Ultimate Texas Hold’em is a variation of Texas Hold ‘em game, where you play against a casino dealer. The game is in the casino with Chartwell software, as well as many land based casinos. Bet the game the low expected loss per unit makes it a viable alternative for clearing bonuses. Optimal strategy is complex, so that the game can be slow. Note that Ultimate Texas Hold’em and Texas Hold’em Bonus are not the same game, even if they both have the same house edge per bet of 0.53%.

Rules and Play

At the beginning of the hand, you have to make the same ante and blind bets, so you bet two units. You can also buy an optional excursions bet. The excursions bet a higher house edge per bet than the main game, so I expect to read most players, will make only a Ante & Blind. Ultimate Texas Hold’em has three ways to increase – at the beginning of the hand, when all community cards are unknown, are dealt three community cards (the flop) and distributed by all five community cards. After each increase, the remaining cards are dealt, and the hands are scored. As more community cards are known to decrease the maximum increase. A summary is below:

Start of the hand without community cards – MAY 4x Raise, Raise 3x, or check without increasing. The hands ends for a raise.

After the flop is dealt, with 3 community cards – MAY 2x Raise or check without increasing. The hands ends for a raise.

Bottom of the page, visible to all five community cards – may raise or fold and forfeit 1x hand, lose both the ante and blind bets.

Ultimate Texas Hold’em has many potential payouts. If the dealer has a pair or better, the dealer “qualified.” Payouts depend on whether the dealer qualifies, as summarized below:

Player wins, dealer qualifies – Blind bet pays according to the chart below, all other bets pay 1:01

Player wins, Is the dealer not qualify – Blind bet pays according to the table below, raise bets pay 1: 1 Ante pushes

Player and dealer tie – press bets

Player loses dealer does not qualify – Ante pushes lose all other bets

Player loses dealer qualifies – losing bets

Optional excursions Bet

Ultimate Texas Hold’em offers optional excursions bet. The trips must be used in addition to the ante and blinds. It can not be made alone. The excursions bet pays on the basis of the player’s final hand. Chartwell offer the highest payout table common option with a 1.90% house advantage. However, the house per bet is substantially higher than the main game bet, so I expect that most players do not make that bet.


Start of the hand without community cards – you should not 3x raise. If the increase bet has a good chance, you should increase the maximum of 4x. This makes the decision, a choice strategy to increase 4x or checking. You should 4x the minimum raise hands down. This means you should with an appropriately increase Q6, but not suitable, Q5 or 22 pairs.

Couples – 33
Good – A2, K2, Q6, J8
Unsuitable – A2, K5, Q8, JT

Additional throws with 3 or 5 community cards – Unfortunately there is no easy way to explain an optimal strategy for further increasing choices of Ultimate Texas Hold’em, due to the large number of exceptions to general rules. Instead, I recommend using the Ultimate Texas Hold’em Strategy Calculator, which compares the EV or lifting to check / folds and gives the highest EV decision. Once you get a feel for the game, you will see hands that a large part of the hands are clear, and you just have to use the Calc for a small minority of hands.

House Edge

Under standard rules of the house edge of Ultimate Texas Hold’em is 2.18%, in determining the house advantage in relation to the ante bet (not the total ante + blind initial bet). The house advantage per full initial bet (ante + blind) is 1.09%. The average bet size is 4.15x the first ante bet (or 2.08x the first complete ante + blind), so that the house edge per unit wagered 0.53%. The latter value of 0.53% is expected for the estimated loss, while a suitable application requirements.


The standard deviation per Ante bet (not the total ante + blind original bet) of Ultimate Texas Hold’em is 4.94. If (blind ante +) with respect to the first full bet is defined, the standard differential is 2.47. The average bet size is 4.15x the initial ante bet, so that the standard deviation of 2.42 per set unit when a unit is defined as the ante bet size (or 1.71, if a unit is the first complete bet of ante + blind). The standard deviation per bet is suited for the estimate of the area when filling out a betting needs as the standard deviation per hand.

Taking on the computer side house advantage, variance and use are defined in terms of the Ante bet, rather than the full initial (ante + blind) bet. When estimating variance over a wagering requirement with the return & variance calculator or return & variance simulators, enter a bet size is the size of the ante bet.