Introduction to Live Casino Hold’em



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Everybody who is anybody knows that there is just one casino card game that rules the roost in poker – Casino Hold’em. In fact, there are 2 skill-based casino card games out there that are continually going toe to toe against one another for dominance – Live Casino Blackjack and Live Casino Hold’em. Poker is without doubt the premier skill-based card game on the planet, as evidenced by major international contests such as the World Series of Poker (WSOP), the World Poker Tour (WPT), and the home-grown favourite – the Aussie Millions. So when it comes to introducing Live Casino Hold’em to poker players down under, it's a no-brainer. People simply love poker and what better way to get your poker kicks than the inimitable live Casino Hold’em right here at Casino Cruise. We are your one-stop gaming destination for the ultimate poker thrill-fest.

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So, what makes Live Casino Hold’em such a dazzling spectacle? For starters, this is the live casino version of the universally popular poker games. You can enjoy real-time Texas Hold'em Poker from the comforts of home, or on the go wherever your heart desires. This 5-card poker game streams direct to your screen via a secure webcam feed. As a poker player, you know you can ante-up from the comforts of home, from your iPad, iPhone, tablet, phablet, PC or desktop – in fact you can play Live Casino Hold’em whenever the mood takes you. The streaming action is 100% safe, secure and reliable and it guarantees uninterrupted entertainment from the betting field of play to your screen. To make things even more exciting, the game is maximized for optimal enjoyment regardless of the gaming device you choose to play on.

So how does Live Casino Hold’em play out? If you have ever played Texas Hold'em poker, you already know the answer to this question. For starters, it's NOT you against other players – they are irrelevant. The goal is to form the highest-ranking 5-card hand. You will use a combination of your 2 hole cards and the 5 community cards – The Flop, Turn and River – to form the best 5-card hand. Remember, in typical Casino Hold’em you are not required to use your 2 pocket cards to make a high card hand; you can simply play the board and see how you go. Just to whet your appetite, you should know that Live Casino Hold’em differs from conventional Texas Hold'em poker in the sense that you're playing against the dealer only. This means it doesn't matter how many players are on deck before games begin – as soon as you want to play you will always have a dealer ready to deal to you.

Live Dealers in Live Hold’em

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We all know that Live Casino Hold’em is a smooth, suave and sophisticated game of skill-based poker. And in this vein, you can rest assured that the dealers you will be playing with are knowledgeable, professional and courteous at all times. Remember that this particular variant of Texas Hold’em does not require you to play against other players; you play exclusively against the dealer in pursuit of the highest-value poker hand. There are rules and regulations that determine when the dealer can play and when the dealer cannot play, such as the dealer must qualify with a pair of 4s or better. If the dealer fails to qualify, you automatically win a portion back. In games like Live Casino Hold’em, the skill level of the dealers is significantly higher than it would be for somebody who is simply managing slots games, or heading up a roulette table. Texas Hold'em Poker is the crème de la crème when it comes to skill-based poker gaming.

What to look for in a live online Hold’em Casino

Down under, players have an insatiable appetite for live online Hold’em casino games. But what should you be looking for before you register, deposit and play live Hold’em? For starters, it's imperative that your live casino is 100% safe, secure and user-friendly. The live online Hold’em casino of your choice – Casino Cruise - fits the bill in every way. You will be able to enjoy realistic Texas Hold'em poker with a twist. This time around, you won't be waiting at the table for other players to join the game before the dealer starts dishing out cards. As soon as you're ready there is always a dealer on hand, 24/7. It is especially important that you understand the nature of the game you're playing and the credentials of the operator you have chosen to partner with. Casino Cruise is a world-class gaming operator that runs with the highest levels of integrity, player satisfaction and top-tier technology at all times. Simply put, when you make the decision to play in a live online hold’em casino you should never forego any of the aforementioned qualities. Another important aspect to consider is the professionalism of the dealers and the level of attentiveness that they show to you as a player. Casino Cruise has raised the bar in this arena, and you will find that you will be treated with kid gloves from inception to cash out. Yet another important component of the overall experience is the range of payment processing options available to you. These include Skrill, Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Neteller, Trustly, iDEAL, giropay, sofort and EuTeller among others.

Other Exciting Live Casino Games on Deck

Live Hold’em is but one of many live casino games available at Casino Cruise. You can enjoy skill-based games and games of chance to your heart’s content. Fancy a game of live roulette? Casino Cruise features an impressive selection of live roulette games for you to enjoy, including European Roulette VIP, European Roulette, Immersive Roulette, Turkish Roulette, French Roulette, and Auto Roulette. Now, you can spin to win with your choice of exciting live roulette games across the spectrum. There are also live blackjack games available and live baccarat games available. You can play any of these live casino games whenever the mood takes you, because Casino Cruise is bang on the money time and again.

How to Play Live Hold’em

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This exciting live casino game is really easy to play. It doesn't matter if you have had years of experience playing Texas Hold'em poker, or you're a relative novice to the game. First of all, you will be playing with a real dealer at a Live Casino Hold’em table. The game is in fact a variant of 5 card poker, with 2 cards being dealt to you, alongside The Flop, Turn and River. Your goal is to make the highest ranking 5-card poker hand. Every time a round has been completed, the cards will be shuffled and the next round of play will begin. You may find that when you're ready to play a game of Live Hold’em, there is still one game in progress.

Be a little patient and you will find yourself virtually seated at the table with the Live Hold’em dealer ready to place your wagers. You will select your preferred chip value and then place what is known as an Ante bet on the table. Every time you click on a betting position, you will add additional chips to the bet. If you use the right click button, you will remove chips from the board. The clear button can also be used to clear all bets from the table and begin afresh. Be advised however, that you have a set period of time within which to place wagers before a round of cards is dealt. As soon as you are done, click to confirm button and you’re golden.

During each successive round of play, the best hands will automatically be formed. Poker hands are ranked according to the 5 card ranking only. Remember that the dealer is required to have a pair of 4s to qualify. If the dealer fails to qualify, you will have your call bet returned and then your Ante bet will pay out according to the paytable. Should the dealer happen to qualify, and you win the round, the Ante bet will reward you according to the rules of the paytable. Call bets always pay even money. There are a few rules that you should remember, including the following: a push will result if both the player and the dealer qualify and there is a tie with ante and call bets. Additionally hands with the highest value cards will always win, and the Ace functions as a semi-wild. This means that it can either be a high-value card as in 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace, or it can be a low-value card in Ace, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Be advised that any and all malfunctions in the game will avoid all plays and pays.

Live Hold’em FAQ

  • Do you play against other players in live hold’em?

Live Hold’em is not played against other poker players; it is played exclusively against the dealer. This has many inherent benefits for you as the player. For example, you don't need to worry about waiting for games to begin when a certain number of players has been seated at the table. You can simply wait for the dealer to open up the table and you will be the only player seated there for an exclusive one-on-one gaming session.

  • Under what circumstances will games be voided in live hold’em?

There are circumstances which will necessitate games being cancelled. These include the following instances, among others: a dealer either fails to scan a card or double scans a card. It may occur that there is an error in the manner in which the scan was conducted or that a hidden card has been exposed. The dealer may in fact even reveal the burn card to the player. The game also be voided if a dealer has not shuffled deck prior to having dealt to the player. If a dealer begins a new game while still being logged in, the game will be voided. There are several reasons why a game may have to be voided, and because you're dealing with real life dealers with live hold’em these things happen.

  • Is it possible to play multiple bets?

The multiple bet option is supported at Casino Cruise, and this is essentially an extra bet that can be accepted once your first bet has been confirmed. These bets are only available to you on the proviso that the betting round remains open. You will be required to validate each extra bet that you make by clicking on the confirm button. Once you have decided to play multiple bets, the dealer will hand out 2 cards face up to you and the dealer’s 2 cards will be dealt face down with 3 cards dealt to the flop. If you can formulate a poker hand given your two hole cards and the flop, you will win the side bet.

  • Is Live Hold’em a skill-based game?

There is a definite skill-based element in Live Hold’em. This game requires you to think strategically by going one-on-one against the dealer for the highest-value hand. As with all other poker variants, you must use your knowledge of the game to ascertain whether you have an opportunity to beat the dealer. Throughout, you will be presented with other opportunities to place wagers and compete for generous paydays in the game. This is different to a game like Live Casino Roulette where you simply place wagers and hope that the ball lands on the right slot. Poker is a game of probability, skill and good fortune.

  • Can you play live Casino Hold’em on any device?

The good news is that you are not limited to playing live Casino Hold’em on your desktop or your PC. You can download the Casino Cruise apps for Android and iOS devices and enjoy an authentic game comprising real dealers in real cards on mobile, desktop or tablet. It's your call where you decide to play, and you can take your game with you on the road as you please.

  • What sort of payouts are available on live Casino Hold’em at Casino Cruise?

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Take a look at the following paytable which reveals your payout combinations in this exciting live casino game. On the Ante Bet, a Royal Flush pays out 100 to 1, a Straight Flush pays at 20 to 1, 4 of a Kind pays at 10 to 1, a Full House pays out 3 to 1, a Flush pays out 2 to 1 and a Straight or lower will pay out 1 to 1.

When you're playing the AA side bet, a Royal Flush pays out 100 to 1, a Straight Flush pays at 50 to 1, 4 of a Kind pays out 40 to 1 a Full House pays up 30 to 1, a Flush pays at 20 to 1 and a Straight or a lower hand pays at 7 to 1.

The game is available on deck at Casino Cruise 24/7. The minimum wager that is required to get the game started is €0.5 and a maximum is €1,500. Casino Cruise dealers are ready to deal you in to this exciting online casino game.

  • What type of game is Live Casino Hold’em?

Casino Cruise offers you the opportunity to enjoy Live Casino Hold’em in a single deck game. This is essentially a variant of 5 card poker. You will be dealt 2 hole cards/pocket cards and you must use the 5 card flop to form the best 5 card hand at the end of each hand. The deck of cards will be shuffled and replaced with a new deck of cards. There is an optional side bet known as the AA side bet and this is contingent upon whether you believe the first 5 cards will have a pair of Aces or better.

  • What Values do Aces Assume in Live Casino Hold’em?

Aces can hold high values and low values. If you are trying to form a high value hand such as 10 – Jack – Queen – King – Ace, then the Ace is clearly the high value card. If on the other hand you are trying to form a low ranking hand, you could have the following combination: Ace –2 – 3 – 4 and 5. Notice that the Ace in both instances can assume a high value or a low value respectively.

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