HOLD’EM POKER + ULTIMATE HOLD’EM (NEWS 2019!)
Casino Hold´em Poker is based on the same concept of the Texas Hold´em Poker but allows the players to win against the Casino (for the rules just check Texas Hold’em Poker).
After giving the cards the turns of bets start, after each turn of bet other turns will follow during which the common cards will be shown, each turning of common cards has a proper name:
– First turn of bets
– the Flop, turns 3 cards from the deck
– Second turn of bets
– the Turn, turns 1 card from the deck
– Third turn of bets
– the River, turns 1 card from the deck
The winner is the player who will get the best combination of 5 cards with the 2 cards in his hand and the 5 cards in common on the table.
Much like other games, the dealer will deal to the player immediately left of the dealer button, moving clockwise round the table. All players will be dealt two hole cards, one face down and one face up (known as the door card). There will then be a round of betting however the action will start with the player with the lowest card and suit (known as the “force” or “bring-in” bet), This is a forced bet and would be half of the low limit (so if playing $5-$10 would be $2.50). This is an unusual game as most games don’t involve the ranking by suit. In 5 Stud, the suits are ranked in alphabetical order Spades, Harts, Diamonds, Clubs with Spades being the top suit and Clubs the lowest. After this initial deal and betting round, the suits do not play a further part in determining the strength of a players hand.
The Third Card Dealt (known as Third Street)
This is the third card to be dealt to each player, dealt first to the player on the immediate left of the dealer, dealing clockwise round the table. This card is dealt face up (you will now have two up and one down) and the dealer should always burn a card to the muck before this card is dealt. This is then followed by a further round of betting and as in the first betting round, starts with the player with the highest two card value (known as ‘having the action’). There will be occasions where two or more players have the same hand. The player closest to the dealers left will be the first to play.The player who ‘has the action’ after this card is dealt can, as in normal poker games, check to the next player clockwise or make a bet. All bets at this stage are lower limit.
The Fourth Card Dealt (known as Fourth Street)
The Fourth card dealt to players is also dealt face up with the highest hand starting another round of betting, where the action continues clockwise until all players have matched the required bet or folded. This is the first stage where bets are now higher limit, as will Fifth Street.
The Fifth Card Dealt (known as Fifth Street)
This is the final hole card dealt to players to complete their hand. All players still in the hand will have one card face down and four cards face up. There is now a further round of betting until either all players but one are left in the hand, a winner.Should more than one player still be left in the hand, there will be a showdown in which players will turn over their face down card to reveal their five card poker hand with best hand winning the pot.
As the name suggests, Ultimate Texas Holdem shares many similarities with its namesake. The most significant difference between the two Texas Holdem games is that you play exclusively against the dealer in Ultimate Texas Holdem. Additionally, the table layout is similar to that of Blackjack, with several players able to play against a single dealer. In front of each player, there are three betting areas marked ‘Trips’, ‘Ante’, ‘Blind’, and ‘Play’ which directly affect your Ultimate Texas Holdem payouts. But we’ll explore that later.
For now, let’s examine how to play Ultimate Texas Holdem. Here’s how a basic round plays out:
-The game is played with a 52-card deck, which is shuffled before play begins.
-If the player wants to play, they make a bet on Ante and Blind, which must be equal to each other. An optional bet can also be made on Trips – which only pays out when specific hands are achieved.
-The dealer draws two cards for the player and himself. The player is allowed to look at their cards.
-If the player wants to play the cards, they can either check or make a Play bet that is equivalent to three or four times the Ante bet.
-The Dealer turns over three community cards.
-If the player checked in the last phase of play, then he/she can make a Play bet that is double the original Ante bet or check again. If the player has already bet, they do nothing.
-The Dealer turns over the final two community cards.
-If the player has already checked twice, they must either make a Play bet that is equal to the Ante bet, or fold. If the player folds, they lose both the Ante and Blind bets.
-Then, as with other Texas Holdem games, the dealer and the player try to make the best possible five-card hand with a combination of hole cards and community cards.
-The dealer must have at least a pair in order to qualify to play. This is called an ‘open.’
-The two hands are compared and the Blind, Ante, and Play bets are scored depending on a variety of Ultimate Texas Holdem rules. If the player wins and the dealer opens, each of the three bets is paid out. If the dealer fails to open, the Ante bet is returned to the player. If the dealer wins, the player loses all of their bets. If there is a tie, all of the bets are returned.
3 CARDS POKER
To begin, there are two bets you can make: Ante and Pair Plus. You can just bet one of them, or both. The Ante bet is a wager a player plays against the dealer, while the Pair Plus bet is independent of what the dealer has and is only a wager on whether or not your 3-card hand will have a pair or higher in it.
The Pair Plus wager loses if the player has less than a pair and wins with a pair or better, its as simple as that.
Once you’ve made your bets, you will receive 3 cards. If you made the Ante bet, you must now decide whether you will bet again that your hand is better than the dealer, or fold. If you fold, you lose your Ante bet. If you decide to play your hand, you place a bet equal to the amount of your Ante bet in the “Play” spot on the table.
After all bets are made, the dealer turns up his cards. The dealer must have at least a Queen high or better to play, otherwise he doesn’t “qualify” and players are paid 1 to 1 on their Ante bet, and take back their “Play” bet.
If the dealer’s hand does qualify, he will compare his hand against each player to determine the winner.
The ranks of hands from best to worst in three-card poker are:
• Straight flush
• Three of a kind
• High card
If you win, you will get paid one to one on your Ante and Play bets. Additionally if your hand is a straight or better, you will get a bonus on top of the standard payout. The bonus applies to both the Ante bet and the Pair Plus bet.
RUSSIAN POKER (NEWS 2019!) – 3 Tables available
This is not a poker game in the usual sense, but a casino game based on poker hands in which players play against the house. We do not know exactly where and when it was invented, but it first appeared in Russia in the early 1990’s, soon after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. At this time there were many newly rich Russian gamblers, and casino managers were naturally eager to give them VIP status and to provide them with every possible encouragement to play, including new games.
In this context, Russian Poker was developed. The basic idea is that the player places an ante, is dealt five cards, and decides whether to bet on his hand being better than the dealer’s. The dealer needs to qualify with a hand of Ace-King or better, otherwise all bets are cancelled. If the dealer qualifies, the player is paid according to a fixed scale of payouts if his hand is better than the dealer’s or loses his bet if his hand is worse than the dealer’s. There are options for the player to stake extra money to exchange cards or buy an extra card or insure against the dealer failing to qualify. This game has the unusual feature that a player who collects two poker combinations within a hand can be paid for both of them.
Russian Poker is played at a table with a position for the dealer and 4 player positions or ‘boxes’. The dealer plays for the house and there can be up to 4 players at the table. If there are fewer than 4 players a player is allowed to play more than one adjacent box, but anyone playing more than two boxes must play the third and subsequent boxes ‘blind’. It is not necessary for all the boxes to be played. So for example a table could have four players each playing one box, or just two players playing three and two boxes, or any other combination.
A single standard 52-card pack is used.
Initial Bets and Deal
Before the deal, players must place an ante for each box they wish to play. The house sets the minimum and maximum, and the ante for each box can be any amount within this range. The size of all subsequent bets and payments for a box depend on the amount of the ante for the box.
After the antes have been placed, the dealer shuffles the pack and deals five cards to each box that is being played and five cards for the dealer’s own hand. All cards are dealt face down except for the dealer’s last card which is face up.
The players act in turn, beginning with the box furthest to dealer’s left – that is the rightmost box as seen from the players’ side of the table. The boxes are played in order passing to the left. All actions for a box must be completed before the next box is played.
When playing a box, the player looks at the five cards and decides on one of the following actions.
-Fold the box. The house takes the ante for that box.
-Bet on the hand as dealt. The bet must be exactly twice the amount of the ante for that box.
-Buy a sixth card. The player pays the house an amount equal to the ante for the box and is dealt an extra card from the deck.
If the player is happy with his six-card hand he can place a bet, which is twice the amount of the original ante for the box.
Alternatively, if the player is not happy with the hand he can fold, losing both the original ante and the payment for the sixth card.
-Exchange some cards. The player pays the house an amount equal to the ante for the box, discards up to four cards and is dealt an equal number of replacement cards from the deck.
If the player is happy with his new five-card hand he can place a bet, which is twice the amount of the original ante for the box.
Alternatively, if the player is not happy with the hand he can fold, losing both the original ante and the payment for the exchange.
-Finally, if the player’s hand is three-of-a-kind or better, he may buy insurance against the dealer failing to qualify. The player can insure for any amount up to half the potential payout according to the payout table. For example if the player has placed an ante of $100 and a bet of $200 and has a flush, the potential payout is $1000 and the player can therefore buy any amount of insurance up to $500.
Dealer’s Actions and Payout
After all the players have had a turn for each box they are playing, the dealer’s hand is exposed. The dealer qualifies with a hand of Ace-King or better.
For any boxes that have folded, the dealer has already collected the ante and any payment to exchange cards or buy a card, and there are no further payments for folded boxes.
For boxes where the player has placed a bet, the result depends on whether the dealer qualified, and if so, whether the player’s hand is better or worse than the dealer’s.
If the dealer qualifies with at least Ace-King and the player’s hand is better than the dealer’s, the player wins and the house pays out according to the size of the player’s bet using the table of odds .
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