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The Caribbean Islands have given us three great table game variations of standard games. In this tips article, we’ll talk about Caribbean Draw Poker. As in all the games offered at an online casino such as Springbok, one of the big benefits to players is that you don’t have to give up the game you were playing if you would like to sample another game.
So, check out Caribbean Draw Poker. If you like it, you will have found another exciting poker based game to play. If you decide to leave, the game you were playing will be there ready and waiting for you.
In regular draw poker, all players get five cards unseen by the others. In online draw poker, both you and the dealer get five cards. In Caribbean Draw Poker, you get five cards up and the dealer gets one card up and four cards down. The challenge to you is to first fathom the hand the dealer might have and to raise your bet accordingly. If you decide to continue, you get to draw up to two cards in an attempt to improve your hand.
Keep in mind that you can fold your hand after the initial deal and there are times when that is your best play.
So, play begins with your bet, usually referred to as the ante bet, and the dealer deals the cards.
Clearly, you can never be sure what the dealer might have with four cards down. So you have to analyze your own hand. If you like your hand, you continue by making a second bet that is twice your ante bet. Then you can draw up to two cards. If you don’t like your chances after the deal, you can fold and surrender your ante bet.
Let’s assume that you continue. You place your second bet and decide how many cards, if any, to draw. Now the dealer has to draw as well. The dealer doesn’t make deep analyses. He or she is bound by the rules of the game which are:
After both you and the dealer have drawn, if you choose to do so, the dealer’s hand is opened. If you win, you get 1-1 for the ante and your second bet carries a value based on its strength. We’ll get to that in a moment.
The dealer must have at least a pair of eights to qualify to win. If he doesn’t have at least a pair of eights, your ante bet will be paid on a 1-1 basis and the second bet is returned to you as a push. This is one way the house gains a slight advantage. If you have a great hand, you might not benefit from it because the dealer failed to get the required pair of eights.
Here are the extra payouts for getting a winning hand when the dealer qualifies:
This area can be fairly complicated so we’ll try to reduce all 22 (!) separate strategic possibilities into fewer to make playing easier. The easiest way to understand Caribbean Poker strategy is to realize that you can fold if you wish but then you lose your ante bet. Sometimes, that’s the best decision. If you bet, you might win, you might lose, you might tie the dealer, or you might win but not qualify for the extra payout because the dealer didn’t qualify with a pair of eights or higher.
Caribbean Poker is so popular because it has a very high payout and because it’s so different from most other poker variations. It’s a great game to add to your poker repertoire.