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58 Pa. Code § 645b.1. Commission-free Pai Gow Poker.

§ 645b.1. Commission-free Pai Gow Poker.

 (a)  In addition to the provisions in Chapter 645a (relating to Pai Gow Poker), an operator may offer a variation of Pai Gow Poker in which no vigorish is collected as provided in this section.

 (b)  The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   Commission-free Pai Gow Poker—A variation of Pai Gow Poker in which vigorish is not collected.

   Tiger 9—The dealer’s two-card low hand which contains a 9-high.

 (c)  In addition to the requirements in §  645a.2(b) (relating to Pai Gow Poker table; Pai Gow Poker shaker; physical characteristics), if a certificate holder offers commission-free Pai Gow Poker, the layout shall contain:

   (1)  Separate areas designated for the Tiger 9 wager, if offered by the certificate holder.

   (2)  Inscriptions that advise patrons that if the dealer’s hand contains a Tiger 9, all Pai Gow Poker wagers shall push and be returned to the player.

 (d)  If commission-free Pai Gow Poker is being played, the certificate holder may offer the following additional wagers:

   (1)  The Fortune Bonus wager as provided in §  645a.7(e)(1) (relating to wagers) and the Progressive Payout wager as provided in §  645a.7(e)(4).

   (2)  The Tiger 9 wager which shall win if the dealer’s low hand is a 9-high.

 (e)  The dealer shall deal the cards in accordance with §  645a.8—645a.10 (relating to procedures for dealing the cards from a manual dealing shoe; procedures for dealing the cards from the hand; and procedures for dealing the cards from an automated dealing shoe). After the dealing procedures have been completed, each player shall examine and set his hand in accordance with §  645a.11(a) and (b) (relating to procedures for completion of each round of play). The cards of the dealer shall then be revealed and set in accordance with §  645a.11(c).

 (f)  The dealer shall then reveal the player’s cards and complete the dealing procedures in §  645a.11(e) and (f) provided that if commission-free Pai Gow is being offered and the dealer:

   (1)  Has a Tiger 9 the player’s Pai Gow Poker wager shall push and be returned to the player. If the player placed a Tiger 9 wager the dealer shall pay the winning wager in accordance with subsection (h).

   (2)  Does not have a Tiger 9, the player Pai Gow Poker wager shall be settled in accordance with §  645a.11(f). If the player placed a Tiger 9 wager, the dealer shall collect the player’s losing Tiger 9 wager.

 (g)  If any player placed a Fortune Bonus or Progressive Payout wager, after settling the player’s Tiger 9 and Pai Gow Poker wagers, the dealer shall complete the procedures in §  645a.11(h).

 (h)  The certificate holder shall pay out winning Tiger 9 wagers at odds of 30 to 1.

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