How to Play Caribbean Draw Poker
Caribbean Draw Poker is a fun poker table game that you will see at many of the best online casinos. The game is similar to Caribbean Stud and Caribbean Hold’em, but based on five-card draw. Today, we will go over the basics of how to play the game and give you some basic strategy to help you win.
Rules for Playing Caribbean Draw Poker
Caribbean Draw Poker is a five-card draw poker table game that you’ll find at many real money online casinos. The game is simple to play and plays similar to video poker. However, the object of the game is to beat the dealer’s hand.
To play the game, you must place an ante. Bets in most online versions of this game range from $1 to $100. You can also make a progressive jackpot bet before each hand. After placing your ante bet and clicking deal, you will receive five cards. The dealer also receives cards but only the fifth card will be face up.
This is where you will make your only decision of the game. You can opt to Bet or Fold. If you fold, the hand is over. If you want to bet, go ahead and select any cards you want to exchange. You can exchange up to two cards. When you’re ready, click bet. A bet double your ante will be placed and you will draw cards.
After your draw, the dealer will show his cards and then exchange cards, if necessary. After the dealer is done, hands will be compared. In order to be paid off for both bets, the dealer’s hand must qualify. The dealer must have at least a pair of eights or better to qualify.
When the dealer does not qualify, you will win even money on your Ante and the Bet pushes. If the dealer qualifies and your hand wins, you will win even money on your Ante and the Bet will pay out based on the following pay table:
- Royal Flush – 100 to 1
- Straight Flush – 50 to 1
- 4 of a Kind – 20 to 1
- Full House – 7 to 1
- Flush – 5 to 1
- Straight – 3 to 1
- Three of a Kind – 2 to 1
- Two Pair – Even Money
- Pair of Eights or Better – Even Money
Earlier we mentioned that there is a progressive jackpot side bet you can make. If make a flush or better, you will receive a payout from this side bet. The jackpot is triggered when you make a Royal Flush. Here is the payouts from the progressive jackpot side bet:
- Royal Flush – JACKPOT!!
- Straight Flush – 10% of Jackpot
- 4 of a Kind – $500
- Full House – $100
- Flush – $75
This side bet only costs $1. It is still considered a sucker bet, but depending on the size of the progressive jackpot, it may be worth playing for jackpot chasers.
Basic Strategy for Caribbean Draw Poker
Caribbean Draw Poker is not the same as Caribbean Stud. It plays a bit more like video poker in terms of which hands you should keep and which draws you should make. Below is a basic strategy chart for drawing in this game:
Otherwise, a good rule of thumb is to play most any hand where you have at least a pair of eights or a good draw. Otherwise, you’re going to likely be playing against a losing hand.