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Hold’em Poker Showdown is a fixed-odds betting card game, based on Texas Hold’em. The game concentrates on the showdown, where two players reveal their hands and the community cards are dealt to find a winner. In a showdown there are two players the dealer and the opponent, they will both hold 2 cards as their starting hands, 5 cards will then be dealt in the middle of the table, known as community cards. The winner is the player that has the highest poker hand using the best 5-card combination of the 7 cards available to them (their own 2 cards and the 5 community cards).

After selecting your stake and pressing deal the dealer’s starting hand will be shown along with a choice of 4 different opponent starting hands. You can only choose to bet on the outcome of a showdown involving the dealer’s hand and one of the opponent’s hands. For each of the 4 choices of opponent’s hands, you may bet on the opponent’s hand winning the showdown against the dealer’s hand or vice versa, so there are 8 betting options in total. When you select to bet the three discarded starting hands will be shuffled into the pack. This means that cards in unselected starting hands can still come out in the flop, turn or river.

The 5 community cards are then dealt in the centre of the table and the winning poker hand (the highest ranking hand) is highlighted in the results panel at the top. If you correctly selected the winner then you can choose to bet again with all your winnings, bank half and continue or bank all of your winnings and start again.

In the event that both players have the same hands, constituting cards of the same ranks but possibly different suits, then the result is a draw and your stake will be returned in full.

Card rankings (best to worst):

Ace (A), king (K), queen (Q), jack (J), 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
Poker hand rankings (best to worst)

Winning Hand

Description

Decider if both players have this hand

Royal Flush

A, K, Q, J and 10 of the same suit.

This is the highest hand in the game and so if both players get this it is a draw

Straight Flush

5 consecutive cards of the same suit.

If both players have a straight flush then the one with the highest straight wins. eg 5,6,7,8,9 would beat 3,4,5,6,7

Four of a Kind

4 cards of the same rank + a kicker.

If both players have four of a kind then the highest ranked one wins. If both players have the same Four of a Kind then the winner is the player with the highest ranked kicker

Full House

3 cards of the same rank + 2 cards of another rank (3 of a kind and a pair).

The player with the highest ranked Three of a kind wins. If both players have the same Three of a kind then the one with the highest pair wins.

Flush

5 non-consecutive cards of the same suit.

If both players have a flush then it goes down to who has the highest card (or 2nd highest card if both have same highest, then 3rd highest if still the same etc).

Straight

5 consecutive cards of different suits. A straight can go 10,J,Q,K,A and A,2,3,4,5 but cannot loop around, so those are the only two straights that can contain an Ace.

The player with the highest ranked straight wins. 10,J,Q,K,A is the highest possible Straight and A,2,3,4,5 is the lowest

Three of a Kind

3 cards of the same rank + 2 kickers.

The player with the highest Three of a kind wins. If both players have the same Three of a kind then the winner is the player with the highest kicker, if these are the same then it is decided on the last kicker.

Two Pair

2 cards of the same rank + 2 cards of the same rank + a kicker.

The player with the highest ranked pair wins. If both players have the same highest pair then it goes to the other pair. If that is also the same then the winner is the player with the highest ranked kicker.

Pair

2 cards of the same rank + 3 kickers.

If both players have a Pair then the one with the highest Pair wins. If they have the same pair then it goes to the player who has the highest kicker, if they have the same highest kicker then it goes to the next highest kicker etc.

High card

No pairs. 1 High card + 4 kickers.

The player with the highest ranked card is the winner. If players have the same high card then it goes to the player who has the highest kicker, if they have the same highest kicker then it goes to the next highest kicker etc etc.

Cash in
Choose your stake using the “+” and “-” buttons
Press the “DEAL” button
If you are not happy with the cards shown then you can press “Shuffle” to get 4 new sets of opponents cards
Select one of the “WIN” buttons next to an opponent’s starting hand to bet on the dealer or the opponent winning the showdown involving the dealers hand and the chosen opponents hand (you only bet on one set of cards)
Wait for the community cards to be dealt out and for the highest hand and result of the showdown to be revealed.
If you have correctly predicted who would win the showdown then you’re a Winner!
You can then continue to bet again with your winnings, or click “Bank Half” to collect half of them and continue with the other half, or collect them by clicking “Bank All”.

Turbo Bet

By selecting ‘On’, the 5 community cards will be dealt out much faster.
Added Features

Click on “Options” for additional features including :

Animation: by selecting ‘Off’, ‘animations and delays will be reduced so the cards will be shown more quickly. (This is the same as turning turbo on)
Sound: by selecting ‘Off’, no sounds will be played throughout the game.
How to Bet Demo: is an animated guide to Hold’em Poker Showdown.
Betting History: provides a summary and ‘More’ button for full details of all bets placed during each session.

Fairness Testing
RTP & House Edge (Average RTP: 96.92%, Average House Edge: 3.08%)

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