Procedure of Play
The object of the game of Caribbean Poker is to beat the dealer's five card poker hand. Players winnings are determined by both the poker hand the player has, as well as beating the dealer's hand. The better the poker hand, the better the player's win would be.
The player begins by placing the ante bet in the correct betting area. This ante is required to meet the table minimums and maximums. Once this is done, the player is dealt five cards, face up, and the dealer is also dealt five cards, four face down and the fifth card dealt face up.
The player needs to decide whether to raise or fold at this point. If the player chooses to fold, the ante is lost and a new round begins. Otherwise, if the player clicks the raise button, the player bets double the ante in the bet circle, and the dealer's cards are revealed. The dealer must have at least an Ace/King combination to qualify. If the dealer does not qualify, the player automatically wins the ante bet, the raise portion of the bet, however, is considered a push and is returned to the player.
If the dealer does qualify, the player's hand is compared to the dealer's hand. If the player's hand wins, he or she is paid out according to the payout chart - viewed by clicking on the "View Payouts" button. If the player's hand loses then all bets, the raise and the ante, are lost and a new round begins.
Outside of the dealer's hand that is played, there is a $1 side bet available to the player. Regardless of what the dealer's hand is, or whether the dealer qualifies or not, the player still has an opportunity to win based on the value of the player's hand. The player needs to have at least a flush to win. To make this bet, click on the “chip slot” to the right of the bet area. If the button next to the jackpot meter reads "On" then the player will be taking part in progressive wager for that hand. If the button displays "Off" the player will not qualify for progressive jackpot wins. The progressive jackpot side bet is $1.00 per hand.