The most well-played variant, though, is Texas Hold’em, which became quite popular thanks to the World Series of Poker tournament and its televised success.
However, from this variant of poker, accidentally, a new one was born, called Casino Hold’em. In the attempt to teach a friend how to play the multiplayer Texas Hold’em one on one, a guy called Stephen Au-Yeung invented Casino Hold’em. To teach his friend the basic rules of Texas Hold’em, Au-Yeung assumed the role of a dealer. And that’s how the variant was invented: with one player and a dealer involved.
Today, Casino Hold’em is played by millions of players who would like to face the dealer only, and not play against other players. No wonder the variant is also referred to as “Beat the Dealer” poker. It is pretty simple and easy to learn and master, considering not that many bet options are involved and you don’t need to wait for your turn for ages like in Texas Hold’em. Want to learn more about it?
Basic Rules of Casino Hold’em
When you first start playing Casino Hold’em, you’ll see that its rules do not differ from those in Texas Hold’em that much. The major difference, of course, is in the number of players that go against the dealer. To make things clear, the player plays against the dealer in Casino Hold’em.
Casino Hold’em is, therefore, not a multiplayer variant. Therefore, you should expect slight differences in the gameplay. The basic rules are simple. The game is played with a standard 52-card deck.
Player vs Dealer
Both the dealer and the player place the Ante bet, before the cards are dealt. Then, the dealer takes two hole cards and gives two to the player. Three additional face-up community cards are then placed on the table. Next, they both need to make a decision about whether to fold or call. The player makes the first move. If the player decides to fold, both the Ante bet and the cards go to the dealer. If, on the other hand, decides to call, the player needs to double the Ante bet and continue.
In this case, the dealer puts two other community cards on the table and turns his hole cards face-up. The dealer is still in only if his hand is a pair of 4 or better. Otherwise, the Ante bet will be paid to the player and the Call bet will push. If, on the other hand, player’s hand loses, the player needs to pay the dealer in accordance with the payout table, while the Call bet will pay 1:1. If there’s a tie, both the Ante bet and the Call bet will push.
Now, some Casino Hold’em variants also offer the AA+ side bet. Live Casino Hold’em versions even offer the Progressive Jackpot and the Jumbo Jackpot side bets. These are placed in the beginning and pay irrespectively of whether the player’s hand loses or wins.