Caribbean Draw Poker by Real Time Gaming
Online video poker is fast becoming one of the most popular games played at any online casino. As opposed to table poker, video poker is played directly against the computer which means players can log on and play at any time. One of the more popular video poker games is Real Time Gaming’s Caribbean Draw Poker. In this version of the game, players only qualify for a win with a pair of eights or higher. In the notes below, we take a look at how the game works and how to start playing online.
How Caribbean Draw Works
Caribbean Draw Poker is played in exactly the same way as Caribbean Stud Poker which closely resembles 5 card draw. The game consists of a single poker table where the players is situated at the bottom of the table and the dealer at the top. In the middle of the table, the betting area houses the ante bet and the raise bet. The main table section is reserved for the dealt cards. The players chips and the game buttons are situated at the bottom of the screen.
Placing the Ante Bet
A game of Caribbean Draw Poker begins with the player playing the ante bet. The ante bet is placed by clicking on the chips at the bottom of the screen and then placing them on the betting area. Once the ante bet is placed, the player can then click on the deal button. The dealer will then deal the player five cards face up and himself five cards with one card showing. The aim of Caribbean Draw is to beat the dealer by creating the highest poker hand possible using the five cards dealt.
Folding or Raising
Once the cards are dealt, players must decide if they want to fold or raise the bet. If players fold, they will forfeit their ante bet. If players decide to raise, the ante bet is doubled and the player can choose two cards to be replaced. In Caribbean Draw Poker once the second set of cards have been dealt, the dealer will flip over his hand and see if he can beat the player’s poker hand. The dealer will also get a chance to swap out two of his cards.
If the Dealer Qualifies
In Caribbean Draw Poker the dealer must qualify with a pair of eights or higher. If the dealer does not quality, the ante bet pays out even money and the raise bet is a push. If the dealer does qualify the two hands are compared. If the players hand wins, the payouts are determined by the winning poker hand according to the paytable in the game. If the player loses the hand, they lose the ante bet and the raise bet.
Caribbean Draw Poker Payouts
In the online version of Caribbean Draw Poker, the payouts for a winning hand of a pair of eights is 1:1. Even money is also paid out for any win up to two pairs. Three of kind pays out 2:1 while a straight pays out 3:1 and a flush pays out 5:1. A full house pays out 7:1 with four of a kind paying 20:1 and a straight flush at 50:1. The highest payout in the game is a royal flush paying out 100:1.