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58 Pa. Code § 653b.4. Play the Board wager.

§ 653b.4. Play the Board wager.

 (a)  If the certificate holder offers Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker as described in Chapter 653a (relating to Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker), the certificate holder may, if specified in its Rules Submission form filed under §  601a.2 (relating to table games Rules Submissions), offer to each player who has placed Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em wagers in accordance with §  653a.7(d)(1) (relating to wagers) the optional Play the Board wager.

 (b)  The layout and signage for the Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker table shall be submitted to the Bureau of Gaming Operations for approval in accordance with §  601a.10(a) (relating to approval of table game layouts, signage and equipment). In addition to the betting areas designated under §  653a.2(b) (relating to Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em Poker table physical characteristics), the layout shall include a designated area for the placement of the Play the Board wager.

 (c)  After placing the Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em wagers as required in §  653a.7(d), and any optional wagers including the Play the Board wager, the dealer shall deal the cards in accordance with §  653a.11(a)—(f) (relating to procedures for completion of each round of play). If a player having made a Play the Board wager chooses to fold, the Play the Board wager shall be treated in the same manner as the Trips wager or Six Card bonus wager under §  653a.11(f)(2)(i) and remain on the table until settled.

 (d)  The dealer shall continue to deal the round to completion consistent with §  653a.11(g)—(n). Play the Board wagers shall be settled as part of the settlement of optional wagers prior to the removal of cards under §  653a.11(n).

 (e)  The Play the Board wager shall win and be paid according to subsection (f) if the five community cards form a hand comprised of a pair of tens or better.

 (f)  The certificate holder shall pay out winning Play the Board wagers at the odds in one of the following paytables selected by the certificate holder in its Rules Submission form filed in accordance with §  601a.2:

Hand Paytable A Paytable B Paytable C
Royal flush 1,000 to 1 1,000 to 1 1,000 to 1
Straight flush 200 to 1 200 to 1 200 to 1
Four-of-a-kind 100 to 1 100 to 1 100 to 1
Full house 50 to 1 50 to 1 50 to 1
Flush 40 to 1 40 to 1 40 to 1
Straight 25 to 1 25 to 1 20 to 1
Three-of-a-kind 7 to 1 6 to 1 6 to 1
Two pair 3 to 1 3 to 1 3 to 1
Pair—10s or better 1 to 1 1 to 1 1 to 1


   The temporary provisions of this §  653b.4 added under 4 Pa.C.S. § §  1202(b)(30), 13A02(1) and (2) and 13A03.


   The temporary provisions of this §  653b.4 added March 22, 2024, effective March 23, 2024, expire March 23, 2026, 54 Pa.B. 1537.

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