Caribbean Poker holds similarities both to Blackjack and to Video Poker. The player plays against the dealer, independently of other players. Your goal as the player is to beat the dealer's hand.
Caribbean Poker is played with a deck of 52 cards. In order to participate in the game, you must first place an ante play. You are then dealt a hand of five cards. The dealer also receives five cards; four face down and one open card. In Caribbean Poker, no new cards are dealt. The player and the dealer compare hands formed from their five original cards. When you have looked at your cards and the dealer's open card, you must decide whether to make a play and challenge the dealer's hand or to surrender. If you wish to challenge the dealer, you must place a play by pressing the PLAY button. The play is always equal to twice the ante. If you do not wish to challenge the dealer's hand, you must opt to press SURRENDER and lose your ante. When you receive a good hand, you naturally place a play to challenge the dealer. When the play has been placed, the dealer reveals his remaining four cards, and the hands are compared.
In Caribbean Poker, the dealer's hand must contain at least one Ace and King in order to qualify. All winning hands automatically qualify (one pair and up). If the dealer's hand does not qualify, you receive 1 to 1 on your ante only, and your play is returned to you without winnings. If the dealer's hand does qualify with a value of at least one Ace + one King, the best hand wins. Your winning hand receives 1 to 1 on the ante plus the winnings on your play, which are calculated according to the winnings table. In cases where neither the player or the dealer have winning hands, the highest card wins.
Dealer's Hand: A, K, J, 8, 3
Player's Hand: A, K, Q, 3, 2
Player would win since Queen is higher than a Jack.
When the dealer and the player receive poker hands of equal value (i.e. a push game), both the ante and the play are returned to the player.
The minimum ante play in Caribbean Poker is one credit, and the maximum is set at 100 credits.