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Live Poker Online at BigWins NZ

Poker has been an extremely beloved casino game in New Zealand, and now, you can play online poker with live dealers from the comfort of your couch. Ready to feel the thrill as the cards are drawn in our live poker rooms?

We have gathered the best live poker titles from top-software providers to give you the ultimate gaming experience. >Whether you're at home or on the go, you can enjoy the excitement of live poker anytime, anywhere.

How to Play Live Poker 

Playing live poker is different from playing video poker games, but it is just as, if not even more thrilling with all the action happening in real-time. 

The rules are the same as for video poker games, but they will depend on the variant you are playing. While each variant may have its unique features, the game usually unfolds as follows:

  • You place your bet;
  • Then, you receive your starting cards, which can be two or more cards depending on the game variant you are playing. The dealer will also receive their cards, with at least one face-down;
  • Community cards are dealt and can be used to create a high-ranking hand. Some variants, like Three Card Poker, will use something other than community cards. In these games, you must create the best possible hand with the cards that are dealt to you.
  • If you can create a strong hand with the cards dealt to you or with a combination of the cards dealt to you and the community cards, you can place a second bet. If you are not confident that you can win the hand, you can fold, lose your bet and play the next round.
  • However, if you have placed a second bet, you will enter a showdown if the dealer's hand is strong enough to qualify. This will depend on the variant you are playing.
  • If you have opted for the second bet, but the dealer doesn't qualify, you will receive a profit on your initial stake, and your second bet is given back, which is known as a push. If the dealer does qualify and you have the stronger hand, you will receive a payout on both bets. 

Rules of Live Poker

Besides knowing how to play live poker, it is also a good idea to familiarise yourself with the basic rules of the game, especially when it comes to the hand rankings. After all, the rules of poker are quite simple - to win, you have to have a better hand than the dealer. The highest hand of cards is a Royal Flush and the lowest hand of cards is to have a High Card.

Strongest Hand 

Royal Flush

10s, Js, Qs, Ks, As (consecutive order of cards of the same suit)


Straight Flush

Five cards in order, e.g. 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 8s (all the same suit)


Four of a Kind

Four matching cards


Full House

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


Two Pair

A pair + a pair



Two matching cards

Weakest Hand 

High Card

No ranked hand


Why Play Online Live Dealer Poker

Live dealer poker is an enticing game full of strategy and tension, where you will play in real time while the action happens through a high-quality stream where you can watch and interact with a real dealer. Even the cards aren’t digital - they come from a 52 card deck. Perhaps the most entertaining factor of live poker is the fact that you’ll be playing together with other players, and you can use the chat function to talk to both the dealers and players.

To top all that, at BigWins Casino, we have partnered only with the best in the business to provide you with the best live gaming experience. Evolution and Ezugi power our thrilling variants, where strategy and luck unfold for exciting gameplay. 

Popular Live Poker Games in New Zealand

Head to our Live Poker section to discover our fantastic line-up, which covers classic poker-style games and fun and exciting variants.

Casino Hold’em 

One of the most well-liked live poker games is Casino Hold'em. It's a variant of five-card poker where Kiwi players compete against the dealer instead of each other. The objective is to achieve the best five-card hand with the two cards dealt and the five community cards, beating the dealer.

Additionally, there's a bonus bet available for a pair of aces or higher, making the game even more exciting. You will receive a payout if these cards are dealt within the first five cards.

Royal Poker

Royal Poker is a new live dealer casino poker game developed by Ezugi in 2022. With an impressive return to player (RTP) of 98.23%, this game can be enjoyed on both desktop and mobile devices. Regardless of your experience level, it offers a fresh and exciting gaming experience.

Royal Poker is a variation of the classic poker game where you play against the dealer using 5-card hands. You have the option to exchange cards for better ones, and there's no limit to the number of players who can join - everyone shares the same hand. However, each player has the freedom to make their own decisions, such as calling bets and selecting stake sizes.

Teen Patti

Have you heard of Teen Patti? It is a popular Indian casino game that is a variation of 3-card poker. It has an RTP of 96.63%. The game's objective is to obtain a better three-card poker hand than the dealer. In addition to all the basic poker bets, players can also place two side bets that offer payouts of up to 1000:1 of the player's stake.

Live Poker on Mobile 

You can enjoy our live poker lobby from the comfort of your home and play from any mobile device, no matter where you are. BigWins Casino is a mobile-compatible online casino that offers instant play from any mobile browser. Just head to our website from your tablet or smartphone, login into your account and start streaming and playing!

Ready to Play? Sign Up and Get a 100% Welcome Bonus  

Ready to play the best live poker online? Create your account at BigWins Casino by following the steps below, and get ready to start playing in a few minutes. 

  1. Head to the BigWins official online casino site from your desktop or mobile device.
  2. Click the Sign-Up button and enter your details.
  3. Once your account is verified, you can deposit and play any of our live casino titles, including live poker. 

Remember to visit our casino bonus section to claim your 100% welcome bonus, as well as check our ongoing promotions and our cashback bonus program.


If you still have questions about this thrilling game, you can always check our frequently asked questions:

Can I Play Live Poker on my Phone? 

Yes, you can. BigWins Casino is mobile-compatible, and so are our live poker games. You can stream high-quality live poker games and play direct from your tablet or smartphone. 

Can I Play NZ Live Poker Games for Free? 

Most of our games can be played in demo mode; unfortunately, as our live games are live, you can’t play live poker in demo mode. 

How Do I Win Live Poker? 

Knowing the rules before you start playing live poker is a good idea. The more you know, the better you can determine whether you can win a round. 

Is Live Poker a Luck Game? 

New Zealand live poker is a combination of luck and skill. Cards are dealt randomly, which is the luck element; however, knowing the actions to take comes down to skill.

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