There are five main types of poker that you can play at a casino. They are Texas Holdem, Video Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, 3 card poker, and pai gow. Pretty much all six physical casinos in New Zealand and the vast majority of online casinos offer these forms of poker, with the primary difference being that when players play Texas Hold’em, they play against other players while with the other forms of poker, the player plays against the casino. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the differences and similarities.
We’ll start with video poker because it’s the easiest to explain. Video poker is based on the popular 5-card draw version of the game. Essentially you are dealt five cards and have once chance to discard cards and be dealt with new ones. You can discard one card up to all five. Video poker always comes with a paytable, and it is important to read the paytable before deciding to play. Most video poker machines are jacks or better machines, If you get a pair of jacks you will get your money back on the play. If you get 2 pair, you double your money. If you get 3 of a kind you triple your money. If you get a straight you quadruple your money. While if you get a flush you get 6 times your money. A full house will give you 9 times your money, 4 of a kind will give you 25 times your money, and a straight flush will give you 50 times your money. One of the key elements of difference on the paytables is if you happen to get a Royal Flush, a 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace all of one suit. Of course, the odds of getting a Royal Flush are 649,739 to 1, but the paytables are skewed based on how many coins you insert. Get a Royal Flush with one coin and you get 250 coins or credits. However, if you play with 5 coins and acquire a Royal Flush you get 800 per coin or 4,000 coins or credits simultaneously. Video poker can offer a house edge of 3 per cent or less and is popular because you control the pace of the game. Play one hand every minute or play one hand every 5 minutes. it’s up to you.
3 Card poker
3 Card poker is a game where the player plays against the dealer. First, the player places a pre-game(ante) wager. Next, three cards are dealt with both the dealer and the player, face down. The player then examines their cards and decide if they are doing to place a wager or not. If he decides not to, he automatically loses his pre-game wager (ante). If he does decide to play, the amount would be equal to his ante bet. Once the player is finished betting the dealer turns over his cards. If he has a jack or worse, the player bet is placed back to the player. If he has a Queen or higher, and still loses, to the player, both the player and the ante bet are returned to the player. The pair plus payouts are 1 to 1 for a pair, 3 to 1 for a flush, 6 to 1 for a straight, 30 to 1 for 3 of a kind, and 40 to 1 for a straight flush. There are also ante bonus payments available in the game. The house edge varies from 3.37 per cent down to as low as 2.01 per cent depending upon the cards dealt. Three card poker is an easy game to master and the odds are not too bad, and if you like playing a lot of poker hands, consider giving it a try.
Quite similar to 3 card poker, Caribbean poker is an extremely quick and fast-paced game. First, the player puts down an ante and an optional side-bet. Then the player and the dealer are both dealt 5 cards, all face down apart from one of the dealer’s cards will be face up. Next, the player has a choice whether to fold or raise. If he folds he loses everything. If he raises, it must be twice his ante bet. Next, the dealer must show his remaining cards. To qualify, the dealer needs to have an ace/king. If the dealer hasn’t an ace/king, then the player is paid even value on his ante and his raise is a push. however, if the dealer has qualified and beats the player, the dealer collects both the ante and the raise as house winnings. When the dealer has qualified and lost, the ante pays even money and raises payout on a paytable going as low as even money to as high as 100 to 1 for a Royal Flush. The overall house edge on Caribbean poker is 5.2 per cent, so while it’s a fun game, don’t tempt the odds too often.
Some play with tiles the traditional Chinese Way but others play with cards. In PaiGow you make a single bet and then are dealt 7 cards. Once you’ve been dealt your cards you arrange your cards into two separate hands, one of two cards and one of 5 cards. The five-card hand must be higher. If both of your hands beat the dealer, you are paid off as a winner on a one to one basis. If you lose both hands, you lose your bet. And if the two hands are split, it is a push. There are a lot of pushes in Pai Gow. Pai Gow is a good game with low odds of around 2.87 per cent. A part of that percentage rate is influenced by the fact that having the exact same hands in a tie go to the dealer, and the other due to the fact that you typically pay a 5 per cent commission on winnings. If you are at a brick and mortar casino, don’t be put off by the fact that most of the players will be Chinese. It’s still a great game to learn and try.
No doubt about it, in the history of casinos, Texas Hold’em is the most popular poker game around. The significant difference between Texas Hold’em and the other poker games are that you play against other players, not against the house. You may be asking, if you play against other players rather than the dealer, how does the house make money? And the answer is that there are various fees such as a percentage of winning pots along with various fixed fees for simply playing. A player will serve as a dealer (although most casinos actually deal the cards) and the player to the left of the dealer will put up a small blind. The payer to the left of the small blind player will put up the big blind. The amount of the blinds are normally limited to 2 each, and the dollar amount depends upon how high the stakes are. Next, two cards are dealt with each player, and the player can do one of five actions: Either bet 0 (not allowed on the opening two cards) bet. call, fold, raise or reraise. Next the dealer deals three community cards face up, called the flop. The dealer then deals with another community card called the turn and finally deals with another card called the River. With each set of community cards, another round of betting takes place. Texas Hold’em is so popular because it is a game of extreme skill along with bluffing. The biggest problem for new players is determining the level they will play. Play at too high a level and you will be like shark-food at feeding time. So choose carefully.