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If someone wishes to re-raise, they must raise at least the amount of the previous raise. Think you know all about poker? Very difficult to find UTH tables. That has been working fine. What happend to "it's not about the hand you are delt, it's how you play them"?

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At one local card room in Yakima Wa. Only place I know of that does that. I know they are called random shufflers, but this is what I am unsure about.

A-K in each suit. Will the shuffler shuffle them identically each time. What I am getting at is, if one saw the bottom card when the dealer loads the machine will it come out at the same place each time during the play? Also, some dealers where I live do not slide the cards low to the table and if I am sitting back a bit in my chair I can sometimes see the bottom cards being put onto the felt. As long as I am not lowering my head to try to take advantage, is this considered cheating?

Since using your strategy card, I have not lost in 4 sessions. Thanks for doing the grunt work. In my latest trip to the Green Valley Ranch, I ran into a dealer who said your strategy would spell my certain demise. She claimed she had been dealing UTH since the day they installed it and that I would certainly lose following the strategy card.

She really tried to make me feel uncomfortable, but I just kept 4-betting the borderline plays and was winning them with uncommon regularity. The table was also lucky enough to share 4 queens on the board. The collusion thing definitely helps as well. I think certain betting patterns during certain swings you are in.. I plan on traveling to Winstar in Oklahoma 4 UTHE tables and unfortunately due to an agreement the tribe signed with the state or something they have to drop.

Goes to the state or the tribe but not a dropped jackpot of any kind from what I have read. Just how negatively does this affect my effective odds? But not if I am getting robbed. Never had the nerve to play the 4x that aggressively, but it worked well this past weekend Riverside, Iowa. The dealers were aghast at my play and shocked to see it work.

I never thought that playing that aggressively would actually payoff. I was wondering if anyone ever did any semi-martingale bet 5, lose, bet 10, lose, bet 15? Just came back from Vegas. Gotta admit it has swings. Key is to walk with you triple your bank roll unless you like to watch the stack go up and down. Hit quads 2 times. Always bet the min. I repeat — have a goal and walk when you reach it. So How does the dealer have an advantage?

The Play bet 4x preflop, 2x flop, 1x river is heads up poker with the dealer. The house advantage comes from the Blind bet In total, these three bets sum to a 2. Alan Just look to the right side of the page and select practice game. Stephan wrote a program for thi and Mississippi stud. I was wondering how common this mistake is and also what is the expected value of the game with this extra payout?

And 10high means a hole card? Fold kickers against scare board. Hi, love your site and it informative, just start to play UTH and use strategy on this site. Please have glossary that let newbies know what you are talking about. Really appreciated your help. I think i found a hand in the UTH practice game that gives mistaken advice. I have 74o, and the board is KJ, of which 4 are diamonds. This is a scare board, but I have two pair. I think I should bet 1x, but the advice is to fold to scare board.

At first glance, they appear to offer the same game as a live table would. However, after playing a few hands I noticed that the Blind bet does NOT pay out on a winning straight! It starts paying at 3: So be aware of this if you come across a virtual UTH machine. Dunno how that makes up for the Blind though. On another side note, only three casinos in Reno have the game on a real table that I saw—Nugget, Peppermill, and Silver Legacy.

I also like to play it for low stakes, and for practice. Thanks for the heads up about the short-pay on the straight. Is there ever a time to bet only 3 times? And if so, why do these strategy tables not reflect this? For example, 3c 3d in hand 7h 7d Th This is really confusing…. If you raise pre-flop, always raise 4x, never 3x.

Similarly, if you checked A2 preflop because you were scared, or your neighbor had a deuce , and the flop is KKQ, then you should bet your A2 because of the nut kicker. I took the basics with me to Viejas with a bankroll and walked away at Other laughed at my 4x betting, and I will admit to 3x betting when others had similar cards. I also played trips each time, which payed out quite well. One lucky sould was playing the progressive and hit the Full house on the flop, trip queens for the rest of us.

In anycase, thanks again for the help, and maybe we can plan an outing one time. Just started playing this game two weeks ago and have used the info from this site and WoO from the start. I have yet to complete a flush at Pechanga while holding two suited cards, but i understand i have not logged substantial time at the tables yet for it to be unusual. I played at Harrahs Monday from Am until Tu. Heard a lot of remarks about my 4 times bets and saw a lot of people lose a chance to cash in on them.

One person next to me actually called me crazy. Funny part is he would never even look at his cards until after the flop. I did ok on holdem but went to Mississippi Stud and lost it. What are you, nuts? Usually play at Pechanga closer. Went to Rincon Friday night due to reading the differences in the game play here. Played from 5pm — 10pm and quadrupled my starting bank. What was especially nice was no raising of rent by the house.

I liked the single card dealing vice the pre-packed hands from the shufflemasters. Three sets of quads on my table Qs — me, Ks — 1st base, As — dealer. Three sets on table next to me dealer gots 6s, the other two went to players.

No straight flushes on either table though. Saw a lot of money left on the table by players around me. ShuffleMaster dealt tables are my nemesis! When were you at Rincon on friday? Is it possible to have an edge against the house with this game, following your strategy in this article?

Even using a collusion strategy with a full table, you can only reduce the house edge to about One thing i have noticed lately is that the dealers at Rincon seem to be used to our way of playing now. They are certain that this style betting will make one go broke quick. Here in Berlin, Germany, they introduced the game a week ago. I was wondering about the following: Is that the correct rule? Because I never noticed that in the Java-game above where I always lost the total ante-,Play- and blind-bets… Regards, Jules.

People are startled that I bet the A-4 unsuited, or the K-7 suited. Nice game and glad to find it. Most people who play this game are playing to win the trips bet and not really caring about maximizing the play bets. They are there to try to hit a big multiplier hand. Hey guys, went to Viejas last night and had a great session.

There were 2 of us playing and we alternated straights and flushes throughout the night. We were also lucky enough to get several full houses and I even got quads!! Once the table filled though no one else shared information and we started getting some bad hands so we left. I went from 50 to in about 3 hours of play.

Also it should be noted that Viejas no longer offers progressive jackpots. Get in around noon be there until late night. Has anyone played at Viejas lately? Since they took away the progressive jackpot and changed the table, AND the shuffler, the table has become nearly unwinnable.

I played numerous sessions with the old shuffler and had ups and downs throughout a session, but had success more often than not when using the proper betting techniques. Now, you can sit for an hour and not win a trips bet.

No one the table is winning. I disagree with you Steve on that a casino would never rig a shuffler. IDK, maybe its just luck of the draw in the seats. The machine HAS to give the house an advantage, or else it wouldnt be widely used. I wish the machine would break so they could deal by hand. Hi, I went to Harrahs a few days ago. Finally got my wife off the slots and she did quite well on UTH.

Hi to Allen if you come here. I recently starting playing this game in the Chicago Area after finding it on my last day on a Vegas trip. Then I looked at wizardofodds. My friends had to drag me away from the table at Mandalay Bay in order for us to make our flight.

Fast forward 2 months. I went to Ameristar and had terrible luck. I thought this was the norm. Then I went to Potawatomi and played, and the trips odds were better, but on one of my last hands, the board was TK and I had 2 rags, so I went to throw them in and the dealer and everyone else at the table said that I was crazy and that I needed to bet the play bet, even though I was going to lose, in order to win the trips bet.

Everywhere has confirmed it to me. The pit boss told me the exact same thing. I feel like they are screwing everyone on this. They all acted like I was crazy including all the players. There are slight variances in the play between them, but the payout tables are the same across the board. Three of them pull the 5 community cards from the shuffler, then distribute already paired cards to each player and the dealer. One takes the entire deck out, cuts it then deals one card at a time to each player and the dealer twice for 2 cards each , burns a card, turns three, burns a card, turns two.

One place gets downright ugly if you touch your cards before the unused deck is in the discard box while the rest will let you look before the deck is discarded. The other two are sort of in between. The licensing agreement probably says something to that effect.

Definitely try to straighten them out the next time it comes up. Rincon is the one that has the cards hand dealt. For that reason, I prefer first base if its open just so my cards never change. Pauma has only one table. They were the place that shushed us for discussing our hands. Their stools are uncomfortable anyway sort of forward leaning so you have to continually keep yourself braced into the seat. Talked to a player that played with you at Pauma a few days ago.

Thanks Mike, do you know if Paris has it? We changed our reservation to there yesterday. Aria is pretty much right across the street in City Center, so you can go there if Paris ends up not having it. BTW, I went to Ameristar against yesterday and the payoff for trips is definitely less, only 7: I just found this site; great information.

Here are some observations:. I raise to 4x whenever it makes sense 3. Session management is key to leaving with more than you brought. The cards will change 8. Regarding this last question, I do have a question about this. A friend and I play together frequently, and split all of our winnings or losses.

In other words, would you expect more of a variance or less when playing 2 spots. Stephen, I definitely agree with that collusion aspect.

But what would you expect on the impact on the variance without colluding? Right, playing twice the hands cuts the variance in half: If both hands are playing the same dealer, there is a correlation between the results in the 2 hands. Of course I always call the river and lose anyway. Has anyone come up with a good progression strategy for the ante and play bet. A positive or negatve progression could be interesting. I bump it up with either a trips bet win, or a 4x win. The dealers all know Steves method of play.

They miss you Steve. I saw so many players with great cards waiting for the river. If I could only have played their cards. It seems significantly different not to mention more complicated than yours:.

Same thing people waiting with good cards until the flop. He hit a full house. Bottom line is he went broke on trip bets and I walked a winner. Not so sure about the randomness of your UTH practice game. Within ten minutes of play, the dealer was dealt two straight flushes, a four of a kind and numerous full houses and straights. I use the java. See you at the Aria! Good luck at Aria…i love that casino…long but easy layout. Your employer which casino is it?

I had never played this game before, saw the Wizard of Odds site, which linked to this one, and saw the strategy. It was all very convincing about all the computer work etc. It was a continuous downwared spiral spread out over two different tables.

For the most part, no matter what I had, the dealer had a better hand. For instance, my best pre-flop hand was JJ. I flopped a J yippee! Four clubs came and the dealer had 82 offsuit with the 2 clubs. I lost a couple of other sets to straights. If I had a big A, I would hit nothing and the dealer would pair up with their junk hand. At least three times I had a small pair either pre-flop or on the flop that made two pair, and the turn and river was 55 or 77, etc. Dealer wins with J high or whatever.

The few decent hands I had were when I tripped up with a T2, or made a straight because I had a 5 in my hand or something. This game is horrible, and the strategy is worthless. I saw where the casinos are making a killing on this game, and now I know why. That does sound like a rough time. Were you able to get info from the other players on their hands? That helps shift the odds.

The math is right. If you look at my post on possible session outcomes , your probability of losing 80 antes in hands approx. Integrate the area under the green curve from the left to the ante point.

But the sample size is, um, quite a bit more than your 3 hour jaunt through a bad run of cards. But it is very near break even, math-wise. At the end of the day it is still called gambling for a reason.

Hung in and got it all back plus a few. I still see players losing money on bets I would have made preflop. So if you get a lot of pushes and a few losses your not winning are you. So, should I bet the Trips bet? Thanx in advance for any responses. Heading to Vegas next week and look forward to partaking this game! Example — Community cards — ten, ten, ten, king, queen My hand — four, five. Should I play Trips? I wish I played the Trips on my last hand.

Love this site as I play UTH very often at my casino. I use to play online poker, but fell in love with UTH and just play that non stop. I just have a few questions that need to be clarified. Also my new years resolution was to quit playing trips and I did that yesterday.

I won in about 1. Shipping every all in I had. Not sure if I am doing the percentages right or not. Any help would be appreciated.

The returns are always stated in terms of an Ante, not the total amount of action bet. Thanks so really for a sucker bet…. Had a ten dollar table heads up and had two different guys who had no clueabout the game come sit down, and play. When two tables over is a 5 dollar minimum yet they find me. Three out of the four hands I had all ins, and because they jumped in dealer had trips 3 out of 4 times.

I could of had a bigger winning session if they didnt jump in, or if I stayed but we all know if you stay long they win eventually. I agree this site is awesome with wizard of ods by far this is the best game in the casino, especially with these resources. Just to add on to your house edge by dealer screw ups. So I won a quick just off that hand alone!

I see mis-pays quite often. It depends on the dealer and the other players if any at the table if I correct the payout. Most of the time its due to the dealer either not reading their hand right missing a second pair or a straight or going down to six cards instead of stopping at five on a push. Some dealers really have a problem reading two pair hands when the kicker on the board plays.

Tonite, the players convinced the dealer they pushed with an inferior two pair hand. Unbelievable, and very awkward. All the players hold their breath until the dealer mucks the hand.

Stephen, one more follow up question, which way do you go about attacking the game? Or do you just randomly play trips here and there? Hitting trips like 3 out of every 10 hands. Of course he told me that is where the money is at. I am all about discount gambling. He finnally hit a big hand but was way down still.

Saw a royal at seat six yesterday. Played Pala for an hour and a half on Sunday. I saw a sick hand today Viejas. He pairs his 8 on the turn to make KKK The river is a low blank. He used some expletives for a while. The local casinos are definitely better than the Strip casinos for comps and player rewards.

Here in the greater San Diego region, we have a dozen or so casinos. Maybe you can look into some off-the-strip casinos like the Silverton. They are pretty liberal. They started out asking us but now I ask them after I have played a few hours. You really have to watch the dealers close. I saw too many pushes being raked the other day. Almost as if it was a new house strategy. I honestly played less then 20 hands.

I won 3 hands. Lost about every all in, and really I only won 2 hands but dealer paid out a a hand she had me beat. It was as bad as I ever ran in that game in a long time.

If you are getting annoyed with other players ridiculing your play at UTH, ask them if they have ever played heads up poker, or made it to the final table. Do it with your best game face, and watch how they react. I was pleasantly surprised that, unlike the machines I described in my earlier post, the Blind bet was full-pay even money on a winning straight , making the game identical to a real table. Unfortunately, the Trips paytable was also the worst possible one 7: Some very suspicious bad beats throughout the night.

The worst one actually happened twice…I bet 4x on K6 suited. Another player has pocket sixes the cards are all face up on the machine.

The dealer…just happens to have the last remaining six with an Ace kicker. What are the odds? But it was still very disheartening. The best possible Trips paytable 9: Dealer shuffles by hand after each round. Just a good atmosphere in general: I will be playing there March th for March Madness. Hey guys, a heads up for those in San Diego. I just got an mailer from Barona and inside it me said due to popular demand, Ultimate Texas Hold-em will be added to the chipless roster.

Not sure when it will be, but I will for sure keep an eye out. Now there really in a reason for me to go to Viejas, other than the buster Blackjack bet. I went to Pala for the first time this week. I have never seen such conservative players and it was all encouraged by this smarmy little twit dealer. I had players sit down next to me and ask me to give guidance on what hands to be betting. The entire table would roll their eyes at me and basically call me crazy for playing hands pre-flop like K-J os, A-J, and even A-K.

I kept telling him he was wrong, but unfortunately every damned time I would bet with a nice pre-flop betting hand I would get cracked. Seriously, some of these dealers need to shut their mouths sometimes. There are several traits I hate in a dealer, but the worst is fishing for tips. Otherwise known as slow-rolling which would get you a punch in the mouth at some cash games.

And an example of a trait that is excellent for a dealer. At Pala, there was one dealer who was very sloppy pulling the board cards, players cards and her own cards out. Several times I could see the first card of the board as well as at least one of her cards which is kind of important since at Pala all cards are out before you even look at your hand and make a decision.

What do they think? That people reads hands as poorly as they do? Its my decision to expose my cards to the table, not the dealers. The tables above say you can call a paired scare board with nut kicker, but on an unpaired scare board, you need at least bottom pair with 4th nut kicker. I just finished training as a dealer, and will do my best to not do any of these oddities.

Some of the dealers are starting to recognize that I last a lot longer on a buy in than most even if I do lose it. Lately some have even told newbies to ask me to help them. I shrug my shoulders whether I win or lose. Just wondering if anyone knows the odds for these three hands with all 5 cards being shown plus your two cards…. The odds to make these not be put on the board.

Royal Flush Straight Flush Quads. You were 2nd seat and I was playing 1st seat two asian guys. We were talking about playing x4 preflop strategy from this blog and you told us you were Stephen and is the blogger. Love this game, but usually lose until last September after reading up on the strategy.

The dealer had straight flush with 9h. Of course I remember you guys! Keep teaching them how to play up there in Seattle! Are we taking nominations for the most annoying UTH dealer? If so, mine is an Asian male at Encore who opens the hands of every player once they play or fold, and offers commentary—usually wrong, by the way—about their decisions. I played about 10 minutes before giving up and walking over to Wynn.

They dummy up and hand out the cards. My vote would go to a dealer at the Showboat in AC who openly scolded me for following the strategy. I want you to win, my friend! Dummy up and deal needs to be the standard for all dealers. Chatty dealers may get new idiots to play the game, but they drive away the players who would play for much longer. Casinos need to tell their dealers to shut the hell up unless the player is actively speaking to them.

As you mentioned above, many of the dealers feel they know they game better than the players because they deal it, when in fact they only know how to pay it and scoop it. But you could see their interest was piqued as I ground out more wins than loses with those. People were slow to catch on to sharing info, but I found a few and, as usual, it helped avoid disasters like avoiding 4x pocket QQ because the players to either side of me each had a Q—that got a double-take from the dealer!

You are correct in hindsight. It is a strong enough hand that it would be worth the bet without the chance to improve. But I was in one of those slow patches and feeling a little over conservative. As always used the optimal betting method nearly all of the time and was rocking it when I did.

I lost count, but at one point, I had won 18 of 23 hands where I bet max pre-flop. Did run into one annoying situation there though.

The floor manager started taking notice of my success and became almost harassing. He decided he was going to stand directly over my shoulder since I was in the first spot and never take his eyes off of me. When he took breaks, he would whisper to the other floor managers and point at me…and sure enough they did the same thing. It was obnoxious, harassing and unwarranted. Just to piss them off I try to grab my entire stack and head to the cashier without coloring up.

You should really go ten miles down the road to Harrahs. Almost all the dealers and table game supervisors are very friendly. They WANT you to win. If your not winning they are not getting tokes. Seriously, you definitely need to check out Pauma. They actually have reasonable salads back there. The 2-for-1 prime rib is a great deal, and the mini-pizzas are really good.

And Tom, you can drink there too. Usually, they have a few dealers standing dead in the mornings. Having a fantastic last week and a half. I have never seen such pissed off floor managers in my life. Eat it you two-faced dregs. I found your website through the Wizard of Odds. It paid off as a Royal.

I have a screen shot I could send you. Since purple is my largest chip, the payoff went off the screen. Stephen, I may be wrong, but I think he was pointing out a mistake in your game, not bragging about his score. He said he got a K-9 straight flush and it paid like a Royal. Thanks, easy to check out. The Blind paytable also pays out 50 correctly. If you still have the screenshot, please send it to me. I played UTH for the first time last week at a casino and I must say I fell in love with this game very quickly.

I practiced with your trainer app couple of times excellent app by the way! Did you program your app to be an one on one game me vs dealer or did you consider there are other players in the game as well? Thanks for the feedback. Of course that only happens some of the time, and its up to you to find out if you want an edge.

For example, my post on practical collusion for UTH shows if you have a marginal 4x raising hand like K5o, you should definitely check at least your left and right neighbors if they have either a King or a 5. On the other hand, if they have either a King or a 5, you should check, since a 4x raise is at a So, you should learn about using table information, and embrace the additional players at the table.

The effect is the same as if the dealer had cut the deck differently. These people are at Eldorado Casino, Reno. Yes, UTH has to be the table game with the highest percentage of dealer mistakes. Think I found another bug…was dealt 2s2d and checked. Thanks, found the bug. I fixed it, and another one that bothered me needed to play the board on something like AKQ I taught my wife the basic strategy to the game as well as the simple pre-flop betting strategy and we played a total of 5 sessions each.

Yup, my wife hit the heart royal on the turn after playing less than 5 hours. Needless to say, we were very happy. Saw only one quad the whole time, but a fair amount of flushes, full houses and straights.

I would also say that there was not a single player on the boat besides my wife and I who won nor played proper strategy. Most players would only play suited face cards or pocket pairs around 8 or higher. No one played Ace-anything besides us. Thanks Stephen, for your lessons. I was shocked and excited, but at the same time nervous because I knew that it was very likely that i would play it while waiting for my seat and it would be very likely that i could lose a good chunk of my bankroll for the day.

I noticed another difference between the game at the Lake compared to the other casinos I have been to…they let you play 2 hands at the Lake. The second hand has to be played blind, so you have to go all-in 3x or 4x and you do not get to see the hole cards for the second hand. Just got back from Vegas and after 4 days was up over 15K. I was truly amazed that almost no one played near as aggressive as I did.

So I finally dealt the game at Pala. Oddly enough, all of the dealers at Pauma understand the 4x preflop raising strategy. At Viejas, about half of the dealers understand 4x raising, and the rest are ambivalent.

But then again, from what I remember, some of those dealers seem extremely set in their views. Probably because its vegas, I did get free rooms and they gave me another night free. I love the MGM…just wish my luck was better.

When a hand came up where I had trips I would take away what I would have won from that stack. Players questioned me on what I was doing and I explained. Went to Mississippi stud for a sesision and came back. Several players had stopped betting trips. Second session was short. Dealer dealt himself two straights in a row a boat and trips. After that I caught rags four hands in a row.

Back to Mississippi Stud. Thank you for creating your practice simulator this is exactly what I have been looking for! I have been playing basic strategy for this game for about 3 years now.

I did notice that your flash app does not have the extra player option to use collusion play in your simulation. Would you be able to add this feature to the flash app or keep your java app available? Also I wloud love to be able to download the java app for this to be able to practice when I am off line. Thanks again for providing this simulation it is a great help!

Is this correct, or just a bug? Yeah, double gutshot is the same as open-ended 8 outs , and both your hole cards are greater than 8. When playing the player must bet the ante and the blind bet.

This is an automatic disadvantage bet the player must make in order to play the game. Therefore and strategy for this game is used to determine when to bet the play bet and only the play bet. I stress occurring hands because not each hand has the same odds of being dealt.

Basically this is an average percentage for all possible situations and hand outcomes. I did not create this chart I found a few on various websites and compared them to validate. As we get closer to a negative percentage the Cumulative Occurance of Optimal x4 bet hands reaches All the game rules are taken into account in the analysis using a customized program. All the effects of the Blind and Ante bet are taken into account in the 4x Play bet decision.

However, the hands you point out are very strong, and you should 4x raise them at a full table when not copied. Personally, since most tables in Vegas pay the last or a pay structure 3.

As Badbucks says, check the return on the Trips paytable. In San Diego, we mostly have the 1. In Las Vegas, the most common paytable is 3. At my local Barona Casino, they offer the best 0. Is there a math here? If someone else can dispute this, please feel free to do so.

Thanks for the math. Has anyone played at the Cosmopolitan? Trips or no trips, etc. I think they have 2 tables there. U can expect huge swings in your bankroll by playing by the book. I normally buy in for 50 times my normal ante bet amount, but lately, I am beginning to feel that is not enough to whether the swings.

If u play the trips bet, just be aware that if u r running bad, u will easily bleed through your whole buy in from losing the trips bets.

If u r running good then just run with it. As far as the cosmos goes, the dealers r pleasant and the atmosphere is like a huge martini bar…lots of young people and lots of energy in the casino. They are really stingy.

I do not play trips. Totally agree regarding CET comps. I was able to stay for free during CES earlier this year and i have already booked a room for free during CES for No blackouts, weekends ok, and no resort fees.

I think CET and treasure island comps are a couple of the easiest to get from the strip, although mLife seems to be doling out frequent room comps too. They tend to comp better than most in the area as far as I can tell.

Just wish they would put inanother Mississippi Stud table. Tom, I totally agree. Pechanga has treated me fairly well too when I ask for comps.

Pala is the absolute worst of the three. I have asked for a buffet twice after playing for 3 to 4 hours, making 10 and 15 dollar ante bets, and both times I was rejected. I quit asking for food comps at pala…I just go in, play my game and leave.

Unbelievable and maddening day at Pala yesterday. I had been playing for a long time in the first spot and had been going through a rough stretch. Table was full except for seat two. I thought about moving several times, but I stayed put. A woman comes up and takes seat two. Table pauses for a half an hour while they get her paid. I go back in seat three and play for an hour. Table is full except for seat one. Dealer decides to rearrange the chips, alowing a woman to come up and take spot one.

RK, I defenitely feel your pain from that session, except for missing out on the royal flush twice. I have yet to see a royal flush except for when the dealer dealt one to herself. Lately, I have been sitting in the wrong seat at the wrong time consistently. One of my recent sessions, at a full table, I was the only player to not have a flush or full house when there is 4 to a flush, 2 pair, or trips on the board.

This happened about 5 times during the session. I was running so bad, I reduced my betting from 25 ante to 5 ante and moved seats…no change in luck. Sometimes, the best thing for us is to just pick up our chips and take a break. The Pala dealers except for vgMega drive me nuts, and so do the players.

They leave after a few bad beats, then they come back if they see or hear someone winning. On the other hand, it has some charm as a small, local casino.

The dealers at Pala are not great. He had his mind made up that k-3 was better than a-k. Surprisingly he was losing and losing. Oh boy, Your right about Charlie and John. They mean well, but they can come off in a bad way. I wish I could deal that game myself a lot more, but they are set in their ways on who deals what, especially in the Carnival pit. And your right about comps….

BTW, if you guys have any questions about procedure, ask away! It was a promotion they were running. I asked for a comp a while back and they said they stopped it because players were taking advantage of it. It seems some supervisors were comping for Fiores too much. Actually got a call from the casino director and had a nice chat. They may brinhg it back with some restrictions. Stephen,If you knew one of the flop cards,would this change basic strategy in Ultimate texas holdem?

Obviously if you knew you would pair up you probably would bet,but say you have k5 or q8 and now since you only have four unknown cards to match yours would you still bet 4x on these hands or other close plays like jt. Went to Pala today…i know…why would i do that? You really should drive past Pala, and go to Casino Pauma. There are self-proclaimed BJ and Craps professional gamblers.

Could one turn pro playing UTH? I am looking for a career after retirement. This may be it. If trips came up I removed that amount from the stack and so on. The suits hung around the table a lot…i mean a lot! I will definitely go back there again! Hi I am confused by the statement and example on the flop. The flop is 3d9dKd. You have no flush or straight draw, so you check. Went back to Spa Resort yesterday and was stuck for 2 buy-ins for most of the session.

I was playing with another player at the table at first and then mostly one on one. The only stipulation with playing two hands is that you have to play one of them blind.

Usual raised eyebrows and smirks at my playing style. A few possible converts. A player was in seat 5 and as I started to sit in seat 4 he moved over. First hand I hit a flush. He got ticked and said I was stupid for not playing trips. He lost about 2K and kept dropping his trip bet. I made 3 trip bets for the session dealer change card change etc and won 2 of 3.

I heard him telling the other players how I count as I left See my post above for explanation. Holy California card craps! I have done the exact same chip tracking you do, but stopped after a few sessions because as i got deeper into my session, the chips migrated into the tracking stack and i had to keep using those chips and it got confusing real fast.

I will probably head to Rincon next friday to play some, although i have not had much luck there recently. I will probably check out Pauma too, on my way home. He left shortly after I sat down. Went to Vegas for the weekend. Very difficult to find UTH tables. There were a lot of WSOP Hold-Em tables, watched for a few minutes and it appeared to be even money payouts on everything saw a full house and a flush while I was watching. Played one short UTH session at Paris.

Not enough light above the tables. One dealer held the cards near his chin hand dealt game and flipped the cards across the table.

Twice players had to pick them up off the floor. Some may think that if you fold often, and when you finally do play, the other players will know that you have a good hand. That is false, players that rely on what their opponents have will always lose, so you only need to focus on your hand; at least at the start of each round. Playing a bad hand just because you think it will improve when you get the community cards is not a good strategy.

It is much better for you to start strong from the start. Bluffing is a great way to get some extra chips when you do it right, but there are times when it is best to not use such a risky strategy. Bluffing should only be used when very confident, and very rarely. Once a player has seen that you bluff often, you will never be able to bluff effectively again against that player. This is a secret weapon, emphasis on secret.

You always have to keep an eye out on your money, as it is your life line when playing poker; no more money, no more playing. This is why it is important to make the right choices before playing. Pick the right table that has the right betting range that is appropriate for your bankroll.

Pick the right table, and watch as you climb your way up to that high roller table. Also, never play with money that you cannot afford to lose. There are many different poker variants that offer you the same level of competition, entertainment, and winnings. Try playing Omaha or 5-Card Stud. Finding the type of poker game that you are good at will let you have fun while you win. There are two specific times when you should never play poker, when you are drunk and when you are emotional.

By emotional I mean mad, sad, frustrated, or stressed out. Your mind works very differently when it is affected by emotions, as it clouds your judgment, allowing you to take and make the wrong decisions. If you are unable to control your emotions, do not play. You are simply replacing rational thoughts with emotional responses. You must always be focused on the table and the players sitting at that table. This is important even when playing online, as it is easy to make mistakes when your attention is elsewhere.

You may not be able to read your opponents as well while playing online, but you can always pick out small tells on the way they play after a couple rounds. If and when you have double as many chips as the other players, do not become that annoying player that bullies the rest into losing their ante at the start of each round by going all-in.

That is the quickest way to become alienated and the game may even become boring to you after a while. This general poker strategy will help you become a better player, or if you already have plenty of experience playing poker, this may refresh your memory on some of the basic things to do and not to do while you play poker. Poker Hand Rankings When you start playing any of the poker game variants, there is one thing that every player must know, the poker card hands.

These poker card hands, also commonly referred to as hand rankings, will help you understand what combination of cards will help you beat the other players. However, not all poker games are created equal, so there are some slight variations when it comes to the poker card hands. This specific hand ranking can only be used when you encounter three card poker variants, as the player will only play with a hand of three cards.

Most other poker games use a five card hand. Video poker is quite simple, so if you understand the other hand rankings, this will be easy for you to play.

There may be other poker games and variants out there, but these are the most popular ones being played currently. If there are others we have missed, just remember that each game, although changed slightly, will have very similar rules and hand rankings.

So, understanding the basics will get you a long way in poker. For more details on rankings of poker hands, read this article: How To Play Texas Hold'Em Poker is one of the easiest card games to play, as it is very straight forward, with little to no confusing acts.

For the terms that you do not know or understand, check out the Poker Glossary for the descriptions and explanations of the common terms used in poker. Before you even start getting cards handed to you, there are a few table rules that you need to look out for when sitting down. Blinds are used instead of Antes, a forced bet that the players have to place before receiving any cards, only two people will have to bet per round.

Small blind only bets half of the ante, or minimum starting bet, and the Big Blind will place the full minimum bet. Once the SB and BB have been placed, the dealer then hands out the cards. Each player looks at the two cards that they were dealt, and from there the first round of betting starts. If someone raises, all players are then asked again if they want to Call, Raise, or Fold.

Once everyone has placed the exact amount into the pot, the next round can start. After the first round of betting, the dealer will then place three cards in the middle of the table.

These three cards are called The Flop. After the three cards have been placed, another round of betting occurs. Depending on the two cards you have in front of you, you can decide to either Raise, Call, Check, or Fold. Once the entire table has had their turn, the next round begins. The dealer will now place one more card in the middle of the table, along with the three previously placed cards; this card is called The Turn.

Now there are 4 community cards, and the two personal cards that each player has. Another round of betting will start, along with the same choices as before. The last card is then dealt by the dealer, making a total of 5 community cards. The last card dealt is called The River. This will be the last round for betting. Whichever players are still in the game at this point will take turns placing bets or checking. The last player to Call on a bet will have to show their cards to the other players.

If this player is the round winner, the other players can choose to show their cards or keep them hidden it is a good strategy to keep them hidden regardless of whether you were bluffing or had a good hand. Obviously, the round winner will take what amount of chips that are in the pot.

You are no longer able to play once you run out of chips. Online gaming has been legal in France since thanks to the French Gambling Act, allowing regulated and licensed poker sites to run and offer their services, but there is a catch.

On Monday, the poker giant Amaya Inc. Play our Online Poker Game and improve your skills. This no-download game can be played on any Windows or Mac computer and on Android and iPhone mobiles and tablets. The game is very similar to Multiplayer live Texas Holdem, but here you play poker against the casino. You are the only player and play against the casino versus against other players. No money is involved, no credit cards, this game is freely played for fun.

This Flash poker game was provided by Bovada Poker Room. Ante A small part of a bet that is contributed by each player placed into the initial pot of a poker hand. Bad Beat When a player that is favored to win is beaten by the underdog hand, usually due to getting the winning hand with the help of the River card.

Bankroll The amount of money a player has to bet with. Bet The first chips placed into the pot during a round. Big Blind The larger of the two blind bets. It is the first full bet placed during a round. Blank A card that is dealt that does not affect the standings of a hand.

Bluff When a player, who doesn't have a good hand, bets as if they had an excellent hand; essentially lying in order to beat out the other players. Board All of the cards placed on the table during a community card game, like Texas Hold'Em. Button A white disc that determines which player is considered the dealer.

Buy-In The amount of money a player pays to get chips and participate in a game or tournament. Call Putting the amount of money equal to the most recent bet or raise into the pot. Calling Station A player that almost always Calls, very rarely folding, and only raising when they have a great hand. Cash Game A poker game that uses real money instead of chips.

Check Not making a bet, with the option of 1 continuing in the round, 2 being able to call, or 3 being able to raise later on in the round. Chip Small, round piece of plastic that represents a monetary value used in place of cash.

Community Cards Cards that are placed in the middle of the table, which can be used by all players to create their hand; there are 5 cards in total. Connectors A Hold'Em hand whose two initial cards are one unit apart in rank. Dealer The player that actually or theoretically deals the cards. Disconnect Protection When playing online poker, some tables offer protection if a player were to suddenly disconnect from their game due to connectivity issues, etc.

Dominated Hand A hand that will usually always lose to a better hand that is usually played. Draw Playing a hand that is not considered good, in hopes of receiving the right cards. Early Position The three seats to the left of the Blinds. Expectation The amount a player expect to win on average based on certain plays.

Favorite A player that has the best hand, statistically, to win the pot. Flop The first three cards placed on the board in a community card game. Flush Five cards of the same suit. It beats a Straight and loses to a Full House. Fold To forfeit from a round of poker, usually done when a player has a poor hand. Free Card A Turn or River card in which a player did not have to bet on due to previous plays.

Gutshot When a player has the possibility of getting a Straight, but is missing one card to do so. Heads Up A pot that is contested by only two players.

Kicker An unpaired hand that is used to determine the winner between two hands that are almost equal in value. Loose Player A player that plays on a lot of starting hands. Maniac A player that overly and aggressively raises, bets, and bluffs. No-Limit Poker A type of poker where the player can bet any amount of chips when it is their turn to bet.

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