Whether you’re from Texas or not, Texas Hold’Em is one of the most popular games on the circuit. Ultimate Texas Hold’Em is unique because you play head-to-head against the dealer plus an optional bonus bet.
In Ultimate Texas Hold’Em, the earlier you bet the more you can bet. Also, you don’t have to ‘Fold’em’ until you see all of the community cards. If you bet the optional ‘Trips Bonus’ bet and your final five-card hand is a Three of a Kind or better the Trips Bonus bet pays odds.
Start the game by placing your bet in the ‘Ante’ circle. You may, before any cards are dealt, place a bet in the ‘Blind’ circle on the table. A ‘Blind’ bet is equal to, (not more or less than), your ‘Ante’ bet. You may also place an optional ‘Trips Bonus’ bet.
The Dealer will deal five ‘community cards,’ face down in the center. Each player will be dealt two cards face down and two cards face down to the Dealer.
After checking your hole cards, you can ‘fold’, ‘check’ or make a ‘Play’ bet in the area designated on the table. The ‘Play’ bet can be three or four times your ‘Ante’ bet. The Dealer then reveals the three-card ‘Flop’. Again, you may fold, check or, if you haven’t already made a ‘Play’ bet, you may now make it two times your Ante. The Dealer then reveals the ‘River’, which are the final two community cards. This is the final opportunity to check, make a ‘Play’ bet, if you haven’t done so already, one times your Ante or fold. The Dealer then reveals his two hole cards and announces his hand.
The Dealer must have at least a pair to qualify for ‘Ante’ play. If not, your Ante bet is returned and all other bets receive action. If your hand beats the Dealer’s hand, your ‘Play’ and ‘Ante’ bets win even money. You win the ‘Trips Bonus’ bet if your final five-card hand is a Three of a Kind or higher.
If the Dealer’s hand beats yours, your Play, Ante and Blind wagers lose. If you tie, all bets are a push. The Blind pays if your winning hand is at least a Straight. If you beat the Dealer with less than a Straight, it pushes.