Live Poker at BigWins
Regardless of how the cards fall, live crypto poker at the BigWins Bitcoin casino is always entertaining.
Of course, you can only enjoy something you understand. That's why we’ve put together a quick guide to live Bitcoin online poker and everything else we offer in our world-class casino.
So, if you want to know when to hold’em and when to fold’em, scroll down for the lowdown on what you’ll find inside the BigWins live poker lobby.
Tips on How to Play Live Poker Online
Live crypto poker games like Casino Hold’em take place on a table against a dealer. Remember, it's different from other types like video poker and competitive poker.
Video poker, on the other hand, is a computerized game that you can play on a screen similar to a slot machine. The aim of video poker is to make a ranked five-card hand by holding and folding cards.
Competitive poker is, as you’d expect, a competition between one or more players. You’re not playing against the house (aka the casino) or against a deck of cards like you are in video poker. Competitive poker is between you and other players i.e. it's you vs. other people. This means you can check, bet, raise, bluff, and value bet.
Live casino poker combines elements of competitive and video poker. You’re playing against the house and you want to make the best hand. So, before you start devising a live poker strategy at a bitcoin casino, you need to know what constitutes a strong hand. Once you know this, you can start making logical decisions about how much to bet, when to bet, and which hands to shoot for.
The hand rankings below apply when you play poker no matter whether video or live poker:
Strongest Hand in Live Poker
|Strongest Hand in Live Poker
10s, Js, Qs, Ks, As (cards of the same suit in consecutive order)
Five cards in order e.g. 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s (all the same suit)
Four of a Kind
Four matching cards
Three of a kind + a pair e.g. As, Ah, Ad, Js, Jc
Five cards all the same suit
Five cards in order (suits don’t have to match)
Three of a Kind
Three matching cards
A pair + a pair
Two matching cards
|Weakest Hand in Live Poker
No ranked hand
Knowing the hand rankings is pretty much all you need to get started. All live poker and live crypto poker games have the same fundamental premise: you have to beat the dealer. There are certain nuances to each game, but the general dynamics are as follows:
1. You place a bet.
2. You receive your starting cards (this can be two or more cards).
3. The dealer receives their starting hand (at least one card is typically concealed).
4. Community cards are dealt. In certain live poker variants, such as Casino Hold’em, you can use cards dealt in the middle of the table (community cards) to help make a ranked hand. Some variants, such as Three Card Poker, don’t use community cards (non-community card variants) - you simply use the cards in your hand.
5. You assess the strength of your hand either based on the cards you’ve got (non-community card variants) or on a combination of your cards and the community cards.
6. If you believe your hand is strong enough to beat the dealer in a showdown, you put a second bet in the pot. If you’re not confident in your hand’s potential, you can fold, lose your bet, and move on to the next round.
7. A showdown happens if you place a second bet and the dealer’s hand is strong enough to qualify (minimum hand requirements vary based on the live poker variant you’re playing).
8. If you place a second bet and the dealer doesn’t qualify, you make a profit on your initial stake and get your second bet back (a push). If you place a second bet, the dealer qualifies and your hand is the strongest, you’ll make a profit on both bets.
Best Strategy for Live Poker Games with Live Dealer
The best strategy for playing live poker games is to bet responsibly. The concept of betting responsibly revolves around not betting more than you can afford to lose. We highly recommend following this concept when playing live poker rooms as well as offline in a brick-and-mortar casino. Another strategy to consider when you're playing live poker online is to think about the dealer's cards.
Remember, it’s important to look at your own cards and what hands you could make, but, perhaps even more crucial is the fact that in poker, your aim is to beat the dealer. Therefore, it makes sense to assess the dealer’s cards and compare them to yours. If your assessment is that you have a better chance of winning than losing, you should continue with the hand. If your assessment points out that the dealer is strong, it could be best to fold.
Other Crypto Live Casino Games at BigWins
Live crypto poker is a favorite with Big Winners, but it’s not the only game in town. If you like cards but poker doesn’t pique your interest, games like live Bitcoin blackjack, as well as live crypto roulette, are fantastic alternatives. If you want something completely different, live game shows such as Dream Catcher are like TV shows in a casino setting. You can get access to all of these bitcoin casino games, as well as the BigWins Casino cashback bonus, when you click our registration link.
Live Poker FAQ
Can I play live poker with crypto?
Yes. You can play live crypto poker, including live Bitcoin poker, at BigWins Casino. We’ve also got plenty of RNG poker games if you prefer digital dealers rather than human hosts.
Is live poker based on luck or skill?
Live crypto poker is a combination of both luck and skill. The cards are dealt at random, which introduces an element of luck. However, knowing when to hold, when to fold, and make bets comes down to logic and skill.