Caribbean Poker are table poker games that all share the same basic common rules. Players initiate the game by making an ante bet. An optional progressive jackpot-based side bet is commonly available for either 0.10, 0.50, or most commonly, 1.00. The cards will be dealt, and players may then fold, forfeit the ante, and end the game, or raise and make an additional wager twice that of the ante.
If the player raises, the cards are then evaluated against the dealer's. If the dealer's hand is weak enough to not qualify, the player will win 1:1 on the ante and push on the raise, regardless of his or her hand. If the dealer's hand is strong enough to qualify, the player must have a better hand. If so, he or she will win 1:1 on the ante, and the raise bet will pay according to the paytable.
While this basic gameplay structure is the fundamental for any Caribbean poker, there is a lot of room for game developers to adjust things. As such, many online casinos offer three different kinds of Caribbean pokers, such as casinos using the RTG platform. We'll take a look at the specific rules of each kind, as well as how good of a gamble they each are.
Caribbean Stud Poker is the most commonly known Caribbean poker game. In fact, the vast majority of online casinos will have it. It may be named differently in some casinos, however. Microgaming Casinos has a version called Cyberstud Poker, and Rival casinos often call it Five-Card Poker.
Out of all the Caribbean poker games, Caribbean Stud Poker is the simplest. Both the player and the dealer are given five cards, with the dealer dealing all of his or her own cards face down except for the last one. If the player chooses to raise, the dealer will qualify if his or her hand is ace/king high or better. Using optimal strategy, the expected return per hand is 94.78%, making it one of the worst table games mathematically.
Caribbean Hold'em is the Texas Hold'em version of Caribbean poker. The game should not be confused with Texas Hold'em Bonus, which requires a much more intricate strategy and does not pay out big bonuses without a side bet. Caribbean Hold'em is sometimes listed as 3 Unique Casino Poker Variants.
When the player starts the game, he or she will be dealt 2 cards. The dealer will also deal him or herself 2 cards, face down. The dealer will finally deal 3 community cards in the centre of the table. The player must then decide whether to fold or raise. If the player raises, the dealer will then deal 3 more community cards in the centre of the table. The dealer will qualify with a pair of 4s or better. Optimal strategy results in an expected return per hand of 97.84%; a decent gamble.
Caribbean Draw Poker
The least common of all Caribbean poker games, Caribbean Draw Poker is inspired from the popular game of five-card draw. The player has a significant amount of involvement in this variation, contributing to its good odds.
At the start of a Caribbean Draw Poker game, the player and the dealer are each dealt 5 cards. The player may then elect to replace up to 2 cards in his hand before raising, or he or she may fold. Optimal strategy dictates that players should raise every time. The dealer will then do the same according to the house way. If the dealer has a pair of 8s or better, he or she qualifies. Using optimal strategy, players can expect a return per hand of 97.60%, making it a worthwhile game to play.