Caribbean Hold ‘Em Strategy and Bankroll Management

The strategy for playing Caribbean Hold ‘em is a bit more complicated than other casino games. Unfortunately, no simple rules have been formed yet to make things easier but there are a few things you can follow to increase your chances of winning.

One of the best things you can do is to raise as much as possible though what usually happens in other games is that you fold majority of the time. Though you might not win, this will lessen your loss. Look at the board to decide which hand to fold. Remember to use your best judgment. If you don’t think you have a good shot at winning, don’t call.

Here are some tips for beginners that are easy to remember. Playing by these rules reduces the houses advantage by 2 – 3%.

  1. Always raise with a pair or better
  2. Raise if your hole cards outrank at least two cards on the flop
  3. Raise with all flush draws (four to a flush)
  4. Raise with all open-ended straight draws (ex – you have TJ and the board is showing 289)
  5. When you have two low cards in the hole and no straight or flush draws, fold.
  6. Always remember that you should fold only the bottom 18% of your hands.


Bankroll management is an important part of all casino games. It’s when you play within certain limits that save you from losing all your money because of a bad card run. In a game like Poker where it’s possible to consistently lose money, bankroll management can save you from going broke.

How much risk you can bear decides the size of your bet. It would be wise to keep your bets small compared to the size of your gaming bankroll, 1- 5% of the size of your bankroll. If you don’t mind blowing up some money, it doesn’t matter how much you bet. But if you intend to play for a while and play seriously, it would be wise to lower your bets even further.

Caribbean Hold’em allows you to place optional bets for a dollar, called the Jackpot Wager. The house has a high advantage so avoid making this bet to lower the houses advantage. Only make it if you think you can win a lot of money. But do remember that this bet can add up if you place it in every hand.

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