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It may come as very little surprise indeed to learn that Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker Gold is one of the most popular games of its kind currently available via online providers who stock Microgaming products…so that would be all of them?

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Of all of the poker variations available across the internet at present, why is this one the most popular? Just why are the Texas Hold‘em Bonus Poker Rules dominating above all others at this stage in 2015? Well read on and you may just find out…

How is Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker Gold played?

The very best place to start when reviewing any game is of course the rules, and so let us begin:

The game functions around the basic single deck of 52 cards and, not unlike other forms of Hold ‘em, the primary objective is to be the player holding the best hand at the end of the round. Each player is dealt two pocket cards upon placing their ante bet, as is the case in standard Hold ‘em, only in this version they are given face up. The dealer’s pockets are dealt face down, and upon receiving their cards the player must then make the decision to either raise their stake or fold.

Should the player opt to play on, the flop will then be revealed, prompting yet another decision to fold, bet or call on the part of the player. Once this round of betting has ceased the turn card is revealed, followed by a round of betting, followed by the fifth and final card the player can utilise in their eventual hand ‘the river’. So far it sounds no different to standard hold ‘em right? Though what if I were to tell you that there is no betting allowed following the river?

Essentially, this minor detail is what sets it apart from the standard games structure and enables it to be called a bonus table game.

Throughout the progression of a hand, this variant offers a side betting function to players, known as the ‘Bonus Bet’. This function enables a second pay table; qualifying players to receive certain additional wins and prizes based on Pocket Card combinations. The combos can pack brilliant pay out possibilities, for example a 3:1 return for pocket pairs ranging from 2 to 10’s and a knee trembling 1000:1 pay out in the event that both the dealer and the player are gifted pocket deuces! All of this additional fun allows players to craft their own Texas Hold ‘em Bonus Poker Gold strategy to add to their repertoire.

How does Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker Gold play?

The day that Microgaming fail to deliver when it comes to stunning visuals and flawless playability is the day that the online gaming industry will crumble and die. OK, so that might be a slight overreaction, but we should all take a minute to realise just how far forward the company has brought our now thriving industry in the last few years.

As is always the case, the presentation of the Texas Hold‘em Bonus Poker game is nothing short of remarkable, with an easy to navigate interface perfectly complimenting a slick and attractive theme. The music and general effects aren’t too shabby either, and don’t even get us started on the 3-D graphics!

Fast action and smooth gameplay has never been as satisfying and realisable as it is with this game; could it be that I am actually lost for words? Unlikely, I know. OK I can manage a little bit more. The general upper-market feel of the console is rounded out with clearly signalled player views, very flat card rolls, a nice big and well animated chip tray and a fun little chip selection device!