Live Casino Hold’em
PLAY LIVE CASINO HOLD’EM
Unlike normal Hold’em games where the seated players compete against each other, all Live Hold’em action is against the dealer, who represents the house. That means all you have to do is beat the dealer’s hand, allowing multiple players at the table to win in any given round. Payouts can grow to be as high as 100 to 1 depending on the winning combination of cards you have at the showdown. What sets Live Hold’em apart from your standard online poker game? Live casino dealers! Experienced, professional Hold’em dealers handle all of the action, with cards dealt from a single 52-card deck. The dealer will comment and interact with players throughout the hand, a huge step up from looking at the same avatars and icons in a normal digital Hold’em game. Send the dealer chat messages throughout the session and watch them answer you back in real time!
Much like the other types of Hold’em, players must try to get the best possible five-card hand to beat the dealer in Live Hold’em. Players are dealt two cards directly to them, and then five community cards are dealt face up on the table that all active players in the hand may use. For a better look at the action, choose between 3D or Classic view to customize your viewing experience however you like. It’s time to shuffle up and deal with Live Hold’em at 888casino!
HOW TO PLAY
Casino Hold'em is a variant of the popular Texas Hold'em poker. Casino Hold'em differs from Texas Hold'em in that it is played against the house rather than against other players.
The aim of Casino Hold'em is to beat the dealer's hand by getting the best possible five-card hand, made out of the two cards dealt to the player and five community cards.
An unlimited number of players can play simultaneously at one Casino Hold'em table. Each player can take only one seat by the table.
Casino Hold'em is played with one standard 52 card deck (Jokers are excluded). Only one game is played with one deck of cards, and cards are shuffled after each game round.
To play the game you place a bet on the Ante bet (initial bet). To add to the excitement, you can also place a Bonus bet that pays out if a pair of Aces or higher is dealt in the first five cards.
The dealer deals out two cards face up to you and two cards face down to the dealer. Three community cards are dealt face up in the middle of the table. These three community cards are common for you and the dealer for making up the hand.
You must decide whether to CALL or FOLD. Choose CALL to continue the round by placing a Call bet equal to double your Ante. Choose FOLD to end the round, thereby forfeiting your Ante and Bonus bet. Note that you must choose CALL to receive a payout on your Bonus bet.
After you have made your decision, the dealer will deal two more community cards (called "Turn" and "River"). The dealer will also reveal his/her two initial cards.
To find a winner, the best paying hands are formed and compared for you and for the dealer, using five out of seven available cards.
Side BetsBONUS BET
The Bonus bet is an optional bet and cannot be placed alone. After a chip is placed on the Ante bet spot a flashing arrow will show you that the Bonus bet spot is activated. Place your Bonus bet in the same way as you place the Ante bet.
The Bonus bet is evaluated on the first hand of five cards only. If you have a Pair of Aces or a better combination and you decided to Call, you will win the Bonus bet and will be paid according to Bonus pay table.
Winning HandsThe individual cards are ranked in descending order: Ace (high or low), King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2.
An Ace can be the highest value card in a Straight of A, K, Q, J, 10 or the lowest value card in a Straight of 5, 4, 3, 2, A.
Possible hands from the highest payouts to the lowest:
Game OutcomesThe dealer must have a pair of 4s or higher to qualify.
You win if the dealer doesn't qualify. The Ante bet is paid out according to the payout table, but the Call bet is returned to you.
You win if the dealer's hand qualifies and dealer's hand is lower than yours. The Ante bet is paid out according to the payout table and the Call bet pays 1:1.
You lose if the dealer's hand qualifies and dealer's hand is higher than yours. You lose both your Ante bet and your Call bet.
It is a Push when you and the dealer have exactly the same hand. A Push means nobody wins or loses. You get back your Ante bet and Call bet.
If you and the dealer have hands of the same type, the one that includes the card of highest value wins (e.g. three Kings beats three Queens; a flush of Q, J, 10, 9, 8 beats a flush of 10, 9, 8, 7, 6).
When you and the dealer tie, the next highest card that is not part of the paying hand, known as the ‘Kicker’, determines the winner.
|Four of a kind||10:1|
|Three of a kind||1:1|
|One pair or less||1:1|
|Four of a kind||40:1|
|Three of a kind||7:1|
|One pair or less||7:1|
Call bet payout is 1:1.
Malfunction voids all pays and play.
Return to PlayerThe optimal theoretic percentage return to the player for the Ante bet is 97.84% and for the Bonus bet is 93.74%.
Place BetsThe BET LIMITS panel displays the minimum and maximum stakes permitted on the table in total.
Casino hold’em 0.1 – 1000 £ You will be notified on screen if you attempt to place a bet that exceeds the limit for that type of bet. If you place a bet that is less than the minimum limit, your bet will be rejected when betting time has expired. If you place several bets and only some of them are less than the minimum limit, only the bets that do not meet minimum requirements will be rejected.
To participate in the game, you must have sufficient funds to cover your bets. You can see your current BALANCE on your screen.
The TRAFFIC LIGHTS tell you the current status in the game round by informing you of when you can bet (GREEN light), when the betting time is nearly over (YELLOW light), and when the betting time has expired (RED light).
Make a DecisionAfter your cards have been dealt, your card combination and the "MAKE YOUR DECISION" window will be displayed.
You must decide whether to CALL to continue the round or FOLD to end the round and forfeit your placed bets.
By clicking/tapping CALL you will continue to play the game and place the Call bet. The Call bet will be placed automatically on the Call bet spot.
By clicking/tapping FOLD you will lose all bets placed, but you will still see the remainder of the game played out, without participating in the game. You will need to wait until the next game round to place your bets.
If decision time has expired and you have not yet made a decision to CALL or FOLD, your hand will be automatically fold and you will lose all your bets. The betting-time indicator will display the message: AUTO FOLDED.