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Strategy for Caribbean Stud Poker

By:, Tuesday June 17th 2008
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In this article we are going to look at two different strategies. It is up to you to decide if they will work for you. Caribbean Stud Poker is based on a game with a high house edge in which you play against the dealer, and not other players at the table. It is a game of chance. In other words you can't predict what card will pop out of the shoe next, unless you are skilled in card counting and have others working with you at the table.

The first strategy states you should fold if you have less and Ace or King high. This means that your highest ranking card must be either of those two. This follows the logic of our first topic in a previous article about raising when you have any pair or higher. The statement is if you have a pair you should raise as you have a potential winning hand. With the addendum that you should fold if you have less than a king or ace in that hand, even with a pair restricts the play even further. Let's take a look at an example.

You have been dealt an ace, ten, three, and two fours. The up card showing on the dealer hand is a king. Now you know a couple of things. First you have a potential winning hand that pays out even money. You also know you can't exchange any cards. The ace is the highest card in the deck that you can have. So if the dealer had a pair of fours like you your hand would be the winner. This is because the high card that you have as opposed to the king. We are going on the assumption that they don't have an ace hidden. On the other hand that king could be the key to a royal flush, so what do you do? You will place the raise. First because you have an ace or king high, second because you have a pair.

Our next strategy doesn't deal with the cards, but a side bet you can place. In Caribbean Stud Poker you can play a progressive game. This is where you place a side bet for a jackpot that continues to increase over time. In this strategy you will never place the progressive bet if the jackpot is small. The only reason to bet on the side is if the jackpot is worth winning. To my way of thinking since the jackpot bet is a side bet and the house edge for the bet is even higher than the house edge for the poker round you don't want to place the bet. You are better off playing a straight betting game for the Caribbean Stud.

In Caribbean stud poker you are better off to let your cards do the talking. Otherwise you are going to be in a bit of a bind later on, when you could have won or when you place a high bet and lose.

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