There are quite a few table games based on poker, but most of these games are based on 5-Card Draw. Not a lot of people play that game anymore. They’re playing Texas Hold’em for the most part, so how about a table game version? Here it is: Caribbean Hold’em. This game was first devised in the late 1990s, and today, you can find it at casinos worldwide, including online at Bovada Casino.

If you find regular Hold’em too intimidating, Caribbean Hold’em should be right up your alley. Not only are the rules and strategy simpler, there’s also a massive $112,000 progressive jackpot (shared between this game and Caribbean Stud Poker) waiting to be won at press time. Here’s how you can get in on the action.

Flop Sweat

Caribbean Hold’em is you versus the dealer, best poker hand wins – the Dealer must have at least a pair of Fours to qualify. After you place your Ante, you get two cards face-up, the Dealer gets two cards face-down, and three community cards (the “flop”) are dealt face-up. If you like your hand, hit the Raise button to match your Ante bet. The Dealer’s cards are turned over, the remaining two community cards are dealt, and the winner is declared. If you don’t like your hand, hit Fold instead and move on. Payouts go up depending on the strength of your winning hand.

To qualify for the progressive jackpot in Caribbean Hold’em, make your side bet of $1 by clicking the shiny red button to the right of the screen. If you make a Royal Flush using your two hole cards and the three cards on the flop, you win the jackpot. A Straight Flush will earn you 10% of the jackpot, and you’ll receive fixed prize amounts if you make Four of a Kind ($500), a Full House ($100) or a Flush ($75).

There isn’t a simple optimal strategy for Caribbean Hold’em, but you can get close by folding anytime you have two bare undercards to the flop; that is, you don’t have a Pair or a draw to a made hand, and your hole cards are lower in value than the community cards. Think you’ve got what it takes? Give Caribbean Hold’em a try at Bovada, and we’ll see you on the felt.