The difference between Cyberstud Poker and Caribbean Draw Poker

As the Mega Moolah slot crashed through the 14 million barrier, it is fair to say that Microgaming progressive games are drawing plenty of attention, but it is not just slots that the company offer that carry large progressive jackpots.

In among their 16 different progressive games are two versions of poker, Caribbean Draw Poker and Cyberstud Poker.

Now if, like me, you are a fan of poker, then what is it about these two games that makes them an interesting proposition for a poker fan and a progressive jackpot hunter. Sure, both games have sizeable progressive jackpots to win, but how do you win them, how much will it cost you to play and when was the last time the jackpot in the game was won?

We answer all these questions and more as we take a look at the key differences between the two different Microgaming poker progressives, starting with the one with the slightly higher progressive jackpot at the time of writing, Cyberstud Poker.

Cyberstud Progressive Poker

The first thing you should note is that poker is a very difficult game to actually build a progressive element into. The basic game, which is usually played between several players at a table against each other, doesn't easily lend itself to an obvious progressive element.

Of course, to change that, Microgaming have had to change the structure of the game, so instead of taking on other players, in both progressive games, you take on the house and the way the company has come up with facilitating a progressive jackpot into each of the games is clever.

Cyberstud Poker is a game, like the original, where you want to maximise your chances of winning when you hold the strong hand, sometimes called 'lsquo;the nuts' against your opponent (who in this case is the house) and to also minimise your losses when you hold the weaker of the two hands.

  • What do you bet in Cyberstud Poker?

Your first bet in Cyberstud Poker is called the Ante bet and this is the bet where the player has a degree of flexibility and can decide to bet as many units of their chosen coin as they like. If you have more to play with, then you can bet more per hand, or if you have a smaller bankroll, then smaller bets are advisable.

Alongside the Ante bet is the side bet. This always amounts to one credit and this is your contribution to the progressive jackpot prize fund. You can only win the progressive jackpot prize if you cover this bet on each hand that you play.

Once you have made your bets, you then click on the deal button to start the game.

  • How does the game progress?

The game progresses by the player receiving five cards from the pack face up. The dealer also receives a single card face up, but their remaining cards are not dealt until you have decided what you want to do with your cards.

Once you have been dealt your cards you need to weigh up the strength of the cards in your hand against the value of the single card, and what possible hands the dealer could make, against you. This is a judgement call as you can only see one of the dealers cards, but for example if you have a. hand of ten-high and the dealer has been dealt a 7, there is a good chance that the dealer may land either a pair, or a card higher than your ten in their remaining four cards, hence you are not very likely to win that hand. The stronger your hand is against the dealers card, then the more chance you have of landing a win.

At this opportunity you have two choices. If you think your hand will lose, you can fold the hand, which means that you lose and the dealer will win automatically, and you lose your ante and progressive side bet.

Alternatively, you can Call. When you do, you place onto the table a bet equalling 2x the amount you bet originally as your Ante Bet. So for example, if you bet £10 as your Ante Bet and then Call the hand, you would put a further £20 into the pot, so you would have £30 as your total Ante Bet, plus your £1 progressive jackpot side bet.

Once you have called, the dealer then receives their four remaining cards, after which the hands are compared and whoever has the best hand wins. If you win, then you at least double your money from the bet, however how much you receive back depends on the strength of your hand, you could win up to 999 times your call bet if you land a Royal Flush.

One thing to note, here is that the dealer's hand must qualify for the hand for it to be declared a winner in your favour. To qualify, the dealers hand mush contain either an ace or a king as a bare minimum.

If the dealer's hand does not qualify then the player will win, but the pay out they receive changes as they will receive all of their Call bet back (in this case £20) and double their Ante bet (2x £10 is £20) which means you would earn a £10 profit on this bet if the dealer does not qualify.

  • How can you win the progressive jackpot in Cyberstud Poker?

To win the progressive jackpot a player needs to land a Royal Flush. This is a hand containing 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace of the same suit.

If you land a number of other hands, such as a straight flush, four of a kind, a full house or a flush, then you can win other prizes, which are all paid out using your progressive side bet and these prizes are awarded in addition to the standard win you land with your Ante bet.

The Cyberstud Poker jackpot was last triggered back in March 2018 when one player landed a 138,273 prize.

Caribbean Draw Poker

Caribbean Draw Poker differs from Cyberstud in one key way and that is rather than having to make a hand with the cards they have been dealt, in Caribbean Draw Poker, players can try to improve their hand by drawing up to two cards from the pack to replace one or two they discard from their hand.

This game is also played against the house and it generally operates in a similar way to Cyberstud Poker in many respects, with just a couple of key differences.

  • What do you bet in Caribbean Draw Poker?

The start of Caribbean Draw Poker is the same as Cyberstud Poker in that a player makes their Ante bet of however much money they want to bet in the game, plus their progressive Side bet which is their contribution to the progressive jackpot fund, which again is a 1 credit bet (£1.00 for UK players).

Once you have made your bet then the game begins with the dealing of the cards.

  • How does the game progress?

You will receive five cards face up on screen and the dealer will also have five cards, only one of which is shown face up. Here, you have a decision to make. You can either Fold, which is to say you quit the hand, lose your bets and the dealer wins automatically, or you can elect to Bet, which means that you can now select up to two cards from your hand to swap from other cards in the pack.

Once you have changed the card or cards you wish to, or held your hand if you have a strong five-card hand, the dealer then reveals their cards. If the dealer does not qualify, then the player wins the hand and receives an even money pay out for their bet.

However, if the dealer hand does qualify and the player wins then the strength of the players hand will determine the size of their win. Wins start at double your money (even money) bets and go up to a 100/1 pay out if you land a Royal Flush.

  • How can you win the progressive jackpot in Caribbean Draw Poker?

With your side bet for the progressive you can also qualify for a winning hand. These pays start at hands of 2-pairs or better and that pays out 4x your 1.00 stake. The value of the pay outs increase with the strength of winning hand you landed up to the Royal Flush, which is when the progressive jackpot pay out will be won.

The last time the Caribbean Draw Poker progressive was won was in mid-March 2018 when one player landed a 275,202 prize.

If you love poker, then both these progressive jackpot games are well worth taking a closer look at.

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