Caribbean Stud Poker Strategy

David Sklanksky, a professional Poker player, claims that he invented Caribbean Stud in 1982, but he called it Casino Poker. His version had some different rules, however, with the dealer having two cards revealed instead of just one, and he did not manage to patent it in time.

Since its 1982 introduction into the real money entertainment realm, Caribbean Stud Poker’s popularity has partially been fuelled by the fact that it has simple rules, great odds, and generous payouts. You’re playing against the house instead of other players, so you won’t need to be a buff at bluffing, and the Progressive Side Bet adds a thrilling frisson that no other variation can offer!

What’s the Aim of the Game?

You want to beat the house, so you’ll need to form a Poker Hand that’s stronger than the one the dealer’s holding. You don’t have to waste a moment worrying about what anyone else has got and this takes a lot of pressure off playing. It’s one of the most relaxing variations out there and the common opponent you and your fellow players share makes for a far more social experience.

You can enjoy it in games using RNG software to generate fair results or you can experience it in the Live Dealer format which really delivers the land-based social aspect Caribbean Stud is so famous for.

Avoid Folding Low-Value Pairs

Low denomination Pairs are the most common Poker Hands, so don’t be surprised when you’re dealt a lot of them just as games has to offer! And don’t Fold because of them, either.

They can be quite valuable when you’re able to knock the dealer out of play pretty frequently and get your hands on the pot.

Don’t Play Weak Hands If You Can Help It

A weak hand is one which lacks an Ace or King and doesn’t hold the necessary cards to make a Royal or Straight Flush, a Four-of-a-Kind, a Full House, a Flush, a Straight, a Three-of-a-Kind, Two Pairs, or a Pair.

Call or Raise on Hands of Pairs or Better

To break this tip down even more:

  • Call if the dealer’s Hole Card is anything but an Ace and matches one of yours.
  • Fold if the dealer’s Hole Card is an Ace or a King and you have a Queen or a Jack.
  • If you’ve got a queen and the dealer’s Hole Card is of a rank that doesn’t match anything you’re holding and it’s is less than your fourth-highest card, Call.
  • Raise when one of the Dealer’s up-cards matches one of yours, when you’re holding a Pair or better, or when you’ve been dealt an Ace or a King.
  • If the dealer’s hole card is anything from a 2 to a Queen and matches yours, Raise your bet, and even if their hole card is an Ace or a King, if you’re got a Queen or a Jack you’re good to go.

Fold If Your Hand Doesn’t at Least Hold a High Card

Only play hands where you’re holding at least an Ace or a King and if your High Card matches the dealer’s Hole card.