So you want to play some Caribbean Stud Poker? Well, playing any casino game without knowing the ins and outs is rather foolish. Today, I’ll share some Caribbean Stud Poker tips with you and you’ll be a better player for it.
This game does have some player interaction, unlike a game like Baccarat, so you can affect the final outcome that is your bankroll. The big decision in Caribbean Stud Poker is deciding to stay in or fold. Remember, you’re playing against the dealer only. The other players don’t factor in at all-aside from taking cards.
Let’s talk odds
What are your chances of receiving a bum hand? How about a flush? By knowing the following odds, you might be able to make your choices better.
The biggest thing to remember is that one out of every two hands will have nothing at all. This goes for both you and the dealer. And this is why I love playing the progressive. I’m telling you right now, nothing is worse than getting a four of a kind, having the dealer not qualify and watching your big payday go up in flames.
On average, you’ll get one pair every two hands. And that’s where the favorable odds end. You’ll see two pair about once every 21 hands and three of a kind once every 47 hands.
The odds really start to jump now. A straight will show up once per 256 hands, a flush once per 526 hands and a full house every 694 hands.
The big three hands show up infrequently. You’ll see a four of a kind once per 4,167 hands and a straight flush about every 72,202 hands. Think that’s high? There’s one hand left-the Royal Flush. The big daddy of all hands. Don’t hold your breath. The Royal Flush comes once per 649,351 hands on average.
So, if a four of a kind only comes every 4,167, why play the progressive? In Caribbean Stud Poker, the progressive is paid for a flush-once per 526 hands-and a full house-once per 694 hands.
The progressive is paid out no matter what the dealer has. And according to our odds, the dealer will fail to qualify very often. I know many pros say the progressive is a sucker’s bet, but given these odds, not using it is like playing Russian Roulette. You’re just waiting to get screwed.
Next, I’ll give you three or four great playing tips for Caribbean Stud Poker. By the time you’re done, you’ll be a pro. Money can be made at this game. But, if nothing else, knowing the odds and the tips I’ll show you, will add fun to your playing time.
Maximize profit playing Caribbean Stud Poker
We have talked about Caribbean Stud Poker Tip Sheet, I went over the all-important odds chart and gave you some insight into what to expect when you’re playing Caribbean Stud Poker. Next, let’s go over four fast tips to help you maximize your fun and potential profit when playing Caribbean Stud Poker.
Caribbean Stud Poker Tip One – Staying In
This one is pretty easy. If you are dealt two pairs or better, add to your wager and stay in the hand. The premise is simple. The dealer will only have a hand better than two pair once per 47 hands in theory. The probability of you winning is on your side.
I’d also expand this and say that with one pair you should strongly consider staying in the hand. The probability of getting two pair is 1:21 and if you win you’re being paid 1:1, so the value is in your favor. The dealer will fail to qualify very often and that’s what you want when you have one pair.
Caribbean Stud Poker Tip Two – Play that progressive
Some call it a sucker’s bet, but let’s be honest. Why are you playing this game? To have fun and win money!
If you get a straight, flush, full house, straight flush or royal flush and the dealer doesn’t quality-again, it happens a lot-you get paid nothing. I don’t know about you, but if I’m dealt a four of a kind and the dealer doesn’t qualify, I’ll look pretty stupid for not betting that $1.
And if you’re a money management and fiscal conservative, go play Craps or nothing at all.
Caribbean Stud Poker Tip Three – Nothing equals fold
Again, a super simple tip to live by. If you have nothing in your hand, fold. Why? Well, think about it. The only way you win is if the dealer doesn’t qualify and that might happen say 30% of the time. If that were the case, you’d have a 70% chance to lose and you’ll only be paid even money on your Ante wager. Your Bet wager gets nothing, but it can lose if you stay in.
Think about it again if you think I’m wrong. You’re wagering two times the amount to win half. For instance, you’re wagering $10 with nothing to win a maximum of $5 and you have a high probability of losing on top of all that. It’s a really stupid move.
Caribbean Stud Poker Tip Four – Play it cool
Caribbean Stud Poker is a great game, but it’s not the best game in the house. Have a blast, but never press up your bets thinking that you’re “due” to win.
Take it easy, have fun, remember these tips and win some money.