Playing Strategy for Live Ultimate Texas Holdem

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Live Ultimate Texas Hold’em is played against the house with the aim of getting a better 5 card poker hand than the dealer has.

The unique thing about this game is the 3 betting rounds. You get to choose which betting round to lay your bet but only after the cards have been dealt. How cool is that?

The game is as much about beating the dealer as it is about the betting strategy.

To play the game successfully you do need to understand the value of poker hands, i.e. what beats what.

You’ll also need an appreciation of the probabilities of whether you’re likely to hit a winning hand at a particular point in the game.

If you know these two then you have a reasonable chance of being able to maintain your bankroll for longer playing sessions or indeed walking away with a profit.

But if you’re like me and have difficulty retaining information like this then a simple documented strategy can go a long way to help you enjoy the game more.

Fortunately a few clever people have worked out the probabilities and statistics of when to bet depending on what cards are showing.

I’m going to share those playing strategies for Live Ultimate Texas Hold’em below. If you want more detailed information then refer to the research of Michael Shackleford at the Wizard of Odds, who has provided the information below.  

1st Betting Round

1stroundThis is where you have been dealt the first two cards. No other cards are on the table.

The raise is 3x or 4x your ante bet.

Note: Always raise your bet by 4x. There is no value in raising by 3x, unless you have a depleted chip stack.

There are 169 possible combinations for the first round.  You should look to raise the bet if you have been dealt:

  • A Pair of 3’s and above. Do not raise a pair of 2’s in this betting round.
  • Ace high or better.
  • Unsuited King 5 or better.
  • Unsuited Queen 8 or better.  
  • Unsuited Jack 10 or better.
  • Suited King High.
  • Suited Queen 6 or higher
  • Suited Jack 8 or higher

2nd Betting Round

strategy for live ultimate texas holdemThe flop, or 3 community cards have been dealt in the middle of the table.

The raise is 2x the Ante Bet.

You should play this bet if there are :

  • Two pairs or better in front of you.
  • A hidden Pair. (That’s a pair that is made up by one of your hidden cards and one from the flop).
  • If there are 4 cards to a flush, including a hidden 10 or better to that flush.

3rd and Last Betting Round

strategy for live ultimate texas holdemThe Turn and River cards have now been dealt and there are now 5 community cards showing.

At this point you can bet 1x your stake or fold.

Place a bet if you have:

  • A hidden pair or better.
  • or The dealer has less than 21 outs to beat you.

Anything else you should fold your hand.

Poker hand rankings

High card

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The high card is the Ace, if this ties with another hand, then the second highest card in the hand is used as a tie breaker, and so on until the hand is won or tied.

One Pair

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Two identical valued cards, in this case a pair of 9’s. A pair of 10’s or above would beat this hand. If another hand has a pair of 9’s then the next highest card is used to determine the winner.

Two Pair

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Two sets of pairs where each pair is different from the other e.g. 9’s and 3’s. if another hand has two pairs then the hand containing the higher pair will win.

3 of a Kind

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One set of 3 cards that have the same value. In this case three 5’s. This hand would be beaten by three 6’s or above.

Straight

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A hand of 5 cards that form a run. The suits do not need to be the same, so in this example we have a run of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Straights with a higher run value e.g. 5,6,7,8,9 would beat this hand.

Flush

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A set of 5 cards from the same suit. The high card in the hand is used to determine ties. This hand is a 10 high heart flush.

Full House

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This is a combination hand that is made up of 3 of a kind and a pair. The three of the kind is dominant in the hand and would be used to determine ties with other full houses. This hand would be referred to 9’s over 5.

4 of a Kind

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4 cards that are of the same value, one from each suit. The value of the 4 of a kind is used to determine a winner if there is another 4 of a kind hand in play.

Straight Flush

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This is a set of 5 cards in a run, but all in the same suit. In this example we have 3c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 7c.

Royal Flush

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The best possible hand in poker. A straight flush of the highest value cards in a suit.

 

Playing Strategy for Live Ultimate Texas Hold’em in Action

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