A Beginner’s Guide to Casino Hold'Em

It comes down to the flop…

Time to ante up and put your cards on the table with Ladbrokes Live Casino Hold'em, our own exciting version of the classic poker game that's taken the world by storm.

The rules are simple:  combine your pocket cards with the flop to make the best possible 5-card hand.

Do you have what it takes to beat the dealer?


How to Play Ladbrokes Live Casino's Hold'em Poker

The dealer will start drawing cards after you've placed your bets.  You will receive two cards (pocket cards), as will the dealer (whose cards are dealt facedown).  Three flop cards will then be drawn and displayed face up.

  • Once you've ‘Anted up' (placed the required initial bet), you have the option to bet on whether the first five cards drawn by the dealer (your two cards plus the first three cards of the flop), will include a pair of Aces or better.  To do so, click on the circle marked AA.  Your bet will increase by one chip value for every click on the AA circle.  Each right-click will decrease your AA bet by one chip value.
  • The Ladbrokes Live Casino Hold'em tables will notify you if you've made a poker hand with your pocket cards and the first three flop cards.  If you placed an AA side bet before the initial deal, you will win this bet if you have a pair of Aces or better.
  • You have two options after the initial cards are dealt: you can ‘Call' to continue playing against the dealer, or ‘Fold' to end your round of betting. If you do not click the ‘Call' button before the bet timer reaches zero (0), your hand will automatically be folded.
    • If you click the ‘Call' button, an amount equal to two times (x2) your Ante bet will automatically be placed on the ‘Call' circle.  If you have insufficient funds to continue betting, you can choose to fold your hand or visit the cashier to fund your account.
    • If you do not click the ‘Call' button, you will automatically lose both the ‘Ante' bet and the ‘AA' side bet, regardless of your hand and the outcome of the game.
    • If you click the ‘Fold' button, your turn will end and you will lose your bets, however, you will still be able to watch the rest of the game unfold via the live video stream.
  • After the flop cards have been dealt and you have pressed the ‘Call' button, the dealer will draw the last two remaining cards (known as the ‘Turn' and ‘River' cards).  The dealer will then reveal their two cards and the Ladbrokes Live Casino system will inform you of whether or not your best possible hand is better than the dealer's. 
  • If the dealer's hand is better than yours, you will lose your bets.  If your hand is better than the dealer's, your ‘Ante' and ‘Call' bets will be credited to your account, as will any additional winnings.  Please note that the dealer must have at least a pair of 4s to make a qualifying hand.  If the dealer does not have a pair of 4s or better at the end of the round, your ‘Call' bet will refunded and your Ante bet will be paid as per the pay table (see below for Ladbrokes Live Casino's Hold'em pay table).
  • To continue playing one-on-one against the dealer, follow the instructions above to place another bet and click the ‘Confirm Bet' button.  You can also place the same bet as you did in the previous round by clicking the ‘Rebet' button.


Winning Poker Hands

When you play on Ladbrokes Live Casino's Hold'em table(s), your pocket cards are automatically combined with the flop, turn and river cards to form the best possible 5-card poker hand.

  • If both you and the dealer have equal hands, the winning player will be the person with the highest card.
  • If both you and the dealer have the same hand, the winner will be the player with the hand that has the highest-value card.  For example, 3 Aces will beat 3 Kings, or an Ace, 10, 9, 7, 6 flush will beat a King, 10, 9, 7, 6 flush.
  • If the dealer and player's hand are the same, the round will be considered a tie.  In such an event, your ‘Ante' and ‘Call' bets will be returned to your account.
  • If your hand beats the dealer, your Ante bet will be paid as per the pay table, and you will receive ‘even money' for your Call bet.

Please note: Ace cards in Ladbrokes Live Casino Hold'em can be the highest- or lowest-value card in a straight.  For example: A, K, Q, J, 10 or A, 2, 3, 4, 5.


Ladbrokes Live Casino's Hold'em Pay Table

Below is a list of winning hands, and the accompanying pay-outs, for ‘AA' side bets and ‘Ante' bets (winning ‘Call' bets pay even money)


Hand                                     Pays

Royal Flush                         100 to 1

Straight Flush                       50 to 1

4 of a Kind                            40 to 1

Full House                             30 to 1

Straight or Lower                  7 to 1


Hand                                   Pays

Royal Flush                      100 to 1

Straight Flush                    20 to 1

4 of a Kind                         10 to 1

Full House                           3 to 1

Flush                                   2 to 1

Straight or Lower                1 to 1