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58 Pa. Code § 637a.14. Five-card Stud Poker; procedures for dealing the cards; completion of each round of play.

§ 637a.14. Five-card Stud Poker; procedures for dealing the cards; completion of each round of play.

 (a)  A certificate holder that offers Five-card Stud Poker shall observe the procedures in this section. Five-card Stud Poker shall be played to determine a winning high hand only.

 (b)  No more than eight players may participate in a Five-card Stud 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)  Starting with the first player to the dealer’s left and continuing around the table in a clockwise manner, the dealer shall deal one round of cards face down and one round of cards face up to each player.

 (d)  After each player has been dealt two cards in accordance with subsection (c), the first betting round shall commence with one player making a Forced Bet. The amount of the Forced Bet shall be specified in the certificate holder’s Rules Submission under §  601a.2 and posted at the Poker table. The player required to place the Forced Bet shall be determined by comparing the up card of each player. The player with the lowest ranked up card shall be required to make a Forced Bet. In the event that two or more up cards are of the same rank, the up cards shall then be ranked by suit with the highest to lowest ranked suits in the following order: spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs.

 (e)  Following the placement of the Forced Bet, each subsequent player, starting with the player to the left of the player who placed the Forced Bet and continuing around the table in a clockwise manner, may bet, fold, call or raise the bet. After the last player has responded to the most recent bet, the betting round shall be considered complete.

 (f)  Upon completion of the first betting round, the dealer shall burn the top card of the deck and then, starting with the first remaining player to the dealer’s left, deal another round of cards face up to each player who made or called the last bet. The next betting round shall commence as follows:

   (1)  The player with the highest ranking hand showing shall be required to bet or check.

   (2)  If the highest ranking hand showing is held by two or more players, the player closest to the left of the dealer shall be required to bet or check.

 (g)  Following the bet or check required under subsection (f), each subsequent player, proceeding in a clockwise rotation, may fold, call, raise or, if the preceding players have not made a bet, check. Once a bet has been made, the next player in a clockwise rotation may fold, call or raise. After the last player has responded to the most recent bet, the betting round shall be considered complete.

 (h)  The dealer shall then deal two additional rounds of cards face up to each player who made or called the last bet, with each round followed by a betting round conducted in accordance with subsections (f) and (g). Prior to each round of cards being dealt, the dealer shall burn the top card of the deck.

 (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 the player with the highest ranking five-card high hand.



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