Ezugi brings Live Casino Hold’em to market

Ezugi Live Casino Hold'em DemoLive casino software supplier Ezugi may not be as large or famous as its biggest rivals, like Evolution Gaming, Microgaming or Playtech, but they’re sure trying to get there. In mid-April, the firm launched a new Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker (aka Live Casino Hold’em) table from its studio in Bulgaria, and it’s been quite the hit with live dealer fans.

A house-banked versions of the popular Texas Hold’em poker game, played solely against the dealer, Live Casino Hold’em has developed a loyal fan base with card game enthusiasts. I’ve played the table at least four times now, and I’ve never seen under 10 players at the table.

Ezugi’s version is optimal for live dealer gaming, with fast-paced hands and a reliable platform that offers clean visuals and uninterrupted game play.

Live Casino Hold’em Rules

Ezugi Live Casino Hold'emThe rules of Live Casino Hold’em are fairly simple, especially if you’ve ever played Texas Holdem, and any other type of house-banked poker game, before.

Like Hold;em, it’s a Hole-Card/Community-Card based game. Players place an Ante bet to get started, for which they receive two hole cards and a look at the 3-card Flop.

From here, the player can Fold (forfeit the Ante), or place a Call bet, equal to 2x the Ante. Note that, because this is a live table with other players partaking in the same hand, if any player folds, the hand will still be dealt to completion.

Once all Call bets are placed, the two remaining community cards are dealt, completing the player’s hand. The dealer’s hand is revealed, and the two are compared. Standard poker hand ranks apply to determine the winner.

From here, there are three things that can happen:

If the player’s hand beats the dealers hand, the player’s Ante bet is paid according to the Live Casino Hold’em Ante Pay Chart (see right).

If the dealer’s hand qualifies with a Pair of 4s or better, and the player’s hand is higher than the dealer, the player will also receive an even payout on the Call Bet.

If the dealer’s hand beats the player’s hand, the Ante and Call bets are both lost and the hand is over.

Live Casino Hold’em Ante Pay Chart
Royal Flush 100 to 1
Straight Flush 20 to 1
4 of a Kind 10 to 1
Full House 3 to 1
Flush 2 to 1
Anything Lower 1 to 1

Live Casino Hold’em Bonus Bet & Pays

Live Casino Hold’em also allow players to wager a Bonus Side Bet.

This is an optional wager that only pays out if the player’s hand qualifies. The lowest winning Bonus hand is a Pair of Aces. The payouts range anywhere from 7 to 1, up to 100 to 1. See the Live Casino Hold’em Bonus Pay Chart on the right for more information.

Bonus bets are paid irrespective of whether the player’s hand beats the dealer’s or not. If a player loses the hand with a Flush, they will lose the Ante and Call bet, but will still be paid the Bonus bet payout of 20 to 1.

Live Casino Hold’em Bonus Pay Chart
Royal Flush 100 to 1
Straight Flush 50 to 1
4 of a Kind 40 to 1
Full House 30 to 1
Flush 20 to 1
A-A, Set or Straight 7 to 1

Ezugi Live Casino Games

Ezugi has been around for many years, but didn’t truly gain fame until the group inked a contract last year to launch the first US-based live dealer tables at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Ezugi streams live casino games of baccarat, blackjack, and roulette from multiple studios in Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Costa Rica and New Jersey. For now, Ezugi’s Live Casino Hold’em tables are only available from its Bulgaria studio, and can be played 24/7 at LeoVegas.

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