Ultimate Texas Hold'em Rules

The game is played on a Blackjack style table that can accommodate several players. The players do not compete against each other instead they are playing heads up with the dealer. On the layout in front of each player is an area marked:

  • Trips 
  • Ante=Blind 
  • Play

The Play

Play begins with a player making equal bets in the Ante and Blind circle on the layout. An additional side bet may be made by placing a bet in the area marked Trips. Each player and the dealer will then be dealt two cards face down. After these are dealt betting begins and the player can check or bet three to four times the Ante Bet by placing the bet in the circle marked Play. The dealer then turns over the three cards for the Flop. If the player has no bet he can again check or bet two times the Ante bet. The dealer then turns over the last two community cards and the player MUST make a bet equal to the Ante if he has not yet bet, or Fold and lose the Ante and Blind bets.


The earlier the player bets, the more they can bet.
Before the Flop a player can bet three or four times the Ante bet.
After seeing the Flop the player can bet two times the Ante bet.
After the River if the player has not bet her can bet one time or equal the Ante bet.

Win or Lose

After the River card is dealt the dealer and players will turn over their hole cards and make the best five card hand. If the player’s hand beats the dealer his Ante and Play bets win even money. If the dealer’s hand beats the player’s hand, the player will lose the Ante, Blind and Play bets. If the player and dealer tie it is a push. The Blind bet is paid if the player’s winning hand is a Straight or better and based on the odds posted on the layout. These may vary from casino to casino.) If the player beats the dealer with less than a Straight the Blind bet is a push. If the player makes a wager on the Trips bet and has Trips or better the bet is paid even if the dealer’s hand beats the player’s hand.

Dealer Qualification

The dealer must qualify by having a pair or better. If the dealer does not qualify the Ante bet is returned to the player. The Play bet and Trips bet (if there is one) are still live and will be paid accordingly.


Because you are playing heads-up with the dealer you will be playing looser than if you were playing in a live game of Texas Hold’em. The strategy I use is posted on the Wizard of Odds website. You should make a four times pre-Flop bet with:

  •  Any hand with an ace. 
  •  Unsuited king and 5 or higher. 
  •  Unsuited queen and 8 or higher. 
  •  Suited king with any other card. 
  •  Suited queen with 6 or higher. 
  •  Suited jack with 8 or higher. 
  •  Any pair threes or higher.

Pay Table

The pay table is listed on the layout. It may vary from casino to casino and it will affect the overall house edge. Listed below is a sample pay table found at many of the casinos in Las Vegas where the game is offered.

Pay Table

Hand Blind Bet Trips Bet
Royal Flush 500 to 1 50 to 1
Straight Flush 50 to 1 40 to 1
Quads 10 to 1 30 to 1
Full House 3 to 1 8 to 1
Flush 3 to 2 6 to 1
Straight 1 to 1 5 to 1
Trips NA 3 to 1

*Information acquired from about.com.