3 Unique Casino Poker Variants

3 Unique Casino Poker Variants

April 28, 2011.

More and more, online casinos are developing inventive new table games. Many of these are types of casino poker. Since poker is such a popular game, casinos have been successful in using poker's fundamental rules and throwing them into new and exciting casino games. Most gamblers have probably played, or at least heard of, the most popular variants. Caribbean Stud Poker, Three Card Poker, and Pai Gow Poker have been staples at casinos for years. However, there are many other casino poker styles that not many people are aware of. Let's take a look at some unique casino poker variants that are worth trying out.

Poker Bets

Poker Bets, also known as MegaBet Poker, is a poker game that's all about predictions. In this Texas Hold'Em variant, you are predicting who will win the hand, or how the hand will play out, as an outsider. Six people are seated around the table, and the odds for betting on a single player to win is shown by his or her chair. You may also bet on what the winning hand will be, the colour of the turn card, or the suit of the river card. The game is played by Texas Hold'em rules, and the odds will change after each phase of the game. Bets may be placed until the river is shown.

Poker Bets is unique for its lack of a skill element and how it simulates a real Texas Hold'em game without any rule adaptations. It is available for play at any NetEnt casino. Give Poker Bets a try, and see if your poker prediction skills are top-notch.

Caribbean Draw Poker

Caribbean Draw Poker is very similar to its much more popular cousin, Caribbean Stud Poker. The game is much rarer to find, has better odds, and requires a more elaborate strategy to be a good player. The player and the dealer are dealt 5 cards. The player then has the choice to fold (and forfeit the game) or raise, just like in Caribbean Stud Poker. If he or she chooses to raise by placing a wager twice that of the ante, the player may then exchange 2 cards from his or her hand for 2 new ones. The dealer does the same. If the dealer has less than a pair of 8s, the player wins 1:1 on the ante and the raise pushes. If the dealer has a pair of 8s or better, they compare hands. If the player has a better hand, the ante wins 1:1 and the raise bet pays according to the paytable. Otherwise, the player loses both the ante and raise.

Finding proper strategy for Caribbean Draw Poker takes a bit more effort. The biggest thing to remember is never to fold. A player who always raises and uses plain old common sense when exchanging cards will be playing pretty close to optimally. If you're up for the challenge, Caribbean Draw Poker can be found at any RTG casino.

Let It Ride

Let It Ride, also known as Poker Pursuit on the Microgaming Casinos platform, is essentially video poker for table games players. Instead of competing against the dealer, players try to get a five-card poker hand that scores on the paytable. The lowest qualifying hand is a pair of tens. In traditional Let It Ride, players place three equal bets on the table. After getting their initial three cards, they have the choice of letting their bets ride (stay on the table) or taking one of the bets back. The dealer will lay down the first community card, and all players make the same decision. The dealer places down the second community card and all hands are then scored and paid out according to the paytable.

While its house edge isn't fantastically low, Let It Ride offers players a reasonable chance to win big if they play properly. Players should only raise on the first hand if they have a qualifying hand or are very close to having a royal flush or straight flush. Players can be a bit more lenient on the second decision point, raising if they are close to an outside straight or a flush, as well. Risk-taking is a very bad way to play Let It Ride, and doing so is one of the fastest ways to kill a bankroll. You will only win about 20% of the time, so make sure you play accordingly. If you're looking for a way to earn some big wins at the table, Let It Ride is the casino poker game for you.