Ultimate Texas Hold’em is similar to traditional poker except it features head-to-head play against the dealer (players do not compete against each other) and an optional bonus wager that pays odds if the player’s Five-card hand is Three-of-a-Kind (Trips) or better. The Ante and Blind wagers are made against the dealer, but the Trips wager is against a posted pay table and not the dealer hand.
HOW TO PLAY
The object of the game is to beat the dealer by making the best five card poker hand by a player using any combination of their two cards and the five community cards in the center of the layout. Before any cards are dealt, players make equal wagers in the Ante and Blind circle. The player can also make the optional wager in the Trips area of the layout. Two cards are dealt to each player and the dealer. After this, players can either check (do nothing) or bet three to four times the Ante in the Play circle. The dealer then reveals the Three-card Flop. If players have not already made a Play wager, they can check or bet two times the Ante in the Play circle. The dealer then reveals the Turn and the River. Any player that has not made a Play wager yet MUST either make a Play wager equal to the Ante or Fold and lose the Ante and Blind wagers.
The dealer then reveals his/her two cards and announces his/her best Five-card Poker hand. The dealer needs at least a Pair to qualify. If the dealer does not qualify, the Ante wager is returned to the player and all other wagers placed by the player will be paid or taken accordingly. When the dealer qualifies, if the player hand beats the dealer, the Ante and Play wager win even money. The Blind wager is paid if the player has at least a Straight, but if the player beats the dealer with less than a Straight, the Blind wager pushes. If the dealer hand beats the player, the player’s wagers lose, except the Trips wager which is paid if the player has Three-of-a-Kind or better, regardless of the outcome of the hand. If the dealer hand ties the player, the wagers are a push, except Trips if the player qualifies for a payout. Maximum payout per player per round is $50,000 or the maximum amount that one patron could win per round when betting the minimum permissible wager, whichever is greater. Payout limits only apply to Ante, Blind and Play wagers. Does not apply to Trips wager.