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A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Casino Poker

A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Casino Poker

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A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Casino Poker

Casino Poker has exploded in popularity in recent years. Whether you are already a keen poker player or are just getting into the game, Casino Poker gives you the chance to develop your card skills and win a great deal of money. Best of all, you can play at any time as it is a single player game, so you don’t need to hang around waiting for opponents.

There are many different forms of Casino Poker, each offering its own twist on the classic game. At Casino Las Vegas you will find seven different forms of the game to enjoy, as well as some Live Dealer Casino Poker games.

Casino Poker Basics

The vast majority of Casino Poker games, but not quite all, are based upon five-card draw. This means that the aim of the game is to form the best five-card poker hand that you possibly can. The way that this is done varies slightly from game to game but the basic poker hands are always the same. In case you are not familiar with them here is a quick explanation:

  • Two/Three of a Kind – This is a hand that contains either two matching cards or three matching cards. For example, two or three 2s.
  • Two Pair – This is hand containing two pairs, for example two 2s and two 4s.
  • Full House – This is a pair together with three of a kind, for example two tens and three kings. It doesn’t matter what suit the cards are, as long as they have the same value.
  • Flush– This is a hand where all the cards are the same suit, for example, 4, 5, 7, K and A of clubs.
  • Straight– This is a hand with five cards in sequence, for example 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Once again it doesn’t matter what the suit is and the Ace can be used at either the beginning or end of a sequence.
  • Outside Straight– This is a set of cards that can be made into a straight with another card on either end. For example, 9, 7, 10, 8, 3 is an outside straight because either a 6 on the low end or a Jack on the high end will turn it into a straight.
  • Inside Straight– This is a would-be straight with a hole in the middle. 9, 2, 10, 8, 6 is an inside straight because only a 7 will turn it into a straight.  It is important to know the difference between inside and outside straights as when playing Video Poker you would never bet on an inside straight becoming a straight as you only have one chance of completing the straight.
  • Straight Flush– This is a hand that is both a straight and a flush. For example, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 of diamonds.
  • Royal Flush– This is a straight flush composed of the highest cards, such as 10, J, Q, K, A.  This is the strongest hand in video poker and if you see it then you know you are in for a big payout.

Casino Poker Variants

At Casino Las Vegas we have many different forms of casino poker for you to enjoy and you will soon find that once you have mastered one of them the rest follow very easily. Here is a quick guide to four of the most popular games to help you get started.

Casino Hold’em

Casino Hold’em is based upon the ever-popular Texas Hold’em poker; it is a rapid game that is played with a single deck of cards. The game has a very simple premise; you will be dealt two cards and must then use them together with a five-card flop to make the best possible poker hand.

To start a round you need to place your Ante bet. You will then receive two face-up cards and the dealer receives two facedown cards. At the same time, three community cards are dealt. If your hands combine with the community cards to form a hand it will be shown to you. You are then given the option to Call or Fold. If you Call a bet equal to twice the ante is placed on the table. If you Fold then you lose your Ante and the round ends. If you choose Call then two more community cards are dealt and the dealer will reveal their hand to see whose is stronger. The dealer must have at least a pair of 4s in order to qualify, if the dealer doesn’t qualify then you win the Ante bet and the Call bet is returned.

If you win with a Straight or lower you are paid out at 1:1, a Flush pays out at 2:1, a Full House pays out at 3:1, 4 of a Kind pays out at 10:1, a Straight Flush pays out at 20:1 and a Royal Flush pays out at 100:1.

The game gives you the option to place an AA Side Bet after the ante. It is a bet on your first two cards and the first three community cards forming a hand. It offers larger payouts than the ante bet: a Straight or lower pays out at 7:1, a Flush pays out at 20:1, a Full House pays out at 30:1, 4 of a Kind pays out at 40:1, a straight flush pays out at 50:1 and a Royal Flush pays out at 100:1.

Casino Hold’em is a rapid paced game that can provide you with hours of fun and certainly some huge winnings.

Caribbean Stud

This Casino Poker variant is quick and easy to learn, it can provide hours of fun and huge winnings, and best of all, at Casino Las Vegas it is linked to a huge progressive jackpot! The game is incredibly simple, all you have to do is hold a stronger five-card poker hand than the dealer and you have won.

At the start of a round you need to place your ante bet, the game has a minimum bet of €5. You will then receive your five cards and the dealer will receive one face-up card and four facedown cards. All you need to do is decide whether to Call or Fold based upon the strength of your hand and the dealer’s visible card. If you Call then a bet equal to double your ante is placed on the table and the dealer will reveal their facedown cards.

The dealer can only qualify with Ace-King or better. If the dealer has qualified then your hands are compared to see who wins. If the dealer does not qualify then all bets are returned and you are paid double your original ante.

If you want to play for the progressive jackpot then you will have to place a €1 side bet with each hand. You win the entire jackpot if you are dealt a Royal Flush. However, you can win 10% of the jackpot for a Straight Flush and you will win 500x the side bet for 4 of a Kind, 100x the side bet for a Full House and 50x the side bet for a Flush.

If you are not playing for the progressive jackpot then a Royal Flush pays out at 100:1. A Straight Flush pays out at 50:1, Four of a Kind pays out at 20:1, a Full House pays out at 7:1, a Flush Pays out at 5:!, a Straight pays out at 4:1, Three of a Kind pays out at 3:1, Two Pairs pays out at 2:1, One Pair pays out at 1:1 and High Card pays out at 1:1.

Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow Poker combines the ancient Chinese game of Pai Gow with standard casino poker. It is another easy to learn game that offers a fun twist on poker.

As usual, the aim of the game is to beat the dealer. However, unlike in regular poker, you are not forming one poker hand, you have to form two and beat the dealer twice.

After placing your bet, you are dealt seven face up cards and the dealer is dealt seven facedown cards. You then need to divide the cards into two hands, a five-card hand called “Highest”, and a two-card hand called “Second Highest”.

The five-card hand makes use of the standard poker hand rankings, except that an A-2-3-4-5 straight is the second highest straight. The two-card hand can be either a pair or individual cards. The strongest two-card hand is a pair of aces and the lowest is 2-3.

Don’t worry if this sounds a bit complicated. To help you get the hang of the game you can choose to have the computer automatically divide the cards into the best possible hands. Just click on the button labelled ‘House Way’.

You can of course divide the hands yourself according to the following rules. In these rules, the “front” is the two-card hand and the “back” is the five-card hand. Simply follow them according to the cards that you are holding.

  • No pair: Place the highest card in the back and the next two highest cards in the front.
  • One pair: Place the pair in the back and the next two highest cards in the front.
  • Two pair: Play the two pairs in the back, except split them in the following situations:
    • One pair is 7’s or greater and no ace singleton.
    • Pair of jacks or better and 6’s or better and an ace singleton.
    • Pair of aces and any other pair.
  • Three pair: Always play highest pair in front.
  • Three of a kind: Always play three of a kind in back except break up three aces.
  • Full house: Split except with pair of 2’s and an Ace/King can be played in front.
  • Full house with three of a kind and two pairs: Play the highest pair in front.
  • Three of a kind twice: Always play highest pair in front.
  • Straights, flushes, straight flushes, and royal flushes: Always play straight or flush in the high hand except play as a two pair if one of the following:
    • Any two pair and an ace singleton.
    • Pair of jacks and pair of 6’s.
    • Pair of aces and any other pair.
  • With a six or seven card straight or flush put the highest hand possible in front while maintaining the straight or flush in back.
  • Play straight or flush over straight flush to improve front hand to jack or better.
  • Play straight or flush over royal flush to improve front hand to king or better.
  • Four of a kind: Play according to the rank of the four of a kind:
    • 2 through 6: Always keep together.
    • 7 through 10: Split unless an ace or better can be played in front.
    • Jack through king: Split unless hand also contains a pair of 10’s or higher.
    • Aces: Split unless a pair of 7’s or higher can be played in front.
  • Five aces: Split unless pair of kings can be played in front.

When you have finished, the dealer’s cards will be revealed. The dealer cannot rearrange their cards, so you have a great advantage over them. If both of the dealer’s hands are stronger than yours, then you lose your bet. If one of the dealer’s hands is stronger, and one weaker, then it is a push and your bet is returned. If both of your hands are stronger then you win even money on your bet minus a 5% bank commission.

3 Card Brag

3 Card Brag is a mixture of a popular British card game that can be traced back to the sixteenth-century and poker. It is very simple and once you have got the hang of it you can have hours of fun.

At the start of each round you need to place your ‘Ante’ bet and have the option of placing a ‘Pair Bonus’ bet as well. When you are ready just click on ‘Deal’ to start the game.

You and the dealer are then dealt three cards each. The dealer’s cards will be dealt facedown and yours will be dealt face-up. You then have the option to ‘Play’ or ‘Fold’. If you choose ‘Play’ then a ‘Play’ bet is placed which is equal to the ‘Ante’ while choosing ‘Fold’ ends the round and you lose your ‘Ante’ bet. If you chose ‘Play’ then the dealer’s hand is revealed.

In order for the dealer’s hand to qualify it must include at least one Queen. If the dealer hasn’t qualified then you win the Ante bet and the Play bet is returned as a push. Your hand is then compared with the dealer’s and the best hand wins the game.

The basic hands are like poker hands. The simplest hand is the high card and this is followed by pairs. This means an ‘A’ would beat a ‘3’ and a pair of Jacks would beat a pair of Threes. If you and the dealer have the same high card then the next highest card is used to determine the winner. A three of a kind hand is called a Prial and the most valuable is 3-3-3 followed by A-A-A then K-K-K and so on. There are also Run and Running Flush hands. The highest value is A-2-3 and it is followed by A-K-Q, K-Q-J, Q-J-10 and so on.

On the rare occasion that your hand is tied with a dealer then both the ‘Ante’ bet and the ‘Play’ bet are returned as a push.

If you have placed a Pair Bonus bet then you must choose ‘Play’ in order to be in with a chance of winning it. The bet is very simple, if your hand is made up of a pair or better then you win the bet. A Pair pays out at 1:1, a Flush pays out at 4:1, a Run pays out at 6:1, a Running Flush pays out at 30:1 and a Prial pays out at 40:1.

Furthermore, if your hand is a Running Flush, a Prial or a Run then you qualify for an Ante Bonus win. A Run pays out at 1:1, a Running Flush pays out at 4:1 and a Prial pays out at 5:1.

You will soon find that 3 Card Brag can provide you with hours of fast paced fun, so give it a try today.

Even More Casino Poker Games

As mentioned, these are just four of the most popular forms of Casino Poker you can enjoy at Casino Las Vegas. Other forms of the game include Wild Viking, which combines Roulette and Poker together into an exciting game, Stravaganza, which combines Blackjack and 3-card poker, and Tequila Poker, which also introduces elements of Blackjack and combines them with 5-card poker hands.

All of these games can provide you with a huge amount of fun and winnings, so don’t delay, start exploring them all today.

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