Players must make equal bets on the Ante & Blind. They may also make a Trips bet and/or a progressive bet. The shuffler will first dispense the five community cards. Working from left to right, the dealer will give each player & his/herself a set of two starting cards. Players now have a choice: A) Check (do nothing); or B) Make a play bet of 3x or 4x their Ante. Once players bet, they cannot bet again & cannot change their bet.
The dealer then reveals the first three community cards. Players that have not yet made a Play bet have a choice:
A) Check; or B) Make a Play bet of 2x their Ante.
The dealer then reveals the final two community cards (the turn and rive).
Players that have not yet made a bet have a choice: A) Fold; or B) Make a Play bet 1x their Ante.
The dealer then reveals his two cards & announces his five-card hand. The dealer needs a pair to qualify.
Ultimate Texas Hold 'Em handles qualifying differently than other games. When the dealer doesn't qualfiy, it's not an automatic win for the player. When the dealer qualifies, the dealer combines each player's hole cards with the community cards to make the best five-card hand. If the player hand beats the dealer, the Play & Ante bets win even money. If the player hands loses to the dealer, the Play & Ante bets lose. When the hands tie, the Play Ante & Blind bets push. The Blind bet wins when the player wins with a straight or higher (see table layout for odds). If the player wins with less than a straight, the Blind pushes. The Trips bet wins if the player has three-of-a-kind or better (see table layout for odds). When the dealer doesn't qualify, he/she refunds each player's Ante bet. If the player had three-of-a-kind or better. The Trips bet always wins, even if the player folds.