Procedure of Play
The object of Caribbean Poker is to beat the dealer's five card poker hand. Players winsnings are determined by beating the dealer's hand and by the poker hand the player has. The better the poker hand, the better the player's win would be.
The player starts by placing the ante bet in the appropriate betting area. This ante must meet the table minimums and maximums. Once the player has done this the player is deal 5 cards, face up and the dealer is deal four cards face down with the fifth card dealt face up.
At this point the player decides whether or not to raise or fold. If the player folds, the player loses the ante and a new round begins. If the player raises, the player doubles his or her bet and the dealer's cards are disclosed. The dealer must qualify with at least an Ace / King combination. If the dealer fails to qualify the player automatically wins the ante bet but the raise portion of the bet is considered a push and is given back to the player.
If the dealer qualifies, the player's hand is compared to the dealer's hand. If the player's hand wins then the player is paid out according to the payout chart which can be viewed by clicking on the "View Payouts" button. If the player's hand loses then all bets, the ante and the raise, are lost and a new round begins.
There is a side bet available to the player that is played outside of the dealer's hand. Regardless of what the dealer's hand is or whether or not the dealer qualifies, the player is still has a chance of winning based on the value of the player's hand. The player is required to have a minimum of a flush to win. This bet is made by clicking on the On / Off button to the right of the progessive jackpot meter. If the button displays "On" then the player will be participating in progressive wager for each hand. If the button displays "Off" then the player will not be eligible for progressive jackpot wins. The progressive jackpot side bet costs $ 1.00 per hand.
The joker can only be used to complete a straight, flush, or straight flush, otherwise it is treated as an ace.