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Developed by Orbis OpenBet, the Internet table game called “Texas Choose Em” combines elements of Five Card Stud and a straight-forward Hi-Lo arcade game. The game window features two 5-card poker hands, one showing all of the cards face up and the other with all of the cards concealed face down. The object is to wager on which of the two hands will win by forming a higher ranking poker hand.

The game display features descriptors above and below the cards to indicate the rank of the hands. On the right side of the playing area are the two “To Win” betting buttons, one for each hand, which are used to select the hand upon which to wager. Each button is paired with a, indicator that shows the value of the amount to be won if that hand is successful. The one with the higher payout is deemed by the game’s computer algorithm to be less likely to win than the one with the lower one.

At the very bottom of the screen is the game’s control panel. On the left side is the Stake indicator along with +/- toggles for making the initial wager. Available betting amounts start at £0.50 and range upwards in increments from £1 to £10, although some casinos allow wagers as high as £1,000. On the right end of the control panel is the “Cash Pot” indicator, which tracks the amount of winnings to be wagered on subsequent bets.

Clicking on the green “Play” button on the middle of the control panel will start the Texas Choose Em game. Whatever Stake has been chosen will be locked in, the “To Win” buttons will light up and the player must select whether the exposed hand or the hidden hand will win the showdown. As soon as the selection has been made, the hidden cards will be turned over one by one. After all five down cards are up, the winning hand will automatically be declared.

The ranks of the hands are exactly the same as they are for most five-card poker games. The highest possible hand is the Royal Flush, consisting of a run made up of the 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace of the same suit. Next highest is the Straight Flush, which is a suited run of any other five cards of the same suit. That is followed in order by Four of a Kind, a Full House (a set of three cards of the same value accompanied by a pair of matching value cards), and a Flush (five non-consecutive cards of the same suit). Next highest is the Straight (a run of five cards not of the same suit), followed by Three of a Kind, Two Pair, a single Pair and a High Card hand, when no pair or higher are dealt.

If the player’s selection loses, the Stake is lost and two new hands are dealt, one facing up and the other down. An adjustment may be made in the wagering, if desired, and a new game may begin. However, if the player wins the first hand, the amount won is transferred to the Cash Pot, the now exposed cards of the original concealed hand move up to become the new exposed hand and five fresh cards are dealt face down.

At this point, the player has the option to stop play and collect the Cash Pot by clicking on the red ‘Collect” button in the middle of the control panel. Otherwise, it is possible to wager the Cash Pot on either the up hand or down hand by clicking on either of the To Win buttons. Note that the amount to be won will have been recalculated automatically when the fresh cards were dealt.

The player may choose to play on as long as the correct selections are made. However, any loss will end the game with all accumulated winnings and the original Stake forfeited, so it is prudent to occasionally Collect the Cash Pot funds when winning.

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