Ultimate Texas holdem is a table game, like let it ride or blackjack. It is not a regular poker game like Texas holdem or Omaha, though it is based on the popular game it takes its name from. The player competes against the dealers hand and has a unique feature which allows the player to make a raise at pretty much any time during the course of the hand. The amount of the possible raise goes down as the hand proceeds, so the earlier you make a raise, the higher the raise can be. The game was designed by Shufflemaster.
How to Play Ultimate Texas Holdem
The game starts with a standard deck of 52 playing cards being shuffled by a Shufflemaster machine. Each player has to place opening bets of equal value on both the blind and the ante area. There is also an optional trips bet that you can place. The trips bet pays only on trips or better, but pays even if you fold your hand. Each player then receives two cards and the dealer also receives two cards. This is the first opportunity for the player to make a bet, called a play bet. He or she can check or place a play bet of three or four times the ante amount. Any time the player makes a bet after the initial wagers he or she is in the hand until the end. Next the dealer turns over three community cards. If the player hasn’t bet yet he or she can either check or make a wager of two times the original ante amount. The final two community cards are then turned over. If the player hasn’t made a play bet he or she must either make a wager equal to their original ante bet or fold. If they fold they lose their ante and blind bet.
Each player and the dealer now make their best five card hand. They can use any combination of the five community cards and their two hole cards. The dealer has to have a pair or better to qualify. When the player has a better hand than the dealer and the dealer has at least a pair, the player wins all three bets. When the player has a better hand and the dealer does not qualify the player wins the blind and play bets and the ante bet pushes. The blind, ante and push bets all push when the dealer and player tie. When the dealer has a better hand and qualifies the player loses all three wagers. When the dealer has a better hand but doesn’t qualify the ante pushes and the player loses the ante and play bet.
All ante and play wagers pay out 1 to 1, but the blind bet can pay out higher. The most common pay table for the blind bet is 500 to 1 for a royal flush, 50 to 1 for a straight flush, four of a kind pays 10 to 1, 3 to 1 for a full house, 3 to 2 for a flush and 1 to 1 for a straight. All other blind bets push.
Ultimate Texas Holdem Progressive Jackpot
Some casinos that offer Ultimate Texas holdem also offer a progressive jackpot attached to the game. There are a few different variations of these progressives. The most common is a small progressive that pays for a full house (usually $10) and better all the way up to the progressive paying out for a royal flush using at least one hole card. The other common progressive is the big progressive that pays the top payout only when the player flops a royal flush. It also starts the smaller payouts with a full house. Both of these progressives are activated by a $1 side bet.
Ultimate Texas Holdem Strategy
The generally accepted strategy for Ultimate Texas holdem is to raise before the flop with any pair of threes or higher, any ace, any suited king or unsuited king with at least a five, a suited queen with a six or higher, a queen with any eight or higher, a suited jack with an eight or higher or an unsuited jack ten. The raise after the flop should be made with any two pair or better, four to a flush with at least a ten or better in the hole and any pair of threes or better with at least one of the pair in the hole. Make the raise after all five community cards with at least a pair with one card from the pair in the hole or better. The exact strategy to wring every possible tenth of a percent out of the game is too complicated for the scope of this page, but generally if you can beat the board at the end you should not fold.