The first of our today’s games is the successor of super-popular Texas hold’em. The rules of the Texas hold’em Bonus game (it is in casino with Cryptologic software) are quite similar to the rules of club hold’em.
The pocket cards are dealt to the player and dealer, then the player makes a decision – to play or not to play, and places a bet. After that three cards of flop are dealt and again the player may place a bet; there is also a possibility to place the bet after the turn. However, there are some differences: before deal the player places the ante bet. If the player wishes to continue preflop game, he is to place the bet equal to two antes (the flop bet), otherwise he is to be dropped and to lose his ante. Nevertheless, the bets after flop or turn are equal to one ante (turn and river bets); at this stage the player may say “check” and continue the game without additional investments.
When the river is dealt the combinations of dealer and player are compared according to the hold’em rules: the played away player loses all his bets; in case of draw game all bets are returned; if the player had won then he gets one-to-one payment as for the flop/turn/river bets; ante is returned in case if the combination is lower than street and it is one-to-one repaid in case of street combination. As you see, this game’s strategy is very difficult and unlike club hold’em you have to play with almost 100% hands and to drop only off-suit 23-27! During optimum game the advantage of casino makes nearly 2%. The word “bonus” in the name of game means, that there are additional bonus bets. The player can place the bet on his pocket cards. When the pocket pair or ace and jack, lady or king comes out, the player receives from three-to-one up to thirty-to-one payments. Side bet advantage of casino makes about 8%.
If you like to play blackjack and to bargain when playing club poker you need to have a look at Hold’em Blackjack (only InterPoker has it). The authors of game had swiped the rules of collection and calculation of hand points from blackjack – the player is to have the combination to the utmost close to 21 without overshoot. As the game is played not against the dealer there is no any surrenders, divisions, duplications, and even blackjack is disabled. This game is simple pontoon and has no advantages against 21 points collected from three cards. But the most senior combination becomes “Seven Charlie’s cards” – seven cards without overshoot. The rules of action are swiped from hold’em. In the first round all players receive one card each, obligatory small and big blinds are placed (in tournaments ante also can be used) and then there is an action round which is completely similar to limit hold’em in increments of big blind and three raises maximum. In the second round each of the remaining players receives the card and the second round of double bet action takes place.
After the second round of action the players may continue to collect the cards (in a clockwise direction starting from the player to the left hand of dealer’s button). The player may widow the cards until he wishes to stop or until he overshoots pontoon. When the players finish to widow, the last round of action starts and the bets on this stage may vary from 2 up to 10 big blinds. When the action round is finished there is a showdown; the player with the best combination (“Seven Charlie’s Cards”, 21, 20, etc. ) takes the bank and if several players have identical combinations they divide the bank. If the remaining players had overshot the player having minimum points (22, 23, etc. ) wins. Casino takes the rake as it is the club poker. It is understood that there is no standard strategy against opponents, but it is possible to assume, that the player having quite good knowledge of blackjack and hold’em will have the advantage.
It should be noted, that popularity of various tournaments grows. It is more interesting for players to compete with human opponents instead of computer dealer. There are slots, blackjack, roulette, oasis-poker, and baccarat tournaments. A lot of casinos offer such tournaments and there is even a blackjack tournaments site.
And finally let’s have a look at innovations in the field of slots. As i said before, there is basically quantitative increase – new pictures and more lines (20-25 lines do not surprise anymore; there are even 30 and 40 lines). But there are also some innovations. The latest thing for the internet which is known for a long time in offline games – slots with stoppage of lines and option “to push” the drum. Cryptologic casinos had gained the right to use so-called British fruit-machines which are classical slots of fruit themes, but as a bonus the players may have, from time to time, the option of either to fix 1-2 drums and to twist the remaining drums, or to shift any of drums on one symbol downwards.
Cryptologic also has another innovation – Cubis slot. The player sees three walls of a cube – bottom and two back. On each of the walls appear 25 multi-colored cubes. There are 15 lines which pass through two walls and if on one of lines there are four cubes of one color successively the player takes the prize depending on color and number of cubes. Then the winning sequence of cubes disappears and its place becomes occupied by other cubes and new winning sequence can be formed. In game there are also the cubes-multipliers increasing the prize up to six times as well as bonus cubes allowing to change the line or the whole plane.