Cryptologic Caribbean Stud PokerBy: Joe Valentino, Sunday March 6th 2011
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The leading online gaming software provider offers one Caribbean Stud Poker game and it is a single player game. What is unusual about this game is that it allows players to select a bet range from the five provided. The lowest range is from £1 to £50 and the highest range is from £100 to £1,000. It would have made no real difference if a single range from £1 to £1,000 had been provided. However, this classification of tables according to ranges helps create a live casino experience where high rollers are separated from low rollers to give them due exclusivity.
The game play follows the standard pattern. The player places the ante wager. Both hands are dealt face down. The dealer's first card is exposed and then the player's full hand is exposed. The player has the choice of betting or folding. If he folds he loses his ante bet straight away. If he wants to play he bets an amount twice the ante bet and then the dealer's remaining cards are exposed. The payouts are made as per the rules.
If the dealer's hand is less than an A-K high then the dealer does not qualify. In that event the ante bet is paid even money and the play bet pushes. If the dealer qualifies then the hands are compared. If the dealer has the higher ranked hand then the player loses both bets. If the player has the higher ranked hand then he gets even money on the ante bet and the play bet pays as per the payout table. One pair pays at even money and royal flush pays 200 to 1.
Like most Caribbean Stud Poker games available at online casinos, the Cryptologic game offers a progressive jackpot. If the player activates the deal button without making the separate wager for the progressive jackpot the software asks if he wants to do so. This is a good feature. The progressive bet is paid as per a separate payout table. The player need not beat the dealer, but he should not have folded. The payout for the progressive bet begins with 50 to 1 for flush. 10% of the progressive jackpot is paid for a straight flush and 100% of the progressive jackpot is paid for a royal flush.
There are two features that enhance the value of Cryptologic Caribbean Stud Poker. One feature is player warnings, which have to be enabled. The software prompts players if they are folding with a hand that is A-K or higher, which is against optimum play. The software also prompts if players fold after having made a progressive jackpot bet. This game has one of the best Auto Bet features in the online casino industry. It allows players to fix the number of auto bets, the bet amount and whether the progressive bet is to be placed. The highlight of this feature is that it allows for conditional bets, fixed bets and pattern bets. Pattern bets allow players to increase or decrease the ante bets in a set pattern after every hand. Conditional bets allow players to increase or decrease ante bets based on the outcome of the last hand.
One last comment about Cryptologic Caribbean Stud Poker is that it has a delightful dealer commentary. The game should be played with the audio enabled. Cryptologic Caribbean Stud Poker is offered at online casinos like InterCasino.
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