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58 Pa. Code § 637a.16. High Hand Jackpot payout; posting of rules; contributions; counting and displaying of payout amount; procedures for implementation.

§ 637a.16. High Hand Jackpot payout; posting of rules; contributions; counting and displaying of payout amount; procedures for implementation.

 (a)  A certificate holder may, if specified in its Rules Submission under §  601a.2 (relating to table games Rules Submissions), offer a High Hand Jackpot payout for a Qualifying High Hand made during a qualifying period. A High Hand Jackpot payout shall be made from a separate fund created from pot contributions required at tables where a High Hand Jackpot payout is offered and shall be paid in accordance with the procedures established under this section.

 (b)  A certificate holder shall post at each Poker table that offers a High Hand Jackpot payout notice advising patrons of eligibility for the High Hand Jackpot payout. The certificate holder shall display the current amount of the High Hand Jackpot payout and post in a conspicuous location within the Poker room the High Hand Jackpot payout rules which must include:

   (1)  The collection and qualifying periods for the High Hand Jackpot payout.

   (2)  The maximum contribution amount that will be collected from each pot to fund the High Hand Jackpot payout.

   (3)  The minimum pot amount required before the contribution to the High Hand Jackpot is collected.

   (4)  The minimum number of players who shall be dealt into a hand to qualify for a High Hand Jackpot payout.

   (5)  The division of the High Hand Jackpot payout if two or more players have the same value Qualifying High Hand during a qualifying period.

   (6)  Any time limits on collecting High Hand Jackpot payouts including a statement notifying players that they do not need to be present at the end of the qualifying period to win the High Hand Jackpot payout.

   (7)  Any restrictions on collecting a High Hand Jackpot payout including a statement notifying players that valid identification shall be presented for a player’s hand to qualify for a High Hand Jackpot payout.

 (c)  A certificate holder shall extract from each pot at a Poker table designated for participation in a High Hand Jackpot payout a prescribed contribution to the High Hand Jackpot payout. The contribution amount shall be collected in accordance with the High Hand Jackpot payout rules as specified in the certificate holder’s Rules Submission under §  601a.2. After the dealer has extracted the rake, the amount from each pot to be contributed to a High Hand Jackpot payout shall be determined, segregated from the pot and deposited into the High Hand Jackpot payout box.

 (d)  At the end of each qualifying period, a certificate holder shall count the accumulated contents of each High Hand Jackpot payout box. The counting shall occur at a closed Poker table, the main cage or a satellite cage, in accordance with the certificate holder’s approved internal controls, as follows:

   (1)  If the counting of the contents of a High Hand Jackpot payout box occurs at a closed Poker table, the counting shall be performed by a Poker dealer in the presence of a floorperson or above and recorded by the surveillance department. Documentation of the count shall be prepared and signed by both the dealer and the floorperson or above who witnessed the count. The contents of the High Hand Jackpot payout box shall then be placed in a locked container along with documentation of the count and transported to the main cage or satellite cage by a security department employee.

   (2)  If the counting of the contents of a High Hand Jackpot payout box occurs in the main cage or a satellite cage, a floorperson or above shall account for all locked High Hand Jackpot payout boxes transported from the Poker tables to the cage. A security department employee shall transport the High Hand Jackpot payout boxes to the main cage or satellite cage for counting.

 (e)  Once each High Hand Jackpot payout box or locked container is delivered to the main cage or satellite cage, a cashier shall count the contents of each box or, if the contents of the boxes were previously counted by Poker room personnel and combined in a locked container for transport, verify the aggregate count. The finance department shall maintain the official record of the amount of contributions to the High Hand Jackpot payout.

 (f)  At the start of each qualifying period, dealers shall begin tracking hands. When a player has a full house, as defined in §  637a.6(b) (relating to Poker rankings), the dealer shall call a floorperson or above who shall verify the hand and record the value on the High Hand Tracking Slip. As the value of the hands increase during the qualifying period, the value of the next higher hand shall be announced and the floorperson or above shall record on the High Hand Tracking Slip the next higher value hand. The High Hand Tracking Slip must contain:

   (1)  The name, phone number and seat number of the player with the higher value hand.

   (2)  The table number.

   (3)  The higher value hand.

   (4)  The dealer’s name and Board-issued credential number.

   (5)  The signature and Board-issued credential number of the floorperson or above who verified the higher value hand.

 (g)  When the qualifying period has ended, the contribution amount collected during the qualifying period shall be counted, verified and taken to the main cage or satellite cage in accordance with subsections (d) and (e). The pooled contribution amounts from all Poker tables that participated in the qualifying period shall then be announced and displayed.

 (h)  The player or players with the highest Qualifying High Hand during the qualifying period shall be awarded the High Hand Jackpot payout. High Hand Jackpot payouts shall be paid from the main cage or satellite cage. If, however, a full house was not made by any player during the qualifying period, the High Hand Jackpot payout contribution amounts shall be added to the next High Hand Jackpot payout qualifying period.

 (i)  The certificate holder shall specify in its Rules Submission under §  601a.2 the procedure for distributing High Hand Jackpot payouts which have not been collected within the time period specified in subsection (b)(6).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  637a.1 (relating to definitions); and 58 Pa. Code §  637a.7 (relating to Poker overview; general dealing procedures for all types of Poker).



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