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Caribbean Draw Poker Review

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Overview

Caribbean Draw Poker is a casino table game (meaning that players bet against the banker rather than playing against each other) and is played with a single standard deck of 52 cards.

The player starts by placing an Ante bet then 5 cards are laid out in front of both the player and the dealer. The cards in front of the player are laid face up and all but one of the cards in front of the dealer are face down.

If the player wishes, they can discard up to two cards from their hand and have them replaced, but this will cost them an additional bet equal to twice their Ante bet. The other option the player has is to Fold the hand. If they do that they lose their Ante bet. Regardless of whether or not the player chooses to change cards, if they don’t Fold they have to place the additional bet of twice their Ante.

After this the dealer will turn over their 4 face down cards and will replace up to 2 cards in their hand depending on the following rules;

  • If the dealer has a 5 card winning hand no cards are replaced
  • If the dealer had 4 of a Kind, 2 Pair, 4 to a Flush or 4 to a Straight one card gets exchanged
  • If the dealer has 3 of a Kind, a Pair or a High card two cards get replaced

The results of any hand are decided based on whether the dealer qualifies (has a Pair of 8s or better) and then standard poker ranking of hands.

If the dealer doesn’t qualify the player wins 1 to 1 on their Ante bet and the Raise bet is returned.
If the dealer does qualify and the player wins the hand the Ante bet is paid at 1 to 1 while the Raise bet is paid out according to the following table;

Hand Payout
Royal Flush 100 to 1
Straight Flush 50 to 1
4 of a Kind 20 to 1
Full House 7 to 1
Flush 5 to 1
Straight 3 to 1
3 of a Kind 2 to 1
2 Pairs 1 to 1
Pair 1 to 1

The optimal strategy for Caribbean Draw Poker is very complicated and not easy to learn. We recommend that you use our Caribbean Draw Poker Strategy Calculator for this job.

The House Edge of Caribbean Draw Poker – when considered across all wagers rather than only on the Ante bet and assuming you are using optimum strategy – is approximately 0.7%. This is competitively low for most table games offered online today.

Caribbean Draw Poker usually also offers a side bet simply called ‘Bonus Bet’. This is a Progressive Jackpot bet (the jackpot amount gets higher with ever bet placed by players that does not win the jackpot). While this bet can get high enough to be favourable to the player, we’d strongly recommend players avoid this bet. It’s very unusual for the jackpot to get high enough to be player favourable and the vast majority of the time the House Edge on this bet is FAR higher than any other casino game.

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