Caribbean Hold’em – and the Big Score
As a blackjack dealer, I don’t spend much time in the casinos when I’m not working – not in Las Vegas, at least. On those rare occasions when I’m not in town, I like to check out what’s going on in other parts of the world, and hit up the tables while I’m there. I’ll even play the slots a little. As long as there’s a juicy progressive jackpot attached, I’m interested.
Caribbean Hold’em is one of my favorites. It’s like regular Hold’em, but with way less thinking. You place your ante, and you and the dealer get two cards, face-down. Three community cards (the flop) are dealt; if you think your hand is strong enough to continue, raise by doubling your original bet, and the remaining two community cards (the turn and river) are dealt. Otherwise, fold. It’s a fun game with lots of room for socializing and no need for hoodies or dark sunglasses.
The dealer has to have at least a pair of Fours on the river, by the way, so you can win with a lot of janky hands. If you do the math, you’ll find that it’s correct to raise 81.9% of the time. If all you have on the flop is Ace-High, go ahead and raise. In fact, if you have any overcard to the flop, or you need only one more card to make a Straight or Flush, you might as well grip it and rip it.
The bigger your hand is at the end, the more you’ll get paid – up to 100/1 for a Royal Flush. But like I said before, it’s the progressive jackpot that makes this game extra-special. If the jackpot is high enough, you can overcome the 3.09% house edge and give every hand you play a positive expected return.
You still need a big hand to win all that money, though. If you’re playing Caribbean Hold’em at Slots.lv, you get the full jackpot if you hit a Royal Flush, but it has to be with your two hole cards and the three community cards on the flop. A Straight Flush will give you 10% of the jackpot, while Four of a Kind ($500), a Full House ($100) and a Flush ($75) return set dollar amounts, regardless of how big the jackpot has grown. So keep using smart bankroll management when you play, and like Mike Sexton says, may all your pots be monsters.