Caribbean Hold’em Poker
Caribbean Holdem Poker is one of the newest and most exciting casino poker games around. It started showing up in casinos all over the world about 10 years ago, but recently has been increasing greatly in popularity as more and more casinos add the game to their mix.
Online casinos like GoCasino and Millionaire Casino are also quickly adopting the game, which is also sometimes called Casino Hold’em poker. Its appeal lies in the fact that it is familiar to Texas Hold’em players, easy to learn and play, and still features the chance at huge, tantalizing jackpots that casinos love to offer up.
How to play Caribbean Hold’em Poker
It is similar in some ways to the much older Caribbean Stud Poker, but also borrows aspects of Texas Hold’em. In fact, if you are familiar with hold’em, then you should pick up the game very quickly.
Each game starts with an ante by the player. At this time you are also given the option to place a bet for the progressive jackpot. Once the hand starts this bet is unavailable, so if you are interested in trying the jackpoker, then place the bet right away.
After all players ante up, the dealer distributes the cards, face up to the player and face down to the dealer. The flop is then dealt immediately, before any more bets are placed. Upon seeing the flop, each player must decide to either fold, and lose the ante, or call. A call is a bet equal to the ante bet, so in this way, the ante determines your max bet. There is no option to check or raise, only fold or call.
If you fold, the hand ends there and the dealer takes the ante. If you call, the turn and river are dealt and the final hands are determined. The dealer must “qualify” for his hand to be eligible. In order to qualify, he must have a pair of 4′s or better. Otherwise he folds and the players win 1 to 1 on their ante, but their call is a push.
If the dealer’s hand does qualify though, then the best hand is determined just like in Texas Hold’em. If the dealer’s hand is best, then you lose your ante and call bet. On the other hand, if you hold the best cards, your call bet is always paid 1 to 1 and your ante bet is paid depending on your hand. This is where Caribbean Hold’em can be very exciting as you have the chance to win some big money.
Pairs, Two-pairs and Three of a Kind are all paid 1 to 1 on the ante. Make a Flush and you are paid 2 to 1 on your ante bet (but still always 1 to 1 on the call bet). Full Houses pay out at 3 to 1 on the ante. If you are lucky enough to make Four of a Kind, you will receive 10 to 1 and a Straight Flush pays out at 20 to 1. Make the best possible hand, a Royal Straight Flush and you are rewarded with on your ante bet. Keep in mind that the dealer must qualify to pay out anything more than 1 to 1 on the ante.
If you do make a really big hand, you will definitely hope that you paid for the progressive jackpot. Most online casinos have similar payouts for Caribbean Hold’em jackpots, but they may vary slightly. All progressive payouts start out when you make a Flush or better though.
You will receive $75 on your Flush, no matter what your ante bet was. Make a Full House and $100 is sent your way, while Four of a Kind gains $500 for your bankroll. We get to the progressive part of the jackpot at a Straight Flush. This pays out 10% of the jackpot, which often range from the mid 5-figures to well over $100k. You can imagine that 10% of that could really make your night. How bout 100%? Hit a Royal and that’s exactly what you’ll get! .
As you can see, Caribbean Hold’em is easy to pick up, especially if you already know how to play Texas Hold’em. It’s a lot of fun to play, even without hitting the progressive jackpot. However, its always nice to know there is a chance.