2 Hand Casino Hold’em is a variant of the popular Casino Hold’em poker game, allowing you to play one or two hands. The game is played against the house rather than against other players.
The aim of 2 Hand Casino Hold’em is to beat the dealer’s hand by getting the best possible five-card hand, made out of the player’s first two cards and the five community cards. Each of the player’s hands is compared with the dealer’s hand independently. The best poker hand wins.
An unlimited number of players can play simultaneously at one 2 Hand Casino Hold’em table. Each player sharing the same hand may take only one seat at the table.
2 Hand Casino Hold’em is played with one standard 52 card deck and the cards are shuffled after each game round.
To play the game, place your bet on the Ante bet spot individually for each of your two hands within the betting time. You may also place an additional Bonus bet that pays out if a pair of Aces or better combination is dealt in the first five cards. The Bonus bet is evaluated for each hand independently on the first five cards (3 community cards dealt in Flop, plus your two initial cards).
The dealer deals two face-up cards to you and two face-down cards to him/herself. The dealer then deals the first three community cards (the Flop) in the middle of the table. These three cards are common for you and the dealer for making up a poker hand.
You must now decide whether to PLAY or FOLD. Choose PLAY to continue the round by placing a Play bet, equalling twice the Ante bet. Choose FOLD to end the round, thereby forfeiting your Ante bet. The Bonus bet is not affected by your PLAY/FOLD decision.
After you have made your decision, the dealer will deal two more community cards (called Turn and River). The dealer will also reveal his/her two initial cards.
To find a winner, the best paying hands are formed and compared for you and for the dealer, using five out of seven available cards.
The Bonus bet is an optional bet and cannot be placed alone. After a chip is placed on the Ante bet spot the Bonus bet spot is activated. Place your Bonus bet in the same way as you place the Ante bet.
The Bonus bet is evaluated for each hand independently on the first five cards (3 community cards dealt in Flop, plus your two initial cards). You win the Bonus bet, if you have a Pair of Aces or better combination and it pays out according to the Bonus pay table. For details, see ‘Game Outcomes and Payouts’.
The individual cards are ranked in descending order: Ace (high or low), King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2.
An Ace can be the highest value card in a Straight of A, K, Q, J, 10 or the lowest value card in a Straight of 5, 4, 3, 2, A.
Possible hands from the highest payouts to the lowest:
- Royal Flush is a Straight Flush that contains the Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 all in the same suit. In the case of a tie, the player gets their initial bet back and the outcome of the game is a PUSH.
- Straight Flush is a hand that contains five cards in sequence, all of the same suit, for example: Nine, Eight, Seven, Six and Five, all Hearts. Two Straight Flushes are ranked by comparing the highest card of each. In the case of a tie, the player gets their initial bet back and the outcome of the game is a PUSH.
- Four of a Kind is a hand that contains all four cards of one rank plus any other card. For example, four Aces in your hand would be Four of a Kind. Quads with higher ranking cards defeat those with lower ranking cards. If two Four of a Kinds are of equal rank the fifth card (the ‘Kicker’) is used to break the tie. In the case of a tie, the player gets their initial bet back and the outcome of the game is a PUSH.
- Full House is a hand that contains three matching cards of one rank and two matching cards of another rank, e.g. three Kings and two Sixes. Between two Full House hands, the one with the higher ranking three cards wins. In the case of the three cards being of the same value in Full House (and therefore tied), the two cards of the same value are ranked against each other. In the case of a tie, the player gets their initial bet back and the outcome of the game is a PUSH.
- Flush is a hand where all five cards are of the same suit, but not sequential, e.g. five cards that are all Clubs. Two Flushes are compared as if they were high card hands; the highest-ranking card in each hand is compared to determine the winner. If both hands have the same highest card, then the second-highest ranking card is compared, and so on until a difference is found.
- Straight is a hand that contains five cards of sequential rank in at least two different suits, e.g. Nine, Eight, Seven, Six and Five in two or more suits. Two Straights are ranked by comparing the highest card in each hand. Two Straights with the same high card are of equal value and therefore tie, as suits are not used to separate them.
- Three of a Kind is a hand that contains three cards of the same rank, plus two cards which are not of this rank or the same as each other. For example, a player having three Kings in their hand would have Three of a Kind. Higher-valued Three of a Kind defeats lower-valued Three of a Kind. If two hands contain Three of a Kind of the same value, the Kickers (that is, the other two cards in the hand) are compared to break the tie.
- Two Pairs is a hand that contains two cards of the same rank, plus two cards of another rank (that match each other but not the first pair), plus any card not of either rank. An example of this would be having two Aces and two Kings. To rank two hands both containing Two Pairs, the higher ranking pair of each is first compared, and the higher pair wins. If both hands have the same top pair, then the second pair of each is compared. If both hands have the same two pairs, the highest value Kicker determines the winner.
- Pair is a hand that contains two cards of one rank (e.g. two Kings), plus three cards which are not of this rank or the same as each other. Pair is the lowest hand you can be paid out for. Higher ranking pairs defeat lower ranking pairs. If two hands havethe same pair, the Kickers are compared in descending order and the highest value Kicker determines the winner.
- High Card is a poker hand made of any five cards not meeting any of the above requirements. Essentially, no hand is made, and the only thing of any meaning in the player’s hand is their highest card. If two hands have the same High Card value, the other cards in the hand are compared in descending order to determine the winner.
Game Outcomes and Payouts
The outcomes are determined by comparing the player’s and dealer’s best five-card hands (combining the player/dealer two cards with the five community cards).
The dealer must have a pair of fours or higher to qualify.
Outcomes quick-reference table
The quick way to check game outcomes, whether you win, lose or tie.
|Dealer does not qualify and you win||Win*||Push|
|Dealer qualifies and you win||Win*||1:1|
|Dealer qualifies and you lose||Lose||Lose|
|Dealer qualifies and you tie||Push||Push|
*Ante bet pays according to the Ante payout table below.
|Four of a Kind||10:1|
|Straight or lower||1:1|
Play bet payout is 1:1.
|Four of a Kind||40:1|
|Three of a Kind||7:1|
|Pair of Aces||7:1|
Malfunction voids all pays and play.
Return to Player
The optimal theoretic percentage return to the player for the Ante bet is 97.84% and for the Bonus bet is 93.74%.