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Online Ultimate Texas Hold’Em Practice Game

Posted in ultimate texas hold'em by stephenhow on March 19, 2010

Finally, you can now play Ultimate Texas Hold’Em online with my new practice game. The main purpose of this game is to allow people to practice different betting strategies, and to learn for free. Learning UTH in the casino can be very costly, since most people don’t bet their hands like they should. I put in basic strategy hints in the game which gently suggests when to bet.

Click on the screenshot below to play the game:

Or you can still play the older but simpler and faster Java game (check that you have Java 1.6):

Ultimate Texas Hold'Em Practice Game (Screenshot)

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  1. Ted said, on March 20, 2010 at 11:55 am

    WOW. Amazing…that’s all I can say right now. You are truly the man. I will be sure to let you know of any bugs I see, but for now, thank you.

  2. Tom said, on March 20, 2010 at 4:33 pm


    Hell of a job.

  3. Dave C said, on March 20, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Great Job Thanks. After playing game and practicing for about two hours I went to my local Casino tonight played $2 Ante and came out with $140. Starting slow I have Iabsolutely no table experience. Played some black Jack but never lasted. My wife is Forcing me to go to Vegas and if I can just stay with your rules I don’t expect to be hurt very bad. Played at Buffalo Run in Miami Ok. They don’t seem to pay any attention to collusions.

    I did have a few tough decisions when I ended up with Ace and a five and the guy next to me had and Ace. Still made max bet and ended up with two pairs.

    Thanks Again

    • Dan said, on March 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm

      Oh the humanity, your wife is FORCING you go to Vegas. 🙂

      just giving you a hard time, good luck in Vegas!

  4. Ted said, on March 21, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Well, after 8 hours of play, stuck $5 grand on the $10 bet. Are you sure it isn’t rigged? 🙂

    • Ted said, on March 21, 2010 at 7:00 am

      I’m seeing a problem with the ‘1x bet 3d nut kicker on paired board.’ feature. It’s telling me to bet 1x when the board kicker is less than 3d nut.

      • stephenhow said, on March 21, 2010 at 7:20 am

        Thanks for the help … I think I’ve cleaned up a few bugs here and there. Please reload your browser to pick up the latest changes. If you see any more problems, tell me about the hand.

    • Ted said, on April 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm

      I’m seeing another bug: when there are two pairs on the board, and I have paired the higher board kicker (i.e. I beat the two pair board with a higher two pair), the program tells me to fold.

      • stephenhow said, on April 2, 2010 at 7:17 am

        Thanks Ted. I found and fixed the problem. I added a beatsBoardByMoreThanKickers() method to my holdem.Hand class.

  5. Tom said, on March 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I notice a lot of Ace hands in a row on practice game.

  6. Dave C said, on March 28, 2010 at 8:58 am

    In the practice game, the flop came up with pair of sixes (H, C) and duece (C); river paired the duecs (H) and a five (C), I had a five (D) and a six (C). The game told me to fold.

    I bid one time based on the Strategy “bid any time hand beats board by more than kicker”. Even though flush was possible.

    When I first started using the practice game I could make adjustments on number of players I can’t now. Is it my Computer or are others having the same issue?


    Still a begginner but learning quick.

    • stephenhow said, on March 28, 2010 at 9:59 am


      If you’re ever seeing a strange problem like not being able to change the number of players (things like that should never happen), just hit “Reload” on your browser and start again. It’s good to occasionally reload the game, because I’ll sometimes fix small issues, or add new features.


  7. Eric Z said, on April 1, 2010 at 9:41 am


    Great game! Hey – side note – can you send me your email privately?


  8. Eric Z said, on April 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Hey all UTH addicts out there:

    Thought you would get a kick out of this photo. This is from the Mirage (in Las Vegas) two Saturdays ago (March 22) . A royla dealt on the board in UTH!

    Too bad none in our party was playing the trips.

  9. Ted said, on April 10, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Both times when I’ve rivered a straight flush, the game tells me to fold to a scare board!

  10. Dave C said, on April 11, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I had the same issue as Ted with 2 thru 6 diamond straight.

    Thank Love the game still learning.

  11. John B. said, on April 16, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I have been playing your UTH practice game for weeks now and i really enjoy the Game. I have found that it is quite easy to, at one point in a game, be up by a few hundred dollars. Is it silly of me to think that if i played everyday and stopped every time i was up by only 200 dollars that i could make a living off this game? It is interesting to me that people can make a living off just gambling but is this strategy unattainable or something worth practicing for and trying for a few weeks? I have logged my winnings (on this practice site) for a few weeks and it has worked out pretty well.
    I have not really been a major gambler, but just wanting to know if this is just a ridiculous idea. Any input would be great.


  12. ROBERT said, on April 25, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I practiced a lot then went to Pala Ca. $5 min. all in almost every hand, rarely lost folded a few. In 200.00 out 480.00 in 1.5hrs. People thought I was crazy, but laughed when I won with the cards I had, which beat the dealer. j-8 suited, k-2 suited.
    Thanks for the game, been looking for this since 07′

  13. Dave C said, on May 11, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Any thoughts on Texas Hod um Bonus? Betting looks simpler.

  14. OneAngryDwarf said, on May 15, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Anyone else having trouble getting the game to load?

    • stephenhow said, on May 15, 2010 at 10:11 am

      The applet is about 200kB, it might take a while to load if you have a slow connection.

  15. balt52 said, on June 16, 2010 at 5:52 am

    I enjoy your site. Everytime I click on the screen shot of the practice game all I get is a grey box where the game should be. Any suggestions?


  16. Dave C said, on September 3, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Stephen need to look at following hand.

    Dealer had Jh Jd

    Community Cards
    6s Jc Kc 8h Kd

    My hand Ks 9d

    Result was -$15

    • bob wright said, on July 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      dealer had jacks full of kings. you had trip kings j9. dealer ins ith full house. that sucks. bob w

  17. try said, on September 4, 2010 at 6:11 am

    dealer had full house JJJKK
    you had trips KKKJ8

  18. Joel Davidson said, on December 31, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I have the latest version of Java installed and this applet still doesn’t work. I’m on Windows 7.

  19. Larry Scherer said, on February 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Could not get your practice game to load. Checked my version of Java and it complies; running in XP; can you suggest anything??

  20. B. N. said, on March 2, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I liked your original software version…. it was faster to play. More effective and efficient to see and understand the nature of the game. The new version has too many unnecessary motions involved. It’s a bit flashier and more touristie.

    Do you have a link to the earlier version?


  21. B. N. said, on March 3, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Thanks, …. the first software Version is a Classic !

  22. Tom Mc said, on May 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Played the other day at Harrah’s Rincon.
    First time I ever played without betting trips.
    I was amazed (well not really) at the way some people chase the trip bet.
    Guy next to me $10 ante and $30 trip bet. He actually got upset because I was not playing trips. After he left about 2K on the table I was still playing on my $100 buy in.
    Played for one hour and went back to Mississippi Stud with a win of $60.
    Never hit a big hand just making the 4 times bet when I should have (memorized cheat sheet).
    Players think I’m nuts but the dealers just smile. They all pretty much know the drill by now.

    • stephenhow said, on May 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Very nice! I think the one lesson I’ve learned from all my years in gambling, is that gamblers are not rational, and they don’t want to hear about odds; they’re there to play their feelings and hunches. Also, if you mention math at all, they’ll get upset. At most, you can say “the book says …”, like the blackjack dealers do. (However, some people think there’s no “book” for UTH, and they think they’re the ones who are best qualified to write one.) And, when you don’t bet the Trips, it’s kind of an implicit criticism of their Trips bet. I just say “I’m cheap” or “I can’t afford it”, but they don’t buy that if they see you with chips. So, you’re basically bound to deal with a lot of grief if you play correctly at UTH. So it goes.

  23. Hunterhill said, on May 27, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Hi Stephen do you have an email address for a private question?

    • stephenhow said, on May 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm

      I sent you email to the address you provided in your comment.

  24. joel said, on January 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    How about a version of this software that allowed for dead cards (seeing your neighbors hands) and allowed you to adjust equity over a loop of trials with optimal play?

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