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Each player places an ante bet at the beginning of the hand and then is dealt two cards along with the dealer receiving two cards. Then the dealer will then place three more cards on the board. The players then have the option to either fold, and simply lose their ante bet or call which is normally double the ante to see the rest of the cards. Once the bets have been placed, the dealer will then place two more cards on the board. Unlike Texas Hold Em, there are no betting rounds between the initial three cards being dealt and then the fourth and fifth cards.

Once all cards are on the table, the players and dealer must use the five cards on the board and the two in their hands to make the best possible 5 card poker hand they can. The dealer must have a pair of fours or better in his hand to qualify to participate. If he cannot make a pair of fours or better with his hand and the board, the call bet becomes a push, where the player receives it back and the ante bet pays out according to the Ante Win pay table. If the dealer's hand does qualify and the player's hand beats him, the ante wins pays out the same and the call bet pays out at 1 to 1 odds.

There is no easy way to quantify optimal strategy for this game since the optimal decision for each hand is based on the combination of all 7 cards (two personal cards and five board cards) dealt. As such while computer programs can easily deal with the calculations required to make the correct play in any particular hand, it is difficult to make a set of general rules which can be memorized such as exists for Blackjack. The optimal strategy player will raise 82% of the time. So only in the worst 18% of hands should the player fold. These are broadly when the player has two singletons in the hole that are low compared to the flop, with little or no chance for a straight or flush.

There is however a side bet option in Casino Hold Em that does not exist in regular Texas Hold Em. A side bet known as the AA Bonus is based on the poker value of the player's two cards and the three flop cards. A pair of aces to a straight pays 7 to 1, flush 20 to 1, full house 30 to 1, four of a kind 40 to 1, straight flush 50 to 1 and royal flush 100 to 1. A variation to this pay table, A pair of aces to a straight pays 7 to 1, flush or higher 25 to 1.