Live Casino Hold’em Guide
We take a look at Live Casino Hold'em, one of the many Live Poker variations offered by Hollywoodbets through Evolution Gaming.
Hollywoodbets offers you the opportunity to bet on Live Casino Hold’em which is a live poker game based on the card game Texas Holdem Poker.
In traditional Texas Hold’em, players are dealt two personal cards, with five community cards and attempt to beat each by making the best five-card poker hand out of the seven cards dealt.
Casino Hold’em by Evolution Gaming is slightly different.
How does Live Casino Hold’em work?
The main objective of Live Casino Hold’em is to beat the dealer, by having a better five-card hand. This allows an unlimited number of people to play against the dealer with one set of cards.
The game is played with a standard 52 card deck. The deck is shuffled and changed after every hand. Hands are ranked according to a preset value – more on this later.
At Hollywoodbets, all bets are taken or placed before any cards are dealt and again after the flop or the first three community cards have been dealt.
To get going, will need to place an Ante bet. You can also raise the stakes by placing a bonus bet that pays out at fixed odds if a pair of Aces or higher is dealt in the first five cards. See the bonus table below for these potential payouts.
The dealer will then deal two face-up cards to the player and two face-down cards to him/herself. Three face-up community cards will then be dealt in the middle of the playing read. These community cards are used by both the dealer and the player for making up the final hand
Once these cards have been dealt, you are required to choose whether you’d like to PLAY 2x or FOLD. If you choose PLAY 2x, you will need to place a bet equal to double your Ante bet to keep playing. FOLD is to be chosen if you’d like to end the round and forfeit your Ante bet. Remember, that the bonus bet is NOT affected by the decision to PLAY or FOLD.
Once you have decided what you want to do, the dealer will deal the final two community cards which are referred to as the “river”. The dealer will then also reveal his/her two cards. The winner is determined by whoever has the best hand made up using five of the seven cards available to the dealer and the player.
There are three different betting opportunities in Live Casino Hold’em Poker.
The first is the Ante Bet. This bet is placed before any cards are dealt.
The second is an optional bonus or AA side bet. This is placed at the same time as the Ante Bet.
Outcomes and Payouts
There are five different outcomes that can occur in Live Casino Hold’em based on a number of factors. These can be determined based on comparing the player’s and the dealer’s best five-card hands by combining the player’s/dealer’s two cards along with the five community cards.
It’s also worth noting that the dealer has to qualify for certain bets to come into play. The dealer needs a pair of fours or higher in order to qualify.
Take a look at the table below to see whether you win, lose or tie:
|Dealer doesn’t qualify and you win||Win*||Push|
|Dealer qualifies and you win||Win*||1/1|
|Dealer qualifies and you lose||Lose||Lose|
|Dealer qualifies and you tie||Push||Push|
*ante bet pays according to the below table
|Four of a Kind||10/1|
|Three of a Kind||1/1|
|One Pair or less||1/1|
Remember that the bonus bet is optional and can’t be placed without an Ante bet. This bet is evaluated on your first hand of five cards only. If you have a pair of Aces or greater, you will win the bonus bet and be paid out at fixed odds as per the below table.
|Four of a Kind||40/1|
|Three of a Kind||7/1|
|Pair of Aces||7/1|
Below we’ll take a look at winning hands from the strongest (Royal Flush) to the weakest (High Cards).
The Royal Flush is the best hand you can be dealt in poker. This hand features five cards in consecutive order and of the same suit in order of value from 10 to ace.
Similar to a Royal Flush, this hand contains five cards of consecutive values of the same suit that isn’t a Royal Flush is considered a Straight Flush. This hand can only be beaten in two ways: by a Royal Flush or another Straight Flush that includes higher-ranking cards.
Four of a Kind
As the name implies, a Four of a Kind hand sees the same card in each of the four different suits.
Simply put, this hand contains a Three of a Kind (three cards of the same rank in three different suits) and a Pair (two cards of the same rank in different suits). In the event that more than Full House is present on the table, the player with the higher value Three of a Kind will be the winner.
This hand contains five cards of the same suit in any order. When two players have flushes, the hand featuring the highest value hand will be declared the winner.
A straight is made up of five cards in consecutive numerical order of more than one suit. If there is an Ace in the hand, it can rank as either high (above a King) or low (below a 2). These two types of straights have nicknames. A Wheel straight runs A, 2, 3, 4, 5 while a Broadway straight (the strongest of all straight hands, runs 10, J, Q, K, A.
Three of a Kind
This hand contains three cards of the same rank across three different suits.
This hand contains two different sets of two cards of equal rank.
This is a hand that is made up of a pair of cards of the same rank in different suits.
This is the worst hand you can be dealt in poker. The highest card in your hand will be considered your “High Card”.