Evolution Gaming's Ultimate Texas Hold'em Rules & Strategy

Ultimate Texas Hold'em is a fairly straight forward game to learn, you will have a huge advantage of course if you are familiar with the original Texas Hold'em poker. Unlike the traditional Texas Hold'em poker which is played against other participants of the game, this house casino version puts you head to head with the dealer or the "house" if you like. Explained below is a brief introduction into the rules of the game, the payout tables and a simple but powerful betting strategy just to get you started.

Rules & How To Play:

Just like in regular Texas Hold'em poker the player will recieve two cards and the dealer will also recieve two cards. Five community cards are placed on the table throughout the rounds of betting, then both the player and the dealer will make their best five card poker hand and the best hand will win.

1. To start the game you must first make two equal bets on the ante and the blind.

2. Two cards are dealt both to the player and the dealer, you now have the option to make a raise of 4x your ante bet, 3x your ante bet or check.

3. Once the first round of betting is over the dealer will reveal 3 community cards on the table which is also called the flop. You now have the chance to make a raise of 2x your ante bet or you can check to see the next community cards without placing extra chips.

4. Finally for the last round the dealer will reveal two more community cards which are known as the turn and river. You now have one final decision to make a raise of 1x your ante bet or fold.

5. Should you have made at least one raise the game will now be scored. The dealer will compare their hand to the players and of course the highest ranking hand will win and payout accordingly to the payout tables listed below. The payout tables can also be found when hovering over the betting limits on the games interface.

6. When comparing the final outcome the dealer must have at least a pair or better to qualify. Should the players hand win against a dealers qualifying hand then the blind bet will pay according to the payout table and the ante and play bets will pay even money. Should the player win against a dealers non qualifying hand (no pair) then the blind bet and play bet will win but the ante bet will just push. Should the dealer qualify and win then the blind, ante and play bets will be lost. If the dealer doesn't qualify but beats the player then you will lose the blind and play bets but your ante bet will be returned. If there is a tie situation then as usual on most casino games your bets will be returned.

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Playing Strategy:

Explained below is a simple but very powerful strategy as told by Michael Shackleford who is also known as the "Wizard Of Odds". While this may not be the most complex strategy you can learn this is extremely close to optimum giving you a very nice low house edge and a good start to potential winnings when playing Ultimate Texas Hold'em.

As explained by Michael Shackleford there are three main decision points when playing Ultimate Texas Hold'em. When to make the big raise before the flop, when to make the medium raise and when to make the small raise after the turn and river.

Michael explains that you can play the first decision perfectly and at optimal strategy simply by raising when you have these two cards or better. Firstly a pocket pair that is at least three's or better. If you have an ace high you should make the raise no matter what the other card is. If you have an un suited king high your going to make the raise if you hold a (K, 5) or better. If you have a suited king high then you should make the raise regardless of the two cards. If you have a queen high you should make the big raise if you have an un suited Q8, if you have a suited queen high you should make the raise if you have a suited queen six or better. If you have a jack high you should make the raise if you have an un suited jack ten or a suited jack eight or better. That covers the optimal playing strategy for the first or big raise in the game.

Next Michael talks about when to make the medium raise after the flop. There are three situations when you should raise according to his simple strategy. Firstly if within these 5 cards there is a two pair or better. Secondly if you have a hidden pair (the pair is composed of one of your own two cards and one on the flop), an exception to this rule is if you have pocket deuces. Finally you should make the medium raise if you have four to a flush including a ten or higher to that flush in your whole cards.

Finally moving onto the final round or the small raise ... there are just two situations when you should make the small raise. First is if you have a hidden pair, second follows Michael's 21 outs rule.

You need to count the number of dealer cards which can beat you based on what is shown on the board of five cards and what you hold. Should the number of cards that the dealer could hold to beat you is 21 or over then you should fold, if this amount is lower than 21 you should raise 1x the ante.

That pretty much covers Michael Shackleford's simple strategy for Ultimate Texas Hold'em. You can of course find the complete explanation by visiting his website at WizardOfOdds.com

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Payout Tables:

Payouts for blind bet:

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

Straight = 1 to 1

All other = push

Trips bet:

The trips bet is an optional side bet which pays according to the payout table below. When your best 5 card hand is scored at the end of the game this bet pays out regardless of the dealers hand should you have at least a three of a kind or better.

Royal flush = 50 to 1

Straight flush = 40 to 1

Four of a kind = 30 to 1

Full house = 8 to 1

Flush = 7 to 1

Straight = 4 to 1

Three of a kind = 3 to 1

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