Heads Up Hold 'Em at Spokane Tribe Casino

Texas Hold ‘Em is one of the most popular poker games. It is a fast-paced game, and it is easily accessible for most players since it is easy to learn. It also features exciting game play and great odds for winning. Everyone from beginners to professionals can enjoy Hold ‘Em.

Heads Up Hold ‘Em is a variation of Ultimate Hold ‘Em. It has some slight differences that affect the way the game is played and enjoyed. Many people enjoy Heads Up Hold ‘Em more than they do Ultimate Hold ‘Em, and you’ll find Heads Up Hold ‘Em at many casinos around the country.

The Spokane Tribe Casino is happy to offer Heads Up Hold ‘Em among our table games, and we often offer workshops teaching players about how to play the game and make better bets. Our goal is to help all our players enjoy the games and enjoy the best odds so that everyone comes away feeling like a winner. We also take a lot of care to offer amenities that make the entire experience at the casino a great one.


Playing Heads Up Hold ‘Em is relatively simple, which is one of the reasons that it is so popular. The basic rules are similar to classic five-card poker, but there is some variation in game play.

To start, all players must pay the ante and an odds bet. In Ultimate Hold ‘Em, the odds bet is the blind. Once the bets are placed, the dealer will deal two cards to himself and to each player. Players can look at their cards and then make a bet. If a player chooses to make a bet, it can be up to three times the ante. In Ultimate Hold ‘Em, the bet can be up to four times the ante.

Once the bets are placed, the dealer will place three community cards in the center, known as the “flop.” Players who did not make a raise bet previously can now make a bet of up to two times that of their ante. Players can also pass on betting in favor of seeing the final cards first.

After all betting, the final two cards are dealt to the center. These two cards are known as the “river.” Players who have not yet raised their bets will have to place a bet at this point that is equal to their ante, or they will have to fold. Folding will end the hand and forfeit the ante and odds bets. Any players who fold at any time forfeit any bets they have placed up to that point in the hand.

Once the final bets are placed, all the cards are turned over, and the winning five-card hand is determined. Players can decide to stay for another hand, at which point all betting will start from scratch.

Winning hands are determined using the same rules of five-card poker.


The higher your bet in Heads Up Hold ‘Em, the more you can win. The earlier you raise your bet, the more you can bet overall and, therefore, the more you can win.

The dealer must have at least a pair to win the hand, and the pair can be from the community cards. If the dealer does not have the minimum hand, the ante pushes, even if a player does not have a better hand. However, the odds and raises bets will be in play whether or not the dealer has the minimum hand.

Of course, if the dealer’s hand wins the player’s hand, the dealer (house) will win the odds and raise bets placed by that player. If the player and dealer are tied, and all the bets are returned.

If the player beats the dealer, the player wins the raise. In most cases, the odds bet will push. However, if the player has a straight or better, the odds bet will be paid as a bonus. The same odds are recognized by most casinos for this bonus:

  • Royal flush: 500
  • Straight flush: 50
  • Four of a kind: 10
  • Full house: 3
  • Flush: 1.5
  • Straight: 1

In most cases, ante and odds bets win even money. Raise bets are also paid even money if the player beats the dealer.

There is a bonus for players that lose a hand when they are holding a straight or better. This is called a “bad beat bonus,” or losing odds. The bet pays:

  • Straight flush: 500
  • Four of a kind: 50
  • Full house: 10
  • Flush: 6
  • Straight: 5

Some side bets are also possible in Heads Up Hold ‘Em. The two most common side bets are the Trips Plus and the Pocket Bonus.

The Trips Plus bet is paid on the best five-card hand that a player can make, even if the player has folded. The pay table for this bet is as follows:

  • Royal flush: 100
  • Straight flush: 40
  • Four of a kind: 30
  • Full house: 8
  • Flush: 7
  • Straight: 4
  • Three of a kind: 2

A Pocket Bonus bet is won by the two cards that are initially dealt to the player. This bet can be won even if the player folds. It pays out as follows:

  • Pair of aces: 30
  • Suited ace and face card: 20
  • Unsuited ace and face card: 10
  • Any other pair, from twos through Kings: 5

Some casinos also offer progressive bets for particular winning hands. Always check with the house to find out what bets are possible and what they pay.


Winning strategies for Heads Up Hold ‘Em are widely recognized, based on the odds for different cards and combinations. Learning these strategies can improve your odds of placing winning bets – not necessarily of winning the hand.

It is widely recommended that you raise if you have any of the following before the flop:

  • A pair of threes or better
  • An ace
  • Any pair that adds up to 20 in Blackjack
  • A King paired with a seven, eight, or nine
  • Any suited hand with a King
  • A Queen with an eight or nine suited

If you have any other hand, you should check.

After the flop has been dealt, it is widely recommended that you raise your bet if you have any of the following:

  • A hidden pair (any pair that uses a hole card), except for twos
  • Two pairs or better
  • A flush draw with at least a 10

Finally, after the river has been dealt, it is widely recommended that you bet if you have the following:

  • A hidden pair

How much you bet should also be determined by what cards you have. You may know that your hand is good enough to place a bet, but how much should you raise? Typically, it is recommended that you raise three times the ante if you have any pair, except for twos. Otherwise, you would need to know a complicated table of matching high and low cards to know when to make this bet. It is worth studying these tables and practicing extensively at home so that you commit them to memory and can make the needed bet out of habit.

Typically, it is recommended that you raise two times the ante if you have any of the following:

  • Two pairs or better
  • Hidden pair, except for twos
  • Four to a flush, including a hidden 10 or better

It is recommended that you raise just one times the ante if you have any of the following:

  • Hidden pair or better

There are many more strategies available, and there are complex tables that analyze the odds for every type of play, comparing your possible hand against the dealer’s possible hand. Rather than trying to memorize them all, it is recommended that you master these basic strategies through study and practice. The more you play and practice, the more comfortable you will be with these strategies. Then you can move on to more advanced strategies and enhance your game play and your odds of winning.


The Spokane Tribe Casino is proud to offer Heads Up Hold ‘Em among our many table games. Heads Up Hold ‘Em is a fun and exciting game, and it offers excellent odds for players. You will have a great time playing, and you’ll feel even better when you win big.

We strive to make your whole experience a great one when you visit our casino. We provide comfortable and attractive gaming areas, and we offer a number of other amenities, including lounge areas, delicious dining spaces, huge televisions for watching games, and much more. We also offer player reward programs so that you can enjoy even more benefits when you visit us, whether you are playing Heads Up Hold ‘Em, one of our other table games, our slots, or our Sportsbook. Visit the Spokane Tribe Casino today to play Heads Up Hold ‘Em and potentially win big!

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