Casino Hold’em is a variant of Texas Hold’em poker, except for the fact that it’s played against the house and not against other players.
Though poker is said to have been around since the early 1800s, this particular game was only recently introduced by Stephen Au-Yeung in the year 2000. Before becoming a popular game that is now played across the globe, Casino Hold’em was originally only found in casinos in South Africa, Egypt and Russia.
Casino Hold’em requires a decent amount of skill in making decisions relatively early in the game, making this card game a suitable choice for those who prefer a challenge.
Casino Hold’em Deal
Much like in Texas Hold’em, the aim of Casino Hold’em is for players to create the highest possible 5 card hand using a combination of their two hole cards, which are dealt face down by the dealer, and 5 community cards that are dealt face up and placed in the middle of the table. The game is played with the standard deck of 52 cards.
Each round begins with an ante wager being placed by players (as well as an optional and additional side bet), followed by the dealer dealing 2 cards to both himself and all other players. These are the hole cards and should be kept a secret from other player and the dealer. Three community cards are then dealt and placed in the middle of the table.
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If a player chose to place a side bet at the beginning of Casino Hold’em, they must determine whether they have won after the first round of cards has been dealt (hole cards and the first 3 community cards). If player’s can make a pair of Aces or higher using the combined cards, they can (usually) win 7 to 1 or higher.
Casino Hold’em Play
Once side bets have been settled, players can either fold their hands and lose their ante or continue playing and call the bet, which has to be double the stake of the original ante. If players call then another two community cards are placed on the table.
The showdown in Casino Hold’em occurs after all cards have been dealt and bets have been placed. Player’s hands are then compared to the hand of the dealer. The dealer has to have a pair of 4’s and above to qualify or the players call bet is returned. Players can, however, still win on their ante.
If the dealer does qualify and has a better hand than the player, the player loses both the ante and the call bet. If a player’s hand is higher than the dealer’s, the player will win 1 is to 1 on their ante plus a win on the call bet.
Casino Hold’em Rankings
Casino Hold’em rankings follow traditional suit. The first to be considered is Straight Flush, meaning 5 cards are in numerical order and of the same suit, with the highest being a Royal Flush as it goes Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10.
Next in the ranking is Four of a Kind, meaning four cards are of the same rank, then a Full House which has two matching cards and another (separate) 3 matching cards in the 5 card hand. A Flush is 5 cards of the same suit, a Straight shows any cards in a sequence and the next is Three of a Kind with 3 matching cards of the same rank. Lastly there is Two pair (two pairs of matching cards), One pair and a High Card.