GGPoker has launched a new side game – Cowboy Hold´em – and is encouraging players to give the game a try by offering time-limited cashback on losses.
If you are a regular at GGPoker, you may have noticed a new fish icon appearing at the bottom left-hand side of the tables alongside the casino games icon. If you click on the new icon, you will be taken to a new side game called Cowboy Hold´em – a fun poker-themed betting game in which you can bet on the outcome of a heads-up match, the hole cards dealt to each player, or the winning hand.
Unfortunately, there is no skill involved like when you play exchange poker (in which you can bet on the winning hand after flop and turn), but the odds of return are pretty good. You might find this game of interest if you are trying out a betting system like Martingale or Fibonacci, especially while GGPoker is offering players cashback on losses (which hopefully you won´t need).
How to Play Cowboy Hold´em
The rules of Cowboy Hold´em are very simple. In the heads-up match, there is a cowboy and a bull. The two opponents play a hand of NL Texas Hold´em poker without any betting involved, so both hands always go to showdown. Prior to the start of each hand, players have the opportunity to bet on which player they think will win at odds of +102 (US) or if the hand will end in a draw at odds of +2100 (US).
You can also bet on the hole cards dealt to either player or what the winning hand will be. You don´t have to predict which player will be dealt which opening hand, or which player will have the winning hand. If your bet is correct due to either player being dealt your selected opening hand or winning with your selected winning hand, you win. The odds for each are as follow:
|Odds for Hole Cards||Odds for Winning Hand|
|Suited||+130||High Card or One Pair||+120|
|Pair||+750||3 of a Kind or Straight or Flush||+370|
|Suited Connectors||+1150||Full House||+1,900|
|Pocket Aces||+9900||4 of a Kind or Straight Flush||+24,700|
To help you make your selections, the site offers “tips” from the player with the longest winning streak, and the winningest player (the one with the highest number of winning bets). Don´t expect for a second for these “tips” to be based on anything other than luck because the random number generator used in this game works in the same way as the one used to play real money Hold´em at the cash game tables.
About the Cashback Offer
Every player who plays Cowboy Hold´em is automatically opted in to the cashback offer which consists of 10% of losses automatically paid into your account each Monday. There is a minimum cashback threshold of 1CNY (about $0.15) below which cashback will not be paid, but there are no other restrictions on how much cashback you will be entitled to or how you can use it.
In many respects, the cashback offer is a low value promotion that is intended to raise the profile of the Cowboy Hold´em game. It shouldn´t make that much difference to players´ bankrolls, and if it does, those players are obviously spending too much money on a game they are no good at. Nonetheless, the offer typifies the efforts GGPoker puts into giving players an enjoyable online poker experience.
If you would like to read more about GGPoker and the efforts it puts into providing an enjoyable online poker experience, please do not hesitate to read our GGPoker review. The review explains more about the site´s features and promotions, including the 200% first deposit bonus for new players and the special honeymoon period in which new players are invited to take on exclusive daily missions.