Live Casino Hold’Em
In this live version of hold’em poker, you’ll be playing against the dealer to try and make the best possible hand you can from your two cards and the five community cards.
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If you have played poker before, getting up to speed with the rules of Live Casino Hold’Em won’t take too long. In short, you place an ante bet, then both the player and the dealer are dealt two cards, and three cards are dealt face up in the middle (the flop).
At this point, you can decide to either ‘Fold’ and lose your ante bet (and therefore forfeit any chance to win), or ‘Call’ which doubles your ante bet but keeps you in the game. The remaining two cards (the turn and the river) are then dealt face up in the middle, and the winner is the person with the best hand using any combination of five cards from those dealt face-up in the middle, plus the two cards you were dealt at the start.
The key thing to note here is that you only ever play against the dealer. Only one hand is dealt to all players online playing the game at the time. This means your only aim is to beat the dealer which keeps things very straightforward.
Hand rankings are based on standard poker rules, so a royal flush is the best hand and a high card is the worst hand (you can find out more about hand values in our Poker Guide). If you can make a better hand than the dealer, then your payout is determined by the hand you get. Although the exact payout depends on which casino you are playing at, you can typically expect payouts along the lines of:
- Royal Flush = 100:1
- Straight Flush = 20:1
- 4 of a Kind = 10:1
- Full House = 3:1
- Flush = 2:1
- Straight (or less) = 1:1
If both you and the dealer achieve the same hand, a ‘Push’ occurs, and you get your money back. It’s worth noting also that the dealer only qualifies with a pair of 4’s or better.
There are also a couple of side bets offered by some casinos. The ‘Bonus’ side bet pays out on the value of the first five cards and must be a pair of Aces or better. The ‘Jumbo 7’ side bet pays out a progressive jackpot to all players playing it if a 7-card straight flush is dealt. There are also smaller prizes for straights or better.
For those that don’t like the social aspect of poker, playing live online is the best alternative to the real thing.
Of course, there are the video poker games online too, but playing with a live dealer just feels that bit more real and proper.
This game removes the poker face, removes all the effort of the mind games and having to bluff, and concentrates purely on the skill of your card playing ability. A great alternative to traditional Texas Hold ’em.