You ante in and the dealer deals five cards to you and five
to themselves. The dealer turns one of their cards up. At this point you can make an
additional bet -- the "call" bet -- or surrender. If you surrender you lose the
hand and your ante.
If you make the "call" bet then the dealer turns
over their cards. To continue to the showdown, the dealer must "qualify" by
holding at least an Ace-King or better. If the dealer does not qualify, you win the ante
but your "call" bet is simply returned, no matter what the cards show.
If the dealer does qualify then it's a good old fashioned
showdown, with a catch. If you win, the ante pays even money. But if you win with anything
better than a pair, then the house pays you a multiple of your "call" bet based
on a bonus ranking. The better your hand, the higher the bonus.
There are two betting rounds in a hand of Caribbean Poker.
The first is your ante. The second comes when the dealer turns one of their cards face up.
If you like what you see and think you're still in the running, you can place a
"call" bet -- which is fixed at twice whatever you anted -- and play on. If you
don't "call" you surrender and forfeit your ante.
Payoff in Caribbean Poker is very simple. If you place a
"call" bet and the dealer fails to qualify, you win even money on your ante and
the "call" bet is simply returned.
If the dealer qualifies and you win the showdown, you get
even money on your ante and your "call" pays out according to the following
|4 of a Kind
|3 of a Kind
If you lose the showdown, the dealer takes
both your bets and it's time for another hand.