Evolution Live Ultimate Texas Holdem Review
The rise in interest in tournament poker in recent years, has also spawned a parallel rise in interest in casino pokers (poker variants played against the house, rather than rival players). Amongst those casino pokers is Ultimate Texas Hold’em, a five card variant that, like the more widely seen 3 Card Poker, is a game from the Scientific Games stable. In exclusive collaboration with Evolution Gaming, this is now part of the Live Casino suite Evolution licenses to many of the top-rated European and UK online casinos.
We won’t go into the mechanics of Ultimate Texas Hold’em Poker here, however we can report that Evolution Gaming has faithfully replicated the gameplay and offered odds of the real-world game Scientific Games licenses to U.S. Casinos. That gameplay enables this Live Dealer table to deal an unlimited number of players, so unlike Live Blackjack you won’t have to wait for a seat at this table if you want to play (and have no wish to ‘bet behind’ another player). Fans of the game will also be happy to see that the optional Trips Bonus bet is offered as a side bet on this Live version too.
As with all Evolution Gaming’s Live Dealer options, the excellent user interface makes betting and playing your hand extremely easy and intuitive whether playing from the luxurious expanse of a desktop browser environment or the bijou portable perspective of a mobile phone.
Evolution’s cutting edge streaming technology also ensures reliable and crisp delivery of the output from its studios in Riga creating a seamless experience that is a very satisfying facsimile of playing in a real-world club. Very nice indeed, and the table was available around-the-clock throughout the review giving plenty of opportunity to sneak in the odd hand whenever the mood took us.
Live Ultimate Texas Hold’em amply delivers the feel of a real deal for fans of this casino poker variant. The only criticism we must raise is one consistent with Scientific Games’ 3 Card Poker. Assuming perfect play, the RTP for this game is 96.50%. That feels like poor bang-for-your-buck when single-zero Roulette can manage 97.30% without needing any strategic skill from the player, and Evolution’s Live Blackjack can get you to 99.50% with perfect play. Your mileage may vary, as they say, but unless you simply adore the poker-based gameplay of Ultimate Texas Hold’em we think there are better bets in Evolution Gaming’s Live Casino portfolio.
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