Heads-Up Hold’em™

Heads-Up Hold’em™ gives the traditional game of Texas Hold’em an inventive twist. Instead of taking on a table packed with competitors, players go one-on-one with the dealer. But while heads-up poker is usually an intense, high-pressure contest, Heads-Up Hold’em™ is different. Players can use their poker knowledge to judge hands, but there’s no need to bluff. And there are all kinds of stakes to choose from.

Basic rules and betting

Just like Texas Hold’em, Heads-Up Hold’em™ uses a regular 52-card deck of cards. To begin the hand, players must place two equal bets: one ante bet and one odds bet. As well as this, players have the choice to place up to two optional side bets. These are called Trips Plus and Pocket Bonus. You can find out more about their payouts in the tables below.

The player and dealer each receive two cards, with the latter’s being face-down. These are known as hole cards. The player then has two options: raise or check. If the player chooses to raise, they must wager 3x the ante bet. If they check, the betting round ends and play proceeds.

Once the initial round of betting is over, three community cards are dealt face-up. This is referred to as the flop. If the player opted to check pre-flop, they would now have the option to raise 2x the ante. Or, if they don’t want to, they can check to end the second round of betting.

After the second round of betting has finished, two more community cards are dealt. These are known as the turn and river. This makes five community cards in total. If the player decided to check in each of the last two rounds of betting, they now have two options: make a raise which matches the ante, or fold. If the player folds, they lose the hand instantly. If the player chooses to raise, the third and final round of betting is complete.

At this stage, the dealer turns over their hole cards and determines who has the best hand. The player and dealer can each use whichever combination of their hole cards plus the community cards gives them the best five-card hand.

Winning raise bets are paid at odds of 1:1, or ‘evens’. As well as this, if the dealer opens with a pair or better, they either pay or take the ante bet. A winning ante bet is also paid as even money.

The odds of winning bets are decided based on hand value. Take a look at the tables below for a detailed breakdown of payouts.

Winning odds

HandPays
Royal Flush 500:1
Straight Flush 50:1
Quads 10:1
Full House 3:1
Flush 3:2
Straight 1:1
All other Push

Losing odds

HandPays
RegularMicro*
Straight Flush 500:1 500:1
Quads 50:1 50:1
Full House 10:1 10:1
Flush 8:1 6:1
Straight 5:1 5:1
All other    

Trips Plus side bet odds

HandPays
RegularMicro*
Royal Flush 100:1 100:1
Straight Flush 40:1 40:1
Quads 30:1 30:1
Full House 8:1 8:1
Flush 6:1 7:1
Straight 5:1 4:1
Three of a kind 3:1 3:1

Pocket Bonus side bet odds

Hand

Pays

Pair of aces

30:1

‘Ace and face’ suited

20:1

‘Ace and face’ unsuited

10:1

Pair, 2-K

5:1

* Micro refers to a table with a minimum bet of $1.00 or less. Regular tables have a minimum bet of over $1.00.

Please Note: Heads-Up Hold’em™ is a casino game. It is completely different to our standard Texas Hold’em poker games. You can learn more about our full offering of poker games here.

The theoretical return to player (RTP) in Heads-Up Hold’em™ games is as follows:

Ante Bet:

Regular: 99.36%
Micro: 99.17%

Pocket Bonus:

Regular/Micro: 95.46% 

Trips Plus:

Regular: 98.26%
Micro: 96.66%

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