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If you like poker but you feel you're not seasoned enough to compete against other players in a poker room, then Ultimate Texas Holdem may be the table game for you. In this game you play completely against the house dealer, not the other players at the table.

How the Game is Played

The table has positions for up to five players and a house dealer with a standard 52 card deck of playing cards.

Players start by making two bets of equal size in the Ante and Blind Circles. There is also a spot for an optional Trips wager.

The dealer will then give each player and his or her self-two cards face down. S / he will also place five community cards face down on the table.

Players then look at their hole cards and make a decision depending on the strength of their cards to either check, (make no bet) or raise 3X or 4X their ante wager.

The dealer then turns over three of the five community cards. This is known as the flop. After this action, players that checked may make a play bet equal to two times the ante, or check again. Players that already bet may not bet further.

The dealer then turns over the two remaining community cards. All players that checked twice now must make a play bet equal to their ante, or fold forfeiting their ante and blind wagers.

The players and dealer then make their best possible five card poker hand by using their two hole cards and three of the five community cards.

The dealer must have at least a pair to open. If the dealer does not qualify to open, All the players ante bets push. All other bets receive action.

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If the player beats the dealer, the play and ante bets win even money.

If the dealer beats the player, the ante, play, and blind bets lose.

If the dealer and player tie, all bets push.

The winning blind bet pays with the following progressive pay table if the player beats the dealer with at least a straight, otherwise it pushes:

Blind Pay Table

Straight – Pays 1/1

Flush – 3/2

Full House – 3/1

Four of a Kind- 10/1

Straight Flush – 50/1

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Royal Flush – 500/1

The following optional trips bet pays according to the following pay table even if the player loses to the dealer:

Trips Pay Table

Trips – Pays 3/1

Straight – 5/1

Flush – 6/1

Full House – 8/1

Four of a Kind – 30/1

Straight Flush – 40/1

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Royal Flush – 50/1

Strategy

Here's some simple pre-flop strategy: Raise 4X with any A / 2 to A / K.

Raise 4X with qualified K / 2 to K / 4, Q / 6, Q / 7 , and, J / 8, J / 9.

Raise 4X with any pair of 3's or higher.

Always make a 4X raise, never 3X .

House Edge

The house edge for this game has been calculated at about 2%. When making the optional trips wager, it jumps to about 3.5%.

Good Luck!

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Source by Dennis J Occhino