If you are an online gambler, you have already signed up for an interesting adventure. We don't know the specific games you might play, but if they are restricted to slots and/or certain table games like blackjack or roulette, we might suggest that you try something else that could expand your horizons a little. We are talking about the game of Caribbean Stud, which has a large and enthusiastic following in online gaming circles.
The factors that make Caribbean Stud viable and popular are the same as video poker, as they are rooted in the fact that there are a lot of average folks who have at least some familiarity with a simple game of five-card draw in poker. You remember it; in fact, you probably played it on your kitchen table when you were younger. This game operates in the same way; well, almost.
Caribbean Stud is a game that you don't play against others at a table the way you do in a "conventional" poker game. In this game you are playing strictly against the house. You place an Ante bet and then have the opportunity to place a progressive bet as well. Then you get your five cards. What you are looking for, of course, is one of the high-ranking hands, such as a flush, full house, four-of-a-kind, straight flush or royal flush. And if you get one of them, you are going to get an extra payout on your progressive wager.
There is a certain similarity to blackjack when this phase unfolds, because the house will deal itself a five-card hand and let you see only one of those cards. Then it is time to evaluate your hand, in relation to the house's hand, based on only seeing that one card (the "face' card, if you will). Yes, it is difficult, but if you decide not to fold your hand up and play on, you will have to out an additional bet in front of you that is equal to your Ante bet.
Since the rules dictate that the house has to have a hand with a "ranking" of at least an Ace and King (obviously any pair gives it a higher ranking), they must fold, which will give you a win only on your original (Ante) bet. The additional bet gets returned to you. If the house qualifies with its hand, then it plays out, and if you have a better hand than the house, you win your Ante bet, and then get paid on the secondary bet on a scale that corresponds to what kind of hand you had. For example, if all you have is a pair, you get even money; two pairs bring 2-to-1, all the way up to a Royal Flush, for which you'll get 100-to-1.
Caribbean Stud produces a good time, and is a great change of pace. Try it!