Caribbean Poker Tips and Strategy

One of the things that makes Caribbean Poker a big draw for poker fans is that it's also a Progressive Jackpot game, so you've got two of the best casino games rolled into one. In online casinos, this jackpot is tied to other casinos using the same software, so that when the jackpot is hit in one casino, the jackpot is reset in all of the casinos and begins to build again.

The object of the game is to make a better five card hand than the dealer has. To begin the game, each player makes a wager and places the bet in the Ante Box. At this time you can also make a side bet for the Progressive Jackpot. Once the bets have been made, the dealer then deals five cards face down to each player and himself, with four of his cards being face down and one face up. This gives you a slight advantage when determining whether to stay in the game or fold, which is your next step. If you fold, you lose your first bet, or Ante, and the bet for the jackpot. If you choose to stay, you will be required to place twice your original bet in the Bet Box, this is you making your Call. After all the players have either folded or indicated their intention to Stay, the dealer reveals his cards face up. At this point, the dealer must qualify his hand, which means he must have an Ace King or higher as his hand. If he fails to qualify, you will get double your Ante bet and you get your Call bet back. In the case of the dealer qualifying, then your cards will be shown to check for a higher hand than the dealer. If you beat the dealer's hand, your payout will correspond to the payout for that particular hand on the payout table as shown below.

Hand Payoff

Royal flush 100 to 1

Straight flush 50 to 1

Four of a kind 20 to 1

Full house 7 to 1

Flush 5 to 1

Straight 4 to 1

Three of a kind 3 to 1

Two pair 2 to 1

Pair 1 to 1

Ace/King 1 to 1

The Progressive Jackpot is won when you get dealt a Five Card Flush or a higher hand. Your winnings are based on 10% of the total progressive jackpot for Straight Flushes and 100% of the total progressive jackpot for a Royal Flush.

One of the best strategies to use with Caribbean Poker is to raise on Ace, King, Jack, Eight, Three or better, this is called the Beacon Hand. On anything else just fold. In this game it pays to remember that folding is causing you a loss, just as if you had played and lost a hand. So it's better to play out some of the hands you wouldn't normally play through, such as low pairs, instead of just throwing away a hand without trying. Craps rules

Many players avoid learning to play Craps because it looks to complicated. This couldn't be further from the truth. Yes, there are lots of types of bets to learn, and the table does look a little intimidating, but when you break it down to some simple rules it's not hard at all. Keep in mind that you're only playing on half the table, the other half, save for the very center, is just a mirror image and is there for players at that end of the table to be able to reach with ease. That in mind should take some of the hesitation out of giving this awesome game a shot.

The Craps bets are simply placing bets on the various rolls of the dice, whether certain numbers will or will not hit. For instance, the term Craps is a bet on getting a 2, 3, or 12. A point is when the dice rolled lands on 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 at a designated time.A Natural is a 7 or 11 on the dice.

Those present at the Craps Table are the players, the shooter who throws the dice, the Stick Man who retrieves the dice after a roll, the Boxman handles and watches over the chips and assigns colors to the players, and two Dealers who take care of paying the bets or collection losses. Their function is to keep the game flowing smoothly, in essence.

The basic bet is one that is placed on the Pass Line. Bets are placed before the Shooter rolls the dice, if a Natural is rolled you win, if the roll is Craps you lose and if any other number is rolled then Point is established and the Shooter throws the dice again. You win if he rolls the Point again before rolling a 7 and you lose if the 7 is rolled before the Point.

Below we've listed the types of bets with descriptions of each one. Once you've familiarized yourself with them you'll see how easy it really is, and how much fun.

Pass Line - On the first roll if the roll is 7 or 11 you win. A 2, 3, or 12 you lose. Any other number establishes the point and this must be rolled again before a 7 or you lose.

Don't Pass - On the first roll if the roll is 7 or 11 you lose. A 2 or 3 wins and a 12 pushes. Any other number established the point, if the Point is rolled again you lose, if a 7 is rolled before the Point you win.

Come Bets - Similar to the Pass Line Bet except the bet must be made after the Point.

Don't Come Bets - The opposite of the Come Bet except that if the first roll is 2 or 3 you win, and a 12 is a push.

Taking the Odds - After the Point has been rolled you can place an additional bet of up to 2 times your original bet that Point will come up before a 7. The odds change with this bet, for instance if the Point is a 6 or 8 the payout is 5 to 6, if the Point is 5 or 9 the payout is 3 to 2 and if the Point is 4 or 10 the payout is 2 to 1.

Laying the Odds - This is a bet that a 7 will be rolled before Point, if Point is 4 or 10 the payout is 1 to 2, if Point is 5 or 9 the payout is 2 to 3, if Point is 6 or 8 the payout is 5 to 6.

Big 6 or Big 8 - This is a bet that a 6 or 8 will come up before a 7.

Place Bets - The numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 are called Place Numbers, this is a bet you make that you Place Number will be rolled before a 7.

Proposition Bets - This is a bet placed on a number that you think will be rolled next, the payouts are huge but so is the house edge. For instance, you bet that the next number rolled will be a 2 or 12, if you are correct the payout is 30 to 1.

With these tips and rules you can be a successful Craps player. It's a fast paced game with lots of action around the table at all times. Now that you know how to play, you can go into the game armed with confidence and be able to do quite well. Paigow rules

For a great change of pace from the ordinary casino game, give Paigow a try. It only takes a few minutes to learn and you'll get a lifetime of enjoyment. Paigow is played with 53 cards, the standard deck plus one wild. The wild card is a Joker and can only be used as an Ace, to complete a Flush, Straight or a Straight Flush. The object of the game is to make the best poker hands of 7 cards, the dealer does not look at his cards right away, the player divides his cards into two hands. The first hand has 5 card and is called the Back Hand, the second has two cards and is called the Front Hand. To make up these hands, the 5 highest ranking cards are put in the 'Highest Hand' hand, and the remaining two cards are placed in the 'Second Highest Hand' hand. After the players have bet, and played out their hand, the dealer then divides his hand in the same fashion. The player must beat both of the dealers hands, if you lose one hand it's a push, lose both hands and the dealer wins. When the dealer and a player have both hands ranking the same it's a push.