Texas Hold 'em Bonus Poker Guide
If you've ever played Texas Hold 'em Poker, then this will be a very easy casino game for you to figure out. New to poker? No problem, just read on and you'll be a pro in no time!
How to Play Texas Hold 'em Bonus Poker
The object of Texas Hold 'em Bonus Poker is to assemble a 5-card hand out of 7 available cards that can beat the Dealer's 5-card hand. You will initially be dealt 2 cards face-up (as will the dealer). After each round of betting additional cards will be revealed until 7 cards are present.
Upon entering the game, you will be asked to "ante" up. This is the initial bet amount required simply to reveal your two cards. The table has a minimum ante, or bet, of $5 and a maximum ante of $250.
After you have entered your Ante, you can also place a bet on the "Bonus" (located to the right of the Ante). If you choose the Bonus bet, you are wagering on your initial hand (the two cards that are revealed to you before the flop) being of a high rank (pairs or at least one Ace and another high card). The bonus bet payout amounts are revealed by clicking on the "Rules" tab in the middle left of the screen. If your cards are not of a high rank, than you lose the Bonus bet, but the main bet continues unaffected. This is known as a "side bet".
Once your cards are revealed, you will see the FLOP circle has lit up. This indicates that we are in the Flop phase of the hand. You now have the "Fold" and "Bet" option. Folding will result in you instantly losing the hand. By choosing the "Bet" option you will be able to reveal the Flop, however please note that you will then wager (or "push in") double your ante amount.
After revealing the Flop, you then have the option to Bet or Check. Betting will take an equal amount of chips from your stack as the initial Ante, which will be placed on the "Turn" button. For example, if you Ante $10, you will bet another $20 just to reveal the flop. If after the flop you choose to bet, you will enter another $10 - for a total of $40 wagered. If you select the Check option, you will not enter any more money and will simply wait for the next card with no additional bet. This process continues with the "River" as well.
At the conclusion of the River, the wager is graded. The dealer's hand will be revealed with their overall 5-card hand. Both the dealer's and your own best hand combination will be highlighted and stated below your cards.
You Win When
Your best 5-card hand is graded higher than the dealer's best 5-card hand. For hand hierarchy during the game, click on the "Help" tab to the bottom right of the gamescreen.
- Royal Flush: 10,J,Q,K and Ace of the same suit.
- Straight Flush: Five cards of same suit in sequence.
- Four of a Kind: Four cards of same rank.
- Full House: Three of a kind, plus a pair.
- Flush: Five cards of same suit, not in sequence.
- Straight: Five cards in sequence.
- Three of a Kind: Three cards of same rank.
- Two Pair: Two pairs of different rank.
- One Pair: Two cards of same rank.
If your best hand and the dealer's best hand are equal, then the wager is considered a "Push" and your money is returned.
There is no jackpot in Silver Oak Casino's Texas Hold 'em Bonus Poker game.
At Silver Oak Casino, Texas Hold 'em Bonus Poker is dealt from two standard 52 card decks. Cards are re-shuffled after every hand.
Strategy & Tips
While there are as many different poker strategies as there are stars in the sky, keep in mind that with Texas Hold'em Bonus Poker you cannot "bluff" the dealer, so maybe don't keep raising the bet if you have a weak hand.
While there is no clear evidence as to where the game emerged from, it is sure that the game originated in Texas. The legend says that the earliest version of the game was played by Robstown, Texas in the early 1900s. The game is said to have first come to Dallas, Texas, in 1925 and the word 'Poker' of which it is a popular version, comes from the German word 'pochen', which means, "to knock".
Playing Texas Hold 'em Bonus Poker is much more enjoyable when you are familiar with all the terms used in the game.
Ante: The initial bet you must wager to reveal your two cards.
Bonus Bet: A side bet (apart from the main bet) where you are wagering that the two cards revealed to you pre-flop will be of a high rank (pairs or greater or a face card with an Ace).
Check: To check is to not raise the amount wagered and simply to progress the action with the existing bet amount.
Fold: When you fold you are surrendering your current hand and lose the money you have already put into the wager. Folding ends the current game.
Flop: The first three community cards (available to both you and the dealer) are called the Flop. You can bet or check after revealing the Flop.
Turn: The next community card revealed after the Flop is called the River. You can Bet or Check after the River is revealed.
River: The final community card that is revealed is called the River. Once the River is revealed, no more betting takes place and the results are graded.