Texas Hold'em Bonus Tips

Texas Hold’em Bonus is the simplest of online casino games based on the popular poker variant. Because it is an online casino game the player plays a single hand against the dealer. The dealer does not participate in the betting. His hand is used only for comparison to decide whether the player wins or loses. A fair element of skill is required in order to decide if the player should raise or check before the Turn and River cards are dealt.

Texas Hold’em bonus is offered at most online casinos. The rules would be broadly as stated below. The game is played with a single standard deck. The game begins with the player making the mandatory Ante wager. Two hole cards are dealt face up to the player and two cards are dealt face down to the dealer. The player must either fold or make a Flop bet, which must be two times the ante bet. Three community cards called the Flop are dealt. The player may check or raise. If he raises then the Turn bet must be equal to the ante bet. A fourth community card called the Turn is dealt. The player may check or raise. If he raises then the River bet must be equal to the ante bet. A fifth community card called the River is dealt. The best poker hands for the dealer and the player are automatically made by the software using the two hole cards and three of the community cards. The higher hand wins. If the dealer has the higher hand the player will lose all bets, except possibly the Bonus bet which is discussed later. If the player has the higher hand the Flop, Turn, and River bets pay even money. If the player has a straight or higher the Ante bet will also pay even money, otherwise it will push. If the player and dealer have hands of equal value all bets will push. The Bonus bet is a voluntary bet that has to be placed along with the ante bet. This pays out according to a payout table irrespective of the final outcome of the hand.

The first decision that the player has to take is whether or not to play Texas Hold’em Poker. Online casinos offer a wide selection of casino games and the discerning player will choose from them according to his needs. If played optimally Texas Hold’em bonus has a house edge of about 2%. Most players who play competitive poker will be able to play at close to optimal levels. For them Texas Hold’em Bonus offers a lower house edge than even European Roulette and should be acceptable. However the payouts are even money and therefore the high returns of roulette and slots are absent. The Bonus bet does offer high returns but has a house edge of 8% and is therefore avoidable.

The strategy for the Flop, Turn and River bets gets increasingly complex and only the Flop Bet is discussed here. If the lower of the player’s two cards is a three or higher, then he should place the Flop bet. If the lower card is a two and the higher card is from the same suit the player should place the Flop bet. If the lower card is a two and the higher card is eight or higher the player should place the Flop bet. If the player has a two pair he should place the Flop bet. In all other cases he should fold and lose the ante.


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