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58 Pa. Code § 653a.11. Procedures for completion of each round of play.

§ 653a.11. Procedures for completion of each round of play.

 (a)  After the dealing procedures required under §  653a.8, §  653a.9 or §  653a.10 (relating to procedure for dealing the cards from a manual shoe; procedure for dealing the cards from the hand; and procedures for dealing the cards from an automated dealing shoe) have been completed, each player shall examine his cards subject to the following limitations:

   (1)  Each player who wagers at Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker shall be responsible for his own hand and no person other than the dealer and the player to whom the cards were dealt may touch the cards of that player.

   (2)  Each player shall keep his cards in full view of the dealer at all times.

 (b)  After each player has examined his cards, the dealer shall, beginning with the player farthest to the dealer’s left and moving clockwise around the table, ask each player if he wishes to place a Play Wager prior to the dealing of the Flop. The player may either check or place a Play Wager in an amount equal to three or four times the amount of the player’s Ante Wager. If a player:

   (1)  Places a Play Wager, the wager shall be placed in the area designated for the Play Wager.

   (2)  Checks, the player shall remain in the game and defer his decision to place a Play Wager until after the Flop is dealt.

 (c)  Once all players have either placed a Play Wager or checked, the dealer shall burn the next card. The dealer shall then deal the Flop face up to the designated area for the community cards.

 (d)  After the Flop has been dealt, the dealer shall, beginning with the player farthest to the dealer’s left and moving clockwise around the table, ask each player who has not already placed a Play Wager if he wishes to place a Play Wager prior to the dealing of the final two community cards. The player may either check or place a Play Wager in an amount equal to two times the amount of the player’s Ante Wager. If a player:

   (1)  Places a Play Wager, the wager shall be placed in the area designated for the Play Wager.

   (2)  Checks, the player shall remain in the game and defer his decision to place a Play Wager until after the next two community cards are dealt.

 (e)  Once all players have either placed a Play Wager or checked, the dealer shall burn the next card. The dealer shall then deal the next two cards in the deck face up to the designated area for the community cards.

 (f)  After the final two community cards have been dealt, the dealer shall, beginning with the player farthest to the dealer’s left and moving clockwise around the table, ask each player who has not already placed a Play Wager whether he wishes to fold or place a Play Wager equal in amount to the player’s Ante Wager. If a player:

   (1)  Places a Play Wager, the wager shall be placed in the area designated for the Play Wager.

   (2)  Folds, the Ante, Blind and Bad Beat Bonus Wagers of the player shall be collected by the dealer and placed in the table inventory container. If the player:

     (i)   Has also placed a Trips Wager or a Six Card Bonus Wager, the dealer shall place the cards of the player face down underneath the player’s Trips Wager or Six Card Bonus Wager pending its resolution at the conclusion of the round of play.

     (ii)   Has not placed a Trips Wager or a Six Card Bonus Wager, the dealer shall immediately collect the player’s cards and place them in the discard rack.

 (g)  After each player has either folded or placed a Play Wager, the dealer shall remove the cover card and turn his two cards face up on the layout. The dealer shall then select five cards from the dealer’s two cards and the five community cards to form the highest ranking five-card Poker hand and announce the dealer’s hand to the players.

 (h)  If the dealer’s highest ranking five-card Poker hand:

   (1)  Is lower than a pair, the dealer shall, starting with the player farthest to the dealer’s right who has placed a Play Wager and proceeding in a counterclockwise manner around the table, return each player’s Ante Wager and resolve the Blind and Play Wagers in accordance with paragraph (2).

   (2)  Is a pair or better, the dealer shall, starting with the player farthest to the dealer’s right who has placed a Play Wager and proceeding in a counterclockwise manner around the table, turn the two cards of each player who has placed a Play Wager face up on the layout. The dealer shall select five cards from the player’s two cards and the five community cards to form the highest ranking five-card Poker hand and shall announce the player’s hand. The wagers of each player shall be resolved one player at a time regardless of outcome. If a player’s five-card Poker hand:

     (i)   Is ranked lower than the dealer’s five-card Poker hand, the dealer shall immediately collect the Ante, Blind and Play Wagers made by the player.

     (ii)   Is ranked higher than the dealer’s five-card Poker hand, the dealer shall pay the Ante, Blind and Play Wagers made by the player in accordance with the payout odds in §  653a.12(a) and (b) (relating to payout odds; Envy Bonus; rate of progression; payout limitation). The player’s Blind Wager shall be returned if the player’s winning hand is not a straight or better or a flush or better depending on the paytable selected by the certificate holder.

     (iii)   Is equal in rank to the dealer’s five-card hand, the dealer shall return the player’s Ante, Blind and Play Wagers.

 (i)  After settling a player’s Ante, Blind and Play Wagers, the dealer shall settle any Trips Wager made by the player as follows:

   (1)  If the player’s hand contains a three-of-a-kind or better as provided in §  653a.6(b) (relating to Texas Hold ’Em Bonus Poker rankings), the dealer shall pay the winning Trips Wager in accordance with §  653a.12(c).

   (2)  If the player’s hand does not contain a three-of-a-kind or better, the dealer shall collect the player’s losing Trips Wager.

 (j)  The dealer shall then settle the Bad Beat Bonus Wager as follows:

   (1)  If the player’s hand contains a three-of-a-kind or better and the dealer’s hand outranks the player’s hand, as provided in §  653a.6(b), the certificate holder shall pay the winning Bad Beat Bonus Wager in accordance with §  653a.12(g) based on the rank of the player’s losing hand.

   (2)  If the dealer’s hand contains a three-of-a-kind or better and the player’s hand outranks the dealer’s hand, as provided in §  653a.6(b), the certificate holder shall pay the winning Bad Beat Bonus Wager in accordance with §  653a.12(g) based on the rank of the dealer’s losing hand.

   (3)  If the player’s hand and the dealer’s hand tie, if the player’s hand of a three-of-a-kind or better does not lose to the dealer’s hand, or if the dealer’s hand of a three-of-a-kind or better does not lose to the player’s hand, the dealer shall collect the losing Bad Beat Bonus Wager.

 (k)  The dealer shall then settle the Progressive Payout Wager, if offered by the certificate holder. A winning Progressive Payout Wager shall be paid irrespective of whether the player’s hand outranks the dealer’s hand and be based on the rank of the player’s two cards and the three-card Flop. If a player has won a progressive payout, the dealer shall:

   (1)  Verify that the hand is a winning hand.

   (2)  Verify that the appropriate light on the progressive table game system has been illuminated.

   (3)  Have a floorperson or above validate the progressive payout in accordance with the certificate holder’s approved internal control procedures.

   (4)  Pay the winning Progressive Payout Wager in accordance with the payout odds in §  653a.12(d). If a player has won a progressive payout that is a percentage of the jackpot amount on the progressive meter, the progressive payout may not be paid from the table inventory container. If a player has won a progressive payout that is not being paid from the table inventory container, the cards of that player must remain on the table until the necessary documentation has been completed.

   (5)  Pay any Envy Bonus won in accordance with §  653a.12(d). Players making a Progressive Payout Wager shall receive an Envy Bonus when another player at the same Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker table is the holder of an Envy Bonus Qualifying Hand. Players are entitled to multiple Envy Bonuses if more than one other player is the holder of an Envy Bonus Qualifying Hand. A player is not entitled to an Envy Bonus for his own hand or the hand of the dealer.

 (l)  The dealer shall settle the Five Card Hand Bonus Wager, if offered by the certificate holder, and any Magic Card or Lucky Bonus payouts. A winning Five Card Hand Bonus shall be paid irrespective of whether the player’s hand outranks the dealer’s hand and based on the rank of the player’s or the dealer’s two cards and the three-card Flop. If a player has won a Five Card Hand Bonus or any Magic Card or Lucky Bonus payout, the dealer shall:

   (1)  Verify that the hand is a winning hand.

   (2)  Have a floorperson or above verify any Five Card Hand Bonus payout with odds of 500 for 1 or a payout that is a percentage of the jackpot amount on the progressive meter in accordance with approved internal control procedures submitted under §  465a.2 (relating to internal control systems and audit protocols).

   (3)  Credit the player’s game account for the winning Five Card Hand Bonus Wager or the Magic Card or Lucky Bonus payout in accordance with §  653a.12(e). If a player has won a Five Card Hand Bonus payout that is a percentage of the jackpot amount on the progressive meter, the payout may not be paid to the player’s game account. If a player has won a payout that is not being paid to the player’s game account, the winning hand must remain on the table until the necessary documentation has been completed.

 (m)  To settle the Six Card Bonus Wager, the dealer shall reveal the four additional Six Card Bonus cards and combine them with the player’s two cards to form the highest ranking Poker hand as provided in §  653a.6(d). If the player’s hand:

   (1)  Does not contain a three-of-a-kind or better, the dealer shall collect the player’s losing Six Card Bonus Wager.

   (2)  Contains a three-of-a-kind or better, the dealer shall pay the winning Six Card Bonus Wager in accordance with §  653a.12(f).

 (n)  After all wagers of the player have been settled, the dealer shall remove all remaining cards from the table and place them in the discard rack in a manner that permits the reconstruction of each hand in the event of a question or dispute.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  653a.11 amended under 4 Pa.C.S. § §  1202(b)(30) and 13A02(1) and (2).

Source

   The provisions of this §  653a.11 amended August 15, 2014, effective August 16, 2014, 44 Pa.B. 5463; amended December 12, 2014, effective December 13, 2014, 44 Pa.B. 7683; amended August 30, 2019, effective August 31, 2019, 49 Pa.B. 4956. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (375945) to (375949).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  653a.7 (relating to wagers); 58 Pa. Code §  653a.8 (relating to procedure for dealing the cards from a manual dealing shoe); 58 Pa. Code §  653a.9 (relating to procedure for dealing the cards from the hand); 58 Pa. Code §  653a.10 (relating to procedures for dealing the cards from an automated dealing shoe); and 58 Pa. Code §  653a.13 (relating to irregularities).



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