BetVoyager Hold’em was developed specifically for our casino. Just like Casino Hold’em, this game resembles Texas Hold’em, the most popular type of poker around. At the same time, our version represents a more conventional way to determine the financial outcome, and will be familiar to anyone who has played traditional casino poker. Unlike Casino Hold’em, in which the main portion of the payout is multiple the size of the ANTE, in BetVoyager Hold’em it depends on the BET, which is twice the size of the ANTE (see table 1). As such, our version has significantly higher payouts. However, there is a counterbalance: if the dealer qualifies, but the player’s combination is higher, the player is paid for the BET only, while the ANTE is not paid.
Our casino features a conventional version of BetVoyager Hold’em and a version with no house edge.
The player can play on up to four boxes. The player can place an ANTE and/or a bet on the bonus on any box. A bet on the bonus is called AA+ (Aces or better) and pays out according to table 1.
The minimum bet and the maximum payout are clearly stated for each game table, and there is no maximum bet.
Each box in play is dealt two cards. The cards on all boxes are turned face-up immediately after the deal. The dealer also receives two cards, which are dealt face-down. Furthermore, three community cards are placed in the center of the table. These cards are called the flop and are dealt face-up.
On each box, the player can either fold and lose his ANTE, or continue the game by making a BET equal to twice the ANTE.
Two more community cards are then dealt, for a total of five. After that, the dealer’s cards are turned over.
The dealer hand is evaluated according to the best 5 card poker combination of his own two cards and the five community cards. Likewise, the player hand on each box is evaluated: the player’s two cards and the five community cards are used.
The dealer needs at least a pair of 2s to qualify. If the dealer doesn’t qualify, the player receives the payout for the ANTE only (1:1). If the dealer qualifies, but the player’s combination is higher, the player is paid for the BET only (according to table 1). The ANTE is not paid.
Before the cards are dealt, the player chooses which boxes he wants to play on and makes his ANTE. In addition to this basic bet on the box (or instead of it), the player can also make an AA+ bonus bet. With this bet, the player is betting on receiving a pair of Aces or higher on his own two cards and the three flop cards.
Each table indicates the minimum ANTE and the maximum payout on it. The maximum payout on both the basic bet and the AA+ bet is the same, and the player can receive the maximum win for both bets at once. The minimum AA+ bet is defined by the cheapest chip allowed at the table.
Each box has the following three figures: a square, an ellipse, and a rectangle. The ANTE is placed on the ellipse and the AA+ bet is placed on the square. The BET is placed on the rectangle (see paragraph 7).
To make a bet, it is first necessary to choose a chip with the desired face-value. At the beginning of the game, this chip is chosen by default, and the chip with the minimum face-value fixes itself onto the cursor. If the player wants a chip with a different face-value, he can select it by clicking on that chip with the cursor. The player can also use the scroll wheel on his mouse to change the chip’s value. After the chip is selected, the player can place a bet by clicking the mouse on the desired part of the game table and his bet will appear there. Each subsequent click adds another chip of the selected face-value to the bet. If the player wants to remove the last chip from his bet, he can remove the chip fixed onto the cursor by clicking the cursor on any empty part of the game window and then clicking on this bet.
The "Clear" button can be pressed to remove all the bets from the table. If the player wishes to repeat his bets from the previous hand, he can press the "Rebet" button. The "Deal" button will begin the game after all bets have been made.
After the initial cards (including the flop cards) are dealt, successive play on boxes begins. First, the AA+ bet is settled. The payouts for this bet are shown in table 1.
- raise the initial wager by making a BET equal to twice the ANTE (the "Bet" button)
- fold and lose the ANTE (the "Fold" button).
When the player has made any decisions on all his boxes, two more community cards are dealt, for a total of five. After that, the dealer reveals his cards and the final results are determined. The dealer needs at least a pair of 2s to qualify. If the dealer doesn’t qualify, all of the ANTES are paid 1:1, and the BETS are not paid.
If the dealer qualifies, his 5 card combination is compared to the ones on the boxes remaining in the game. If the dealer has a higher combination, the player loses the ANTE and BET. If the player’s combination is equal to the dealer’s one, the game ends in a draw and the ANTE and BET are returned to the player. If the player has the higher combination, the ANTE is returned to the player unpaid, and the BET is paid according to table 1.
Table 1. Payout for the BET and the AA+ bonus bet
|Four of a Kind||10:1||40:1|
|Three of a Kind||2:1||8:1|
|Pair of Aces||1:1||7:1|
BetVoyager Hold’em with No House Edge features a slightly different payout scheme. It can be viewed in the game window. Please note that the casino doesn’t have any advantage on the ante wager, but it retains its advantage for any bets on the bonus.