Players can begin playing Hold ‘em Showdown by selecting their stake. The minimum stake is 0.25 per hand, but can rise to 0.50, 0.75, 1.00, 2.00, 5.00, 7.00, 10.00, 15.00, 20.00, 25.00, 50.00, 100.00, 200.00, 500.00, 1,000.00, 2,000.00, 5,000.00 or the absolutely insane 10,000.00 per hand. Yes, that is ten grand per hand, if you are either very brave or very foolish!
Once the stake is wagered, the player must choose from four hands. This is the hand the opponent will go head to head against the dealer with. The player can see the payout odds of each hand, and what the dealer has. It is the job of the player to decide a hand, and then decide whether the opponent or the dealer will win the hand. If they are proved correct, they will win their bet. The winnings carry over into the next hand and so on and so forth, unless the player banks all, banks half or doubles their bet.