Caribbean Stud Poker Optimal Strategy

Card games were always interesting to me. Whenever I come to a casino, I seldom sit down a roulette. I am more often found behind a table where players are intensively counting cards, playing blackjack or relaxing with a baccarat game.

And thus I only recently have opened for myself remarkable game Caribbean Stud Poker. Though, I should have studied all the versions of poker. Nevertheless, poker is the second source of income for me.

Caribbean Stud is a game, which is based on poker against casino. As usual, the casino has some advantage before the player. At the use of optimum strategy, this advantage is made up of 2.555 %.

For the game, a sufficiently big bankroll is required. It is approximately two times bigger than that of a blackjack with the same rates.

The table with an optimum game strategy in Caribbean Stud Poker is presented below. Source: http://wizardofodds.com/

The following table shows exactly when to stand on ace/king. Your other three cards are along the left and the dealer’s up card is along the top. A key is after the table.

Player’s other

three cards

Dealer’s up card
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
Q-J-10 R R R R R R R R R R R R R
Q-J-9 R R R R R R R R R R R R R
Q-J-8 R R R R R R R R R R R R R
Q-J-7 R R R R R R R R R R R R R
Q-J-6 R R R R R R R R R R R R R
Q-J-5 R R R R R R R R R R R R R
Q-J-4 R R R R R R R R R R R R R
Q-J-3 R R R R R R R R R R R R R
Q-J-2 R R R R R R R R R R R R R
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
Q-10-9 R R R R R R R R R 2 R R R
Q-10-8 R R R R R R R R R 3 R R R
Q-10-7 R R R R R R R R R 3 R R R
Q-10-6 R R R R R R R R R 4 R R R
Q-10-5 R R R R R R R R R 4 R R R
Q-10-4 R R R R R R R R R 4 R R R
Q-10-3 R R R R R R R R R 4 R R R
Q-10-2 R R R R 1 1 R R R 4 R R R
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
Q-9-8 R R R R R R R R F 3 R R R
Q-9-7 R R R R R R R R F 3 R R R
Q-9-6 R R R R R R R R F 4 R R R
Q-9-5 R R R R R R R R F 4 R R R
Q-9-4 R R R R R R R R F 4 R R R
Q-9-3 R R R R 1 1 R R F 4 R R R
Q-9-2 R R R 1 1 1 R R F 4 R R R
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
Q-8-7 R R R R R R R F F 3* R R R
Q-8-6 R R R R R R R F F 4 R R R
Q-8-5 R R R R 1 1 R F F 4 R R R
Q-8-4 R R R 1 1 1 R F F 4 R R R
Q-8-3 R R R 1 1 1 R F F 4 R R R
Q-8-2 R R R 1 2 2 R F F 4 R R R
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
Q-7-6 R R R 1 R R F F F F R R R
Q-7-5 R R R R 1 R F F F F R R R
Q-7-4 R R R 1 2 R F F F F R R R
Q-7-3 R R 1 2 2 R F F F F R R R
Q-7-2 R R 1 2 2* R F F F F R R R
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
Q-6-5 R R R R R F F F F F R R R
Q-6-4 R R R 2 R F F F F F R R R
Q-6-3 R R 1 3 R F F F F F R R R
Q-6-2 R R 1* 3 R F F F F F R R R
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
Q-5-4 R R R R F F F F F F R R R
Q-5-3 R R 2 R F F F F F F R R R
Q-5-2 R 1 2* R F F F F F F R R R
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
Q-4-3 R R R F F F F F F F R R R
Q-4-2 R 2 R F F F F F F F R R R
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
Q-3-2 R R F F F F F F F F R R R
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
J-10-9 F F F F F F F R R R F R R
J-10-8 F F F F F F R F R R F R R
J-10-7 F F F F F R F F R R F R R
J-10-6 F F F F R F F F R R F R R
J-10-5 F F F R F F F F R R F R R
J-10-4 F F R F F F F F R R F R R
J-10-3 F R F F F F F F R R F R R
J-10-2 R F F F F F F F R R F R R
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
J-9-8 F F F F F F R R F R F R R
J-9-7 F F F F F R F R F R F R R
J-9-6 F F F F R F F R F R F R R
J-9-5 F F F R F F F R F R F R R
J-9-4 F F R F F F F R F R F R R
J-9-3 F R F F F F F R F R F R R
J-9-2 R F F F F F F R F R F R R
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
J-8-7 F F F F F R R F F R F R R
J-8-6 F F F F R F R F F R F R R
J-8-5 F F F R F F R F F R F R R
J-8-4 F F R F F F R F F R F R R
J-8-3 F R F F F F R F F R F R R
J-8-2 R F F F F F R F F R F R R
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
J-7-6 F F F F R R F F F R F R R
J-7-5 F F F R F R F F F R F R R
J-7-4 F F R F F R F F F R F R R
J-7-3 F R F F F R F F F R F R R
J-7-2 R F F F F R F F F R F R R
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
J-6-5 F F F R R F F F F R F R R
J-6-4 F F R F R F F F F R F R R
J-6-3 F R F F R F F F F R F R R
J-6-2 R F F F R F F F F R F R R
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
J-5-4 F F R R F F F F F R F R R
J-5-3 F R F R F F F F F R F R R
J-5-2 R F F R F F F F F R F R R
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
J-4-3 F R R F F F F F F R F R R
J-4-2 R F R F F F F F F R F R R
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
J-3-2 R R F F F F F F F R F R R
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
10-9-8 F F F F F F R R R F F F F
10-9-7 F F F F F R F R R F F F F
10-9-6 F F F F R F F R R F F F F
10-9-5 F F F R F F F R R F F F F
10-9-4 F F R F F F F R R F F F F
10-9-3 F R F F F F F R R F F F F
10-9-2 R F F F F F F R R F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
10-8-7 F F F F F R R F R F F F F
10-8-6 F F F F R F R F R F F F F
10-8-5 F F F R F F R F R F F F F
10-8-4 F F R F F F R F R F F F F
10-8-3 F R F F F F R F R F F F F
10-8-2 R F F F F F R F R F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
10-7-6 F F F F R R F F R F F F F
10-7-5 F F F R F R F F R F F F F
10-7-4 F F R F F R F F R F F F F
10-7-3 F R F F F R F F R F F F F
10-7-2 R F F F F R F F R F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
10-6-5 F F F R R F F F R F F F F
10-6-4 F F R F R F F F R F F F F
10-6-3 F R F F R F F F R F F F F
10-6-2 R F F F R F F F R F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
10-5-4 F F R R F F F F R F F F F
10-5-3 F R F R F F F F R F F F F
10-5-2 R F F R F F F F R F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
10-4-3 F R R F F F F F R F F F F
10-4-2 R F R F F F F F R F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
10-3-2 R R F F F F F F 1* F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
9-8-7 F F F F F R R R F F F F F
9-8-6 F F F F R F R R F F F F F
9-8-5 F F F R F F R R F F F F F
9-8-4 F F R F F F R R F F F F F
9-8-3 F R F F F F R R F F F F F
9-8-2 R F F F F F R R F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
9-7-6 F F F F R R F R F F F F F
9-7-5 F F F R F R F R F F F F F
9-7-4 F F R F F R F R F F F F F
9-7-3 F R F F F R F R F F F F F
9-7-2 R F F F F R F R F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
9-6-5 F F F R R F F R F F F F F
9-6-4 F F R F R F F R F F F F F
9-6-3 F R F F R F F R F F F F F
9-6-2 R F F F R F F R F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
9-5-4 F F R R F F F R F F F F F
9-5-3 F R F R F F F R F F F F F
9-5-2 R F F R F F F R F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
9-4-3 F R R F F F F 1 F F F F F
9-4-2 R F R F F F F 2 F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
9-3-2 R R F F F F F 4 F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
8-7-6 F F F F R R R F F F F F F
8-7-5 F F F R F R R F F F F F F
8-7-4 F F R F F R R F F F F F F
8-7-3 F R F F F R R F F F F F F
8-7-2 R F F F F R R F F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
8-6-5 F F F R R F R F F F F F F
8-6-4 F F R F R F R F F F F F F
8-6-3 F R F F R F R F F F F F F
8-6-2 R F F F R F R F F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
8-5-4 F F R R F F R F F F F F F
8-5-3 F R F R F F R F F F F F F
8-5-2 R F F R F F R F F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
8-4-3 F R R F F F 1 F F F F F F
8-4-2 R F R F F F 2 F F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
8-3-2 R R F F F F F F F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
7-6-5 F F F R R R F F F F F F F
7-6-4 F F R F R R F F F F F F F
7-6-3 F R F F R R F F F F F F F
7-6-2 R F F F R R F F F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
7-5-4 F F R R F R F F F F F F F
7-5-3 F R F R F R F F F F F F F
7-5-2 R F F R F R F F F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
7-4-3 F R R F F R F F F F F F F
7-4-2 R F R F F 1* F F F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
7-3-2 R R F F F 4 F F F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
6-5-4 F F R R R F F F F F F F F
6-5-3 F R F R R F F F F F F F F
6-5-2 R F F R R F F F F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
6-4-3 F R R F R F F F F F F F F
6-4-2 R F R F 1 F F F F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
6-3-2 R R F F 2* F F F F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
5-4-3 F R R R F F F F F F F F F
5-4-2 R F R R F F F F F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
5-3-2 R R F 1 F F F F F F F F F
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
4-3-2 R R R F F F F F F F F F F
Key to table:
R Always raise.
1 Raise if the suit of dealer’s card matches the suit of one or more of your cards.
2 Raise if the suit of dealer’s card matches the suit of two or more of your cards.
3 Raise if the suit of dealer’s card matches the suit of three or more of your cards.
4 Raise if the suit of dealer’s card matches the suit of four of your cards.
F Always fold

Footnotes:

*
Extremely borderline play. Correct strategy depends not only on the number of suited cards but which ones are suited. See table below for how to play these situations.
Player’s

cards

Up card Suited

cards

Raise on the following suited card(s)
A/K/Q/5/2 4 2 A/K, A/Q, A/5, A/2, K/Q, K/5, K/2
A/K/Q/6/2 4 1 A, K
A/K/6/3/2 6 2 3/2
A/K/Q/7/2 6 2 A/K, A/Q, A/7, A/2, K/Q, K/7, K/2
A/K/7/4/2 7 1 4, 2
A/K/10/3/2 10 1 3, 2
A/K/Q/8/7 J 3 A/K/Q, A/K/8, A/K/7, A/Q/8, A/Q/7, A/8/7, K/Q/8, K/Q/7, K/8/7

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