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58 Pa. Code § 653a.2. Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker table physical characteristics.

§ 653a.2. Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker table physical characteristics.

 (a)  Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker shall be played on a table having betting positions for no more than six players on one side of the table and a place for the dealer on the opposite side of the table.

 (b)  The layout for an Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker table shall be submitted to the Bureau of Gaming Operations in accordance with §  601a.10(a) (relating to approval of table game layouts, signage and equipment) and contain, at a minimum:

   (1)  The name or logo of the certificate holder.

   (2)  Four separate betting areas designated for the placement of Ante, Blind, Play and Trips Wagers for each player. The Blind Wager betting area must be located to the right of the Ante Wager betting area and separated by an ‘‘=’’ symbol.

   (3)  A separate area designated for the placement of the five community cards located directly in front of the table inventory container.

   (4)  A separate area designated for the placement of the dealer’s two cards.

   (5)  If a certificate holder offers the optional Progressive Payout Wager authorized under §  653a.7(d)(3) (relating to wagers), a separate area designated for the placement of the Progressive Payout Wager for each player.

   (6)  If a certificate holder offers the optional Five Card Hand Bonus Wager authorized under §  653a.7(d)(4), each betting position must contain an electronic wagering system for the placement of the Five Card Hand Bonus Wager.

   (7)  If the certificate holder offers the Six Card Bonus Wager authorized under §  653a.7(d)(5), the layout must contain:

     (i)   A separate area designated for the placement of the Six Card Bonus Wager for each player.

     (ii)   A designated area on the layout for the four Six Card Bonus cards.

   (8)  If the certificate holder offers the Bad Beat Bonus Wager authorized under §  653a.7(d)(6), the layout must contain a separate area designated for the placement of the Bad Beat Bonus Wager for each player.

   (9)  Inscriptions that advise patrons of the payout odds or amounts for all permissible wagers offered by the certificate holder. If the payout odds or amounts are not inscribed on the layout, a sign identifying the payout odds or amounts for all permissible wagers shall be posted at each Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker table.

   (10)  Inscriptions indicating the following:

     (i)   An Ante Wager will push if the dealer has less than a pair.

     (ii)   A Blind Wager will push 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)   The rules governing the required amount of a Play Wager as a multiple of the player’s Ante Wager.

     (iv)   The payout limit per hand established by the certificate holder under §  653a.12(h) (relating to payout odds; Envy Bonus; rate of progression; payout limitation) or a generic inscription indicating that the game is subject to the posted payout limit.

   (11)  If the information required under paragraph (10) is not inscribed on the layout, a sign which sets forth the required information shall be posted at each Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker table.

 (c)  If a certificate holder offers a Progressive Payout Wager in accordance with §  653a.7(d)(3), the Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker table must have a progressive table game system, in accordance with §  605a.7 (relating to progressive table games), for the placement of Progressive Payout Wagers. If the certificate holder is offering the Progressive Payout Wager on multiple linked tables or games in the same licensed facility, the progressive table game system must comply with §  605a.8 (relating to linked progressive table games). The progressive table game system must include:

   (1)  A wagering device at each betting position that acknowledges or accepts the placement of the Progressive Payout Wager.

   (2)  A device that controls or monitors the placement of Progressive Payout Wagers at the gaming table, including a mechanism, such as a lock-out button, that prevents the recognition of any Progressive Payout Wager that a player attempts to place after the dealer has announced ‘‘no more bets.’’

 (d)  If the certificate holder offers the Five Card Hand Bonus Wager authorized under §  653a.7(d)(4), the Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker table must have a table game system, in accordance with §  605a.7 and an electronic wagering system in accordance with § §  605a.2 and 605a.3 (relating to electronic wagering systems; and procedures for buying in to and cashing out of a table game using an electronic wagering system). Each betting position must contain an electronic wagering system for the placement of the Five Card Hand Bonus Wager. The system must include a mechanism, such as a lockout button, that prevents the placement of any Five Card Hand Bonus Wagers that a player attempts to place after the dealer has begun dealing the cards. If the certificate holder is offering a Five Card Hand Bonus Wager on multiple linked tables or games in the same licensed facility, the progressive table game must comply with §  605a.8 (relating to linked progressive table games).

 (e)  Each Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker table must have a drop box and a tip box attached on the same side of the table as, but on opposite sides of, the dealer, as approved by the Bureau of Casino Compliance in accordance with §  601a.10(g). The Bureau of Casino Compliance may approve an alternative location for the tip box when a card shuffling device or other table game equipment prevents the placement of the drop box and tip box on the same side of the gaming table as, but on opposite sides of, the dealer.

 (f)  Each Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker table must have a discard rack securely attached to the top of the dealer’s side of the table.

Authority

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

Source

   The provisions of this §  653a.2 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 (375934) to (375936).



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