Heads Up Hold’em is a Texas Hold’em variation designed for the table games player. Heads Up Hold’em has many of the familiar features of Texas Hold’em including the familiar betting pattern and offers some exciting extras. Players make an Ante and Odds wager and play against the Dealer and have the option of playing a Trips Plus Bonus wager and a Pocket Bonus wager and play against the posted pay table. Heads Up Hold’em also offers a poker favorite Bad Beat Bonus which does not require any additional wager.
How to play: Players make an Ante and Odds wager of equal amounts and the optional Trips Plus and Pocket Bonus wagers prior to receiving any cards. Each player and the Dealer will each receive two cards and five community cards will be spread face down. Once players have inspected their cards they can check (not bet the Raise) or Raise three times their Ante wager in the Raise spot. Once each player has made their decision the Dealer will turn over 3 community cards (the Flop). Players who have not made a Raise bet can now check or Raise two times their Ante wager.
When all decisions are made the Dealer will turn over the next two community cards (Turn and River). Players may now bet one time their Ante wager in the Raise spot or fold. A player who folds will forfeit their Ante and Odds wagers, if they made either of the bonus wagers they will remain in play.
Once all players have either made a Raise wager or folded the Dealer will turn over his/her cards and announce the best 5 card poker hand. The Dealer must qualify with a pair or better or the Ante wager is a push. The Dealer will then begin to compare each players hand against the Dealer’s hand and take and pay accordingly.
Trips Plus—The Trips Plus wager wins when the players hand has Trips or better and is paid regardless of the outcome of the player’s hand against the Dealer’s hand.
Pocket Bonus—The Pocket Bonus wager wins when the player’s two pocket cards qualify against the posted pay table. Winning combinations are a pair of Aces; an Ace with a King; Queen or Jack of the same suit; an Ace with a King, Queen or Jack of another suit or a pair of 2’s through Kings. The Pocket Bonus wins regardless of the outcome of the player’s hand against the Dealer’s hand.
Ante—The player uses their two pocket cards and the five community cards to make the best five card poker hand and play against the Dealer. The Ante is a push if the Dealer does not qualify with a pair or better. Winning Ante wagers are paid 1 to 1.
Odds—If the player’s five card poker hand is one of the hands listed on the Odds pay table and the hand beats the Dealer’s hand the bet wins. If the hand loses to the Dealer it is a Bad Beat and will win the payout listed on the pay table. Other hands not listed are a push when the players hand beats the Dealer’s hand.
Raise—Playing against the Dealer the player may check or bet after your Pocket Cards or the Flop. After the River the player must bet or fold. The Raise amount depends on when the player makes the bet. Winning Raise wagers are paid 1 to 1.
The maximum aggregate payout per player per round is $50,000 or the maximum amount a player could win when betting the minimum wager, whichever is greater. The aggregate payout amount does not include winning Pocket Bonus and Trips Plus wagers.