ULTIMATE POKER

Following are the standard rules as played in the United States. There is a variant played in Auckland, New Zealand, I address following the standard rules.

  1. The game is played with a single ordinary 52-card deck.

  2. The player must make an equal bet on both the Ante and Blind, and can also make an optional Trips bet.

  3. Two cards are dealt face down to the player and dealer. The player may look at his own cards.

  4. The player can check or make a Play bet equal to three or four times the Ante.

  5. The dealer turns over three community cards.

  6. If the player previously checked, then he may make a Play bet equal to two times his Ante. If the player already made a Play bet, then he may not bet further.

  7. Two final community cards are turned over.

  8. If the player previously checked twice, then he must either make a Play bet equal to exactly his Ante, or fold, losing both his Ante and Blind bets. If the player already raised he may not bet further.

  9. The player and dealer will both make the best possible hand using any combination of their own two cards and the five community cards.*

  10. The dealer will need at least a pair to open.

  11. The following table shows how the Blind, Ante, and Play bets are scored, according to who wins, and whether the dealer opens.

     

    Scoring Rules

    WINNER DEALER OPENS BLIND ANTE PLAY

    Player Yes Win Win Win

    Player No Win Push Win

    Dealer Yes Lose Lose Lose

    Dealer No Lose Push Lose

    Tie Yes or No Push Push Push

     

  12. Winning Ante and Play bets pay 1 to 1. Winning Blind bets pay according to the following pay table.

     

    Blind Bet Pay Table

    PLAYER HAND PAYS

    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

    All other Push

     

  13. The Trips bet will pay according to the poker value of the player's hand regardless of the value of the dealer's hand, according to one of the Trips bet pay tables below.