Owing to the ongoing excitement of real-money Texas Holdem, the popular game has resulted in a myriad of spin offs that are loosely based on the poker classic, and Galaxy Gaming has introduced its own version called Texas Shootout in a game that pits the player against the dealer in search of the highest poker hand. Each side has some dramatic advantages in play. As an example, the player is offered freedom of choice and the ability to split their hand, while the dealer holds a statistical advantage in that they win when the hands tie.
Each player and the dealer is dealt four cards facing down, and afterwards the player can examine their own cards to evaluate their hand. Once dealt, each hand is scored using conventional poker rules in a game utilizing a shoe of six 52-card decks.
When playing, you have the choice of either selecting any two of your four cards and discarding the other two, or splitting your hand into two separate two-card hands. Should you opt for going for the split then you must equal the poker wager as well as the side bet, if applicable.
Once the player has made their choice, the dealer then turns their cards over before selecting two cards to begin the round with according to the house way before discarding the remaining two cards. The dealer then deals five community cards, which is a familiar aspect of the Texas Holdem format, and both player and dealer will draw from to make the best possible 5-card poker hand using any five cards from the community pile and the two hole cards.
The dealer shall play the two-card hand appearing highest on the following list. In the event that two hands of the same rank are possible, then the dealer will play the cards with the higher individual rank. An example of each hand follows each rule.
Card hands ranked from highest to lowest include:
Every hand dealt is eligible for upwards of three wagers including a normal bet, a Shootout bet, and the chance to enter what is referred to as an “Envy Bonus.” In the normal bet, you will place your wager on the original hand, which earns the player a 1:1 payout when their hand ranks higher than the dealer. Should the results be lower than the dealer or results in a tie, the pot will go to the dealer as a win.
The Shootout Bet is an elective wager, or bonus bet, placed before the hand starts, and pays out at variable odds, depending on the player’s final hand. Finally, if the Shootout Wager is $5 or more, the wager is eligible for an Envy Bonus. An Envy Bonus is paid if any other player achieves a final hand ranking at 5 of a Kind or Better.
Playing Texas Shooter is an exciting variation on the classic Texas Holdem game, and you will note that that between the Shooter Bet and Envy bonus that you can hope to bring home impressive winning pots