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58 Pa. Code § 637a.13. Five-card Draw Poker; procedures for dealing the cards; completion of each round of play.

§ 637a.13. Five-card Draw Poker; procedures for dealing the cards; completion of each round of play.

 (a)  A certificate holder that offers Five-card Draw High or Five-card Draw Low Poker shall observe the procedures in this section.

 (b)  No more than eight players may participate in a Five-card Draw Poker game. Each player who elects to participate in a round of play may be required to place an Ante bet. The rules governing the placement of an Ante bet and the amount of the Ante bet, if any, shall be specified in the certificate holder’s Rules Submission under §  601a.2 (relating to table games Rules Submissions) and posted on a sign at each Poker table.

 (c)  A button shall be used to indicate the order in which the cards shall be dealt and the order in which players shall bet in accordance with following procedures:

   (1)  At commencement of play, the button shall be placed in front of either:

     (i)   The first player to the right of the dealer.

     (ii)   The player randomly determined by rank of a single card dealt.

   (2)  Thereafter, the button shall rotate around the table in a clockwise manner after each round of play.

 (d)  Starting with the first player to the immediate left of the button and continuing around the table in a clockwise manner, the dealer shall deal five rounds of cards face down to each player. The player with the button shall be the last player to receive a card each time.

 (e)  After each player has been dealt five cards in accordance with subsection (d), the player to the immediate left of the button shall initiate the first betting round by placing a Blind Bet. A certificate holder may require additional Blind Bets to be made immediately after the initial Blind Bet. The amount and number of all Blind Bets required shall be specified in the certificate holder’s Rules Submission under §  601a.2 and posted on a sign at the table.

 (f)  Following the placement of the required Blind Bets, each player, starting with the player to the left of the player or players who were required to place a Blind Bet, and continuing around the table in a clockwise manner, may fold, call or raise the bet. The option to raise shall also apply to a player who made a Blind Bet. After the last player has responded to the most recent bet, the betting round shall be considered complete.

 (g)  Upon completion of the initial betting round, each player remaining in the round of play shall have an opportunity to draw new cards. This process shall be accomplished one player at a time starting with the player to the immediate left of the button and continuing around the table in a clockwise manner. Each player may keep his original hand or discard as many cards as he chooses. The dealer shall replace each discarded card with a new card dealt from the deck as follows:

   (1)  Prior to the first player receiving any new cards, the dealer shall burn the top card of the deck.

   (2)  If insufficient cards remain in the deck for each player remaining in the round of play to draw new cards, the discard pile shall be reshuffled and used for this purpose. The cards to be discarded by a player who has not yet requested new cards may not be included as part of the reshuffled cards.

 (h)  The first player to the left of the button who has not folded shall commence the final betting round and may bet or check. Each subsequent player may, in clockwise rotation, fold, call, raise or, if preceding players have not made a bet, make an opening bet or check. After the last player has responded to the most recent bet, the betting round shall be considered complete.

 (i)  If more than one player remains in the round of play after the final betting round has been completed, a showdown shall be used to determine the winner of the pot. The winner of the pot shall be:

   (1)  In Five-card High Poker, the player with the highest ranking five-card high hand.

   (2)  In Five-card Low Poker, the player with the highest ranking five-card low hand.



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