Perhaps no game in recent years has excited as much attention amongst the gambling public as Texas Holdem, and thanks to the work of Bally Gaming, there is a new Texas Holdem variant available for your wagering enjoyment, Ultimate Texas Holdem. In a stark difference from the original game however, in this Ultimate variant, players do not compete against one another, but rather they focus their energies on defeating only the dealer. In tandem with the original Holdem game from the Lone Star State, Ultimate Texas Holdem holds the possibilities of winning large pots if you act early enough in the round to raise your stakes.
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How to Play Ultimate Texas Holdem
Dealing from a standard 52-card deck, the goal of Ultimate Texas Holdem is to garner a winning poker hand from the two cards dealt to you by the dealer in combination with available community cards. You begin by placing two separate bets that include an Ante and Blind bet. Additionally, you have the option of placing a Trip bet, which is an optional side bet with the following odds:
- Royal Flush 50 to 1
- Straight Flush 40 to 1
- Four of a Kind 20 to 1
- Full House 7 to 1
- Flush 6 to 1
- Straight 5 to 1
- Three of a Kind 3 to 1
Two cards are dealt face down to both the player and dealer, and while the dealer may not examine their hand, the player can check out their own cards. The dealer then flips over three community cards affording the player the chance to check or raise the bet. Remember, you can only raise once, and the earlier the better in terms of maximizing your bet. If you previously checked, then you may make a Play bet equal to two times his Ante. If you already exercised your play bet option, then you may not bet further.
Once this stage is completed, the dealer flips the remaining two community cards, and if you previously checked twice, then you must either make a Play bet equal to exactly the Ante, or fold, losing both your Ante and Blind bets.
The player and dealer will both make the best possible hand using any combination of their own two cards and the five community cards that are upright on the table. At this point, the dealer will reveal their two cards before grading the hand to find a winner. In order to remain active in the hand, the dealer must have at least a pair.
Should the dealer fail to hit the pair threshold however, the Ante bet would be a push owing to the disqualification. Conversely, if the dealer does qualifies, the one who wins the ante bet will be the player with the best hand.
Regardless and despite the dealer’s disqualification, the raises and the blind bets in the game remain in play. Should a turn of the cards reveal the dealer to be the winner however, the player’s blind bet and raise bets will both lose to the dealer.