Live Heads Up Hold’em Rules
The aim of each round of Live Heads Up Hold’em is simply to put together a better five-card poker hand than the dealer. You build your hand by combining two pocket cards with five community cards.
How a Round Works
To start a round you need to place two bets, the Ante and the Odds. The bets will always be the same size and you simply put your chips on the betting areas on the table. At this point, you should also place any side bets if you want to. When all players have placed their bets, the dealer deals two pocket cards to each player and to him/herself.
You then have two options, Raise or Check. If you choose Raise, it places a bet triple the size of your Ante bet. The dealer then deals the first three face-up community cards and you then have to choose between Raise and Check again. This time, choosing Raise places a bet of double the Ante bet. The final two face-up community cards are then dealt and this time you choose between Raise and Fold. A Raise bet this time is equal to the Ante bet.
The dealer’s cards are then revealed and winnings are paid when appropriate.
If you have a winning hand then the initial Ante bet always pays 1:1 while in the case of a tie, the bet is returned as a push.
The Odds bet pays out as follows: Straight 1:1, Flush 3:2, Full House 3:1, Four of a Kind 10:1, Straight Flush 50:1, and Royal Flush 500:1.
Side Bets and Features
Live Heads Up Hold’em gives you the chance to place two side bets, the Pocket Bonus and the Trips Plus. Both can make the game even more exciting and both offer the chance of significant payouts. Importantly, even if you choose to fold your hand you can still win both side bets.
The Trips Plus Side bet is on your entire hand of seven cards (pocket and community cards) containing at least a Three of a Kind. The bet pays 3:1 for Trips, 4:1 for a Straight, 7:1 for a Flush, 8:1 for a Full House, 30:1 for Four of a Kind, 40:1 for a Straight Flush, and 100:1 for a Royal Flush.
The Pocket Bonus side bet is on your two pocket cards being an Ace and a Jack, Queen or King, or being a pair. It pays out at 5:1 for a pair, 10:1 for an Ace and a face card, 20:1 for a suited Ace and a face card, and 30:1 for a pair of Aces.
The Bad Beat Bonus
Live Heads Up Hold’em offers players a Bad Beat Bonus. If you lose a round while holding at least a Straight then you will still receive a payout. The Bad Beat Bonus pays 5:1 for a Straight, 8:1 for a Flush, 10:1 for a Full House, 50:1 for a Four of a Kind, and a massive 500:1 for a Straight Flush.