Ultimate Texas Hold’em is a poker-based casino game in which the player may make one raise at any time during the course of the hand. The earlier the raise is made the higher it may be. Unlike other poker-based games, raises made after the ante still have action, even if the dealer doesn’t open.
How to play Ultimate Texas Hold’em
Players play against the dealer by making an Ante and Blind wager of equal value. Players can also make the optional Trips wager, which pays on any hand of trips or better regardless of who wins the hand.
Five community cards are placed face-down on the layout.
The players and dealer receive two cards each and then make a Play wager of three or four times their Ante wager or check.
The dealer then reveals the “Flop.” Players who have not made their Play wager may now do so at two times their Ante or check.
The dealer reveals the “Turn” and the “River.” Players who have not yet made a Play wager must now make a Play wager equal to their Ante wager or fold.
The dealer will reveal his hand, and qualifies with a pair or better. If the dealer does not qualify, all Ante wagers are returned to players and all remaining wagers stay in action.
The dealer will then compare his hand to each player’s hand. The best poker hand wins.
The Blind pays if your winning hand is at least a Straight (see layout for odds). If you beat the dealer with less than a Straight, it pushes.
Rank of Hand in Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em (Highest to Lowest)
- Royal Flush
- Straight Flush
- Four of a Kind
- Full House
- Three of a Kind
|4 of a Kind||$300|
|3 of a Kind||$9|
Ultimate Texas Hold’em Rules
Following are the standard rules as played in the United States. There is a variant played in Auckland, New Zealand, I address following the standard rules.
- The game is played with a single ordinary 52-card deck.
- The player must make an equal bet on both the Ante and Blind, and can also make an optional Trips bet.
- Two cards are dealt face down to the player and dealer. The player may look at his own cards.
- The player can check or make a Play bet equal to three or four times the Ante.
- The dealer turns over three community cards.
- If the player previously checked, then he may make a Play bet equal to two times his Ante. If the player already made a Play bet, then he may not bet further.
- Two final community cards are turned over.
- If the player previously checked twice, then he must either make a Play bet equal to exactly his Ante, or fold, losing both his Ante and Blind bets. If the player already raised he may not bet further.
- The player and dealer will both make the best possible hand using any combination of their own two cards and the five community cards.*
- The dealer will need at least a pair to open.
The following table shows how the Blind, Ante, and Play bets are scored, according to who wins, and whether the dealer opens.
|Tie||Yes or No||Push||Push||Push|
Winning Ante and Play bets pay 1 to 1. Winning Blind bets pay according to the following pay table
Ultimate Texas Hold’em Strategy
Medium Raise: Make the 2X raise with any of the following:
- Two pair or better.
- Hidden pair*, except pocket deuces.
- Four to a flush including a hidden 10 or better to that flush
* Hidden pair = Any pair with at least one card in your hole cards (thus the pair is hidden to the dealer).
Small Raise: Make the 1X raise with any of the following, otherwise fold:
- Hidden pair or better.
- Less than 21 dealer outs beat you.