Ultimate Texas Hold’em is one of the most popular poker table games in Las Vegas. It is dealt at most large casinos and several smaller ones. Limits start at $5. However, it requires at least three, ideally six, times the minimum bet to play. 

Where to play Ultimate Texas Hold’em in Las Vegas

The minimum bet for Ultimate Texas Hold’em in Las Vegas is $5. It is available on the Strip, downtown and at locals casinos for that amount. The $10 games are even more plentiful. Some of the upscale resorts require a $15 minimum bet for Ultimate Texas Hold’em during slow hours. 

These are the limits that we found for our 2021 Las Vegas Table Games Survey. The minimum bet may be higher during peak hours. 

Las Vegas Ultimate Texas Hold’em minimum bet

$5  

  • Bally’s
  • Cromwell
  • Downtown Grand
  • Flamingo
  • Golden Nugget
  • Harrah’s
  • Orleans
  • Palace Station
  • Paris
  • Rampart
  • Red Rock
  • Rio
  • Sahara
  • Santa Fe Station
  • Silverton
  • South Point
  • Suncoast
  • Sunset Station
$10  

  • Aliante
  • Boulder Station
  • Caesars Palace
  • El Cortez
  • Encore
  • Excalibur
  • Gold Coast
  • Green Valley Ranch
  • Linq
  • Luxor
  • Mirage
  • New York-New York
  • Palazzo
  • Park MGM
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Plaza
  • Sam’s Town
  • Treasure Island
  • Venetian
$15  

  • Bellagio
  • Circa
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Mandalay Bay
  • MGM Grand
  • Resorts World
  • Wynn

$25 

  • Aria

How to play Ultimate Texas Hold’em

A hand of Ultimate Texas Hold’em starts with the player making a blind and ante bet. Players may also make a Trips bonus side bet. This is optional to players that make a blind and ante bet but can also be wagered by itself for players that do not want to worry about strategy.

Once the bets are established, each player receives two cards. The dealer also gets two cards. All are dealt face down. The player must make one of two decisions here. One is to check. The other is to raise four times the ante. There is an option of raising three times before the flop. However, there is no time where this is the correct play according to basic strategy. 

A player that bets before the flop places the cards in front of or under the chips. The action from these players is over for the hand. Players that checked before the flop have the option of betting two times the ante or checking. A player that bets here puts the cards in front. The players that check have one more decision after the turn and river are shown. Players must either match the ante or fold at this point. 

A fold surrenders the ante and blind bets. Side bets continue to play and can win if the five cards in the center make a qualifying hand. 

The dealer’s cards are now shown. If the dealer has at least a pair of twos, the house qualifies. This includes if the pair is on the board. If the dealer does not have at least a pair, the hand does not qualify.

The antes still in the hand push when the dealer does not qualify. Raises are matched if the player’s hand beats the dealer’s hand. The house takes player’s raise if the dealer wins. Ties are a push. 

If the dealer makes a pair, the hand qualifies. The ante plays with the raise. If the dealer beats the player, the ante and blind lose. If the player beats the dealer, the ante and blind win. Ties are a push. 

The blind loses when the house wins the hand. It pushes on most wins. There is a bonus on hands that are a straight or better. Payouts are multiplied by the amount wagered based on the list below:

  • Royal flush: 500
  • Straight flush: 50
  • Four of a kind: 10
  • Full house: 1.5
  • Straight: 1

Las Vegas Ultimate Texas Hold’em FAQ

What is the lowest minimum bet for Ultimate Texas Hold’em in Las Vegas?

It is dealt for $5 at more than a dozen Las Vegas casinos, including some on the Strip.

How many Las Vegas casinos deal Ultimate Texas Hold’em?

There are 44 casinos with the game.

Are there royal progressive jackpots at Las Vegas Ultimate Texas Hold’em tables?

Yes. The progressive jackpot meter is often shared across all properties within the company. 

Does Jerry’s Nugget still deal $2 Ultimate Texas Hold’em? 

No. The game was replaced with Heads Up Hold’em. It still has a $2 minimum bet. 

Are there any video Ultimate Texas Hold’em machines in Las Vegas?

No. The last one was at Jerry’s Nugget. It disappeared in 2015.

Last update: June 26, 2021