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Casino Hold ‘Em Review

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Like Texas Hold Em’ Bonus, Casino Hold ‘Em is another variation on the popular poker game Texas Hold ‘Em where you play against the casino rather than against other players and is widely available online with most software providers offering it.

There are two different possible bets when playing Casino Hold ‘Em; the Ante/Play bet and the Bonus bet. We’ll look at the Ante/Play bet first. To begin with the player makes a Ante wager, after which two cards are dealt to both the player and the dealer, with the dealer’s cards being dealt face down and three ‘Community Cards’ are dealt face up in the middle. The player then looks at their cards (using the Community Cards to make a five card hand) and decides whether they want to fold the hand – losing their Ante wager – or Play.

If the player chooses to Play, they have to place a second bet twice the size of the Ante bet, then two further Community Cards are dealt. At this stage the dealers cards are turned over and both the player and the dealer make the best 5 card hand they can using their own two cards and the five Community Cards, then the hands are compared and several possible outcomes can occur.

If the dealer has any hand weaker than a pair of 4’s, then the dealer fails to ‘qualify’ and the Ante bet is paid according to the paytable below while the Play bet is returned to the player.

  • 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 the dealer qualifies and the player has the stronger hand, the Ante bet is paid according to the paytable above while the Play bet is paid at 1:1. If the dealer qualifies and ties the player’s hand, all bets are returned. If the dealer qualifies and has a stronger hand than the player, all bets lose.

As is so often the case there are differences between casinos in the paytables that they offer for Casino Hold ‘Em, with some software providers not paying the Ante bet unless the player has a pair or better and others only ever paying the Ante bet at 1:1– this change dramatically increases the casino’s advantage over you so make sure you check the paytable carefully before you start playing.

The second wager you can place on a Casino Hold ‘Em table is the Bonus bet. This wager is dependant only on the 2 player cards and the first 3 community cards and payout only if you make a hand in the below paytable from those first five cards.

  • Royal Flush 100:1
  • Straight Flush 50:1
  • 4 of a Kind 40:1
  • Full House 30:1
  • Flush 20:1
  • Straight 7:1
  • 3 of a Kind 7:1
  • Two Pairs 7:1
  • Pair of Aces 7:1

This bet carries a substantially higher house advantage that the main game so in the long run you will lose a lot more in the long run if you play this and you should be aware of differing paytables to this one – several software providers offer different paytables, some with progressive jackpots – often these differing paytables put the player at a near suicidal disadvantage.

To learn more about the best strategy for Casino Hold’Em see – Casino Hold’Em Optimum Strategy.