Texas Hold ‘Em (NOT the game you play with other players), is a popular casino game that’s emerging online as one of the most enjoyable games around today.
Like you can probably imagine, the game is centred closely to the poker variety you’d play in a Poker room, but instead of playing against other players, you play instead, against the casino.
Texas Hold ’Em is played with a 52-card deck, which contains no jokers or additional cards. The goal is to make the best poker hand possible, using your cards and the community cards.
In some regards, it plays out exactly the same as regular Poker, but there are some key differences.
How To Play
To begin, you must make a bet on both the ante and the blind boxes. Your stake must be the same on each bet, so bear this in mind.
Once your bet is placed, you will be dealt two cards, and the dealer will deal himself two cards. With these two cards, you can then make a “Play” bet, which must be 3 or 4 times the size of the initial Ante bet.
If you don’t like your hand too much, you can check here, and revaluate when the community cards are out.
Once you’ve made your decision, the community cards are turned over.
If you checked a moment ago (didn’t place a bet), you may now bet 2X your initial stake, if you wish – you again, can also choose to check your hand.
If you bet 3X or 4X when you had your two cards only, you may not place another bet.
Once this street has finished, you simply must make the best 5-card hand possible, using any number of your cards, and any number of the community cards.
(I.e., if there was a flush on the community cards, you could use that, instead of playing your two cards.)
First off, note that the dealer needs at least a pair to qualify. If he doesn’t, the game is a tie, and all your stakes are returned.
If the dealer does qualify, and beats your hand, you lose your Ante and Blind bets, as well as the Play bet you placed.
If YOU have the better hand, but the dealer doesn’t qualify, your Blind and Play bets will be paid, while your Ante bet is a push (tie).
If you win and the dealer again qualifies, you will win all three of your bets.
The Ante and Play bets pay even money, or 1/1, but the real money is found with the Bling bets.
Anything below a straight is deemed a push, meaning you get your money back.
A straight, flush, and full-house pay 1/1, 3/2, and 3/1 respectively, with 4-of-a-kind paying 10/1.
A straight flush pays out at a generous 50/1…
And if you’re lucky enough to hit the Royal Flush, you’ll be rewarded with a whopping 500/1 payout!