Hold ‘Em High Review

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Hold ‘Em High is a casino poker game (meaning that players bet against the banker rather than playing against each other) and is played with a single standard deck of 52 cards. Hold ‘Em High is offered exclusively at Microgaming casinos and unlike most casino poker games there is only a player hand (no dealer hand). The idea is not to beat a house hand, but to get a combination that appears on the game paytable, similar to Video Poker in this respect.

After placing an Ante bet the player will be dealt 2 cards. The player then has to pick from one of three options; Fold which gives up the Ante bet, Call which continues the round with and places another bet equal to the Ante bet and Raise which continues the round and places a bet of twice the size of the Ante bet. Any time the player choses to Call or Raise another 5 community cards will be dealt out. The player can then use their 2 starting cards and 3 of the 5 community cards to form the best hand that they can.

The paytable for Hold ‘Em High is shown below;

Hand Payout
Royal Flush 500 to 1
Straight Flush 100 to 1
4 of a Kind 25 to 1
Full House 10 to 1
Flush 7 to 1
Straight 5 to 1
3 of a Kind 2 to 1
2 Pairs (Jacks or Better) 1 to 1

If the player holds a hand that is shown in the above paytable all bets that they’ve placed will be paid out at the odds shown.

The optimum strategy for Hold ‘Em High can be based on playing a single hand or multi-hand play. Where the player chooses to play more than one hand, the additional information about the cards that have been dealt out can be taken into consideration to improve the decisions made for every hand. As this strategy requires you to take a lot of different factors on board it’s not easy to implement without help from a calculator tool. As such we’d recommend using our Hold ‘Em High strategy calculator to help you play this game.

The House Edge of Hold ‘Em High depends on the number of hands that you play (and using optimum strategy). If you’re only playing one hand the House Edge is 2.28%. If you play 5 hands this figure drops to ~1.20%.

Hold ‘Em High also offers a side bet that is decided based solely on the first two cards the player receives. As with the vast majority of side bets, this bet carries a far higher House Edge than the main game and consequently will cost you far more to play than sticking with the main bets.