Texas Hold'em Bonus

Texas Hold'em Bonus Poker is a table casino game that is similar to the Texas Hold'em poker game.  Although there are some differences between the two games.  First off you will not be playing against any other players other than the dealer, which will be equivalent of an opponent playing in the dark.  You will be in full control on whether or not you want to fold, raise or check your bets.  This is a huge advantage to you, because you don't have to worry about any jackals going all in all the time.
    The game will start much like a regular heads up Texas Hold'em hand would.

  • Two cards are dealt to you for you to look at, two cards are dealt face down to the dealer and the five community cards will be dealt facedown on the table.
  • At this time you will need to decide whether or not you want to bet or fold your hand.  If you bet your hand you will be placing an additional wager equal to twice your ante bet.  Folding a bet will forfeit your ante wager.
  • If you have decided to bet your hand, you will get to see the flop, which is the first three community cards on the felt.  If you folded your hand, you will have to wait for the dealer to finish his hand before starting your next Texas Hold'em Bonus poker hand.
  • At this time you can either check or raise your hand.  If you raise your hand you will be placing an additional bet equal to your ante, if you check your hand you are keeping your wager the same.  No matter which option you choose, you will get to see the turn card.
  • After the turn you will have one last chance to check or raise your bet before you see the final community card.

    Once the river card is flipped over, you will compare hands with the dealer.  There is no minimum hand needed for the dealer to play.  If you have a better hand than the dealer you will be paid 1:1 on your bet and raises.  If you beat the dealer with a straight or better, then you will also be paid out 1:1 on your ante.  If the dealer has a better hand than you, then you will lose your ante, your bet and the raises that you have made.  A tie will be a push, which will result in you having all of your bets returned.  This casino game is very similar to Casino Hold'em and Caribbean Stud Poker.

Live Texas Hold'em Bonus Poker

When to Fold in Texas Hold'em Bonus

When playing Texas Hold'em Bonus, it is actually really rare when folding your hand is the best option.  You should only fold your hand before seeing the flop whenever you have a hand that is 2-3 to 2-7 unsuited.  If you are interested in keeping your bankroll variance to a minimum you can also decide to fold 2-8 unsuited, 3-4 to 3-8 unsuited and 2-3, 2-4 suited.  These types of poker hands are just barely good enough to come out losing one ante bet over the long term.

Know When to Check in Texas Hold'em Bonus

Knowing when to fold in Texas Hold'em Bonus is easy, it is knowing when to check that is more difficult.  When playing at a casino, you will notice that almost everyone else will raise their bet no matter what they have in their hand.  That is just plain stupid.  Checking your hand is a great way to save you money whenever the Flop or the Turn doesn't work out for you.
    You should never raise your hand unless you have a made hand that is at least a pair, unless you are on a draw with a greater than 50% chance of hitting it.  There are only a few exceptions such as when you have an Ace King or an Ace Queen, it would be okay to bet on a rainbow flop.  Raising instead of checking when you have a less than 50% chance of winning your hand is negative value bet and should be avoided whenever possible.

What hand will you need to win at Texas Hold'em Bonus


Your Hand Odds

Winning Hand

Odds of having the best hand

High Card








Two Pair




Three of a Kind












Full House




Four of a Kind




Straight Flush




When to Raise your hand after the Flop

  • Raise your hand if you have a pair or better while using one of your whole cards
  • Raise your hand if you have two pair or better
  • Raise your hand if your starting hand was A-K, A-Q or A-J
  • Raise your hand if you are one card from a Flush
  • Raise your hand if you are one card from a high straight and have the over cards in your hand
  • Raise your hand if you have an Ace and another over card on a low rainbow flop with no straight draws

When to Raise your hand after the Turn

  • Raise your hand if you have a middle pair or better using one of your whole cards
  • Raise your hand if you have two high kickers with a pair on the board
  • Raise your hand if you are one card from a Flush and have the Ace
  • Raise your hand if you have an Ace with two pairs on the board

Texas Hold'em Bonus Bet

The bonus bet for Texas Hold'em Bonus, much like most bonus bets for table games is a suckers bet.  The house edge is close to 9% for this side game, which is one of the worst bets that you can make inside the casino.
    Why almost all the players make this bet is surprisingly easy to explain.  The majority of players usually don't know the house edge for most of the side games and the ones that do, don't care.  Placing a bet that will lose you on average $0.45 a hand on a $5 minimum bet is worth it for the thrill of getting 30-1 on your bonus bet.  Also many players feel remorse after not betting the bonus bet after getting, what would have been a winning bonus bet hand.  It also doesn't help that many of the players at the table seem to want to encourage others to take the bonus bet and at times will talk down to other players after they have missed a winning bet.

Texas Hold'em Bonus Bet Pay Table

Bonus Bet Hands


Pay Out Odds

Expected Pay Out*





A-K (suited)




A-Q or A-J (suited)




A-K (unsuited)




K-K, Q-Q or J-J




A-Q or A-J (unsuited)




Any Pair 2-10




All Hands



$910.70 (8.93% house edge)

* The expected pay out is based on a $1000 wagered over a 1000 bets.

Bonus Bet Probability

The chances of getting a pocket pair of Aces is (4/52 x 3/51 = 0.45%) 0.45% or about one in 221 hands. You will be three times more likely to get a pocket pair of Kings, Queens or Jacks simply because there are three times as many available pocket pairs. This works out to 1.36% chance or about a one in 73.7 hands. Getting a pocket pair of 2's up to 10's will happen nine times as often as a pocket pair of Aces or about 4.1% of your hands.
    The chances of getting AK suited will be (8/52 x 1/51 = 0.3%) 0.3% or about one in 331.5 hands. You will be twice as likely to get a AQ or AJ suited hand, simply because you would have twice as many possible hands. This will happen (2 x 8/52 x 1/51 = 0.6%) 0.6% of the time or about a one in 166 hands.
    There are a lot of outs for unsuited runs. An AK unsuited run will happen (8/52 x 3/51 = 0.9%) around 0.9% of the time or about one in every 110.5 hands. An AK or AQ unsuited run will happen (2 x 8/52 x 3/51 = 1.8%) 1.8% of the time or about one in 55 hands.