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Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em Review

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Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em is a casino poker game (meaning that players bet against the banker rather than playing against each other) and is played with a single standard deck of 52 cards.

To start off with the player places an Ante and Blind bet (both the same size) and the dealer will deal 2 cards to the player face up and 2 cards to themselves face down. The player can then Check, which continues the game without any more bets or Play in which case they can choose to either bet 3 or 4 times their Ante bet. If the player Checks the dealer will then dealer out 3 community cards. The player can then Check or place a Play bet twice the size of their Ante. If the player Checks then a further 2 community cards will be dealt and the player will be presented with a final choice to either Fold their hand or place a final Play bet equal to their Ante. At any point during the round, of the player chooses to place a Play bet, all the remaining community cards will be dealt out and the round will be concluded.

Once all 5 community cards have been dealt the player and dealer then make the strongest hand they can using their own 2 cards and the 5 community cards. The hands are then compared to decide the winner.

If the dealer holds a hand that is weaker than any Pair (High card) the player automatically wins, even if their hand is weaker, and their Ante bet is paid out at 1 to 1, the Blind bet is paid by the paytable below only if the player holds a Straight or better (otherwise it’s returned), while any Play bets are returned.

If the dealer holds a Pair or better and the player still has the strongest hand, the player’s Ante and Play wagers are paid out at 1 to 1 while their Blind bet is paid by the below paytable if they hold a Straight or better (otherwise the Blind bet is returned);

Player’s Hand Payout
Royal Flush 500 to 1
Straight Flush 50 to 1
4 of a Kind 10 to 1
Full House 3 to 1
Flush 1.5 to 1
Straight 1 to 1

The optimum strategy for Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em is very complicated due to the large number of playing decisions. As such summarising it is not easy. We would recommend that you use our Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em Strategy Calculator when playing this game.

The House Edge of Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em – when considered over the full round of play rather than as a percentage Action of the initial bet and assuming that the player always plays optimal strategy – is 0.53%.