How to Play Ultimate Texas Holdem

January 17, 2021

Are you looking for a new poker variant to try to add some spice to your weekend poker game? A game of Ultimate Texas Holdem might hold the excitement you seek. It is the newest poker variant, which has grown very popular for both high stakes and amateur poker players. 

How does it Differ from Ordinary Texas Holdem Poker?

Ultimate Texas Holdem has many similarities to the original Texas Holdem with one significant difference. Unlike Texas Holdem where you play against other poker players, in ultimate Texas Holdem, you play against the dealer.  Several players can play against the dealer at the same time.

There is also a difference in the way the poker table lays out.  In Texas Holdem, there are five community cards and two hole cards. It is also the  same in Ultimate Texas Holdem, but there is an addition. The player has areas marked trips, blind, ante and play, which determine the payout for the player. 

Roger Snow of Bally Gaming Inc. that was previously known as Shuffle Master developed this poker variant. He created it with multiplayer electronic machines in mind, for casinos. But this poker variant has also grown in popularity as a table game.  You can play exciting free online ultimate Texas Holdem games for practice, and eventually high stakes as you become an expert.

How to Play Ultimate Texas Holdem

The game starts with a player and a dealer. The dealer is also known as the house since this was originally a casino game. The table can accommodate six players plus the dealer.  This game uses an ordinary 52-card deck. This applies for both Ultimate Texas Holdem online games, and in land-based casinos

Each player has four circles in front of him marked Ante, Blinds, Play, and Trips. The mandatory bets are the ante and the blind. The player must place these bets before the dealer deals out the first two (hole) cards. Players have an optional trip bet to boost winnings or keep as insurance. 

In each betting round, the player will up the ante. The ante bet is raised 3x or 4x after the hole cards, 2x in the second round,  and a mandatory 1x in the final round. The player wins by beating the dealer’s hand. The blind bet pays according to the player’s hand ranking. 

How to Deal Ultimate Texas Holdem

  1. Each player starts by placing two bets; an Ante and a Blind. There are minimums and maximums for each game, depending on the house rules. In the first betting round, these two bets are equal but will vary in subsequent betting rounds. 
  2. Each player and the dealer get two cards after the first ante and blind bets. The hand rankings in ultimate Texas Holdem are the same as Texas Holdem.  At this stage, the player can decide to bet 3x or 4x the ante depending on the strength of his hand. The bets are placed in the Play circle. The player can also opt to check, which is letting the ante bet stand as it is. If the dealer has less than a pair, the game comes to a push and starts all over. 
  3. The game proceeds to the Flop round where the dealer deals three cards community cards. The player can bet 2x the ante or check again.  The bets depend on the ultimate Texas Holdem strategy the player is using. 
  4. The dealer deals two community cards; the turn and river, one after the other.  Any player who checked twice must place a bet 1x the ante or fold.  
  5. All players plus the dealer turn over their cards. Player hands that are stronger than the dealer’s hand win. 

Comparing Hands in Ultimate Texas Holdem

  • Any player who folded loses both the ante and blind bets.
  • Any player with a hand better than the dealer wins the play bet.
  • Any weaker hand than the dealer’s hand loses ante, blind and play bets
  • If the dealer fails to open, the player gets a refund of the ante bet
  • If the player and dealer’s hands tie, the game is a push and the player keeps the ante bet regardless if the hand was better than the dealer or not.

Blind Bet Payouts in Ultimate Texas Holdem

You can only win the blind bet after beating the dealer’s hand. Different casinos have different payouts, but the most common blind bet payouts are;

  • Royal flush – 500 to 1
  • Straight flush – 50 to 1
  • Four of a kind – 10 to 1
  • Full house – 3 to 1
  • Flush – 3 to 2 or 1.5 to 1
  • Straight – 1 to 1
  • All other hands are considered a tie and have no blind bet payout

Trip Bets

The Trip bet is placed as a side bet. It can boost your wins. It is also something of an insurance policy because it pays whether your hand was better than the dealer’s or not. Standard payouts for trip bets are;

  • Royal Flush – 50 to 1
  • Straight Flush – 40 to 1
  • Four of a Kind – 30 to 1
  • Full House – 9 to 1
  • Flush – 7 to 1
  • Straight – 4 to 1
  • Three of a Kind – 3 to 1
  • All Other -1

The good thing is that in ultimate Texas Holdem poker, the house has a very slight edge over the player unlike dice or slot games.  You can quickly build a tidy sum in a bankroll with a little bit of practice in this game.