Ultimate Texas Hold'em is a variant of the
popular Texas Hold'em poker. Ultimate Texas Hold'em differs from Texas Hold'em
in that it is played against the house rather than against other players.
The aim of Ultimate Texas Hold'em is to beat the dealer's hand by getting the best possible five-card hand, made out of the two cards dealt to the player and five community cards.
An unlimited number of players can play simultaneously at one Ultimate Texas Hold'em table. Each player can take only one seat at the table.
Ultimate Texas Hold'em is played with one standard 52-card deck (jokers excluded). The deck is shuffled after every round.
At the beginning of the round, you place a bet in the ANTE spot. When your ANTE bet has been placed, a matching BLIND bet is automatically placed by the system.
The dealer deals two cards face up to you and two cards face down to the dealer. After a short pause, the dealer deals three community cards face up in the middle of the table (called the "Flop"). After a pause, the dealer deals two final community cards (called the "Turn" and the "River").
You and the dealer can use the cards in your hand and the community cards to comprise the best five-card hand.
During the pauses in the game, you can decide to RAISE or CHECK.
To find a winner, the best paying hands are formed and compared for you and for the dealer, using five out of seven available cards.
The TRIPS bet is an optional side bet that you can place before the round begins. You win on your TRIPS bet when your final five-card hand is three-of-a-kind or better.
The TRIPS bet is placed in the blinking TRIPS betting spot, after your ANTE has been accepted. You win on your TRIPS bet when your best hand is three-of-a-kind or better.
The individual cards are ranked in descending
order: Ace (high or low), King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2.
An Ace can be the highest value card in a Straight of A, K, Q, J, 10 or the lowest value card in a Straight of 5, 4, 3, 2, A.
Possible hands from the highest payouts to the lowest:
The dealer must have a pair or better to qualify.
The dealer's hand is compared to your hand:
If the dealer's hand does not qualify, the ANTE bet is returned to you (“Push”), and your hand is compared to the dealer's hand to see if you are eligible to receive PLAY and BLIND payouts:
The TRIPS bet is settled after the dealer's hand has been revealed. Your TRIPS payout is based on the rank of your best hand and the TRIPS payout table. The actual outcome of the game (whether you win or lose against the dealer) does not affect your TRIPS payout. You can win on your TRIPS bet whether or not you decide to PLAY or FOLD.
Ante bet payout is 1:1.
Play bet payout is 1:1.
Malfunction voids all pays and play.
MAKE A DECISION...CHECK or RAISE
After Pocket cards dealt...
After your cards have been dealt, your card combination and the "MAKE YOUR DECISION" window will be displayed.
You must decide whether to RAISE 4x or RAISE 3x on your ANTE or to CHECK.
If you choose to RAISE 4x or RAISE 3x, no additional decision options will be offered in game round, and the appropriate chip value (ANTE 4x or ANTE 3x) will be placed in the PLAY bet spot.
If you choose CHECK, additional decision options will be offered to you in the current game round. If you have not made a decision before decision time expires, your hand will be checked automatically. The betting-time indicator will display the message: AUTO CHECKED.
Three community cards (called the "Flop") are shown.
If you choose CHECK in the previous step, you are given the option to RAISE 2x or to CHECK.
If you choose RAISE 2x, no additional decision options will offered to you in game round and the appropriate chip value (ANTE 2x) will be placed in the PLAY bet spot.
If you choose CHECK, additional decision choices will be offered to you in the current game round. If you have not made a decision before decision time expires, your hand will be checked automatically. The betting-time indicator will display the message: AUTO CHECKED.
The last two community cards (called the "Turn" and the "River") are shown. If you choose CHECK in the previous step, you are given the option to RAISE 1x or to FOLD.
If you choose RAISE 1x, the appropriate chip value is placed in the PLAY bet spot. If you choose FOLD, no PLAY bet will be placed and you will lose your ANTE and BLIND bets.
If decision time expires and you have not yet made a decision to RAISE 1x or FOLD, your hand will be folded automatically, and you will lose all your bets. The betting-time indicator will display the message: AUTO FOLDED.
RETURN TO PLAYER
The optimal theoretical return-to-player percentage is 96.50%.