Caribbean Poker Strategy
Caribbean Poker strategy isn't the easiest of games strategies to get your head around and there are a number of different pay-tables in existence; We are going to deal here with the US pay-table, and we're going to start our approach to Caribbean Poker strategy from a beginners perspective and then move into slightly more complicated strategy. Unlike games such as Blackjack, Caribbean Poker is more complicated and thus it can not carry a strategy like the basic strategy associative with Blackjack that comes in a nice easy to read table. However, the strategies below are certainly learnable and if need be read this article a couple of times just to make sure you've gotten all the info.
If you have read our Caribbean Poker rules section, you will also know that some casinos refer tothis game as Cyberstud poker instead. The game is the same but just a different name.
Beginners Caribbean Poker Strategy
If you know nothing else about Caribbean poker strategy, there are 2 rules of thumb that you could and should always follow. No matter what your experience is, drum these 2 into your head and you'll already see an improvement in your game. The first rule to remember is that if you have a pair you should stay in the game; a pair or higher warrants a raise! Second, we know that the dealer must have an ace and a king in order to play. If you don't have what the dealer needs to play with in your hand then you should fold; if you can't compete even with the dealers basic hand there's no point in taking the chance that he also won't have it!
There are a few varients of the game we also have covered on other pages:
Advanced Caribbean Poker Strategy
When we get into advanced Caribbean Poker strategy we are talking about the optimal response to various situations, and this is exactly what we'll be discussing here. These responses all carry elements of risk with them, but they are generally considered to be the optimal responses, and they are based on what you can glean from the dealer's up-card, as well as from what you have in your own hand. Thus, if the dealer's up-card is a 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, or Jack and you have the same card in your hand, you should play your hand. If you have an ace or a king in your hand and the dealers up-card is one of the other picture cards, you should play the hand. If the dealer's up-card is of the same rank as any of your cards this is worth playing.
These are some of the best strategies, and they are of course not mutually exclusive, these are different strategies to be utilized for different hands where relevant. Just so that you know there are also other types of strategy for example raising on every hand that has more than an ace and a king, or indeed raising on everything. Some argue that these payout over enough time, and the truth is that betting on anything including and above an ace/king doesn’t have much worse odds than the more detailed strategies; betting on everything however has terrible odds, with a house edge or around 16%, therefore if you want a general rule only you could adopt the strategy of betting on any hand with an ace and a king or better, but never adopt the bet on every thing strategy.
The approach to the progressive bet is more of a caution than a strategy as there is nothing that effects your chances of the progressive payout any more than it does the regular game. Many strategists argue that the progressive is generally a bad bet because of the payouts you get and the chances of getting them, thus causing many to argue that it's only worth while to bet on the progressive if it's very high.
Most progressives will pay out some percentage on a flush or higher. Usually a royal flush gets 100% of the jackpot, a straight flush 10%, four of a kind $500, a full house $100 and a flush $50. Now you can see why people might say only to bet when the jackpot is high; after all 100% of nothing is nothing! However, that being said, it could be suggested that the best approach to the progressive bet is that, it's a fun little extra; it's an extra $1 per game, and whilst the chances of winning the jackpot aren't very high there is a reasonable chance of winning one of the lower amounts, so why not?!
Tips for Improving your Caribbean Poker Game
Write out all the strategies in an easy to reference format so that you will not get confused by them. Especially if you are playing online you can refer to your strategy list as often as you like, and you should do. If you check often enough it will soon become like second nature and you won't have to check any more.
Caribbean Stud is a fun game, despite the strategies seeming complicated it's not a hard game to play; please always remember to have fun with it. The approach written above for the progressive play is based entirely on this principle – it's important!
Remember that the house edge for Caribbean poker is generally around the 5% mark, this means that statistically over a long enough period you will always loose around 5% - know this, and then you won't be surprised or disappointed.
Be sensible about the tables that you play at. It's very important to exercise good money management skills with Caribbean poker, as it is with all casino games. Thus make sure that you are playing at a game that suits your bankroll and won't leave you either gambling above your limits, or not making any inroads into your funds; there's a table that's perfect for everyone, it's just a case of finding it.
If you are new comer to Caribbean Poker, it is highly recommended that you play in free-play mode for a while first, not just to test out the strategies, but also to get used to the play of the game. This will ultimately leave you much better prepared for when you hit the real money tables.
So there we have it, strategy and tips for Caribbean Stud. Now, go find a table, kick back, and enjoy!
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