How to Play Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em
Poker is a universally beloved game. Playing at home with friends is always a good time, but there’s something especially exciting about trying your luck with a table full of strangers at a casino. The payouts are much better as well!
Texas Hold ‘Em is one of the most popular versions of poker, and its popularity has lead to a couple different derivations of the game. One of these is Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, a game similar to standard Texas Hold ‘Em with a few key differences. Here are some tips to help you win big at Ultimate Hold ‘Em.
The Rules of Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em
If you are familiar with the rules of standard Texas Hold ‘Em or casino poker rules in general, the rules of Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em is pretty straightforward. The main difference is that the player can only make one raise at any time during the game and that the player is only playing against the dealer, not the rest of the table. With that in mind, here are the rules of Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em:
Make Your Bets
To begin with, the player must make a bet on the Ante and the Blind. These bets are equal in value. The Ante is an amount of money that must be put up before receiving your cards. It is the cost to play the game. The Blind is a bet that makes you eligible to win more money later in the game. There is also an optional “Trips” bet that only experienced players should experiment with.
Two Cards are Dealt
Once the bets are in, the dealer will give every player at the table two cards. The player can look at the cards at this point, and after looking at their cards decide whether they want to “check” (not bet) or make a bet that is three or four times more than the ante.
Once bets are in, the dealer will make “the flop”, the term used when the first three community cards are flipped over. At this point, if a player checked during the previous round, then they can make a bet that is double the ante. If you bet in the previous round, you can no longer make any bets.
The Two Final Cards Are Revealed
The dealer will turn over the final two cards. If the player has not bet yet, they have the option to make a bet equal to the ante or fold. Once the betting is done, the players and the dealer will make the best five-card combination of their own two cards and the five community cards. The dealer will only show their hand if they have a pair, and if you beat the dealer, you win!
Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em hand rankings (from highest to lowest):
- Royal Flush (Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 in the same suit)
- Straight Flush (five cards in a sequence, all in the same suit)
- Four of a Kind (all four cards of the same rank)
- Full House (three of a kind with a pair)
- Flush (any five cards of the same suit, but not in a sequence)
- Straight (five cards in a sequence, but not of the same suit)
- Three of a Kind (three cards of the same rank)
- Two Pair (two different pairs)
- Pair (two cards of the same rank)
- High Card (in the absence of any winning hands above, the highest card wins)
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