How to play caribbean Holdem
Tired of traditional casino games? Test your skill with Caribbean Holdem. The exciting game of Caribbean Holdem is comparable to the game of Caribbean Stud Poker. With Caribbean Holdem, however, you will be playing against the dealer / casino. The game is played by using a standard 52 card deck; the object is to have a better five card hand than the dealer by using your two pocket cards (hole cards) and the five community cards at the center of the table. This game is a newer variant which was developed after the big "Texas Holdem" boom in online poker. There are a couple other games like this so I have added some articles below to help you avoid getting them mixed up.
Caribbean Holdem Poker: Game Play
The play begins with the ante. Once you and your opponents have placed the ante, you will receive two cards face up (hole cards), three cards face up (the flop), and the dealer will receive two cards face down. Once these cards have been dealt, the player has the option to either forfeit their ante and fold, or the players may call their hand equal to two times the ante. After the players have made their decision, the dealer will then deal out two cards face up (river cards).
Once the river cards have been dealt, the players have a chance to compare their best five cards to the hand of the dealer. In order for the dealer to qualify, the dealer needs to have a hand of a pair of Fours or better. If the dealer doesn't qualify, the players call is then pushed where the player will win the payout for the ante. The payout's for the ante bet are as follows:
- Royal Flush: 100 to 1
- Straight Flush: 20 to 1
- Four of a Kind: 10 to 1
- Full House: 3 to 1
- Flush: 2 to 1
- Straight and below: 1 to 1
If by chance that the dealer does qualify and wins, the players will lose the call bets and the ante. However, if the dealer does qualify and then loses, the winning player(s) wins and will receive the payout as listed above. If the player and dealer end up with the same hand, the bet will then push.
Caribbean Holdem also allows players to play a progressive side bet before their hand is dealt. The players that played this side bet will also win if they receive a hand with a flush or four of a kind. Typically, if the player receives a Royal Flush or a Straight Flush, the player will receive a portion of the Jackpot.
Example Caribbean Holdem Hand
You receive a Seven of Hearts and Eight of Hears for your hole cards, and in the flop, there is the Nine of Hearts, Two of Diamonds, and Jack of Hearts. It would be smart to call because of the flush and straight opportunity. The two next community cards are a Ten of Hearts and Ace of Hears, which will result in a straight flush for your hand. The dealer has Nine of Spades and Three of Diamonds show, which means the dealer, also qualifies. According to the payout for the ante bet listed above, you will win because the payout is 20 to 1.