The popularity of Texas hold’em has spread throughout the gambling world. Some casino players would like to get in on the poker craze but are used to traditional table games where they compete against the house. To accommodate these players, casinos have come up with games that are hybrids of Texas hold ’em and casino games. One of these is Ultimate Texas Hold’em.
What Are the Rules of Ultimate Texas Hold’em?
Pre-Flop Ultimate Texas Hold’em is set up like a regular table game. The layout has a spot for “Ante,” “Blind,” “Play” and “Trips.” Players begin by putting an equal bet on the ante and blind spots, and playing the trip’s spot if they choose. Each player and the dealer receive two cards, just as in Texas hold ’em.
Post Flop Ultimate Texas Hold’em
Once the player has seen his cards, he can make a play bet of four times the ante. The dealer then turns over a flop. The player game (if he has not already made his play bet) may now make a play bet of two times the ante. Finally, the dealer turns over a turn and river card. The player (again if he has not already made a play bet) must now make a play bet equal to the ante or fold, losing his ante and blind.
Ultimate Texas Hold’em Showdown
The cards are then turned over, and the best hand wins. The dealer must have at least a pair (including a pair on the board) to qualify. If the dealer qualifies and has a better hand than the player has, he wins the ante bet, if the player has a better hand, he wins an amount equal to the ante bet. If the dealer fails to qualify, the ante bet is a push. If the player wins, the play bet gets even money and the blind bet gets paid with odds if the player has a straight or better, otherwise it is a push. The trip’s bet pays off with odds if the player gets three of a kind or better.