The harvest of live dealer games available for Michigan online casinos just got a little bigger.
Evolution released three new live dealer options on Thursday. Lightning Roulette, three card poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em are now available on BetMGM Michigan and Twin Spiers Online Casino.
Expect other Evolution partners to add the games as well in the future.
Lightning Roulette, 3 Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em Join Michigan Live Dealer Lineup
These three games match the tastes of black jack, Infinite Blackjack, Roulette and Baccarat like live dealer games available in the state. And if you have live dealer games in your online casino, Evolution is probably your partner.
Of the 15 online casinos in Michigan, all but three use Evolution. Two of them do not have live dealer play options.
Eagle Casino & Sports recently announced their partnership with Evolution following the release of their online casino in April.
Evolution has received approval from the Michigan Gaming Control Commission last July and operates from its studio in Southfield.
How to Play Flash Roulette
Lightning Roulette is similar to classic roulette, but for each spin, between one and five lucky numbers are struck by lightning. These lucky numbers have their payouts increased to a multiplier between 50x and 500x.
Players can wager on the full range of roulette bets just like in a standard live roulette game. Additional chances to win come from randomly generated lucky numbers and lucky payouts.
After all bets have been accepted, the number of lucky numbers, the lucky numbers themselves and the amounts of the lucky payouts are randomly generated. Each lucky number pays out one of the lucky wins between 50 and 500x if the ball lands on one of those numbers and the player has made a straight bet on that number.
Non-multiplied straight bets pay 30-1 (rather than 35-1). All other bets such as splits, corners, red/black and dozens pay standard roulette odds.
How to Play Three Card Poker
Compared to games like Ultimate Texas Hold’em and Let it ride, the 3-Card Poker strategy is simple. This makes it accessible to new players – as well as entertaining to experienced tabletop game fans.
The game starts with three cards dealt to each player and the dealer. You then choose to play or fold depending on the strength of your hand. There are two different side bets to enjoy with the potential for big wins. Fans of this game consider the ‘Pairs+‘ side bet to be an essential part of the game.
Before a hand is dealt, players each place a bet known as the ante.
The players and the dealer then receive the cards. Your cards will be face up, while the dealer’s cards will be face down. After seeing your hand, you must decide whether to “play” or not. If you do, another bet equal to the size of the ante must be placed. If you fold, your ante bet is removed.
When you choose to play, the dealer’s hand will be revealed and compared to yours. If the dealer’s hand is better (using standard poker hand rankings), you lose both the ante and the game portion of your bet. If your hand is the better of the two, you immediately win your ante bet.
For winning hands, there is a dealer qualification rule. If the dealer qualifies with Queen high or better, you get paid on your play bet. If the dealer has not qualified then this bet is a push – the bet is simply returned.
In addition to the main action, there are two side bets you can place for additional action:
Pair+: This side bet is based on the strength of your 3 cards. You will be paid out at the following odds if you win any of these hands:
- Pair: 1-1
- Colour: 3-1
- Straight: 6-1
- Three of a Kind: 30-1
- Straight Flush: 40-1
- Mini Royal Flush (AKQ suitable): 200-1
6 Card Bonus: This second side bet is based on the best combined 5-card hand you can make from your 3 cards and the dealer’s 3 cards. Some casinos have progressive jackpots, with the biggest prize being a Diamond Royal Flush or a 6-Card Royal. Here are the payments:
- Three of a kind: 5-1
- Straight: 10-1
- Colour: 20-1
- Full House: 25-1
- Four of a Kind: 50-1
- Straight Flush: 200-1
- Royal Flush: 1000-1 (or Progressive)
How to Play Ultimate Texas Hold’em
Ultimate Texas Hold’em is similar to the popular poker game played around the world, but in a casino format.
Instead of playing against other poker players, it puts you 1 on 1 with the house. The unique betting system means you can choose when to bet on each hand. This adds a strategy to ‘UTH’ that other casino poker table games lack.
Ultimate Texas Hold’em is played with a single deck of cards. You start by posting both an ante and a blind of equal amounts. At this point, you and the dealer will be dealt your two hole cards, with your cards face up and the dealer’s cards face down.
You now choose to bet or check (go to the next step without betting). At this point the betting options are to bet 4x the ante/blind, 3x the ante/blind. If you decide to bet 3x or 4x, the betting action is now complete – and the hand will run to its conclusion. This bet is based on the strength of your own cards.
If you checked at this point, the first three community cards are dealt. After seeing the ‘fiasco‘, you have the option of betting 2x the ante/blind or again of checking. If you bet, the hand will play to the end.
If you checked twice, then the last two community cards are revealed. You now have the option of betting 1x the ante/blind or simply folding.
The payouts can seem complicated, with ante, blind and raise bets all having their own system.
If you win the hand, any of your bets after the ante/blind is posted will pay 1 to 1, doubling your money on those raises. This means that the earlier in the hand you committed, the more bet units get doubled.
The initial ante bet will pay 1 to 1 if the dealer has a hand with at least one pair. This bet will be a push if the dealer’s hand is worth less than a pair.
Blind bet payouts are based on the strength of your hand. If you win with less than a straight then that bet is considered a push. However, the payouts increase rapidly the higher the quality of your hand. Here is the blind bet payout table:
- Live: 1-1
- Color: 3-2
- Full House: 3-1
- Square: 10-1
- Straight Flush: 50-1
- Royal Flush: 500-1
This is an optional bet that pays the following depending on the strength of your final poker hand. This is independent of the hand against the dealer:
- Three of a kind: 3-1
- Right: 4-1
- Colour: 7-1
- Full House: 8-1
- Square: 30-1
- Straight Flush: 40-1
- Royal Flush: 50-1
You can choose to bet the trip bet for more or less than your initial ante/blind.