Get Started in Casino Hold’em

Casino Hold’em is a game that’s taken advantage of the widespread popularity of no-limit hold’em which rose to be the most popular form of poker in the world starting around 2003. If you’re a fan of playing that game or watching it on TV, then you’ll love Casino Hold’em. It’s based on a similar set of ideas as traditional hold’em, but there are a few twists that make things interesting as you go up against the dealer. Overall, strategy in this game hasn’t been completely solved yet, but you can still get a really good idea of how well you’re doing.

You start out by making an ante bet, and then you’re dealt two cards with three community cards (the flop). You have the option here to either fold or call, and calling means you put up a call bet that’s twice the size of your ante. From here, calling gives you two more community cards while folding completely takes you out of the hand and loses your ante bet. The dealer has to qualify with at least a pair of fours, and if he doesn’t, then your ante wins and your call bet pushes. Otherwise, the best hand wins, with the ante paying according to a paytable and the call bet winning at 1:1.

Typically you’ll get 100x for a royal, 20x for a straight flush, 10x for four of a kind, 3x for a full house (aka a boat), 2x for a flush and 1x for all other hands when it comes to your ante payouts. The call bet only pays 1:1 and isn’t multiplied by these amounts. The house advantage is about 2.16 percent if you have this paytable and play correctly, but watch out for less favorable tables that you’ll want to avoid.

Strategy in this game centers around trying to fold the worst hands. Generally speaking, you’ll want to be raising about 80-85 percent of hands, and that means that you’ll only be folding 15-20 percent. You can track how often you fold to get a good idea of how close you’re sticking to this if you’re interested in seeing if your strategies are working out over the long run. In general, this is a game with a lot of room to maneuver in terms of strategy, so feel free to come up with your own rules as long as they adhere to this 80/20 …

´╗┐Fundamentals and Guidelines

Each casino poker game is different, but there are a lot of similarities between them. Along these lines, players who want to learn to play them well should start off with the fundamental guidelines that govern the games as a whole and then move forward from there. What we want to do here is break down these games in terms of what you need to be thinking about at each stage. While every game won’t have each stage, after you read through this, you’ll be prepared to take on any casino poker challenge that comes your way.


Drawing rounds are a good example of an area where some games are relevant and others are not. The first thing to look for is if a game charges a fee to draw. If so, then you should keep your drawing to a single card and only in high-reward situations. Typically this will mean drawing to a flush or straight, particularly if you have high cards in your hand that could make a big pair as well. If there is no charge for drawing, then you can get wide open with it since you’ll have a free chance to improve your hand.


Next up, you need to think about the two sources of information that you can have in a game. The first source of information is the cards that are in your own hand, and the second is the cards that are in the dealer’s hand. In almost every single situation out there for every single casino poker game that exists, the information you get from your own hand is much more important than any cards the dealer may be showing. The only time you should even care much about the dealer’s cards is when you have a borderline situation that could go either way.


Here’s why this is the case. In blackjack, for example, the dealer card matters a lot because it drastically affects the chances of the dealer busting. In casino poker, seeing a single dealer card doesn’t change the potential outcome of the game very much at all. Because of this, it’s simply not an important piece of information. If you keep all of these guidelines in mind, then you’ll have a much easier time adapting to new casino poker games and getting better at the ones you already play.…

Customizing Top Game Software

Top Game is one of the leading software providers to the online casino industry. It provides a wide range of online casino games. Because players have different preferences Top Game offers some customization features in the software. Hence players can wager in an environment they find conducive.

There are two broad types of customization features in Top Game software. The first type relates to the casino lobby and is operational when the player is within the lobby. The options can be accessed by clicking on the Settings button in the top right of the lobby screen. The Lobby Settings have three options. The first is Background Music. Players can choose from Classical, Jazz and Spanish. The music will play in the background whenever the player is in the lobby. Players can also opt for No Sound. They can do this if they find the background music a hindrance or if they would prefer to listen to their own music. Two other customization buttons are provided in the lobby. One is the Mute button which turns the sound on and off. The other button enables and disables the full screen view.

Each game has its own customization options in Top Game software. These options can be activated through the Game Settings button. There are three different sets of game settings for slot games, table games and other games. The table games cover blackjack, roulette and baccarat. The first customization option is Game Speed and the choices are Slow, Normal and High. The speed differences are more pronounced in card games. The Dealer Voice gives the options of Male, Female and No Voice. Top Game is perhaps the only online casino software provider that offers a male or female option in the dealer voice. The third option is Sounds. This refers to the background sounds that create a live casino effect. In card games this includes the sound of the cards being dealt. In roulette games the sound is of the ball spinning in the wheel. In all table games there is the sound of the chips being handled. Players have the option of turning off these sounds. In Top Game software the desired options have to be set for each game individually, otherwise the default options will apply.

Slot games require different types of customizations. One is the background music played when the reels are spinning. This music can be turned …

Bonuses and Wagering Requirements

All online casinos offer bonuses. It is a way to use some of the profits generated to induce players to play more or to induce more players to play. The key words are “induce players to play” and therefore bonuses are not free giveaways. They come with a lot of fine print and if this fine print is not understood then players can lose out.

Broadly speaking there are two types of casino bonuses. One is a sticky bonus, which is so named because it cannot be cashed. The bonus is added to the player’s account when he earns it. As the player wagers the bonus his winnings are added to the account. There is a hold on withdrawing the bonus and the winnings till the wagering requirements are met. Once that is done, the online casino takes back the original bonus amount and allows the player to withdraw the winnings. The other type of casino bonus can be withdrawn along with the winnings once the wagering requirements are met. Since the sticky bonuses cannot be withdrawn they are usually much larger than the other type of bonuses.

The next issue that needs clarification is the wagering requirements. Again there are two broad types of wagering requirements. In one type of wagering requirement the player has to wager both the bonus and the deposit that led to the bonus the specified number of times. In the other type of wagering requirement the player has to wager only the bonus the specified number of times. Again it follows that if both the bonus and the deposit are to be wagered then the wagering requirements are smaller.

Casino games have different house edges. Online slots have high house edges whereas blackjack games have very low house edges, with other online casino games coming in between. Online casinos want to encourage players to wager at those games that have higher house edges, because that is where they make their money. Hence most online casinos stipulate that the wagering requirements for the casino bonuses have to be fulfilled only on the online slots. Some online casinos permit players to meet wagering requirements on games with lower house edges but increase the wagering requirements significantly for those games.

One very important factor is that all players are not entitled to bonuses. Players from certain countries cannot claim bonuses. This is because players from those countries …

Soft 17s in Blackjack

Blackjack is known for having tons of different variations based on slightly different rule sets. One of the things that you have to learn to do if you want to be an exceptionally strong blackjack player is use these changes in rules to play better. One small change in the rules of the game can lead to some major differences in strategy, and what we want to do here is show you how to work with one of the most common rule changes in the game: the dealer standing or hitting on a soft 17.

Standard play is for the dealer to stand on soft 17. However, if the dealer hits on a soft 17, then you get a number of options to make atypical plays that can increase your payout rate. One of the first places to look is surrendering with hard hands. Specifically, you’re going to want to surrender slightly more often when you’re facing an ace. This can mean that surrendering with a hard 15 or even a hard 17 against an ace can be correct, and this is especially true in multi-deck games because of the lack of influence from card removal.

Another place to look is when you have soft hands against a weak dealer card. Essentially, this will increase your advantage in these scenarios because the dealer will be slightly more likely to hit and run into a busting scenario or a scenario with a weak hand that’s easy to go bust. Compared to normal strategy, there are two differences that you’ll want to account for. First, you’ll want to always double with a soft 18 against any two through six which is atypical since you usually stand against a two. Second, you’ll want to double a soft 19 if and only if you are facing a six.

Finally we have one more specific change that you’ll want to make, and this is probably the difference that the fewest players know about. In typical blackjack where the dealer stands on a soft 17, you’ll usually split paired eights against an ace instead of surrendering like you would with other hard 16s. When the dealer hits on a soft 17, however, you’ll actually want to go ahead and surrender when you’re facing an ace. This is somewhat atypical, and it’s easy to forget to do.…