How to play
Ultimate Texas Hold’em is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. To begin the hand, the dealer places five cards, known as the community cards, face down on the table. Each player and the dealer are dealt two cards. Players look at their cards and make a decision to check or raise the ante bet.
The dealer turns over the community cards in two rounds. In the first round of play, known as the flop, the dealer reveals the first three community cards. The remaining two community cards are revealed simultaneously to complete the five-card community cards.
After each round, players have the chance to review the strength of their hand and make a raise if desired. At the conclusion of the second round, players must either match their original ante bet or fold.
Following the completion of all rounds and player bets, the dealer reveals his or her cards. In order to qualify, the dealer must hold at least a matched pair. If the dealer does not qualify, ante bets are returned to players. The dealer then compares their hand against those of the remaining players. The best poker hand wins.
Ultimate Texas Hold’em Rules
On the table in front of you (either live or online) you will see different betting circles:
Ante, Blinds, Play, Trips
To play a hand of Ultimate Texas Hold’em you need to make at least 2 bets – the Ante and Blinds bet. The Trips bet is an optional bet you can make which pays out only if you hit certain hands.
The Play bet you can make in different multiples of your original bets at various points in the hand. Here’s how a hand of Ultimate Texas Hold’em works:
Each player makes the two mandatory opening bets – an „ante“ bet and a „blinds“ bet
There is also an optional „Trips“ bet players can choose before the deal
Two cards are then dealt face down to the players and the dealer
Once players have checked their cards they can choose to add on a „Play“ bet at a value of 3x or 4x the ante bet
Players can also check and wait for the next betting round
Dealer then deals 3 community cards face up on the table. These are shared between players and dealer
If the player checked in the first betting round they can now make a Play bet worth 2x ante or can check again
Once you’ve made the Play bet you can’t bet again
After players have again bet or checked the dealer deals two more shared community cards in the middle of the table
If player has yet to make a Play bet (checked twice) they must now either fold (lose both their ante and blinds bets) or bet 1x ante
Once all the cards have been dealt and all Play bets made the dealer will reveal their hole cards and declare their best 5-card hand.
Ultimate Hold’em: Dealer Qualifying Hand
Note: The dealer must have at least a Queen to have a qualifying hand. If the dealer does not have a qualifying hand your Ante bet is returned to you. All other bets receive action.