Evolution Gaming have released their 7th Live Casino game, Live Ultimate Texas Holdem which they’ve developed in partnership with Scientific Games.
As of the 25th August the game has been released at only one or two Live Casinos. Of the ones I’d recommend you can find it at Unibet Live Casino. Stakes are 1 -1,000 a hand.
A full roll out of the game will commence during September 2016.
Live Ultimate Texas Holdem is played using one deck of cards and has one playing position that multiple players can bet on. Full game rules can be found here.
The basic aim of the game is to end up with a better 5 card poker hand than the dealer.
I know this sounds very similar to Live Casino Hold’em and in some ways it is.
The main difference between the two games are the 3 betting rounds that take place as the cards are dealt.
Each of the rounds gives you the opportunity to raise your bet but the amount by which you can raise your bet reduces as the betting rounds progress. The earlier in the round you bet the higher the multiplier you can have.
You get to raise your initial Ante Bet by 3 or 4 times or you can check after your first two cards are dealt and before the flop is dealt.
When the flop has been dealt you can raise your stake by 1 or 2 times or check. When the turn and river are dealt you can raise by 1 times your initial stake or choose to fold your hand.
There is also an optional side bet of Trips, which pays out regardless of what the dealers hand makes. As long as you have 3 of a kind or better you’ll get paid.
The table is displayed in the standard Full HD user interface and depending on your video quality you’ll either see the full table or a smaller view of the table with computer generated image.
The first bet that is placed is the Ante Bet and you’ll automatically have to place a blind Bet of the same value.
The optional Trip bet is placed next to the Ante bet.
|Royal Flush||500 : 1|
|Straight Flush||50 : 1|
|4 of a Kind||10 : 1|
|Full House||3 : 1|
|Flush||1.5 : 1|
|Straight||1 : 1|
|All Other||Bet Pushes & is returned to player.|
|Royal Flush||50 : 1|
|Straight Flush||40 : 1|
|4 of a Kind||30 : 1|
|Full House||8 : 1|
|Flush||7 : 1|
|Straight||4 : 1|
|Three of a Kind||3 : 1|
|Raise x4||Ante x4||Ante x4|
|Raise x3||Ante x3||Ante x3|
|Raise x2||Ante x2||Ante x2|
|Raise x1||Ante x1||Ante x1|
Both you and the dealer are dealt two cards. Yours are face up, the dealers’ are face down.
You can then place a 3x or 4x play bet if your cards are good enough.
The flop is dealt (3 cards),
If you haven’t already placed a Play bet you have the opportunity to place a 2x bet or Check now.
The Turn and river cards are now dealt.
If you haven’t already placed your Play bet then you can place it now at 1x your initial stake. Or you can choose to fold your hand.
The dealer then reveals their hand.
The dealers hand needs to Qualify (reach a minimum value) before he can pay out on some of the bets. This is set at a Pair or better.
If the dealer doesn’t quality.
If the dealer qualifies
If you’ve played the trips side bet then this is now settled. As long as you have 3 of a kind or better this side bet pays regardless of the outcome of the hand and what the dealer gets.
As with all of their games Ultimate Texas Holdem can be played on mobile devices as well. The playing interface is slightly different to cope with the small screen, but it’s as slick as the desktop version.
The theoretical payout for the main game, not including the Trips bonus bet is 97.82%.
The theoretical payout based on the total bet is 99.50%.
The Trips bonus bet has a theoretical return of 98.10%.
Where can you Play?
Unibet Live Casino is currently the only live Casino that I’ve reviewed that has the game.
I have tried to be objective and consistent with all my live casino reviews. Hopefully, they will strike a chord with you, but I thought it might be helpful to explain the criteria I use to mark each of the casinos. Hopefully, the categories and explanations make sense.
Playability – What is the overall impression of the casino? Did I have a good time? are the dealers nice and chatty and is everything easy to understand? Does it have a good set of games and is there a comprehensive set of betting options? Are high stakes players taken care of?
Software – What is the software like to use and does it integrate well with the rest of the casino?. Are the images clear and is the video streaming fast? Have they taken more than the default shared tables? Is it available on mobile?
Payment Options – Does the casino have a good variety of payment options? Do they payout quickly and on time?
Security – How good is the reputation of the casino amongst other players? Do they hold a valid gaming license? Are they transparent about the security measures they have in place? Are they regularly audited? Do they publish this information?
Support – Do they have multiple methods for communication with me? Is support available 24×7? Do they have instant chat and are they quick to respond? Are they able to help me immediately? Do they have an online FAQ and self-help library? Are the support people knowledgeable about the product I’m playing?
Bonuses – Do they have bonuses?. How strict are the wagering requirements? Do they offer repeat bonuses?. Do they offer loyalty points and can they be redeemed for cash or playing credits?
After all that, would I play there regularly?