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Pair Hands Strategy In Online Caribbean Draw Poker

By: Joan Peppin, Wednesday September 28th 2016
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An earlier article has discussed some simple situations of Caribbean Draw Poker strategy. In this article the optimum strategy for hands with high pairs is explained. But first follows a brief recap of Caribbean Draw Poker game play. After the ante bet you are dealt five cards. You place the raise bet of twice the ante amount and change up to two cards. Then the dealer’s hand is played in the same manner. If the dealer fails to qualify, then the ante bet pays even money and the raise bet pushes. If the dealer qualifies and you win, you are paid even money on the ante bet and as per the payout table on the raise bet. If the dealer qualifies and you lose then you forfeit both bets. Caribbean Draw Poker can be played at online casinos powered by Realtime Gaming and Microgaming.

A pair is perhaps the hand that you will be dealt most often in Caribbean Draw Poker. There is a different strategy to be employed for different pairs. If you hold a pair of aces or a pair of kings and other cards to a four-card royal flush or straight flush, then break the pair and draw one card. For example if you hold ace, ace, king, queen and jack then discard one ace and draw another card. For other combinations of a pair of aces or kings hold the pair and the highest odd card and discard the other two.

With a pair of queens, you break up the pair to draw to a four-card royal or straight flush as above. But you also break up the pair to draw one card to four-card flushes that have cards of 8 or better. You are hedging your chance of getting a flush with a pair that will beat a dealer's qualifying hand. Otherwise, hold the queens plus the highest odd card. With a pair of jacks you break up the pair to draw to a four-card royal or straight flush. You also break up the pair for four-card flushes with the two highest cards being jack-10 or better. Otherwise, hold the jacks plus the highest odd card.

With a pair of 10s or 9s you break up the pair to draw to a four-card royal flush, straight flush or any flush. Otherwise, hold the pair plus the highest odd card. With a pair of 8s you break up the pair to draw to a four-card straight flush, any flush or four-card straight. Otherwise, hold the pair and the highest odd card.

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