Table Game Spotlight Casino Hold Em
Jan 9, 2017 NEWS
Introduced in 2000 by Stephen Au-Yeung, Casino Hold’em is basically a banking game played in live casinos across the world. The core concept is based on the conventional multi-player Texas Hold’em Poker. A croupier deals with the house game for casino patrons to play in the main casino, and in this variant, the players play the house rather than the other players. On the condition when the dealer qualifies, it’s a contest between the player’s hand and the dealer’s. Players can place an AA side bet (bonus) which is determined on the basis of the value of the first 3 flop cards and 2 personal cards.
Basic Rules of The Game
- A standard 52 card deck is used for the game.
- The dealer and player are both dealt a couple of cards face down.
- Each player can make an Ante bet, and has an option to make AA-bonus side bet.
- A total of 3 cards are dealt to the board, and will ultimately contain 5 cards.
- Once the player takes a look at his card, he has two options; either he can make a call bet of double the ante bet or fold with no further hands losing the Ante bet.
- A couple of cards are dealt by the dealer to the board totaling 5, in case one or more player makes a call bet.
- Both the dealer and the player make the best 5-card hand from 5 board cards and their own 2 personal cards.
- Each hand of the player is compared to that of the dealer.
- For the dealer to qualify, he must have a pair of 4s. In case he doesn’t, the Call bet is a stand-off and as per the Ante-Win Pay table, the Ante Bet Pays.
- Payout for the call bet is even and the ante bet as per the anti-win pay table in case the player’s hand is better than the dealer’s, and if the dealer qualifies.
- All bets are push (neither win nor loss) in case the dealer qualifies and the player’s hand is equal to the dealers.
- The player loses all bets if the dealer qualifies and he has a better hand than the player.
It’s not an easy task to decipher an optimal strategy for a game like Casino Hold’em where each hand is based on a combination of 7 cards dealt, including 5 board cards and two personal ones. 82% of the time, a player with optimal strategy will raise, and the rest 18 is the worst case where the player should fold.
The advantage held by the house excluding the side bet, assuming genuine play on the part of the player depends upon the rules and regulations set by different casinos. However, in most cases, the house edge varies from something just under 2% to about 2.5%. For the ante pay bet, the house has an edge of 2.16%, which is comparatively lower than other casino games.