Ultimate Texas Hold’em features head-to-head play against the dealer and an optional bonus bet. Players and the dealer each receive two cards. They combine them with five community cards to make their best five-card hand. Ultimate Texas Hold’em lets players bet aggressively. The earlier they bet, the more they can risk—and win. If players bet pre-flop, they may risk 3x or 4x their Ante. If they bet on the flop, they may bet 2x their ante. And if they wait until the river—when all community cards are out—they may only bet 1x their Ante.
This game also features an optional bet, the Trips Bonus. Players win the Trips Bonus if their final five-card hand is three of a kind or higher. Odds printed on layout.
RECOMMENDED DEALING PROCEDURES
- Recommended to use a Deck Mate2® or iDeal Plus® shufflers.
- To begin the game, players must make equal bets on the Ante and Blind. They may also make a Trips bet.
- Working from left to right, the dealer gives each player and himself two starting cards, face-down.
- Players now have a choice: a. Check (do nothing); or
- Once players bet, they cannot bet again and they cannot change their bet.
- The dealer then places the first three community cards (the flop) face-up on the layout.
- Players that have not yet made a Play bet have a choice: a. Check; or
- The dealer then places the final two community cards (the turn and river) face-up on the layout.
- Players that have not yet made a Play bet have a choice: a. Fold; or
- The dealer then reveals his two hole cards and announces his five-card hand.
- The dealer needs a pair to qualify.
- Caution: Ultimate Texas Hold’em handles qualifying differently than other games. When the dealer doesn’t qualify, it’s not an automatic win for the player.
b. Make a Play bet of 3x or 4x their Ante.
b. Make a Play bet of 2x their Ante.
b. Make a Play bet of 1x their Ante.
- Working from right to left, the dealer combines each player’s hole cards with the community cards to make the best five-card hand.
- If the player’s hand beats the dealers, the Play and Ante bets win even money.
- If the player’s hand loses to the dealer, the Play, Ante and Blind bets lose.
- When the hands tie, the Play, Ante and Blind bets push.
- The Blind bet wins when the player wins with a straight or higher. See layout for odds.
- If the player wins with less than a straight the Blind pushes.
- The Trips bet wins if the player has three of a kind or better. See layout for odds.
- The dealer, working from right to left, refunds each player’s Ante bet. He does this before looking at any of the player’s hands.
- Then, again working right to left, resolves the action normally (see above).
Irregularities in Dealing Procedures:
- Incorrect number of cards in player’s/dealer’s hand. If any player or the dealer is dealt an incorrect number of cards, all hands are void and the cards reshuffled.