Rules for Ultimate Texas Hold’em
Ultimate Texas Hold’em (UTH) features headto-
head play against a player/dealer with
optional bonus wagers. UTH allows players to
wager aggressively, if they so choose. Both
players and player/dealer will each be dealt
two hole cards. These two cards may be
combined with five community cards to make
their best five card hand.
- UTH is played on a blackjack style, poker style or baccarat style gaming table.
- UTH is played with a single deck automatic card shuffling device (shuffler). UTH will be played with two alternating 52 card standard playing cards with backs of the same design.
- Table Fees. Fees will charged for all wagers and will be determined prior to the start of play of any hand or round of play. Ample notice will be provided to players relating to the assessment of fees.
- UTH is played with a maximum of seven players, inclusive of the player/dealer. A casino dealer will deal the game.
- Before the first card is dealt, each player must make either;
a. an equal Ante and Blind Wager, or
b. an equal Ante and Blind wager and a Trips Bonus wager, or
c. an equal Ante and Blind wager and a Trips Bonus wager and a Bad Beat Bonus wager.
- Each player is required to make an Ante wager, a Blind wager and pay a collection fee to be dealt in.
- All cards are dealt face-down. Each player, inclusive of the player/dealer, will be dealt two cards, after which five community cards will be dealt in the center of the table.
- Once a player has looked at their hand, the
player has two options: check or place a
Play wager either 3x or 4x the value of
their Ante wager. Once action is complete,
the casino dealer will face-up three of the
- Each player that checked, re: 8 above, has
two options: check or place a Play wager 2x
the value of their Ante wager. Once action
is complete, the casino dealer will face-up
the remaining two community cards.
- Each player that checked, re: 8 & 9 above,
has two options, place a Player wager
equal to their Ante wager or fold.
- The player/dealer must qualify with 1
pair or higher. If their hand does not
qualify, each active player will push on
their Ante wager and win on their blind
wager, play wager and trips bonus wager
in accordance with the appropriate trips
bonus wager pay table.
- If the player/dealer qualifies, each active
player's hand will be compared against
the player/dealers hand. Both the player
and player/dealer may utilize the best 5
of their 7 cards (i.e.: the 2 in their hand
and the 5 community cards).
- A player’s hand will win if their hand has a
higher poker value than the player/dealers
hand, lose if their hand has a lower poker
value and push if their values are equal.
- Winning wagers. Ante wagers and play
wagers will be paid 1 to 1 . Blind wagers
and Trips Bonus wager will be paid in
accordance with the appropriate pay table.
- When a player has placed a Trips
Bonus wager at the beginning of the
round and has received 3 of a kind or
higher, the casino dealer will leave this
hand face-up on the table until action
has been received. Trips Bonus
payouts are made regardless of
whether the hand wins, loses or
- All hands receive action to the extent
that the player/dealer wager covers.
The player/dealer is never required to
cover all opposing players’ wagers. The
house never participates as the player/
dealer. The house never takes a
percentage of wagers placed in a game.
There is no maximum on the player/
- A round of play ends when the player/
dealer exhausts their bankroll or when
all player wagers receive full action.
- The opportunity to be in the player/
dealer position will rotate in a
systematic and continuous manner
among the seated players so that all
players have an equal opportunity to be
in the player/dealer position.
Rank of Cards and Hands:
Cards Rankings, from highest to lowest;
Ace, King, Queen, Jack
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.
Suits all have the same rank.
Hand Rankings, from highest to lowest;
4 of a King
3 of a Kind