Texas Hold'em Bonus Poker
Last updated: 2017-12-02
Texas Hold Em has exploded in popularity in the last 20 years. With the exposure the game has received online, on television, and in popular culture, it’s now one of the most well-known and commonly played types of poker.
- The game is played using a single standard deck of 52 cards with no jokers
- The deck is shuffled at the start of every game
- " The suits (spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs) are ranked equally
- " The game and the game rules are identical in both real and play money modes
How to play
How to play in brief:
- Choose the amount you'd like to bet as your ante
- Place an optional bonus side bet
- Click on 'Deal' button to start the game and to receive your two hole cards
- " The following options are presented in each round:
- Flop: Bet and Fold
- Turn: Bet and Check
- River: Bet and Check
- Make the best possible poker hand with the cards available
- Compare your hand with the dealer's hand to decide the winner
- Winnings will be credited to player's game balance automatically
How to play in detail:
Click on the chips shown at the edge of the table to choose how much you'd like to bet. The chip denominations are $1, $5, $25, and $100.
Once you've selected your chips, you can place your ante bet by clicking on the 'Ante' area of the table. Press shift key and click a chip already on the table to remove a bet.
You must place an ante bet for the game to start. Once you have placed your ante bet, the 'Deal' button will appear. Click 'Deal' to start the game or click 'Clear' to remove all bets.
You can place a bonus side bet by clicking on the 'Bonus Bet' area of the table. Bonus side bet can only be placed before starting the game.
Once the game has started, you'll receive two cards face-up. The dealer will receive two cards face-down.
If you have placed a side bet, the system will automatically check to see if your two cards have won according to the bonus paytable. Any bonus win will be paid and losing bets will be collected at the end of the game.
To continue playing, choose either 'Bet' or 'Fold' depending on the strength of your hand. If you click 'Fold', you lose your ante and any bonus side bet win is paid out.
If you click 'Bet', twice the amount of the ante will be wagered as the 'flop wager'. You can't take flop bet back once it has been placed. The dealer then deals three community cards and places them face-up in the centre of the table.
You can 'check' (i.e., choose not to place a wager) or place a bet equal to the ante to see the turn card (the fourth community card). The fourth community card will be dealt face-up in the centre of the table.
Again, you can 'check' or place a bet equal to the ante to see the river card (the fifth community card). The fifth community card will be dealt face-up in the centre of the table. The dealer will then reveal his two hole cards and the system will check to see who has made the best five-card poker hand.
If you have the best hand, the dealer pays even on the bets you placed on the flop, turn, and river. The dealer pays even on the ante if your winning hand is a straight or better. If this is not the case, your ante bet is simply returned.
If your hand and the dealer's hand are of equal value (push), your ante, flop, turn, and river bets are returned.
If the dealer has the best five-card poker hand, all your bets are lost. Any bonus side bet win is paid out.
You can 'play the board' to make your best poker hand; this means using all five community cards rather than your hole cards.
If both hands have the same ranking, the winning hand is the one with the highest numbered cards. For example, a Flush with an Ace-high beats a Flush with a King-high. If the two hands have the same high card, the highest card not held in common will be used to determine the winner.
A push is declared if the two hands are absolutely identical. The suit order of the cards is not used to determine the winner.
Here's a table listing the various paying hands:
|Royal Flush||Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 of the same suit.
Example: A, K, Q, J, 10 of the same suit.
|Straight Flush||Five cards in numeric sequence, and of the same suit.
Example: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 of the same suit.
|Four of a Kind||Four cards of the same value.
Example: 5, 5, 5, 5, 2.
|Full House||One pair plus Three of a Kind.
Example: K, K, K, 4, 4.
|Flush||Five cards of the same suit,of any value.
Example: K, J, 9, 6, 3 of the same suit.
|Straight||Five cards in numerical sequence, but of different suits.
Example: 5, 4, 3, 2, A.
|Three of a Kind||Three cards of the same value.
Example: 9, 9, 9, A, 8.
|Two Pair||Two sets of two cards of the same value.
Example: 4, 4, J, J, A.
|One Pair||Two cards of the same value.
Example: 8, 4, J, J, A.
|High Card||The rank of hands containing less than one pair is determined by the highest ranking card.
Example: 2, K, 9, 6, 3.
The theoretical return to player of the main game is 98.41%
Your side bets will pay out as follows:
|Player's two-card hand||Pays|
|Ace-Ace||30 to 1|
|Ace-King (suited)||25 to 1|
|Ace-Queen or Ace-Jack (suited)||20 to 1|
|Ace-King (unsuited)||15 to 1|
|King-King, Queen-Queen, or Jack-Jack||10 to 1|
|Ace-Queen or Ace-Jack (unsuited)||5 to 1|
|10-10 through 2-2 (pairs)||3 to 1|
The theoretical return to player of the bonus bet is 91.10%
At the end of the game, you can use the 'Clear' button to clear ante bet and place a different bet amount. The 'Rebet' button allows you to repeat both your ante and bonus bets, and the 'Double Bet' button allows you to double your ante bet but not the bonus bet. Note that 'Double Bet' button appears only if your ante bet in the previous game is no more than $50.00.
The Buy-In window will open if your game balance drops below the minimum allowed bet. You can use this window to buy more credits from your Account.
Use the 'Paytable' button to check the paytable and the game rules. Use the 'Gamelogs' button to view the logs of your completed games. Use the 'Version' button to view the current version number of the game.
To leave the game, hit the 'X' button.
Adding funds to your Account
To add funds to your Account, click on 'Deposit' in the 'Cashier' menu on the lobby, then select the desired deposit option. You can also add funds to your account by clicking on 'Rebuy' while in the game screen and then clicking on 'Cashier', or by clicking on 'Deposit' or 'Balance' in the 'My Account' section in the left panel of the Main Lobby. The time taken to transfer funds and the fees charged will vary depending on which deposit option you choose. Funds can only be added at the beginning of a new game.
What do I do if I reach my betting limits?
If your game balance drops below the bet you are trying to place, you will have to click on 'Rebuy' to buy in credits from your Account to your game balance.
To add funds to your Account, click on the 'Deposit' option in the 'Cashier' menu in the Main Lobby, or click the 'Cashier' button in the 'Buy-In' window of any game. You can also click on the 'Deposit' button or on 'Balance' in the 'My Account' section of the left panel in the Main Lobby.
I could not complete the game. What should I do?
If you get disconnected after placing Ante and/or bonus side bet and before the game is started, Ante and/or bonus side bet is returned.
If you are disconnected in the middle of any betting round, you will be prompted to complete it after logging back in. After completing the game, you can resume playing the same game, or you can select another game of your choice.
Malfunctions Voids all Pays and Plays.
What is Texas Hold Em?
Texas Hold Em is a poker game where players try to make the best hand with five cards. However, instead of each player being dealt five cards, each player is dealt two. A series of cards played in the center of the table are community cards, and players make bets based on their best five-card hands – and other strategies.
Texas Hold Em is exciting because there are up to four rounds of betting. Because you cannot see anyone else’s initial two cards – they are hidden – you have to guess what others have.
Of course, as with all poker, you don’t have to have the best hand to win. Sometimes you can make a large bet as if you have a great hand, when in fact, you’re actually bluffing. If everyone else folds, you win!
How to Play Texas Hold Em
Ready to play? Here’s how it’s done.
The players sit at a table and are each dealt two cards facedown. These cards are the hole cards.
There is a round of betting before any other cards come out. You can choose to bet or fold your two cards. If at least two players are still in after the first round, three cards are dealt in the center of the table. These can be used by all players. This set is called “the flop.”
After the flop, another round of betting occurs between the remaining players. If at least two players are still in after this round, one more card is added to the center. This card is called “the turn.”
Another round of betting follows, and if there are at least two players still in, a final card is turned up in the center. This is called “the river.”
All remaining players now know what their best five-card hand is, but don’t know what the others have. A final round of betting occurs, and if there is more than one player still in, the cards are turned up and compared for the winner.
The winning hands are the same as most other kinds of poker, ranging from Ace High to a Royal Flush.
Betting in Texas Hold Em Online
Knowing how to bet is key to the game of Hold Em. It takes a lot of time and experience to become truly good at betting, but some pointers can help you as you get started.
Some Hold Em games have antes and blinds. An ante is an amount everyone has to put in before cards are dealt. The “big blind” makes an additional minimum bet before the cards are dealt. The “small blind” makes half the minimum bet before the cards are dealt. The blinds rotate around the table, so everyone is affected equally.
Once you have your cards, but before there are any cards in the center, you can decide to bet or fold. If you bet, you can call the current bet or raise. Betting continues until all players who haven’t folded have bet the same amount.
Strategies vary widely for preflop betting. You can decide to bet low with good hole cards, bet high with bad ones, and everything in between.
Betting on the Flop, Turn, and River
Each time more cards are laid in the center, another round of betting occurs the same way as the first. If at any point everyone folds except one player, the remaining player wins and the hand is over. Otherwise, each round leads to more cards being turned over and more betting.
The strategies as you go along have a lot to do with what you think the other players have. You may think that your hand is better, worse, or similar to others. This will affect your betting, as will your stomach for bluffing.
Finishing the Hand
When the hand ends, the winning player has the option to simply discard their hole cards or show them to everyone at the table.
Sometimes the winner will show the hole cards to reveal they were bluffing, as a way of bragging. Other times, they will reveal that they had the best hand. Different players show or discard their hole cards for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they are trying to set up a reputation that makes it easier for them to bluff in the future!
Ready to Put in Your Chips?
People bet differently in a free game than in a game with money on the line. If you really want to test your skills, you need to play in money-based Texas Hold Em online games. That doesn’t mean you have to drive to a smoky, crowded casino, though.
Play online with Borgata today! You can be in the comfort of your own home, keep your winnings safe, and never feel pressured to bet beyond your limits. When you play online, you make the decisions, and you keep your winnings!
So, let’s shuffle up and deal now!