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Bad Beat Bonus @ Ultimate Texas Hold’Em

Posted in ultimate texas hold'em by stephenhow on June 8, 2012

A reader recently asked about the new two-way Bad Beat Bonus in Ultimate Texas Hold’Em. It’s pretty easy these days to crunch out the numbers, so I took an hour to work this one out. After all, I might see the bet somewhere, and I’m becoming a sucker for bonus bets lately :)

Well, at a 14.8% house edge, I’ll probably look for a better paytable before I play this bet. Has anyone seen any other paytables out there?

UTH 2-Way Bad Beat Bonus
Losing Hand Frequency Probability Payout Return
Royal Flush 0 0.000000% 0 0.000000
Straight Flush 10,300,592 0.000370% 7500 0.027776
Four-of-a-Kind 471,040,512 0.016935% 500 0.084677
Full House 8,435,225,376 0.303275% 50 0.151637
Flush 19,434,208,592 0.698725% 30 0.209618
Straight 18,271,076,976 0.656907% 20 0.131381
Three-of-a-Kind 64,049,759,448 2.302804% 9 0.207252
Two Pairs 399,099,149,640 14.348956% -1 -0.143490
One Pair 1,366,512,556,968 49.130722% -1 -0.491307
High Card 791,967,420,480 28.473892% -1 -0.284739
push 113,130,263,816 4.067413% -1 -0.040674
Total 2,781,381,002,400 100.0000% -0.147868

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  1. Mike said, on June 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Here is the Paytable for Lake Elsinore’s Bad Beat Bonus:

    Straight flush: 10,000 to 1
    Quads: 500 to 1
    Full House: 40 to 1
    Flush: 25 to 1
    Straight: 20 to 1
    Trips: 9 to 1

    • stephenhow said, on June 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Wow. That’s even worse at a 20.4% house edge.

      • Mike said, on June 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm

        what’s crazy is everyone who plays there usually plays minimum on the blind and ante ($5), but goes crazy on the trips and Bad Beat Bonus ($25-$30 on each)…and these are poker players doing this! Supposedly someone hit the bonus last week for $25,000 (max payout).

        Now that I know exactly how bad that bet is, I will try to resist going there. Only reason I go there is to play Omaha/8 and because it is the closest casino that has UTH.

      • uthfan said, on October 15, 2013 at 8:55 am

        you know, I could see putting down $2 on this…I guess.

        What would make this bet palatable for real would be to be able to place it after the flop.

  2. offTopic said, on December 10, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Stephen, could you give a thumbnail on how the edge is calculated? Is this simply brute-force running out all possible hands/boards?


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