What is Caribbean Hold’Em?
Caribbean Hold’Em is a modern variant of standard Hold’Em poker, very similar to the better-known Casino Hold’Em game. However, a failure to qualify by the dealer pays even money in the Caribbean Hold’Em game. Caribbean Hold’Em game has some features in common with video poker. Two bets are required from the player – the ante and the call. The game is played heads-up against the dealer, who requires a pair of fours or higher to qualify.
Caribbean Hold’Em Explained
‘Casino Hold’Em’ is a popular casino game that blends elements of Hold’Em poker with aspects of video poker, so that the player faces off against the dealer with the best hand of the pair winning. The game is sometimes referred to as ‘Caribbean Hold’Em’, though the Caribbean Hold’Em game is actually a unique variant on the theme.
In Caribbean Hold’Em, players make an ante bet in order to see their own ‘hole cards’ or hidden cards, and the first three of the community cards. There is sometimes a side bet made at this point, towards a progressive jackpot which is won when a particular hand is drawn. The player decides at this stage whether to fold and give up their ante, or to play on and make the ‘call‘ bet – usually twice the value of the ante. Two further community cards will be dealt after the call, followed by the dealer revealing their own hole cards. At this stage, the dealer must have a pair of fours or better to qualify, or the player wins their ante bet automatically.
The call bet pays 1:1 if the player’s hand beats a qualifying hand by the dealer, while the ante bet is paid according to the game’s pay table, depending on the rank of that winning hand. Tied hands result in a push for the call and the ante bets, and a beaten hand loses both of these bets. In most forms of Caribbean Hold’Em, a single standard deck is used and there are no wildcards in play. The best hand is usually the royal flush, which pays 100:1 on the ante. All hands ranked under the flush pay at 1 to 1.