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58 Pa. Code § 653a.7. Wagers.

§ 653a.7. Wagers.

 (a)  Wagers at Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker shall be made by placing value chips or plaques on the appropriate areas of the table layout. Verbal wagers accompanied by cash may not be accepted.

 (b)  Only players who are seated at an Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker table may wager at the game. Once a player has placed a wager and received cards, that player shall remain seated until the completion of the round of play. If a player leaves the table during a round of play, any wagers made by the player may be considered abandoned and may be treated as losing wagers.

 (c)  All wagers, except the Play Wager, shall be placed prior to the dealer announcing ‘‘no more bets’’ in accordance with the dealing procedure in §  653a.8, §  653a.9 or §  653a.10 (relating to procedure for dealing the cards from a manual dealing shoe; procedure for dealing the cards from the hand; and procedures for dealing the cards from an automated dealing shoe). Except as provided in §  653a.11(b), (d) or (f) (relating to procedures for completion of each round of play), a wager may not be made, increased or withdrawn after the dealer has announced ‘‘no more bets.’’

 (d)  The following wagers may be placed in the game of Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker:

   (1)  A player shall compete against the dealer’s five-card Poker hand by placing both an Ante Wager and a Blind Wager in equal amounts, then a Play Wager, in accordance with §  653a.11(b), (d) or (f).

   (2)  In addition to the Ante Wager and Blind Wager, a player may compete against a posted paytable by placing a Trips Wager.

   (3)  A certificate holder may, if specified in its Rules Submission under §  601a.2 (relating to table games Rules Submissions), offer to each player at an Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker table the option to make an additional Progressive Payout Wager that the player will receive a Progressive Payout Hand. After placing the Ante and Blind Wagers, a player may make the additional Progressive Payout Wager by placing a value chip onto the progressive wagering device designated for that player. Each player shall be responsible for verifying that the player’s respective Progressive Payout Wager has been accepted.

   (4)  A certificate holder may, if specified in its Rules Submission under §  601a.2, offer to each player at an Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker table the option to make an additional Five Card Hand Bonus Wager that the player’s five-card Poker hand formed from the player’s two cards and the three-card Flop or the dealer’s five-card Poker hand formed from the dealer’s two cards and the three-card Flop, or both, will contain a flush or better as defined in §  653a.6(b) (relating to Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker rankings). After placing an Ante and a Blind Wager, a player may make the additional Five Card Hand Bonus Wager on the player’s hand or the dealer’s hand, or both, by using the electronic wagering device designated for that player. Each player shall be responsible for verifying that the player’s Five Card Hand Bonus Wager has been accepted.

   (5)  If specified in its Rules Submission under §  601a.2, a certificate holder may offer to each player who placed an Ante Wager the option of placing a Six Card Bonus Wager which shall win if the player’s two cards and the four additional Six Card Bonus cards form a three-of-a-kind or better as described in §  653a.6(d). A Six Card Bonus Wager does not have bearing on any other wagers made by the player.

   (6)  If specified in its Rules Submission under §  601a.2, a certificate holder may offer to each player who placed Ante, Blind and Trips Wagers the option of placing a Bad Beat Bonus Wager which shall win if either the player’s hand contains a three-of-a-kind or better and the dealer’s hand outranks the player’s hand or the dealer’s five-card hand contains a three-of-a-kind or better and the player’s hand outranks the dealer’s hand.

 (e)  The certificate holder shall specify in its Rules Submission under §  601a.2 the number of adjacent boxes on which a player may place a wager in one round of play.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  653a.7 amended under 4 Pa.C.S. § §  1202(b)(30) and 13A02(1) and (2).

Source

   The provisions of this §  653a.7 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 (375940) to (375941).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  653a.2 (relating to Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker table physical characteristics); 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); and 58 Pa. Code §  653a.10 (relating to procedures for dealing the cards from an automated dealing shoe).



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