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Texas Hold’em is the biggest poker variant in the world right now, growing from a game played by ranchers in Texas, to one of the biggest card games in the world. Millions are gambled on Hold’em poker games every single day, and it has done more to attract new players than any other variant and, potentially, any other card game.
Live Dealer Hold’em Poker is one of the best ways to play this game, with the same rules and the same quality features added to an immersive real casino environment that puts players in the hot seat.
To learn more about this game, including features, rules, bonuses, strategies and more, keep reading.
- Number of Games Available: 1+
- Platform: Playtech.
- Min-Max Bet Limits: $1 to $5,000.
- Spectator Mode: Yes.
Available Live Hold’em Games to Play
To play Live Casino Hold’em at Casino.com CA, just sign up, make a deposit, choose your game and start playing. We have Casino Hold’em games available, with limits extending from just $1 per hand all the way to $5,000 per hand. In this game, you go up against the dealer in several rounds of Texas Hold’em betting.
The card values are the same and the basic rules are also the same. The only real difference here is that you’re playing against the house and not against other players. This variant was provided by Playtech, who provide the high-quality stream and ensure that players can get their fill of Hold’em action at all hours of the day.
Live Hold’em Game Bet Limits (min-max) rtp % Description Casino Hold’em $1 to $5,000 93.75% to 99.18% Play Hold’em against the house, trigger payments as high as 100 to 1 with AA side bets.
Why Live Dealer?
Live Hold’em takes everything that players love about this game and creates an immersive, player-vs-dealer experience. In Live Hold’em you play heads-up against the dealer, competing for the best hand and trying to win the pot. The card values are the same as what you’re used to and many of the moves and betting rounds are similar too.
The only real difference is that you’re playing against the dealer, and not a table full of other players. And because this is a Live Casino experience, that dealer is real, as are the cards, the table, and the casino itself. All of this is streamed directly to your desktop or mobile, placing you directly in the heart of the action.
Take a look at these Pros and Cons comparing a stream of Live Casino Poker to a virtual variety:
- A Chance to Play Hold’em (many virtual varieties are Stud, Draw, or Three-Card).
- Real, Immersive Experience.
- Chat Box to Talk with Other Players.
- Super-Fast Stream.
- Lots of Features and Bonuses.
- Can Move a Little More Slowly.
- Slight Variation of Hold’em Rules.
- Fewer Betting Rounds.
- Not Played Against Other Players.
The rules of Texas Hold’em poker are quite basic, which is why this game is so popular. The basic idea behind the game is quite simple: The winner is the player who has the best 5-card hand at the end of the game. To make this hand, players can use their two-hole cards, which are dealt at the start of the game, and 5 Community Cards, which are available to all players.
There are several betting rounds, during which time players can choose to fold and surrender the hand or bet/call and add money to it. The winner at the end of the hand takes all the money in the pot.
The idea behind Live Casino Hold’em is very similar, albeit with some minor tweaks to account for the player-vs-dealer setup.
- The Dealer: In a game of PvP poker, you can win by having the best hand or by bluffing your opponent into a fold. In Live Casino Hold’em, you need to have the best hand as the dealer will not fold.
- The Game: The hand begins with the player making an Ante bet, after which they are dealt two cards (known as the “hole cards”). The dealer is also dealt two cards. The first 3 Community Cards, known as the “Flop”, are then dealt in the middle of the table.
- The Flop Bets: Players can choose between two options. They can either “Call”, in which case they will meet the stake amount and continue the hand, or “Fold”, in which case they will discard their hand.
- The Turn and River Bets: In traditional games of Hold’em poker, there are bets available prior to both the “Turn”, which is the fourth Community Card, and the “River”, which is the final Community Card. In Live Casino Hold’em, there is one bet covering both cards.
- The Showdown: The “Showdown” is the point at which the hand ends and the player compares their cards to the dealer’s. If they have a better hand, then they win; if not, then the dealer takes the money instead.
- AA Bonus: Live Casino Hold’em has a side bet known as the “AA Bonus”. This bet is placed at the same time as the ante but it is entirely optional. The side bet pays differing amounts of money based on the strength of the player’s hole cards, with “AA” or “Ace/Ace” returning the biggest win.
Odds and Payouts
If you have the best hand at the end of a game of Casino Hold’em, you win the money in the pot. It’s as simple as that. But that’s not all - there are also cash prizes to be won for players who land big hands such as a Royal Flush, which is a 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace of the same suit.
This returns a payout of 100 to 1, and there are also payouts for Straight Flushes, Four-of-a-Kind, and other strong hands. These are paid separately to the AA side bet.
Top 3 Strategies
There are numerous poker strategies designed to help you beat your opponents and walk away from the table with a stack of chips in your pocket. However, these strategies are geared towards multi-table tournaments or cash games, which are played against other players. In Live Dealer Casino Hold’em, the rules are similar, but the process is a little different and these strategies simply won’t work.
A top Hold’em player can adapt quickly, though, and you can also learn the ropes quickly even if you have never play Hold’em before. Just be sure to keep the following tips in mind:
1. Understand the Hand Values - Poker hand values are the same across most variants, from Stud to Draw and Hold’em. If you learn the strongest and weakest hands, you can prepare yourself for Live Dealer Hold’em and many other poker games.
For instance, a Flush is better than a Straight, a Full House is better than a Flush, and it’s always Ace high.
2. Learn Expected Value - Expected Value (EV) is something that all professional poker players learn and something that many of them can calculate off the top of their head. It can seem complicated at first, but a lot of it comes down to basic mathematics and common sense.
As an example, let’s imagine that you’re waiting for a final card to be drawn and you need that card to be a 6 to complete a straight. Without it, you have a weak hand that is just 5 high and will certainly lose; with it, you have what will likely be the winning hand.
Depending on the cards drawn, your odds of landing that card could be around 5%, or 20 to 1. If there is $500 in the pot and the bet is just $5, it makes sense. You’re betting 100th of the pot for an outcome that is 20 to 1. The risk is high, but the reward far outweighs it. However, if the bet is $500 then you’re doubling the pot and the risk outweighs the return considerably.
3. Bankroll Properly - Poker players have their own style, tells, and preferences. Some prefer big tournaments; some prefer cash games. But for all the differences, there is one thing that they all have in common: Bankrolling.
A bankroll is basically a gambling budget, an amount that you can afford to lose and an amount that you don’t increase unless you win money. Maintaining a bankroll helps to keep losses to a minimum and ensures that you don’t get caught-up in the action and start gambling more than you can afford.
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Live Casino Hold’em can be played on desktop and mobile. The mobile experience works seamlessly, with large buttons and smooth animations, and you only need a secure connection and a Casino.com CA account to try it for yourself.
We recommend sticking with a secured Wi-Fi and avoiding unsecured public networks, but you can also stay safe by playing Hold’em on 4G or 5G networks, providing you keep your device secure.
Hold’em is a relatively simple game, especially if you have some experience with other variants of poker and know hand values. However, it can move very quickly and feel a little daunting if you’re not used to the Live Casino setup.
Should this be the case, you can simply check out these help options:
- In-Game Help: The little menu option on the top-left of the screen will direct you to the in-game help file. Here you will find information pertaining to the game’s rules, betting options, limits, statistics, and more. There is also a lot of information in this guide.
- Customer Support: Our dedicated customer support team is on hand 24 hours a day to help you and answer any questions you have. You can contact them via Live Chat, email, and phone.
- Chat: You can use the live stream to chat with the dealer and ask them whatever is on your mind. Remember to keep it friendly and light, but feel free to quiz them on any specifics of the game.
Bonuses and Promotions
Before you sign up to Casino.com CA and jump straight into a game of Live Dealer Hold’em, make sure you check our promotions and casino bonuses pages. We have bonuses aimed at new players to introduce them to the casino and help them get settled in, and some of these are tailored towards poker games like Casino Hold’em.
Additional Live Dealer Games
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