Here at Bitcasino, we offer a variety of different video poker games, with new additions added to the lobby throughout the year. We also offer a more limited selection of live dealer games, which are specially formulated for the convenience of as many players at once as is comfortably possible.
Casino Hold ’em Live
Take on the dealer to make the best five-card hand – it’s as simple as that!
When you play Casino Hold’em poker, you are dealt two “hole” cards face down on the table; these are yours and yours alone, and nobody else can see them. Three community cards are then dealt face up. These are for everyone to use to make their best hand available.
The dealer then places their bet, and players have a simple choice of whether to call (match the dealer’s wager) or fold (scrap their cards and save some cash). If there are players left at this point who have called, then two more community cards are dealt in the middle of the table. At this point, you make your best hand from your two hole cards and any three of the community lot.
The best hand wins, or if you and the dealer have the same hand, then it’s considered a push (basically a draw) and your stake is returned.
Pay-outs are usually made at the following odds:
Straight or less
Four of a kind
Other hands outside of regular poker hands may offer huge bonus pots – such as a 7 card straight flush. If you hit one of these rare hands, you could be looking at taking home a sizable portion of the huge, ever-growing progressive jackpot.
Texas hold ’em
Texas hold ’em is essentially the same as the Casino hold ’em game described above, but there are some differences in how bets are placed that you should be aware of.
Initially, you will need to make an “ante bet”, and that’s before any cards are dealt. After the hole cards are dealt, you can call at double your ante bet or fold if your hand is weak.
The three flop cards are then dealt, and now you can call (the same amount as you ante bet) or check (no further staking).
Betting rounds again follow the fourth (the “turn”) and fifth (the “river”) cards, with a 1x ante call option or checking allowed.
The best five-card hand wins, and if that’s you, then you will receive 1:1 pay-outs on the flop, turn and river bets. If your hand is a straight or better, then you also gain 1:1 on the ante.
Once again, you’re taking on the dealer rather than any fellow players.
In Caribbean Stud poker, you are dealt five hole cards face down, so that the dealer cannot see them. Dealers also hand themselves five cards: four face down and one facing up.
At this point, you look at your hand and decide upon its merits. Do you have a strong selection of cards? Good, this is the time to place your bet, which must be twice the ante amount. If your hand isn’t very strong, then you can fold your cards and start a new game.
As ever, the object is to beat the dealer’s hand, but note that if their cards don’t meet “minimum hand requirements”, usually an Ace or King high, then you will only be paid out 1:1 on your ante bet.
If your hand beats the dealer’s and they have met this requirement, then you will be paid out 1:1 on the ante and then also based upon your hand:
· Pair – 1:1
· Two pair – 2:1
· Three of a kind – 3:1
· Straight – 4:1
· Flush – 5:1
· Full house – 7:1
· Four of a kind – 20:1
· Straight flush – 50:1
· Royal flush – 100:1
The action kicks off with the placing of the ante bet, which can be the minimum or maximum amount or anywhere in between.
Each player is then dealt three cards face up, while the dealer also gets three cards, but these are face down.
You can either call or fold, based upon the strength of your cards. The “play bet” is placed at exactly the same stake as the ante.
The dealer then examines their cards. If their hand is weaker than a queen high, then they fold, and your ante bet is paid at 1:1 with the play bet “pushed” back to you. If your hand is better than the dealer’s, then you are paid at both 1:1 on your ante and play wagers.
If your hand is a straight or better, then you will win an ante bonus – these are 1:1 for a straight, 4:1 for three-of-a-kind, and 5:1 for a straight flush.
Before a card is dealt, you have the chance to place two side wagers: the Pair Plus Bonus and the Six Card Bonus bets.
If you land a pair or better, and have placed the Pair Plus Bonus bet, then you will be paid out at an exceptional rate, ranging from 1:1 for a pair right through to a whopping 100:1 for a “mini royal”, which is Q-K-A of the same suit.
The Six Card Bonus requires you to use your trio of cards, as well as the dealers, to create the best five-card poker hand possible. Pay-outs start at three of a kind (1:7) and run right through to a royal flush, which earns a staggering 1,000:1!
Want to give it a go?
Tempted by what you’ve read and want to try your hand at these different poker variations? Don’t hold back, dive into the fun at Bitcasino today and see what you can do. You may be an old hand at one form of the great game or another, but each of these options bring a unique twist to the game that makes it feel completely new. Don’t yet have an account with us? Fortunately, we offer some fantastic new player bonuses, so sign up to take advantage of these today.
Words: Sean McNulty
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