The Killer Factor in Caribbean Poker

Caribbean poker is a simple and fast game where betting precedes the actual hand play. When betting is completed then the cards are dealt. When our hand has enough strength for the win, then we may play here:

The qualifying part is where the dealer’s hand should be a high hand or at least an AK. If the dealer’s hand has anything lower the game is aborted and the strong hand we have amounts to almost nothing. Hence, before deciding to play, we must fully understand the workings of the dealer’s qualifying hand to see that it has a lot to do with our winning odds in Caribbean poker. No matter how big the odds are, this qualifying part serves as a major killer factor.

The dealer’s hand must at least be AK or something higher for it to qualify. If it is, then comes the part where we hope to beat the hand. The tragedy if we happen to have a strong hand—with the potential to win—and then comes an unqualified dealer’s hand. This scenario is a great frustrating factor. Even if, say, we get strong hands every game, with the ruling on qualification cuts our winning chances by almost half. This means we only get paid about half the time for our Ante bet, and 1 is to 1 at that.

For instance, we bet a $10 Ante with a pair of four and we decide to raise. If the dealer has an AK hand, we win. The payout is 1:1 for the Ante and also the raise, and $30 pulled back on the hand. But what if the dealer did not qualify? We get only the payout for the Ante 1:1. But what’s really behind all this?

If we had the same scene in another poker game type–$10 bet, a pair of 4 that draws four of a kind, and the raise—this would have raked a hefty sum for us. Even in Caribbean poker—minus the qualifying factor—this would rake in a $410 win for us with the 20 to 1 payout ratio for a four of a kind hand. But because the dealer does not qualify, the game was not only aborted, we lost $410. Now, compare that with our mere 1:1 Ante win payout of $10 just because the dealer did not qualify.

The killer factor in Caribbean poker does not only frustrate our winnings, it deprives us of our true winnings.