Casino Hold’em Poker brings the excitement of the classic Texas Hold’em online. Developed by NetEnt, it has an RTP of 97.84% and is almost a carbon copy of what you would see at the poker tables in a casino. With little in the way of special features, the traditional ways to win are very much the same here, it is all down to the hand that you have.
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Whether you’ve played poker in a casino or with friends previously, it is likely that similar rules will apply when you play Texas Hold’em online. It is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Familiar hands such as a Royal Flush and Four of a Kind will be rewarded as you would expect.
Check your Chips
Cast your eyes to the bottom right hand side of the game. There you will spot your chips. The numbers on the chips are worth that value in pounds, so the blue is worth £1, red is worth £5 and yellow £10.
Click on the value of chip you want to stake. You make your first bet before you see your cards, and if you want to play on, you must increase your bet, so bear this in mind.
How to Play
To place your initial bet, click inside the circle which says ‘Ante’. You can mix and match your bet value if you like. For example, if you wanted to stake £7, you could place one £5 chip and then change to blue and click Ante twice to place another two chips.
Your total ante bet is shown just beneath the chips, and at the bottom of the game, if you need to check. To cancel your bet, should you change your mind, click on the grey chip with the red cross in it. Click on the chips in the circle, and they will be removed for you to start afresh.
During the game, you have the option to Call or Fold, depending on how good your hand is.
Additional Optional Bet
The top of the three circles in the triangle on the table is an additional bet which you can place, again before any cards are dealt. The AA Bonus bet is one where you can bet that your hand will contain a pair of Aces or higher after the first three cards have been dealt.
If you get anything from a pair of Aces to a straight, you could get a payout of 7 to 1.
For a flush or higher after the first three cards are dealt, you could be looking at a 25 to 1 payout from this extra bet.
If, however, you don’t get anything above a pair of Aces after the first three cards, you will lose that bet. Your ante bet can still be played, though, as they are separate bets.
You vs Dealer
When your hand is dealt, the dealer is also dealt two cards, which you cannot see. It is you against the dealer to see who can make the best hand out of the cards they have been given and the cards which are dealt across the table.
If you reckon you can make a decent hand with the cards you see after the first deal, you can click Call, and your ante bet will be doubled before the last two cards are dealt.
Once you Call, and the next two cards are dealt, don’t worry if it takes a few seconds to figure out your hand, the game will tell you if you have won, and if you have, then the hand you won with.
If you aren’t happy with your hand, you can Fold, which will forfeit your AA Bonus bet if you have placed one. The cards and chips will be removed from the table, and you won't see the dealer's hand.
For those of you who are confident with how to play Texas Hold’em, the paytable is on the top left of the table.
Remember, you are playing against the dealer, so you will need to beat the dealer’s hand to win.
Anybody who needs a reminder, or confirmation on what makes a hand, here we go.
The highest of hands is the Royal Flush, and as you might expect, it contains the royals. A hand featuring Ace, King, Queen Jack and 10 will award you the highest payout.
You can expect a 100 to 1 return for a Royal Flush.
If you have a hand featuring five cards of a sequential rank and all of the same suit, you may well have a straight flush. For example, the 7, 8, 9, 10 and Jack of hearts.
A straight flush can pay out up to 20 to 1 return.
Four of a Kind
If four of the cards within your hand are of the same rank, for example, four 10’s, then you will have four of a kind.
Payouts for this can be up to 10 to 1.
For a hand which features three cards of one rank, and two of another rank, you could have a full house. Say you had three 9’s and two 6’s, this would count. The value of your full house is ranked first according to the value of the triple and then by the double.
If you beat the dealer with a full house, you could get a 3 to 1 return.
A hand of five cards of the same suit is a flush. The cards need not be in a particular order.
Beating the dealer with a flush could award you a 2 to 1 payout.
Straight or Less
A straight is when you have five cards of sequential rank, regardless of their suit. Your straight will be ranked by the value of the highest card.
Anything else less than a straight, such as three of a kind, a two pair, a single pair or a high card are all other hands which you can play against the dealer.
Should your hand beat the dealers, your payout will be 1 to 1.
The Casino Experience Anywhere
Here we have a straight-up table where you can play Texas Hold’em just as you would at the traditional land-based casinos.
With the same hands and features, NetEnt have given us a sleek and sophisticated version of Casino Hold’em Poker.
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