Hold’Em and Stud Poker: Caribbean Style
Everything’s more fun in the Caribbean, and poker’s no exception. Forget the drawn-out poker games that take place in dusty rooms – Café Casino’s Caribbean-style poker plays like a fast-paced casino table game. You’ve got two options for Caribbean poker: Stud and Hold’Em. Both games share a progressive jackpot, which is at $52,000 as we go to press.
If you’re new to poker, the goal of the game is to get a higher-ranked five-card hand than your opponent – who’s the dealer in the Caribbean variants. For a rundown on poker hand rankings, check the game guide at Café Casino. Once you get an idea of what cards can get you a win, you’ll choose between pursuing a hand (which requires raising your bet), and folding. This is the same regardless of whether you’re playing Hold’Em or Stud.
The big difference between Stud and Hold’Em is the presence or absence of community cards. Hold’Em has five community cards that are placed face-up on the table and can be used by all players (or in the case of playing online, can be used by you and the dealer). Stud doesn’t have community cards. You get your five-card hand right away, and you’ll get to see one of the dealer’s cards. If you like your odds and want to go head to head, raise (double the initial bet), if not, fold your hand. The payouts for Stud are as follows:
Royal Flush: 200:1
Straight Flush: 50:1
4 of a Kind: 20:1
Full House: 7:1
3 of a Kind: 3:1
Two Pair: 2:1
One Pair, High Card: Both 1:1
With Hold’Em, your hand is shown under “Player” and the Dealer’s two-card hand is face down. To start things off, three community cards will be revealed – at which point you choose to raise or fold your hand. If you raise, two more community cards will be revealed, and your hand will be compared with the dealer’s hand. If you beat the dealer, how much you win depends on the strength of your hand.
Royal Flush: 100:1
Straight Flush: 20:1
4 of a Kind: 10:1
Full House: 3:1
Straight, 3 of a Kind, Two Pair, One Pair, High Card: All 1:1
This isn’t to say that you automatically win whenever you have one of the aforementioned hands. It wouldn’t make sense for the dealer to go in every round any more than it’d make sense for you to go in indiscriminately. For Hold’Em, the dealer goes in (or qualifies, as you’ll see on the board) if he has at least a pair of Fours. In Stud, he must have an Ace/King or higher to go in. Otherwise, you’ll collect an even money payout on the Ante, but the Raise bets will be a push. In the wise words of Kenny Rogers, “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em.”