Advanced Concepts for Caribbean Stud Poker Strategy

July 11, 2014


While a lot of people out there enjoy the fast action of pokies and games like that, other people prefer skill-influenced games with a lot of strategy involved. Caribbean Stud Poker is a great example of a game that requires a lot of strategy to get the best payout rates possible. There are both beginner and advanced strategies when it comes to this game, but when you're ready to get more in-depth, you're going to want to learn how to play AK-high hands on a very high level. The following strategy will allow you to do that by checking on three criteria.

If you're dealt an AK-high hand and the dealer's up card isn't an ace or a king, the first thing that you want to do is see if that card matches any of your three lower cards. If it does, then you have an automatic raise. The reason for this is that you have what's called a blocker to the dealer's up card making it more difficult for him to have a pair. This might seem like a small change, but it's enough to push the line in the right direction for raising to be a profitable play here.

Now suppose you're dealt an AK-high hand and the dealer's up card is also an ace or a king. There's one rule that you need to follow in this type of situation, and that's to raise if and only if you have a jack or a queen in your hand. This becomes a raise with either of these cards in your hand because it drastically increases your chances of winning if your opponent doesn't make a pair or better, and it does it just enough for raising to become the right play to make in this type of situation.

The final case, and the most difficult for most players to understand without being taught what to do, is when the dealer's up card doesn't match any of your five cards. This is generally a disadvantageous situation, and you're almost never going to raise. However, you can raise profitably if you have a queen in your hand and the dealer's up card isn't higher than more than one of the cards in your hand. For example, facing a 7 with AKQ95 would be a raise, but AKQ52 would not be. Follow these rules, and you'll be playing almost perfectly 100 percent of the time in Caribbean Stud.