What is Casino Hold’Em?
In this variation of the popular Texas Hold’em poker game, multiple players compete against the dealer, rather than against other players, while standing to win payouts of up to 100 to 1 on both the main Ante bet and an optional Pair of Aces or higher Bonus bet.
An unlimited number of players can play simultaneously at one Casino Hold’Em table. Each player may take only one seat at the table.
The game is played with one standard 52-card deck, with the cards shuffled after each game.
What is the aim of the game?
The aim is to beat the dealer’s hand by getting the best possible five-card hand, made out of the two cards dealt to the player and the five community cards.
To add to the excitement, each player can also place a Bonus bet that pays out if a pair of Aces or higher is dealt in the first five cards. This is called the Bonus bet.
How to play
To play the game you place a bet on the Ante (the initial bet). Optionally you can also place a Bonus bet.
The dealer deals out two cards face up to you and two cards face down to the dealer.
Three community cards are dealt face up in the middle of the table. These three community cards are common for you and the dealer for making up the hand. (Two more community cards are dealt later in the game.)
After the dealing of the initial cards you can see the name of your card combination displayed on the screen. Now you have to estimate your chances of winning and to decide whether to Call and continue playing, or Fold and lose all bets made.
If you have a winning Bonus bet, you will receive a message ‘CALL to collect your BONUS win! You have to CALL to receive your Bonus bet payout.
By clicking CALL you continue to play the game and place the Call bet, which is always double the Ante bet. When you decide to call, your winning Bonus bet will be paid out.
By clicking FOLD you will lose all bets placed – the Ante bet and the Bonus bet. When you Fold, you will still see the remainder of the game played out, but you will not participate in the game.
If decision time is over and you have not made a CALL or FOLD decision, your hand will be automatically folded and you will lose all your bets. The traffic lights game information indicator will display the message ‘AUTO FOLD’.
When decision time is finished, the dealer will deal two additional community cards (called ‘Turn’ and ‘River’) and will then turn the dealer’s initial two cards face up.
To find a winner, the best paying hands are formed and compared for you and for the dealer, using five out of the seven available cards.
The dealer must have a pair of 4s or higher to qualify.
You win if the dealer doesn’t qualify. The Ante bet is paid out according to the payout table, and the Call bet is returned to you. The best five cards and the name of combination is displayed on screen with small card icons.
You win if the dealer’s hand qualifies and dealer’s hand is lower than yours. The Ante bet is paid out according to the payout table and the Call bet pays 1:1.
You lose if the dealer’s hand qualifies and dealer’s hand is higher than yours. You lose both your Ante bet and your Call bet.
It is a Push when you and the dealer have exactly the same hand. A Push means nobody wins or loses. You get back your Ante bet and your Call bet. If you and the dealer have hands of the same type, the one that includes the card of highest value wins (e.g. three Kings beats three Queens; a flush of Q, J,10, 9, 8 beats a flush of 10, 9, 8, 7, 6).
When you and the dealer tie, the next highest card that is not part of the hand (known as the ‘Kicker’), determines the winner.
Malfunction voids all pays and play.