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Pacific Hold'Em Poker

Poker has never been more exciting or easier to play. May the best hand win!

If your hand beats all of your on-screen opponents' hands, you win. Got great cards? Raise your bet by $2 increments and you could win even more.


When is the draw?

Played daily, with a new draw every 6 minutes. The first draw starts at 11:02 a.m. and the last draw ends at 2:00 a.m.


How to play

  1. Get a 2-card hand for $2.
  2. Choose how many hands to play per draw (up to 5).
  3. Choose how many consecutive draws you want to play (up to a 5).
  4. Got good cards? You can raise your bet to $4, $6, $8 or $10. If you win, each $2 raise gives you an extra share of the prize pot (amount depends on the numbers of players participating).

Pacific Hold'Em Poker is available at bars and pubs and online at PlayNow.com.


What are the prizes?

The Bad Beat Jackpot is a separate, progressive jackpot that continues to grow until it's won.

Main draw prizes are determined by the number of players and the size of the jackpot. Learn more about the prizes and odds.


How to win

You’ll combine them with the 5 community cards to create the best possible 5-card hand.

Watch the Pacific Hold'Em Poker draw on the monitor to see the 5 community cards drawn.

Combine at least one of the 2 cards printed on your ticket with the corresponding community cards to make your best 5-card poker hand.

If your 5-card poker hand beats all of your on-screen opponents' hands, you win a share of the prize pot.

If no one beats the on-screen opponents, all ticket holders with the next best hand (the Best Hand in Province) win or share the prize pot.

The number of players participating in a particular draw will determine th e amount of the prize pot. A tie is considered a loss.

If your best 5-card hand beats all of your on-screen opponents' hands, you win!


Hand Rankings

Do you know what the best poker hand is? Learn which Pacific Hold'Em Poker hands win over another.

Playing Responsibly

Know how the game works and what the odds are before playing.

The more you know about the games, the better equipped you are to make informed decisions when you play.

Learn more about the odds at GameSense.com.