Intro to Caribbean Holdem

If the name didn’t give it away, Caribbean Holdem is a mix between Caribbean Stud and Texas Holdem poker. Like Texas Holdem, the game uses hole cards and community cards but like Caribbean Stud, the game is played against the house and not against other players.

The game also has an optional side bet that lets players take part in a progressive jackpot similar to the one used in Caribbean Holdem. If a player takes the optional side bet, that player will then be paid if he beats the dealer with a flush or better.

How to Play Caribbean Holdem

Each hand begins with the player making a bet of any size within the table limits. The dealer then receives two cards face down and the player receives two cards face up. Three community cards are then dealt face up in the middle of the table.

At this point, the player may decide to fold or call. If the player likes his hand so far, the player can call by placing a second bet equal to twice the size of the original bet. If the player doesn’t like the look of the cards so far, the player can forfeit his original bet and fold.

After the player makes his decision, the dealer deals two more community cards face up in the middle of the table and reveals his cards. The player and dealer each make the best possible five card poker using any combination of their own hole cards and the community cards in the middle of the table.

The dealer’s hand must qualify with a pair of 4s or better. If this doesn’t happen, the player wins an even money payout on his original bet but the Call bet is returned without any winnings. If the dealer does qualify, the player and dealer enter a showdown.

If the dealer’s hand is better than the player’s, the dealer will collect both the player’s bets. If the player has a better hand than the dealer, the Call bet is paid even money and the original ante is paid according to this table:

Caribbean Holdem Payouts

Progressive Jackpot Side Bet

At the beginning of the hand, the player has the opportunity to place an optional bet on the progressive jackpot. If the player ends up with a flush or better at the end of the hand, the player will be paid according to the casino’s progressive jackpot payout chart.

The payout chart varies from one casino to the next and the size of the jackpot depends on how long it has been running since the last time it was hit. Generally there are fixed payouts for flushes, full houses and four of a kind. A percentage of the jackpot is paid out for straight flushes and then the entire progressive jackpot is paid out for royal flushes.