounts so be sure to make note of this. In the first deal of the game, players will receive five cards dealt face down. The dealer’s cards are dealt a bit differently, they will receive four cards face down and one card face up. The players are then able to look at their cards and discard two if they would like and receive two more. Players are then asked to fold or call, if the player decides to call, they will be asked to make an additional bet double the size of the ante bet. In this game, because the player is against the dealer, the dealer can also draw two cards which is a key point in the game. Like in other variations of poker, the dealer must qualify for the game to continue. The dealer must have a pair of 8′s or higher. In the event the dealer does not qualify, the players are paid even money and the second bet is for them to keep. Most people would say that the dealer only qualifies 50% of the time, so it is not wise to fold on the first round of the game.
In the Caribbean games, there is always the chance to make a progressive jackpot bet. Most will say the bet is not worth the $1 it costs to make because the odds are against the player by hundreds. However, the jackpot in some places could be worth over $100,000.00 so some like to take the chance. If a player would like to participate in this bet, they will need to make the bet at the very beginning of the game along with the ante bet.