There are many ways to build a Caribbean Stud poker strategy. However, the first thing to do is to analyze the situation and define how it can solve your problem. Even though you play Caribbean stud against the dealer, studying your opponents method of play doesn’t really make sense because the cards cannot be exchanged and there’s no bluffing really involved.
Forget traditional poker
The first strategy you should get used to is to ‘think Caribbean stud’. If you’ve played other variations of poker regularly, up to a point this experience can be useful to you. In terms of Caribbean stud it will not help you to win. Forget about bluffing because it doesn’t work in this variant. It’s very hard to deceive your opponent. Knowing the ranking of hands from traditional poker however is one part that’s useful because it allows you to work out all the winning combinations you can make from your hand.
Consider the probabilities and the house edge
The house edge is around 5.2% in Caribbean Stud. Even if the game is offering a high jackpot you must remember that all your earnings will be subject to this house ‘tax’, the commission taken by the online or land based casino. If the jackpot seems to be worth going for, then take small risks to make side bets on the condition that your bankroll allows for it. Remember the larger the jackpot, the larger the amount that will be taken by the house if you win it.
Here is a table of probabilities that you can consult when playing Caribbean stud:
|Pair||Evens||1 out of 8 hands|
|3 of a Kind||3 to 1||1 out of 47 hands|
|Straight||4 to 1||1 out of 256 hands|
|Flush||5 to 1||1 out of 526 hands|
|Full House||7 to 1||1 out of 694 hands|
|4 of a Kind||20 to 1||1 out of 4167 hands|
|Straight Flush||50 to 1||1 out of 72202 hands|
|Royal Flush||100 to 1||1 out of 1649351 hands|
Knowing when to spend when not to
It’s easier said than done, but in Caribbean stud the key to victory is to choose the right time to bet. You need to carefully consider what action to take once the cards are dealt to you. Remember that in this variant of poker a hand is worth nothing if it’s not composed of a pair of Aces or an Ace King high card hand. If you have neither of these then it’s a really safe bet to fold at this point. The only exception to this rule is if you’re holding a pair. At this point you can consider going up against the dealer as long as at this point they don’t show an Ace or King for their face up card.