Tequila Poker

Published: 10/06/2013

The casino table game known as Tequila Poker made its debut at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas in April of 2006. It was subsequently accepted by the Nevada Gaming Commission for play in various land-based casinos throughout the state, but the exclusive license for development of an online version of Tequila Poker was granted to Playtech, who have made it available only through their aligned Internet casinos, such as Bet365.

The game is played with a single 52-card deck on a table display that’s similar to the ones used for Blackjack or Pai Gow Poker. There are two betting areas for each player—Ante and Bet. Chips can be found at the lower left corner of the display, made up of denominations for €0.50, €1, €2, €5, €25 and €100. The table top also features payout descriptions for the various winning hands. Although there are three betting positions shown, Tequila Poker is not a multi-hand game and only the middle position is used for wagering.

Each hand begins with an “Ante” from the table minimum of €1 to its maximum of €100. Next, four cards are dealt face up in front of the Dealer’s position. The player must then make some decisions before the game’s final two cards are dealt face up and the result of the hand is revealed. The first decision is whether to “Fold” and give up the Ante or to play on by matching the amount of the Ante with an equal wager placed on “Bet.”

In making this decision, the player must take into consideration which of two types of hands might result from the addition of two cards: a “High Tequila Hand” with a point total of 46 or more based on the highest valued five cards or as a “Tequila Poker Hand containing a pair of Aces or better. Even though folding means sacrificing the full amount of the Ante, it is often the best strategy when a poor hand has been revealed and neither type of winning hand seems likely.

To help with the decision, the current value of the High Tequila Hand is displayed just to the left of the four cards. Much like Blackjack, Aces count as 11 points; Face Cards count at 10 points and all other cards are counted at face value. On totals of less than 24 points, a winning hand is mathematically impossible. On totals of 35 points or less, it is unlikely, so the player will usually place a Bet on the High Tequila hand only when 10 points or fewer are needed to reach 46 points.

As regards the Tequila Poker Hand, the player can safely Bet if a pair of Aces or better is already showing. Other favourable hands include those containing an Ace or a pair and those with a possible one card draw to a straight or flush. The risk of betting and losing must be weighed against the cost of folding in any event.

Payouts on successful High Tequila Hand bets are as follows: even money for 46 to 48 points, 2-to-1 for 49 points, 3-to-1 for 50 points, 4-to-1 for 51 points, 7-to-1 for 52 points, 15-to-1 for 53 points and 200-to-1 for 54 points, which would be four Aces and a card valued at ten—the highest count possible. Any hand valued at less than 46 points loses both the Ante and the Bet.

Payouts on successful Tequila Poker Hand bets are as follows: even money for an Ace pair, 2-to-1 for two pair, 3-to-1 for three of a kind, 5-to-1 for a straight, 7-to-1 for a flush, 8-to-1 for a full house, 15-to-1 for four of a kind, 50-to-1 for a straight flush and 200-to-1 for a royal flush. Any hand ranked at less than a pair of Aces loses both the Ante and the Bet.

Note that if the first four cards dealt would already make up a winning Tequila Poker hand, such as two pair or three of a kind, the value of the hand is displayed beneath the four cards. After each hand of Tequila Poker, the player has the option to start a new game and “Rebet” with just a click or else make a new wager.

Published on: 10/06/2013

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