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58 Pa. Code § 637a.8. Placement of bets; minimum and maximum bets.

§ 637a.8. Placement of bets; minimum and maximum bets.

 (a)  Only players who are seated at the Poker table may receive cards and participate in each betting round.

 (b)  A player may participate in the betting during a round of play in accordance with the following requirements:

   (1)  A player may bet only with the table stakes that were already on the Poker table in front of the player when the round of play commenced.

   (2)  A player may add to his table stakes only between rounds of play and, except as provided in paragraph (6), may not remove any of his table stakes from the Poker table at any time during a round of play.

   (3)  Currency that is available for use by a player may be utilized in accordance with this section to initiate, call or raise a bet if the currency is expeditiously converted into value chips, tournament chips or plaques by the dealer.

   (4)  To participate in a round of play, a player shall be required to have an amount of currency, value chips, tournament chips or plaques available on the Poker table prior to the start of the round of play which is sufficient to make any Ante, Blind or Forced Bet required by the Poker game being played and at least one bet at the posted table minimum.

   (5)  A player who satisfies the requirements in paragraph (4) but depletes his funds on the Poker table prior to the completion of a round of play shall be deemed All-in as follows:

     (i)   An All-in player shall retain a financial interest in the outcome of the round of play, but eligible to win only the amount of the pot to which he contributed.

     (ii)   An All-in player shall continue to receive all cards to which he would normally be entitled.

     (iii)   Betting shall continue unimpeded among the other players by generating a separate side pot which only those players shall be eligible to win.

   (6)  If a player indicates an intent to temporarily leave a Poker table during a round of play, without relinquishing his seat at the table, a floorperson or above shall do either of the following:

     (i)   Determine the amount of the player’s table stakes prior to the player’s departure from the table and verify that the amount of the player’s table stakes have not been changed upon the player’s return to the table.

     (ii)   Maintain the player’s table stakes on the table surface using a nontransparent cover until the player’s return.

 (c)  A player’s verbal statement of ‘‘fold,’’ ‘‘check,’’ ‘‘call’’ or ‘‘raise’’ or a player’s announcement of a specific bet, which is within the rules of the Poker game being played and the minimum and maximum betting limits for the Poker table, shall be binding on the player if it is the player’s turn to act.

 (d)  A player who announces a bet or raise of a certain amount but places a different amount of value chips, tournament chips or plaques in the pot shall be required to correct his bet or raise to the announced amount in accordance with the instructions of the dealer.

 (e)  A player shall be considered to have placed a bet if the player:

   (1)  Pushes value chips, tournament chips or plaques forward to indicate the intent of placing a bet.

   (2)  Places value chips, tournament chips or plaques at a sufficient distance from the player and towards the pot to make it obvious that the value chips, tournament chips or plaques are intended as a bet.

   (3)  Places currency into the pot to be exchanged for chips in accordance with subsection (b)(3).

 (f)  A player may not make a bet and thereafter attempt to increase the amount of the bet unless the player:

   (1)  Indicates at the time the bet is being made that the bet is not yet complete.

   (2)  Puts the proper amount of value chips, tournament chips or plaques into the pot to call a bet and also indicates his intention to raise.

 (g)  Subject to the posted table betting limits, a player who announces ‘‘raise’’ may continue to bet value chips, tournament chips or plaques until both of his hands come to rest in front of the pot.

 (h)  The dealer shall ensure that no player touches any of the value chips, tournament chips or plaques once they are placed into the pot.

 (i)  Unless a raise has been verbally announced by a player, the player who puts a single value chip or tournament chip into the pot that is larger than required is assumed to have only called the preceding bet and to be awaiting change from the dealer.

 (j)  Unless specifically posted to the contrary, a player may raise after the player has previously checked in a betting round.

 (k)  The certificate holder shall post a sign specifying any restrictions with regard to the maximum number of raises that may be permitted for any round of betting and the minimum and maximum bets in effect at each Poker table. If all players at a Poker table agree to increase the minimum bet at the table, the minimum bet posted at the table need not be followed. The certificate holder shall include in its Rules Submission under §  601a.2 (relating to table games Rules Submissions) any restrictions with regard to the maximum number of raises that may be permitted for any round of betting, provisions specifying the maximum amount that the minimum bet may be increased and how the dealer will determine that all of the players have agreed to the increased minimum bet amount.



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