Evolution Gaming is famous for their clever and original re-designs of classic casino games, often adding an exciting twist to the variants that are already adrenaline fused. Their new Live Texas Hold'em Bonus edition is an interesting hybrid fusing two optional side bets into the traditional poker game: Bonus Bet and First Five Progressive Jackpot.
The number of players that can join the table is unlimited and the game participants are not playing against each other – their rival is the house, represented by the dealer.
The session starts when the players submit the mandatory Ante bet – the two side bets are optional and you can disregard them completely and place them only when you found it suitable.
Extra two cards are then dealt to the players and the dealer and the players will need to decide if they will play and follow up with the new bet or fold. If you decide to fold, it will in no way affect the bonus bets. For the players who are staying in the game, 3 more Flop cards are dealt and the players can either continue to play with the current bet or place one more bet. Dealer will then draw the Turn card face up and the players bet or check one last time before the River card is dealt.
The cards are then revealed and the hand that forms a higher ranked combination with the community cards will win. In the event of a tie between the dealer and the player, all the bets are returned to the player, while the bonus bets are settled accordingly.
Providing the side bonus bets works like a charm with the standard Texas Hold'em game and adds just the right amount of extra edge to already intensive nature of poker. The fact that the bets can be disregarded completely is an advantage that allows the players to change the dynamics from one session to another, however they see fit.