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23 October 2008 has created the perfect hybrid game. It's called 10 High Hold'em and while the rules and payouts are determined by poker hands, a player who doesn't know the difference between a straight and a flush can still get involved.

In fact, when you sit down to play this game, it appears you are about to play a serious game of Texas Hold'em, which you are…sort of. With the casino crowd buzzing in the background and the piano sound effect playing a cocktail-lounge-like ballad, you are asked to place an ante bet. The dealer then deals you and himself two cards each and immediately deals a flop, turn and river, without any stoppage in play for betting. All you have to do is beat the dealer to win your bet. There is no qualifying hand.

In addition, you are paid extra on the bonus pay table if you are holding a big hand. For instance, three of a kind pays an additional $5, a straight pays $10, a flush $15, a full house $40, four of a kind $200, straight flush $750 and a royal flush $5,000. Keep in mind that you must use both of your hole cards in the hand to be eligible for these bonus amounts.

On top of all of this, there is the option of playing the "10+ Pay Table." This is where the name of the game comes from and it's also where you can quickly drain your bankroll. The odds are enticing. If you play the 10+ bet and get a pair of tens using at least one of your hole cards, you'll receive a 5-to-1 payout on your 10+ bet. The odds go up to 10-to-1 for trip-10s, 100-to-1 for a full house that uses 10s, 250-to-1 for a full house full of 10s and 1,000-to-1 for Quad 10s.

As mentioned, those types of odds are tempting, but this is a bet that can really take a toll on your bankroll. Our advice is to play it for half or even a quarter of your ante bet. That way if you do pull off a handful of 10s, you're in line to still win a decent amount.

All in all, 10 High Hold'em is a nice "change of pace" type of game. It is much like a slot machine in that all you basically have to do is place a bet and click your mouse. There's not a whole lot of strategy involved here. However, if you are a slot player looking to learn the basics of poker, this game could serve as a decent learning tool.

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