What is Caribbean Draw?
Caribbean draw is a casino game in which players go up against the dealer, aiming to have the best hand. The player and dealer each receive five cards, with one of the dealer’s cards showing and the other four dealt face down. There is also the option to draw one or two additional cards – or none, if desired. The dealer can also draw up to two cards, but needs a pair of eights or better to qualify. Two bets are played in this form of the game – the ante bet and the call bet.
Caribbean Draw Explained
‘Caribbean draw’, or ‘Caribbean draw poker’, is one of the Caribbean variants of poker found in some casinos and at some online gaming websites. Like Caribbean stud and Caribbean hold’em, the game is played heads-up against the dealer rather than against a table of players. All three of these games tend to include an optional progressive jackpot as a side bet, which is won when the player draws a particular hand. In Caribbean draw games, the player must pick up a natural flush or better to win this progressive jackpot, without drawing additional cards to their hand.
To play, an ante must be made and the first five cards will be dealt. The player gets an advantage over the dealer in that one of the dealer’s cards is visible. Players then opt to fold and forfeit their ante, or stay in the game and call (usually a bet of twice the ante’s amount). Up to two cards can be exchanged by the player and by the dealer. The dealer needs a pair of eights to qualify, and payouts rise sharply if a flush, straight, full house or royal flush is made by the player. High card, pair and two pair cards are paid at 1:1, while the best possible hand – a royal flush – is paid at 100:1. Payouts are dependent on the player beating the dealer: tied hands return the call and ante stakes.