Online Poker

Playing online poker at PalaceBet means you’ll have the choice of a wide variety of poker variations that bring exciting twists on the classic table game. Whether you’re a poker novice or a seasoned player, we’re confident there’ll be a poker variant to keep you captivated. From Texas Hold’em to Caribbean Stud, you can enjoy all the excitement of playing anywhere and anytime you want via your laptop or mobile.

Texas Hold’em is one of the most popular variants of online poker around, so it’s recommended that you learn the ropes! As with all poker types, the aim is not to win every hand but to make mathematically and psychologically informed decisions that place you above your opponents, ultimately enhancing their bets and maximising your profits.

How to play online Texas Hold’em

Texas Hold’em is divided into a series of hands. Two cards are dealt face down to each player - these are known as ‘the hole’. Five community cards are then dealt face up in three stages; the first card is known as ‘the flop’, followed by another additional card ‘the turn’ or ‘fourth street’ and the final card referred to as ‘the river’ or ‘fifth street’.

Each player will then seek the best five-card poker hand from the seven cards available, which must include their two ‘hole’ cards. Players must choose to check, raise, call or fold. At the end of the hand, the player who has the best hand and has not folded during the various rounds of betting wins the pot, which is accumulated throughout the round. If a tie occurs, the pot is split between players.

Texas Hold’em hands

In Texas Hold’em, if there is only one player left after everyone else has folded then that player wins and does not need to reveal their hole cards. However, if two or more players have not folded, all players must reveal their cards to determine who takes home the pot. The card hand values in Texas Hold’em are as follows, starting with the lowest:

High Card - Value of the card with Aces being the highest Pair - two cards of the same value Two Pairs - Two times two cards of the same value Three of a kind - Three cards of the same value Straight - Sequence of five cards increasing in value Flush - Five cards of the same suit Full house - Three of a kind and a pair Four of a kind - Four cards of the same value Straight Flush - Straight of the same suit Royal Flush - Straight flush from 10 to Ace

Texas Hold’em Strategy

With Texas Hold’em being a classic favourite, loads of playing strategies have been developed over the years. Here are a few of our favourites to get you started:

Don’t call when you know you are beaten - This is a simple tactic but one beginners sometimes fail to grasp. If you think you’re beaten, it's always best to fold and take the hit as opposed to continuing and face heavier losses. Don’t overestimate the value of suited hands - Beginners often see a suited hand and think it's stronger than it actually is. In reality, a suited hand only adds a small amount of strength to the value (2 or 3%) so it's important not to overplay them. Be aggressive - Making aggressive actions like betting and raising means you have two chances of winning; either your opponents folding or having the best hand. Checking and calling means you must have the best hand to win.

Three card poker is a relatively new variant of the game which was created in 1994. The intention behind it was to create a version of poker that was played at a higher speed, like other table games like blackjack.

How to play online three card poker

Three card poker is played as a heads-up between the dealer's hand and the player’s hand, each consisting of three cards. Players must place ante bets before the cards are dealt, meaning all contribute the same amount to the pot which is dedicated by the table limits.

The dealer's hand must be a Queen high or better for them to play. If the dealer does not have cards of at least that value and therefore does not play the hand, nor further action from the player is required and ante bets are paid to the rate of 1:1. If the dealer plays, players will have a choice of playing or folding. Additional bets are also offered, for example, the Pair Plus wager, in which the player can win if their hand is a pair or greater.

Three card poker hands

Due to the nature of the game, three card poker has less hands than Texas Hold’em and because players are dealt three cards, they are valued differently. Here are all the possible hands available in three card poker, in order of lowest to highest:

High Card - Value of the card with Aces being the highest Pair - Two cards of the same rank Flush - Three suited cards Straight - Three cards in sequence Three of a kind - Three cards of the same rank Straight flush - Three suited card sequence

Three card poker strategy

Although this is a relatively new incarnation of Poker, there are still a great number of three-card playing strategies you can follow to maximise winnings and minimise losses. Here are a few of our pick that could win you big money:

Always bet when you have Queen 6-4 or higher - As a basic strategy, this encourages players to bet whenever they have a Queen 6-4 or better - including when a high card is an Ace or King, and regardless of how high the other cards are. If a hand is lower than Queen 6-4 or Q-7, it’s recommended to fold. Risky side bets - With Three Card poker offering side bets like the Pair Plus, some players use this as an avenue to potentially get big payouts. Although risky, three cards offers a reasonable house edge compared to other variants of poker, meaning this strategy could get you big money.

Caribbean Stud poker is another relatively new variant, with the rules derived from five stud poker. The main differences between Caribbean Stud and other variants of poker is that the game involves no bluffing as players play against the house and not each other.

How to play online Caribbean Stud Poker

Each player places ante bets to values of their choosing within the table minimum and limit before cards are dealt. The dealer and all players will then be dealt five cards each face down, the dealer will then reveal one of their cards after which players may view their hand.

Players will then have the choice of folding or playing. If it's the latter, a raise wager must be added to the pot which is twice the value of their initial ante bet. Any player choosing to fold forfeits their initial ante bet. After players make their initial decisions, the dealer reveals their remaining four cards and any players beating the value win at a payout of 1:1 on their bet.

Caribbean Stud Poker hands

Hands in Caribbean Stud poker are valued the same as the ones outlined above for Texas Hold’em. From lowest to highest, with the payout increasing depending on the hand, here are the possible hands in Caribbean Stud:

Pair Two pair Three of a kind Straight Flush Full house Four of a kind Straight Flush Royal Flush

Caribbean Stud Poker strategy

Much like Texas Hold’em and Three card poker, Caribbean Stud has its own unique, widely used strategies players have developed to make a profit. Here are a few to get you started:

Bet if you have a Pair or greater - Pretty straightforward but one that could see you win if played consistently. Know when to fold - Always fold on an Ace-Queen hand, this is the dealer’s minimum qualifying hand and is almost always a loser. Raise on an Ace-King High - This involves raising when the dealer’s up card is 2 through to Queen and matches one of your other three cards.