Live Online Ultimate Texas Hold’em Rules

We’ve given the world’s most popular poker game the ultimate casino twist! Live Ultimate Texas Hold’em pits your poker smarts against a real dealer, as you both attempt to make the best five-card poker hand. Enjoy all the thrills of Texas Hold’em without having to remember complicated maths or keep a stony poker face!

Game Play and Game Rules

In Live Ultimate Texas Hold’em, players may only raise once, but they may choose when to do so.

Each game begins with players placing a bet (or ‘ante’) in front of the seat(s) they occupy, and automatically placing a ‘blind’ bet for the same amount as their ante bet. The minimum bet is $1, while the maximum bet depends on the table you are seated at ($1,000, or $2,500 at some Private tables). Each player placing an ante and blind bet also has the option of making a Trips bonus bet (see below).

The dealer then deals two cards face-up to each player and two cards face-down to their own position. This is the first chance the player has to ‘raise’ by making a ‘play’ bet, either x3 or x4 the value of the ante bet.

Three community cards - which can be shared by all players in the hand - are then spread in the middle of the table. All players can use the community cards to help make their own five-card hand. At this point the player has a second chance to place their play bet, if they didn’t the first time. A play bet placed at this point must be x2 times the value of the ante bet.

Finally, the dealer deals two more community cards and any player who has not yet made a play bet must do so now - to an equal value to their ante bet - or fold. If the player decides to fold they will forfeit any bets placed in the game. The best five-card poker hand then wins the pot.

The dealer must have at least a pair to make a qualifying hand.

If the dealer fails to qualify, your ante bet is returned to you, and your blind, play and Trips bonus bets are paid out according to the payout tables below, if your hand beats the dealer’s. If your hand does not beat the dealer’s, you will lose your blind and play bets.

If the dealer qualifies, you win if your five-card poker hand beats the dealer’s hand. Ante bets are paid at one-to-one (1:1, also known as ‘even money’). Blind, play and Trips bonus bets are paid out according to the tables below.

Should both the player and the dealer have the same hand, all bets are returned.

Click here to see the hierarchy of poker hands.

Blind Bets

Players must place an ante at the start of each game, and must place a blind bet of the same value. The blind bet pays out different amounts according to the strength of your hand, if you beat the dealer, according to the table below.

Royal Flush 500:1
Straight Flush 50:1
Four of a Kind 10:1
Full House 3:1
Flush 1.5:1
Straight 1:1
All other Bet pushes (returned to player)

Play Bets

Play bets, like antes, are paid at 1:1, or even money. If you win having made a play bet of x4 your ante, for example, you will be paid 1:1 on your play bet (equivalent to x4 your ante).

Trips Bonus Bets

Trips bonus bets award the following payouts, if the player makes three of a kind or better. Note that you do not have to beat the dealer to be paid out on a Trips bonus bet.

Royal Flush 50:1
Straight Flush 40:1
Four of a Kind 30:1
Full House 8:1
Flush 7:1
Straight 4:1
Three of a Kind 3:1

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