This casino variation offers more strategic decisions than most poker-based games which match the player vs. the dealer. The game resembles a regular Texas Hold 'em hand, except that you're not playing any opponent except the dealer. You will get two cards to start and eventually there will be five community cards dealt if the hand lasts that long.
You begin the game by making an Ante bet. Before the cards are dealt, you also have the option of making the “Bonus” bet which is separate from the Ante and offers the possibility of a big payoff. The Bonus bet can still win even if your regular ante bet loses.
After the initial betting, the player is dealt two cards while the dealer also gets two cards, though his are face down. At this point, the play can fold his hand and lose his ante bet. If he chooses to continue, he has to make what is called a “Flop” bet, which has to be twice the size of the Ante.
If the player doesn't fold, three community cards are dealt to make up the flop. The player can pass at this point, or he can choose to make a “Turn” bet, which has to be the same size as the original Ante. After the Turn card is dealt, the same rules apply. The player can pass, or he can make an extra “River” bet, which, like the Turn bet, has to be the same size as the Ante.
The final community card is dealt and then the dealer and the player use their cards and the community cards to make up their best hand. If the dealer's hand is better, the player loses all bets, except possibly the separate Bonus bet. If the player and the dealer tie, all bets are returned.
If the player's hand is better, he gets even money on his Flop, Turn and River bets. His ante bet will be returned unless the player has at least a straight. The player would then get even money on his ante bet.
The Bonus bet offers the possibility of a real jackpot. If you get two Aces and the dealer is also dealt two Aces, then your bonus bet will pay off at 1,00-1 odds.
You need at least a pair to collect on your Bonus bet and you can also win if you get an Ace with any face card.
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