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Rather than compete with the other players at the table, Novelty poker games pit you against the dealer or a pay table. Some of the rules and pay tables may vary slightly by casino, but each game has its own unique spin on the poker classics.

A letter “H” has a plus sign next to it with a card from every suit.

Hold’em Bonus Poker

A game with an opportunity to flex some skill and strategy, Hold’em Bonus Poker is considered “heads-up,” in that it pits the player against the dealer. Adding to the excitement is an optional side bet with the chance to score a 50 to 1 payout.

Object of the Game

Win the pot by creating the best possible five-card poker hand. Hands are formed by combining three personal cards and two community cards, just like in traditional Texas Hold’em.


Bonus Pay Table


  • If the player has the higher hand, they’ll win even money on the combined total of all their bets.
  • If the player and dealer have hands of equal value, the player’s Ante, Flop, Turn and River bets push to the next round.
  • If the player made the Bonus bet, their hand pays out according to the following pay table, even if their hand loses to the dealer’s hand.

Bonus Pay Table



Pair of Aces (If both player and dealer tie)
50 to 1
Pair of Aces (Player only)
30 to 1
Three of a kind
8 to 1
5 to 1
4 to 1
Two pair
3 to 1
Pair of Aces or better
1 to 1


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While some knowledge of poker hands is required to master Hold’em Bonus Poker, even the best players know the random draw of the cards is what ultimately drives the odds.

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Some of the best strategies for playing Hold’em Bonus are also the most basic. Learn the hands, familiarize yourself with the rules and go in prepared.

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