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58 Pa. Code § 671a.11. Procedures for completion of each round of play.

§ 671a.11. Procedures for completion of each round of play.

 (a)  After the dealing procedures required under §  671a.8, §  671a.9 or §  671a.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) have been completed, each player shall examine his cards, subject to the following limitations:

   (1)  Each player who wagers at Lunar 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 five cards in full view of the dealer at all times.

   (3)  After the dealer announces ‘‘all decisions are locked in,’’ a player may not amend his decision to fold or increase, decrease or place any Bet Wager or Options fee except as provided in subsection (d).

 (b)  After five cards have been dealt to each player, the player shall examine his cards. If any player’s hand is eligible for a Super Wager or an instant payout, the player shall declare the winning hand and place his cards face down in the player’s betting area on the layout. Each player shall then elect to:

   (1)  Fold.

   (2)  Place a Bet Wager equal to twice the amount of the player’s Ante Wager provided that if any player’s hand contains a royal flush or a straight flush and is eligible for the instant payout, the player shall not place a Bet Wager.

   (3)  Place an Options fee, equal to the player’s Ante Wager, to buy a sixth card or draw and exchange between two and five of the player’s cards.

 (c)  After all players have made a decision to either fold or place a Bet Wager or Options fee, the dealer shall announce ‘‘all decisions are locked in.’’ Once the dealer has announced ‘‘all decisions are locked in’’ a player may not change his decision. Prior to any additional cards being dealt, the dealer shall, beginning with the player to the dealer’s left and continuing clockwise around the table:

   (1)  If the player did not declare a winning Super Wager, collect the player’s losing Super Wager. If any other player placed a Super Wager on that player’s hand, the dealer shall collect the player’s losing Super Wager first then collect any other player’s Super Wager who placed a Super Wager on that player’s hand.

   (2)  If the player declared a winning Super Wager, the dealer shall verify the winning hand and pay the player’s winning Super Wager in accordance with §  671a.12(b) (relating to payout odds). If any other player placed a Super Wager on that player’s hand, the dealer shall pay out the winning player’s hand first then any other player who also placed a Super Wager on that player’s hand in accordance with §  671a.12(b).

   (3)  If any player is eligible for an instant payout, after verifying the player’s hand, the dealer shall pay the player’s winning Ante Wager in accordance with §  671a.12(a) and place the player’s cards in the discard rack.

   (4)  For any player who did not make a Bet Wager or Options fee and folded, the dealer shall collect the player’s Ante Wager and place the player’s cards in the discard rack.

 (d)  Once all player Super Wagers and instant payouts have been settled and any player’s cards who folded have been collected, beginning with the player to the dealer’s left and moving clockwise around the table, for any player who placed an Options fee equal to the player’s Ante Wager:

   (1)  The dealer shall collect the Options fee and:

     (i)   If the player elects to buy the sixth card, the dealer shall deal one additional card.

     (ii)   If the player elects to exchange cards, the player shall discard between two and five cards, which will thereafter be replaced by the dealer with the same number of cards from the deck.

   (2)  After dealing the additional cards, the player shall create the best possible five-card Poker hand.

   (3)  The dealer shall then ask the player if the player would like to fold and forfeit the player’s Ante Wager or place a Bet Wager equal to twice the amount of the player’s Ante Wager.

   (4)  If the player does not make a Bet Wager and forfeits his Ante Wager, the dealer shall collect the Ante Wager and place the player’s cards in the discard rack.

 (e)  After all players have either folded or placed a Bet Wager, the dealer shall reveal the dealer’s cards and form the highest ranking five-card Poker hand. The dealer shall then settle any Super Wagers placed on the dealer’s hand. Beginning with the first player to the dealer’s left who placed a Super Wager on the dealer’s hand and continuing clockwise around the table, if the dealer’s hand:

   (1)  Is not eligible for a Super Wager payout, the dealer shall collect each player’s losing Super Wager placed on the dealer’s hand.

   (2)  Is eligible for a Super Wager payout, the dealer shall pay the player’s winning Super Wager in accordance with §  671a.12(b).

 (f)  After settling the Super Wager placed on the dealer’s hand, if the dealer’s hand:

   (1)  Does not qualify with an ace-king or better, as provided in §  671a.6(b) (relating to Lunar Poker rankings), the dealer shall return the player’s Bet Wager, pay the player’s Ante Wager in accordance with §  671a.12(c) and place the player’s cards in the discard rack.

   (2)  Qualifies with an ace-king or better, as provided in §  671a.6(b), starting with the player farthest to the dealer’s right and continuing around the table in a counterclockwise direction, the dealer shall turn the cards of each player who placed a Bet Wager face up on the layout and form the highest ranking five-card Poker hand. If the dealer’s highest ranking five-card Poker hand is:

     (i)   Higher in rank than the player’s five-card Poker hand, as provided in §  671a.6(b), the dealer shall collect the player’s Ante and Bet Wagers and place the player’s cards in the discard rack.

     (ii)   Lower in rank than the player’s five-card Poker hand, as provided in §  671a.6(b), the dealer shall return the player’s Ante Wager and pay the winning Bet Wager in accordance with §  671a.12(d). If a player’s winning hand also contains a second Poker combination, where at least one card in the second combination was not included in the winning combination, the dealer shall pay a second winning Bet Wager in accordance with §  671a.12(d) for the second Poker combination even if the second combination does not beat the dealer’s hand. For example, if a player’s winning hand contained two aces, a king, 8 and 9, the player would be paid out for the pair of aces that beat the dealer’s hand but would also be paid out for the ace-king. If a player purchased a sixth card, all six cards may be considered for purposes of the second payout.

     (iii)   Equal in rank with the player’s hand, as provided in §  671a.6(b), the dealer shall return the player’s Ante and Bet Wagers.

 (g)  After all wagers have been settled, the dealer shall remove any 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.

 (h)  If an automated card shuffling device, which counts the number of cards in the deck after the completion of each shuffle and indicates whether 52 cards are present, is not being used, the dealer shall count the cards at least once after every 5 rounds of play to determine if the correct number of cards is still present in the deck. The dealer shall determine the number of cards by counting the cards face down on the layout. If the count indicates:

   (1)  That 52 cards are in the deck, the dealer shall place the cards in the discard rack.

   (2)  That 52 cards are not in the deck, the entire deck of cards shall be removed from the table.

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  671a.7 (relating to wagers); and 58 Pa. Code §  671a.13 (relating to irregularities).



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