Payouts & Possibilities
With dealer being required to qualify for you to earn a payout on the ”call bets”, there are a couple of scenarios that are possible:
The dealer does not qualify – your ”ante bet” is paid according to the pay-table, while the ”call bet” is pushed.
Dealers hand qualifies, but your holdings are better. In this scenario ”ante bet” pays based on the payouts listed in pay-table, while ”call bet” is paid at even money odds of 1 to 1.
The dealer holds a qualifying hand, but it’s equal in strength with your holdings. In this case all bets are pushed – neither lost, neither are any payouts awarded.
Worst scenario is, of course, when dealers hand qualifies and beats your holdings. If this is the case, you lose both bets.
You should always remember that only your ”ante bet” will qualify for a payout according to the paytable. Well, the only exception to this is the ”AA Bonus”, which also features its own paytable.
Remember that ”Call Bet” is always paid at even money odds, if you win and the dealer holds a qualifying hand. There are no payout odds applied to this wager. Take a look on the pay-table for both, ante wagers and bonus wager.
Unlike in a regular club poker, optimal strategy in Casino Holdem is actually playing the majority of your hands. You should play 82% of your hands, call with all of them that is, while folding only 18% of the very worst hands. Here are a couple of tips that will help you to get started:
Always ”call” when holding a pair, ace high or king high
You should always call with a straight or flush draw (either gutshot or an open ended straight draw)
You should always call with two overcards in relation to the board.
So what should you fold then? Well, here are a couple of examples:
You should fold, when the board is paired and you have J high or worse with no chance of making a flush or straight.
Always fold low cards that haven’t made a pair or any kind of a draw.
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