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ULTIMATE TEXAS HOLD'EM POKER

Ultimate Texas Hold’em is a variation of traditional Texas Hold’em Poker (THP). These two games have similar rules; however, in Ultimate THP, the Player plays against the Bank representing the Casino. 

To participate, each player has to place a bet within the table minimum and maximum wagering limits.

Wagers can be placed on four betting areas, shown on the table layout, in front of each playing position: Ante- Blind- Play- Trips.

In order to “beat” the Bank, the player has to make the best five-card poker hand by choosing from the two Hole Cards and the five Community Cards available. 

Likewise, the Bank will also choose from the two Hole Cards and the Five Community cards available to make the best five-card poker hand to play against the single players.

Combinations correspond to those of classic Poker played with a deck of 52 cards: One pair - Two pairs - Three of a kind - Straight - Flush - Full house - Four of a kind - Straight flush - Royal Flush.

Wagers in the “Ante” and “Blind” areas are compulsory; those in the “Trips” are optional but must be placed at the same time as those in the “Ante” and “Blind” betting areas.  Possible wagers in the “Play” area are strictly bound by precise rules and game strategy. 

Once all the wagers are placed, the Dealer will start dealing cards by using an automatic shuffler. The 5 Community Cards will be “placed” face down on the gaming table, one after the other, in front of the Dealer. Next, the Dealer will deal out the 2 Hole Cards to all players who placed at least the compulsory bet in the “Ante“ and “Blind” areas with a bet of equal value for the two combinations; the last two cards are for the Bank. 

During the “game”, the 5 Community Cards will be revealed in two different sequences. The first, called “Flop”, is made up of three cards; the second, called “River”, is made up of two cards.

During the first stage of the game, each player, after having examined their two “Hole Cards”, can choose between 2 options:

1)            call “Check” (pass) and remain in the game without placing a bet

2)            make a “Play” wager three or four times the value of their “Ante” wager.

When players have made their wagers (if any), the Dealer will proceed to turn over the first three “Community Cards”. This stage is called “revealing the Flop”.

Players who have not already placed a Play wager may compare their own cards with the three Community Cards and decide between 2 options:

1)            call “Check” again (pass) and remain in the game without placing a bet

2)           make a “Play” wager two times the value of their “Ante” wager.

 

When players have made their wagers (if any), the Dealer will proceed to turn over the remaining two Community Cards. This stage is called “revealing the River”.

When all five Community Cards are revealed, players who have not yet made a “Play” wager can choose between two options:

1)            make a “Play” wager equal to the value of their “Ante” wager

2)            “Fold” and lose wagers (“Ante” and “Blind”). Possible “Trips” wagers remain in the game until the end of the hand.

 

When players have made all their player wagers, the Dealer will turn over their own cards. 

In order to “Qualify” (continue the game), the Dealer must make at least “one pair” by making the best 5-card Poker combination using any of the 7 cards available (2 Hole and 5 Community Cards).

If the Dealer “Does not qualify”, they return the “Ante” wager to each player that did not fold and pay out “Play” bets accordingly, whereas “Blind” and “Trips” bets, if winning, are paid out in accordance with the pay table where combinations and the relative payouts are shown.

If the Dealer “Qualifies”, they come into play and the other players reveal their hands one at a time from right to left. When a player has a 5-card poker value higher than that of the “Bank”, they have their winnings paid to them.

The Dealer pays wagers in the following order: “Ante” and “Play” wagers are paid 1 to 1, while “Blind” wagers and “Trips” bonus wagers, if winning, are paid in accordance with the pay table.   

If a player has a lower 5-card poker value than that of the Bank, their “Ante”, “Play” and “Blind” wagers are collected by the Dealer. If the “Trips” wager is made up of at least a “Three of a kind” or a higher value combination, it is paid out even if the hand of the Bank beats that of the player. However, if the wager is inferior to the “Three of a kind” combination, the hand of the Bank beats that of the player.

In the case of a tie between the bank and a player, “Ante”, “Play” and “Blind” wagers are returned to the player, who can withdraw them or place them again.

ANTE
Players must make an “Ante” wager in order to participate in the game.

“Ante” wagers are paid 1 to 1. If the player has a better hand than the Bank, the wager is immediately withdrawn; if it is a tie, the wager remains in the bank box.  If the Dealer “does not qualify”, the “Ante” wager is given to the player.

BLIND
Players must make a “Blind” wager in order to participate in the game. The wager amount is equal to that of the “Ante” wager.

The “Blind” wager is paid when the player’s hand wins with a “Straight”. If a player wins with less than a Straight, the Blind wager is not paid and remains in the bank box. The player loses when their card combination value is lower than that of the Bank.

Payouts are made in accordance with the pay table shown on the gaming table cloth.

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  

 

PLAY
The “Play” wager is tied to the bet placed in the “Ante”. At the discretion of the player, this bet can be placed one time only, at the end of one of the 3 stages of the game:  1) the dealing of the 2 Hole Cards  2) the turning over of the ”Flop”  3) the turning over of the “River”. 

Stage1) 2 Hole Cards: players make a “Play” wager three or four times the value of the Ante wager.

Stage2) + 3 Community Cards (Flop):  players make a wager two times the value of the Ante wager.

Stage3) + 2 Community Cards (River): players make a wager corresponding to the value of the Ante wager.

In the event of a winning combination against the “Bank” the payment will be “equal”. If the hand is inferior to the bank, the wager is lost by the player.

 

TRIPS
This “Bonus” wager is an optional bet. The Trips bonus wager must be placed prior to the initial deal, at the same time as the “Ante” and “Blind” wagers. The total amount of the wager is not tied to the value of “Ante”.

The Trips bet is always paid out for a “Three of a kind” or higher combination, regardless of whether the Bank has qualified or if the hand wins, loses or ties.  

Payouts are made in accordance with the pay table shown on the gaming table cloth.

If the combination is winning but lower than the “Three of a kind” combination, the wager is won by the Bank.  

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

 

GENERAL TERMS
The game can be played even by single players.

After all “Ante” wagers, “Blind” wagers and any “Trips” bonus wagers have been made and the “No more bets” has been called, players cannot bet any further and they cannot change their bets.

Players must not show their cards or consult with other players.

All suits shall be considered equal in rank and the combination of cards of the same suit does not lead to victory.   

Should the “Bank” and the player have hands of the same value, the card with the highest rank is taken into consideration and the ”Kicker” does not contribute to the formation of the “Rank”, but is used for the best five cards. Even if “Kickers” had the same rank, the hand would be a tie.

If the Dealer, while dealing cards, accidentally shows the cards of one or more players, cards are still valid and remain in the game.  

In the event of an error in the dealing of cards or if the automatic shuffler does not function properly, the result of the hand is invalidated.

Any dispute that may arise will be settled without right of appeal by the Gaming Management.  

 

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