Casino Hold'em poker

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An exciting variation of the much-loved five-card Texas Hold’em poker game, Live Casino Hold’em offers all the quality that has made Evolution the world leader in video-streamed Live Dealer gaming. 

Available as standard and dedicated tables for players on desktop and tablet, it’s the perfect way to attract poker enthusiasts to your Live Casino and to keep them entertained. 

A massive attraction is theJumbo 7 Jackpot programme, which allows players the chance to win what could easily be the world’s biggest Jackpot prize at a live table. 

With Evolution Live Casino Hold’em an almost limitless number of players can join the gripping poker-style action live on desktop or tablet. Real cards, real dealers and the ability to interact with the dealer and fellow players in real time make the whole experience just like playing the best Hold’em games in a real casino.

In a clever twist on Texas Hold’em, players play against the dealer, not each other – so there’s no limit to the number of players in any one game. Exciting eh?

A Bonus Bet and Progressive Jumbo 7 Jackpot side bet* add further exciting betting options for players, with the Jumbo 7 Jackpot offering an increasing and potentially huge top prize as well as lower level fixed prizes.

This game is supplied by Evolution and is certified by the UK Gambling Commission as having been independently tested and up to the required standards for players in the UK.

If you experience any difficulties with this game or any other game you should follow our Complaints procedure and contact us.

 

Game rules

Casino Hold'em is a variant of the popular Texas Hold'em poker. Casino Hold'em differs from Texas Hold'em in that it is played against the house rather than against other players.

The aim of Casino Hold'em is to beat the dealer's hand by getting the best possible five-card hand, made out of the two cards dealt to the player and five community cards.

An unlimited number of players can play simultaneously at one Casino Hold'em table. Each player can take only one seat by the table.

Casino Hold'em is played with one standard 52 card deck (Jokers are excluded). Only one game is played with one deck of cards, and cards are shuffled after each game round.

To play the game you place a bet on the Ante bet (initial bet). To add to the excitement, you can also place a Bonus bet that pays out if a pair of Aces or higher is dealt in the first five cards.

The dealer deals out two cards face up to you and two cards face down to the dealer. Three community cards are dealt face up in the middle of the table. These three community cards are common for you and the dealer for making up the hand.

You must decide whether to CALL or FOLD. Choose CALL to continue the round by placing a Call bet equal to double your Ante. Choose FOLD to end the round, thereby forfeiting your Ante and Bonus bet. Note that you must choose Call to receive a payout on your Bonus bet.

After you have made your decision, the dealer will deal two more community cards (called 'Turn' and 'River'). The dealer will also reveal his/her two initial cards.

To find a winner, the best paying hands are formed and compared for you and for the dealer, using five out of seven available cards.

Side Bets [Enabled, when Side Bets are enabled in table configuration].

BONUS BET

The Bonus bet is optional bet and cannot be placed alone. After a chip is placed on the Ante bet spot a flashing arrow will show you that the Bonus bet spot is activated. Place your Bonus bet in the same way as you place the Ante bet.

The Bonus bet is evaluated on the first hand of five cards only. If you have a Pair of Aces or better combination and you decided to Call, you will win the Bonus bet and will be paid according to Bonus pay table.

Jackpot Bet [Enabled, if JACKPOT bet is enabled].

The jackpot bet is an optional side bet that allows you to win a share of the large progressive jackpot! The amount of the progressive jackpot grows steadily over time as more jackpot bets are placed by players at several different participating casinos. Eventually, the jackpot is hit when a player who has placed a jackpot bet at a participating table gets a Royal Flush. All players who have placed a jackpot bet in the winning game round share the total amount of the progressive jackpot. The amount of your potential share of the progressive jackpot is thus based on all jackpot bets that have been placed by players at participating game tables in the current round.

The optional jackpot bet also allows you to win an additional prize of a fixed amount when you personally get a hand of Three of a Kind or better!.

At the start of a new game round, place your optional jackpot bet in the circular field labelled 'JACKPOT' after you have placed your ante bet and before betting time expires.

Once accepted, your jackpot bet will be added to the total amount of the progressive jackpot. Each participating player places the jackpot bet in the currency used at his/her casino, and the current amount of the progressive jackpot and your potential share of the progressive jackpot are displayed in your currency in the JACKPOT paytable. When you win a share of the progressive jackpot, you will be paid in your own currency.

The fixed prizes for getting a good hand (from Three of a Kind to a Straight Flush) are also displayed in your own currency.

Your decision to CALL or FOLD your hand does not affect your ability to win a share of the progressive jackpot in the game round.

If the game round is cancelled, your jackpot bet will be refunded along with your other bets. If you held a potential prize-winning hand according to the JACKPOT paytable in a cancelled game round, the decision to manually compensate you will be made by your game provider.

Winning Hands.

The individual cards are ranked in descending order: Ace (high or low), King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2.

An Ace can be the highest value card in a Straight of A, K, Q, J, 10 or the lowest value card in a Straight of 5, 4, 3, 2, A.

Possible hands from the highest payouts to the lowest:

Game Outcomes.

The dealer must have a pair of 4s or higher to qualify.

You win if the dealer doesn't qualify. The Ante bet is paid out according to the payout table, but the Call bet is returned to you.

You win if the dealer's hand qualifies and dealer's hand is lower than yours. The Ante bet is paid out according to the payout table and the Call bet pays 1:1.

You lose if the dealer's hand qualifies and dealer's hand is higher than yours. You lose both your Ante bet and your Call bet.

It is a Push when you and the dealer have exactly the same hand. A Push means nobody wins or loses. You get back your Ante bet and Call bet.

If you and the dealer have hands of the same type, the one that includes the card of highest value wins (e.g. three Kings beats three Queens; a flush of Q, J, 10, 9, 8 beats a flush of 10, 9, 8, 7, 6).

When you and the dealer tie, the next highest card that is not part of the paying hand, known as the 'Kicker', determines the winner.

Payouts .

ANTE.

BONUS.

JACKPOT [Enabled, if JACKPOT bet is enabled].

*The progressive jackpot, stated in your own currency, is the top prize shared among all players who have placed a jackpot bet in the winning game round.

The prizes you can win individually for a hand of Three of a Kind or better (up to a Straight Flush) are indicated in your own currency.

Call bet payout is 1:1.

Malfunction voids all pays and play.

Return to Player.

The optimal theoretic percentage return to the player for the Ante bet is 97.84% and for the Bonus bet is 93.74%.

The optimal theoretical return-to-player percentage for JACKPOT bet is 86.84%. [Enabled, if JACKPOT bet is enabled].

Place Bets.

The BET LIMITS panel displays the minimum and maximum stakes permitted on table in total.

To participate in the game, you must have sufficient funds to cover your bets. You can see your current BALANCE on your screen.

The TRAFFIC LIGHTS tell you the current status in the game round by informing you of when you can bet (GREEN light), when the betting time is nearly over (YELLOW light), and when betting time has expired (RED light).

The CHIP DISPLAY allows you to select the value of each chip you wish to bet. Only chips of denominations that can be covered by your current balance will be enabled. This display will only be illuminated for use when betting time remains (the light is green or yellow).

Once you have selected a chip, place your bet by simply clicking/tapping the betting spot on the game table labelled Ante or with the side bet you desire (if applicable).

Each time you click/tap the betting spot, the amount of your bet increases by the value of the selected chip or up to the maximum limit for the type of bet you have selected. Once you have bet the maximum limit, no additional funds will be accepted for that bet, and a message will appear above your bet to notify you that you have bet the maximum.

NOTE: Please do not minimize your browser or open any other tab in your browser while betting time remains and you have placed bets on the table. Such actions will be interpreted as leaving the game, and your bets will therefore be declined for that particular game round.

The DOUBLE (2x) button allows you to quickly double your bet. This button is enabled after you have placed any bet.

The DOUBLE (2x) button allows to Double the bet up to the maximum limit.

You can double your bet only once.

The REPEAT button allows you to repeat all bets from the previous game round.

The UNDO button removes the last bet you placed. .

You can click/tap the UNDO button repeatedly to remove bets, one by one, in the reverse order of which they were placed. Note that bets can only be removed while betting time still remains (GREEN or YELLOW light).

The TOTAL BET indicator displays the total amount of all bets placed in the current round.

Make a Decision.

After your cards have been dealt, your card combination and the 'MAKE YOUR DECISION' window will be displayed.

You must decide whether to CALL to continue the round or FOLD to end the round and forfeit your placed bets.

By clicking/tapping CALL you will continue to play the game and place the Call bet. The Call bet will be placed automatically on the Call bet spot.

By clicking/tapping FOLD you will lose all bets placed, but you will still see the remainder of the game played out, but you will not participate in the game. You will need to wait until next game round to place your bets.

If decision time has expired and you have not yet made a decision to CALL or FOLD, your hand will be automatically folded and you will lose all your bets. The betting-time indicator will display the message: AUTO FOLDED. .

Game Number.

Each game round is identified by a unique GAME NUMBER.

This number reflects when the round began in terms of GMT by hour: minute: second. Please use this game number for reference (or take a screenshot of the game number) if you wish to contact Customer Service regarding a particular round.

Sound [Disabled for mobile games].

The SOUND button will mute/un-mute all game sounds and voice from the game. Note that if you change tables, the sound will automatically un-mute.

You can alter your sound settings by clicking/tapping the SETTINGS button and then selecting the SOUND tab.

Game History.

The HISTORY button will launch a window showing all live game rounds you have played and the results of those rounds.

You can review your past gaming activity by viewing your:.

ACCOUNT HISTORY - Shows your complete account history as a list of dates, games, bet amounts and payouts. The game round completed most recently appears at the top of the list.

GAME HISTORY - Shows your history related to a particular game once you tap/click the game in the GAME column.

Settings.

The SETTINGS button launches a menu of user-changeable settings.

Your chosen settings will be applied at once and will be stored to your profile. Stored settings will be launched automatically when you log in from any device.

You can alter settings to change your general game settings.

[Disabled for mobile games].

Settings are organised under several main tabs in the SETTINGS window: .

GENERAL.

You can hide/unhide other players' chat messages.

You can enable additional SIDE BETS.

VIDEO.

Your video quality is auto-adjusted, but you can manually change your video quality by selecting specific stream.

SOUND.

You can mute/unmute your DEALER'S VOICE and GAME SOUND and adjust their relative volumes.

Deposit & Withdraw [Chapter DEPOSIT & WITHDRAW is enabled only if the CASHIER button is present in the game].

The CASHIER button on the bottom left of the screen will open the cashier/banking window for deposits and withdrawals.

Responsible Gaming [Chapter RESPONSIBLE GAMING is enabled only if the RESPONSIBLE GAMING button is present in the game (AAMS, LGA)].

The RESPONSIBLE GAMING button allows you to access the page outlining the Responsible Gaming policy. This page provides useful information and links regarding responsible online gaming behaviour and informs you of how to set limitations to your game sessions.

Informazioni AAMS [Chapter INFORMAZIONI AAMS is enabled only for AAMS integrations].

Error Handling .

If there is any error in the game, gambling system or game procedure, the game round will be temporarily paused while the dealer notifies the shift manager. You and other players will be notified via Chat, or by an on-screen pop-up message, that the issue is being investigated. If the manager can immediately resolve the error, the game round will continue as normal. If immediate resolution is not possible, the game round will be cancelled and initial bets will be refunded to all players who participated in the game round.

More Games [Disabled for Lottomatica].

The LOBBY button (if applicable) can be selected at any time from any game. .

It allows you to easily change game table or select any other live game. You will not be removed from this table until you have actually selected the new table you wish to join. You can use the LOBBY to browse other games while still playing at your current table.

Multi-Game Play (if available) [Disabled for mobile games].

If you enjoy non-stop action, you can join up to 4 different game tables simultaneously and view them all in the same browser window!.

After you have joined at least one game table, click on LOBBY to go to the lobby. In the lobby, hover your cursor over the table you would like to join and click the + button associated with that table to join it. (Certain tables may be unavailable for multi-game play and will therefore display no + button.).

After you have joined multiple tables, you will be able to resize your browser window as a whole, but you will not be able to resize each game table window separately.

You can exit any table without affecting your presence at other tables you have joined. To exit a table, click the X button that appears when you hover your cursor over the table window.

Please note:.

The X button to exit a table is not accessible when the table is displayed in full-screen mode.

You will exit a table automatically if you should join the same table through a different device/browser.

If you click directly on a table icon instead of the + button, you will merely switch tables instead of joining the chosen table in addition to the table you joined previously.

We kindly advise you to join only as many tables as your screen can accommodate while still allowing you to place bets deliberately and accurately.

Shortcut Keys [Disabled for mobile games].

Shortcut keys can be used to quickly perform useful game functions.

Home [Enabled only for mobile games].

[Following text and button to be displayed only when HOME button is available and session remains open when button clicked. Enabled by default.] .

The HOME button in the MENU (if applicable) will take you back to the website homepage.

[Following text and button to be displayed only when HOME button is available and session is closed when button clicked. Enabled only for some special cases, like, Lotomatica.] .

The HOME button in the MENU (if applicable) will take you back to the website homepage. The current session will be closed.

A bet is placed only when it has been received by our server from your handset using our software. Once a bet has been placed it is final and binding and cannot be cancelled or changed. For the avoidance of doubt, a bet remains valid even if the result cannot for any reason be displayed back to your handset (due, for example, to a network failure, interruption of communication, or if you receive a phone call). In the event of a game termination, any relevant jackpot will be paid out on a random draw authorised by the regulator.

The theoretical average return to player (RTP) is up to 97.84%. This RTP represents the long-term expected payback of the game which has been calculated by an independent testing company and monitored monthly.

Malfunction voids all plays and pay outs.

Unresolved bets placed but remaining undecided in incomplete games will become void after 90 days and will be forfeited to charity.