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Ultimate Texas Hold’em is a table game inspired by Texas Hold’em poker. While Texas Hold’em is played against other players at the table, Ultimate Texas Hold’em is a casino game where you play against the dealer. Your goal is thus to beat the dealer’s hand. There might be other players at the Ultimate Texas Hold’em table, but you don’t need to beat their hands to win money.
Unlike a game like roulette, Ultimate Texas Hold’em will force you to make decisions during the round of play, and sticking to a smart strategy can have a big impact on your long-term success at the Ultimate Texas Hold’em table. This is a game where both luck and skill are important, and this is one of the main reasons why certain players favor Ultimate Texas Hold’em over luck-based game types such as roulette or slot machines in the casino.
Ultimate Texas Hold’em is just one of many types of casino poker, i.e poker where you play against the house and not against fellow players. Ultimate Texas Hold’em was developed by Roger Snow at the company Shuffle Master, who wanted to create a casino poker version of Texas Hold’em. You might not have heard about Shuffle Master, but you have most likely seen the name Bally Gaming – because that is what they call themselves nowadays.
When Shuffle Master introduced Ultimate Texas Hold’em, it was only available as video poker. This meant you could not play against a live dealer. Instead, Shuffle Master created special video terminals where multiple players could participate in the same round.
Eventually, Ultimate Texas Hold’em grew so popular that casino executives started to ponder if maybe it would actually be worth the time and resources to train dealers and offer a live version of the game. Eventually, the table version of Ultimate Texas Hold’em was launched and became a great success.
If you know how to play Texas Hold’em or any similar poker game, you will find it very easy to learn Ultimate Texas Hold’em. If you’ve never played such poker games before, it will take a little longer to learn since you need to memorize the hand rankings and other basic concepts.
One way of learning is to go to an online casino that offers Ultimate Texas Hold’em in play-mode, i.e. where you can play the game for free using play-money. That way, you can play it without losing any real money and you will quickly learn the ropes.
Ultimate Texas Hold’em uses the same hand ranking system as Texas Hold’em. Here, we will list them with the highest ranking hand at the top and the lowest at the bottom.
|1||Royal Flush||Ace-King-Queen-Jack-Ten of the same suit|
|2||Straight Flush||Five cards in consecutive order of the same suit (but not a Royal Flush)|
Example: Jack-Ten-Nine-Eight-Seven of spades
|3||Four of a Kind||Four cards of the same rank|
Example: 7 of hearts, 7 of spades, 7 of diamonds and 7 of clubs
|4||Full House||Three cards of the same rank + Two cards of the same rank|
Example: 7-7-7 + 3-3
|5||Flush||Five cards, not consecutive, but of the same suit|
Example: 2-5-9-Jack-Queen where all cards are spades
|6||Straight||Five consecutive cards of mixed suits|
Example: 3-4-5-6-7 of mixed suits
|7||Three of a Kind||Three cards of the same rank|
Example: 7-7-7 + 2-Queen
|8||Two Pair||Two cards of the same rank + Two cards of the same rank|
|9||One Pair||Two cards of the same rank|
|10||High card||If the hand doesn’t fit any of the requirements listed above, it’s highest card will determine its rank|
Example: The hand 2-5-6-8-Queen of mixed suits will beat the hand 5-8-9-10-Jack of mixed suits because Queen is higher than Jack.
At the start of the game, you will be dealt two cards. You should look at these cards, but keep them hidden from the other players. These are your private cards, i.e. your hole cards.
In a round of Texas Hold’em, five communal cards will be placed face-up on the table. You are allowed to use any number of these cards (including zero) together with any number of your hole cards to form your best poker hand.
The communal cards are not laid out at the start of the game. Instead, they are dealt gradually, with a betting round between each new deal. The first deal is for card 1-3, the next deal is for the 4th card and the last deal is of the 5th card in standard Texas Hold’em. In Ultimate Texas Hold’em, the way the dealer deals the communal cards can vary – if you are playing alone at the table you will probably be allowed to make a large bet after seeing your hole cards and have all five communal cards dealt in one go if you want to.
The first three communal cards are known as the flop. The 4th card is the turn and the 5th card is the river.
Showdown in Ultimate Texas Hold’em is when the dealer compares her hand to the player’s hand to see who has won.
These are the basic steps for a round of Ultiamte Texas Hold’em. Always check the rules applicable to the specific table you wish to play at, because they may differ from the norm.
– You don’t make a wager (this is known as checking) and the dealer only puts the flop on the table.
– If you check, the dealer shows you the turn and the river, and you need to make a new choice: bet or fold.
What happens during a showdown in Ultimate Texas Hold’em?
The dealer will display her hand so everyone can see if the dealer hand opens. The dealer needs a pair or better to open. She isn’t required to use any of her own cards, so if there is a pair on the table, the dealer will always open.
If the dealer doesn’t open, you automatically get a small payment and get to keep your wagers, regardless of how poor your hand is.
If the dealer opens, your best poker hand will be compared to her best poker hand. You are both allowed to use anywhere from 0 to 5 of the communal cards on the table to form your hands. If the dealer hand wins, you lose your money. If you hand wins, you get paid according to how high your hand is.
The ante bet pays 1:1 when it pays.
The play bet pays 1:1 when it pays.
When it pays, the blind bet pays according to how high your hand is. At most tables, you need at least a Straight to get paid on the blind bet.
This is a commonly used paytable for the blind bet: