Caribbean Poker strategy isn’t the easiest of games strategies to get your head around and there are several 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 associated 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 got all the info.
If you have read our Caribbean Poker rules section, you will also know that some casinos refer to this 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 to play. If you don’t have what the dealer needs to play within your hand then you should fold; if you can’t compete even with the dealer’s basic hand there’s no point in taking the chance that he also won’t have it!
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 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 dealer’s 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 rising 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 everything strategy.