How to Play Casino Texas Hold'em
Also known as casino Hold’em and Caribbean Hold’em, Casino Texas Hold’em combines the decision making of traditional Texas Hold’em with the table game appeal of Blackjack and Baccarat. Offered at many online casinos available to Australian players, this favourite can result in a decent amount of steady winnings, but you play for the big payouts and the fun and unique setup. It is important to note that this is not multiplayer poker; this is just the player going up against the casino. If you are already familiar with how Texas Hold’em works, you'll be able to jump right in without much of a problem. If you're not, don't worry, because that's where we come in.
How To Play
The game starts with the player placing an “ante” wager. Note that in order to receive a payout, the player will have to raise, meaning they will have to place an additional water equal to the original, so adjust according to your budget, though the minimum seems to consistently be $1, so if $2 per bet is over your budget or more than you are comfortable with betting at a time, avoid Casino Texas Hold’em. When the first bet is in place, the dealer will deal two face-up cards to the player, and two facedown cards for themselves. They will then put three community cards face-up on the table. These community cards apply to both your cards and the dealer's.
The object of the game is to have a stronger poker hand than the dealer, which follows the standard order of hand values listed at the bottom of this article. If you feel that your cards are not strong enough to beat the dealer's, you can fold and lose your original wager. If you feel that your cards are strong enough to beat the dealer, taking into account the community cards, you can raise. The dealer will then deal two additional community cards, and then flip their cards. Whoever has the strongest five-card hand based on the seven cards wins.
No matter what hand the Dealer has, the ante bet pays out if you win. However, if the Dealer does not have a pair of 4’s or better, you receive your raise bet back, but do not receive a payout on it. Otherwise, the payout applies to both the ante and the raise bets.
The payouts may vary depending on the casino that you are playing in, though the standard seems to be a 1 to 1 payout for call (the player raises but the Dealer doesn’t qualify), high card, one pair, two pair, three of a kind, and a straight if the hand beats the dealer (which applies to all the potential payouts). A 2 to 1 payout is awarded for a Flush, a 3 to 1 payout is awarded for a Full House, a 10 to 1 payout for a four of a kind, a 20 to 1 payout for a Straight Flush, and a massive 100 to 1 payout for a Royal Flush.
Progressive Side Bet
In some variations, the player has the option to place a Progressive side bet. You place a single dollar in the Progressive area to qualify, and it is completely separate from the normal progression of the game, meaning you can win the Progressive bet if you lose the normal game and vice versa. As an example in an RTG casino, a Flush pays out $75, a Full House pays out $100, a 4 of a kind pays out $500, a Straight Flush pays out 10% of the Progressive Jackpot total, and the Royal Flush pays out 100% of the Progressive Jackpot, which can be as high as six-digits!
If you love Texas Hold’em but don’t like playing with the sharks in the poker rooms, this is a great middle ground. Because the raise bet doesn’t pay out unless the Dealer has a qualifying hand, the house edge is a bit over 2%, which is much lower than most Slots, about the same as single green pocket Roulette, and about twice as high as basic strategy, eight-deck Blackjack.