Casino Hold’em Poker (or Carribbean Hold’em Poker) is a twist on the traditional Texas Hold’em Poker. First introduced in 2000, this ingenious format had players play against the casino and not other players.
Subject to the dealer qualifying, it is a straight contest between the dealer’s hand and the player’s. The other difference is that the players can place an optional AA Bonus side bet, giving players additional chances of winning.
Objective of Casino Texas Hold’em
The aim of the game is to beat the dealer’s hand. You do this by getting the best possible five-card hand out of two cards dealt to you and five community cards, which are cards dealt in the center of the table. In Casino Hold’em, players do not play against each other.
There is also a secondary bet—an AA bonus that pays out if a pair of Aces or higher is dealt in the first five cards.
Rules For Casino Texas Hold’em
- The game starts as each player around the poker table makes an Ante bet. An unlimited number of players can play simultaneously at a Casino Hold’em table. Players may make an optional AA bonus/Progressive Jackpot side bet. Tip: in order to participate in the online game, players must have sufficient funds to cover the Ante and the Call bet.
- Once you finished placing your bets, hit the “Deal” button.
- The dealer gives the players and himself two hole cards each and these are dealt face down.
- The dealer also deals three community cards (or flop cards) to the table and these are dealt face up.
- Players then check his/her cards and decide whether to
- (a) fold with no further play, losing the Ante bet
- (b) make a Call bet, which is worth twice the Ante bet.
- If one or more players makes a Call bet, the dealer will deal two more cards to the board, for a total of five. The dealer will also turn over his own two cards.
- Players and dealer must make the best five card poker hand from their own two personal hole cards and five community cards on the board.
- The other catch is that the dealer must have a pair of 4s or better to qualify.
- Each player’s hand is compared with the dealer’s, according to the highest poker value of each player.
There are four possible scenarios in each game of Casino Hold’em Poker:
- If the dealer does not qualify, the Ante bet pays according to the AnteWin pay table and the Call bet will push. In other words, no one wins or loses.
- If the dealer qualifies and the player’s hand is better than the dealer’s, the Ante bet pays according to the Ante-Win paytable (below) and the Call bet pays 1 to 1.
- If the dealer qualifies and the dealer’s and player’s hand ties, all bets are push.
- If the dealer qualifies and the dealer’s hand is better than the player’s, the player loses all bets (both the Ante and the Call).
Finally, the AA bet or progressive Jackpot side bet pays based on the player’s final seven card hand only, even if the player folded or loses to the dealer.
|Four Of a Kind||10:1|
|Straight Or Weaker||1:1|
|Four Of a Kind||40:1|
|Pair of Aces to Straight||7:1|
Cards And Poker Hands
Casino Hold’em is played with a standard 52-card deck. The card strength goes from highest to lowest in this series: Ace (A), King (K), Queen (Q), Jack (J), 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. All the suits – hearts, spades, diamonds, and clubs – are equal.
Here are all the possible hands in poker, ranked from the highest payout to the lowest:
|Royal Flush is a hand from Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10, all in the same suit.|
|Straight Flush is a hand that contains five cards in sequence, all of the same suit.|
|Four of a Kind is a hand that contains all four cards of one rank and any other card.|
|Full House is a hand that contains three matching cards of one rank and two matching cards of another rank, e.g. three Kings and two Sixes. Between two full houses, the one with the higher ranking three cards wins|
|Flush is a hand where all five cards are of the same suit, but not in a sequence. Two flushes are compared by comparing the highest ranking card in each. If both hands have the same highest card, then the second-highest ranking card is compared, and so on.|
|Straight is a hand that contains five cards in sequential rank. Two straights are ranked by comparing the highest card of each. Two straights with the same high card are of equal value, as suits are not used to separate them.|
|Three of a Kind is a hand that contains three cards of the same rank, plus two other cards. Higher-valued Three of a Kind defeat lower-valued Three of a Kind. If two hands contain Three of a Kind of the same value, the Kickers are compared to break the tie.|
|Two Pairs is hand that contains two cards of the same rank, plus two cards of another rank, plus any card not of either rank. To rank two hands, the higher ranking pair of each wins. If both hands have the same top pair, then the second pair of each is compared. If both hands have the same two pairs, the Kicker determines the winner.|
|Pair is a hand that contains two cards of one rank (e.g. two Kings), plus three other cards. Pair is the lowest hand you can be paid out for. Higher ranking pairs defeat lower ranking pairs. If two hands have the same pair, the Kickers are compared in descending order to determine the winner.|
|High Card is a poker hand made of any five cards not meeting any of the above requirements. Two hands are compared using the highest card.|