Caribbean Draw Progressive
If you are a fan of Texas Hold'em, or indeed any form of poker, then how about trading playing against opponents and instead, take on the house dealer, with a chance of earning a massive progressive jackpot win thanks to this exciting poker progressive.
First off, let's explain what form of poker "draw poker" is and how it differs intrinsically from a typical hand of no limits hold'em.
Of course, in the usual form of poker, a player doesn't play against the house but against other players which is why players use a wide variety of skills and techniques to try and better the other players hand and win the pot, even if the player's hand may be inferior to their opponent.
Now against the computer, this aspect of the game is removed as it is a straight up comparison game between your hand and the computers. This does simplify the game considerably (and that is not a bad thing if you are a relative novice to the game). The other key aspect of this game is that a player can draw up to two cards per hand.
The term "draw" means a player can elect to get rid of up to two cards out of the five they were initially dealt and have them replaced with cards from the pack. This doesn't happen in traditional Hold'em, where the cards drawn from the pack are community cards (flop, turn and river) which are shared by all players.
In Caribbean Draw Poker, when the player replaces up to two cards, these cards then go towards improving the players hand only. The players hand is then completed and whether they win or not depends on the strength of their opponents hand, in this case, the dealer.
To assist the player's decision making, the first card the dealer is dealt out of their five cards is shown face up. The player can then elect to either bet (and make an additional bet in addition to their ante bet to start the game off), or they can fold, in which case they lose the ante bet, but don't risk losing any more cash.
If a player bets, then they can select up to two cards from their hand that they want to replace then click the bet button. The two cards are removed and two fresh cards from the pack are dealt to the player.
Now the player has a five card poker hand, as does the dealer, and it is now time to decide who wins.
In order to be eligible to win a hand, the dealer must 'qualify' for the hand by holding a pair of eights or better. If the dealer does not qualify, then the player wins the hand automatically and receives an even money payout for their bet.
However, if the dealer qualifies for the hand, then things get more interesting and it is simply a comparison of the two hands to see who has the better poker hand. If the player has the higher hand then they win and are paid out based on the strength of their hand against a table.
- A pair of eights or higher – even money
- Two pairs – Even money
- Three of a kind – 2/1
- Straight – 3/1
- Flush – 5/1
- Full House – 7/1
- 4 of a Kind - 20/1
- Straight Flush – 50/1
- Royal Flush – 100/1
So if a player wagered 5.00 and the dealer qualified but the player won the hand with a full house, they would be paid out at odds of 7:1, which is 35.00 in profit plus their 5.00 stake back.
What is really interesting however is, if a player elects to place a Jackpot bet. This is 1.00 per hand but the great news is, if you place a Jackpot bet then you can receive a payout from it, in addition to your hand, or even if your hand loses against the dealers hand.
A progressive jackpot bet pays out at the following rate for the 1.00 bet:
- 2 Pairs – 4.00
- Three of a Kind – 5.00
- Straight – 15.00
- Flush – 30.00
- Full House – 50.00
- 4 of a Kind – 500.00
- Straight Flush – 2,100.00
- Royal Flush – Progressive Jackpot Win
So what this means is if you have a hand of three of a kind, but the dealer has a hand of a flush, your poker bet would lose, however, your progressive bet is paid out regardless of how you perform against the dealer and in this case, if you landed three of a kind, you'd receive back 5.00 in credits from the progressive bet.
Landing a Royal Flush does happen somewhat rarely in poker, so this does mean that the Caribbean Draw Poker progressive jackpot can creep up to some very large amounts, meaning that it is a hugely attractive progressive jackpot to win, especially when playing such an enjoyable game.