Casino Hold’em rules and gameplay

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At first sight Casino Hold’em seems like a dumbed-down version of the proper Texas Hold’em game. Actually, it kind of is, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. You see, Texas Hold’em is all about betting and strategy, and a round can last quite long. Casino Hold’em (or Caribbean Hold’em as it is sometimes called) is a much faster game, and requires much less thinking, while keeping most of the rules of the original.

About Casino Hold’em

The game was introduced by UK inventor Stephen Au-Yeung in 2000. It is a house game, dealt by a dealer, a table game available both in brick and mortar and online casinos. Its rules resemble those of the Texas Hold’em, but there are some notable differences that make it proper for a casino environment.

Casino Hold’em Gameplay

The game starts with a betting round – each player must place an Ante bet before the game begins. After all the bets were placed, the dealer deals two cards facing down to each participating player, and for the house, followed by dealing three cards facing up on the table (the flop).

At this moment the players have the chance to decide whether they wish to withdraw from the round (to fold, losing their Ante bet), or to keep playing, in which case they have to make a Call bet – double the amount of the Ante bet.

If any player makes a Call bet, and after all players are finished betting, the dealer deals two more cards facing up on the table – turn and river, at the same time.

From here on the game goes on in a similar manner to the showdown of a normal Texas Hold’em game. Both the player and the dealer have to form the best possible poker hands using their two cards and the five cards on the table, by the standard poker hand ranking rules.

The dealer has to qualify – to have at least a hand consisting of a pair of fours – to stay in the game. If the dealer doesn’t qualify, the Ante bets pay out according to a standard paytable, while the Call bets are push (they are returned to the players who placed them).

If the dealer qualifies, the hand values are compared one by one to the players’ hands. If the dealer and the player have equal hands, all bets are push. If the player’s hand is the stronger one, the Ante bet pays according to the standard paytable, and the Call bet pays one to one. If the dealer’s hand is stronger – well, we all know what happens.

Casino Hold’em is a fun and relaxing alternative for Texas hold’em. It is a perfect way to relax after a hard day at work, still keeping the player in the mood for a round of poker.

Where can you play this game? Well, in most online casinos – although Microgaming casinos tend to have the best built ones available. .

Remember – don’t play Casino Hold’em as if it were a proper game of Texas Hold’em. The usual strategies do not help here at all. Instead accept the cards Lady Luck sends in your direction, and have fun.


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