One time each player cards and the dealer cards are dealt, you will see your own cards, and a card from the dealer turns. This is the key point of the game.
Based on your cards, you can fold your hand, in which case you lose your first bet and participate without more, or you can increase a bet of exactly twice the first bet on the table.
What you choose depends of your hand, and the dealer’s up card.
If your hand is Ace-King high or better (a pair or two pairs) must always increase. If you have an Ace-Queen high and the dealer does not teach any King or Ace the best you can do it is raise. In all other cases, the house edge is kept to a minimum to fold your hand.
Next, the dealer reveals his hole cards. Depends if the dealer has a hand that qualifies or not, it makes a big difference in payments. If the dealer has an ace-king high or better hand qualifies compared to the player’s hand using the standard poker hand rankings. If the player has a better hand then the payments by the increase of the bet is determined by the payment form below. Besides the bet pays 1 to 1!
If the dealer’s hand doesn’t qualify, then no matter what are the players initial bet pays 1-1 and the stake is returned.
It can be frustrating when you have a good hand in Caribbean Poker and the dealer does not qualify, although there is always the chance of winning the progressive jackpot on the other.
Pay table for your hand against the dealer:
- Royal Flush = 100: 1
- Straight Flush = 50: 1
- Poker = 20: 1
- Full = 7: 1
- Color = 5: 1
- Flush = 4: 1
- 3 same cards = 3: 1
- Two Pair = 2: 1
- A-K or pair = 1: 1