Texas Hold’em is one of the most popular forms of poker there is. It’s played in casinos across the world, as well as online. The game’s distinctive use of ‘community cards’ (dealt face-up in the middle of the table and which all players share) adds an exciting dimension and can strengthen your hand.
Casino Hold’em (also sometimes called Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker) is a sharp-looking, simplified version of this variant from online gaming juggernaut NetEnt, and offers a cross between Texas Hold’em and video poker.
Initially, the gameplay follows the same pattern as Texas Hold’em, but as the game proceeds, you will find yourself not only trying to beat the dealer but max out your winnings by building the strongest hand you can under conventional poker rankings.
If you love playing Texas Hold’em, Casino Hold’em is the ideal way to play it online, capturing all the excitement of a real-life casino.
How to play
Bet limits in this game range from €1 to €40.
Remember from the outset that you’re playing against the dealer, and this is a key distinction setting this game apart from Texas Hold’em poker. The first thing to do is choose your chip size, before placing it on the Ante circle. While you can’t change this bet once it’s placed, you can also put a wager on the AA Bonus circle if you wish. (Although some experts advise this isn’t a particularly safe bet.)
This will pay out should your hand and the first three community cards (known as the flop) contain a Flush or higher (pay-out is at 25/1) or Pair of Aces to Straight (pays at 7/1).
If you don’t meet these conditions, the wager disappears from the table.
Once the ante is placed, hit Deal to get two face-down or hole cards, while the dealer place three community cards in the middle of the table.
You can then decide to fold or check (thus foregoing your ante bet) or call, a decision for which the price is 2x your ante.
If you decide to call, you will receive your last two community cards before you and the dealer compare your hands. To qualify for the showdown, the dealer has to have at least a pair of 4’s.
If you lose, you lose. If both hands are tied, your ante bet is returned to you.
Meanwhile, a win is paid out as follows:
- Royal Flush – 100/1
- Straight Flush – 20/1
- Four Of A Kind – 10/1
- Full House – 3/1
- Flush – 2/1
- Straight Or Less – 1/1
Casino Hold’em special features
Unfortunately, you won’t find any bonus rounds in this game.
Return to Player (RTP)
This is really very attractive indeed with this game, at a lovely-jubbly 98.75%.
You should find this an engaging version of poker which can also be pretty lucrative into the bargain. (That’s provided you don’t play recklessly and know when the time has come to fold.)
The good news is that you can play this game in demo mode, without having to part with any of your hard-earned cash, before playing for real-money chips. That’s clearly the perfect way to learn the game, and means you’ve nothing to lose!