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Get Started in Casino Hold'em in One Lesson

By: Ryan Alders, Wednesday February 11th 2015
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Casino Hold'em is a game that's taken advantage of the widespread popularity of no-limit hold'em which rose to be the most popular form of poker in the world starting around 2003. If you're a fan of playing that game or watching it on TV, then you'll love Casino Hold'em. It's based on a similar set of ideas as traditional hold'em, but there are a few twists that make things interesting as you go up against the dealer. Overall, strategy in this game hasn't been completely solved yet, but you can still get a really good idea of how well you're doing.

You start out by making an ante bet, and then you're dealt two cards with three community cards (the flop). You have the option here to either fold or call, and calling means you put up a call bet that's twice the size of your ante. From here, calling gives you two more community cards while folding completely takes you out of the hand and loses your ante bet. The dealer has to qualify with at least a pair of fours, and if he doesn't, then your ante wins and your call bet pushes. Otherwise, the best hand wins, with the ante paying according to a paytable and the call bet winning at 1:1.

Typically you'll get 100x for a royal, 20x for a straight flush, 10x for four of a kind, 3x for a full house (aka a boat), 2x for a flush and 1x for all other hands when it comes to your ante payouts. The call bet only pays 1:1 and isn't multiplied by these amounts. The house advantage is about 2.16 percent if you have this paytable and play correctly, but watch out for less favorable tables that you'll want to avoid.

Strategy in this game centers around trying to fold the worst hands. Generally speaking, you'll want to be raising about 80-85 percent of hands, and that means that you'll only be folding 15-20 percent. You can track how often you fold to get a good idea of how close you're sticking to this if you're interested in seeing if your strategies are working out over the long run. In general, this is a game with a lot of room to maneuver in terms of strategy, so feel free to come up with your own rules as long as they adhere to this 80/20 rule.

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