2.Table Layout and Equipment
4.The Shuffle and Cut
6.Minimum and Maximum Wagers
9.Final Settlement 10.Settlement Odds
12.Progressive Jackpot Payouts
13.Order of Poker Hand Values
15.Shuffling Device Malfunction
1.1In these rules, unless the contrary intention appears:
“Act” means the Casino Control Act 1992;
“ante” means a player’s initial wager placed in a round of play;
“Authority” means the New South Togel Wales Casino Control Authority;
“bet” means an additional wager placed by a player in order to continue in a round of play;
“casino promotional token or voucher” means a token or voucher issued by the casino operator to enable the player to have one free wager at a gaming table in the amount identified on the token or voucher. Promotional tokens and vouchers wagered at a table are forfeited after a round of play whether the wager wins or loses. If the wager wins, the player is to be paid the winnings in chips;
“casino supervisor” means a person employed in a casino in a managerial capacity relating to the conduct of gaming and includes a games supervisor;
“dealer” means a person responsible for the operation of the game;
“fold” means a decision by a player to no longer continue with his/her hand for that particular round of play;
“game supervisor” means a person responsible for the immediate supervision of the operation of the game;
“hand” means five cards dealt to each player and the dealer in a round of play;
“inspector” means a person appointed under section 106 of the Act;
“round of play” means the period of play at a table commencing with the removal of the first card from the card shoe or shuffling device by the dealer and concluding when the dealer announces a result and, if applicable, collects losing wagers and pays out winning wagers;
“shuffling device” means a card shuffling machine approved by the Authority for use in the game of Caribbean Stud Poker.
“stand off” means where a wager shall neither win nor lose;
“void” means invalid with no result.
2.Table Layout and Equipment
2.1The game of Caribbean Stud Poker shall be played at a table having on one side places for the players and on the opposite side a place for the dealer.
2.2The layout cloth covering the table shall be marked in a manner substantially similar to that shown in diagram “A” with:
2.2.1playing areas designated for the placement of wagers;
2.2.2areas designated or slots provided for wagers on the progressive jackpot;
2.2.3an inscription to the effect that the “dealer only plays with Ace/King or higher”;
2.2.4the name and/or logo of the casino imprinted thereon;
2.3A table shall be fitted with electronic equipment which shall be programmed to record the amounts wagered at the table on the progressive jackpot, and the amount of the jackpot prize pool applicable to linked tables.
2.4The following equipment shall also be used:
2.4.1either a card shoe, capable of holding a single deck of cards, or a shuffling device, capable of holding two individual decks of cards, from which the cards shall be dealt;
2.4.2a discard rack, capable of holding a single deck of cards, which shall be attached to the table at the approximate location shown in diagram “A”;
2.4.3a progressive meter, being an electronic jackpot display, which shall display the amount of the jackpot prize pool applicable to the linked tables.
2.5The table shall have a drop box attached to it.
3.1The game of Caribbean Stud Poker shall be played with one deck of cards, having 52 cards without jokers, with backs of the same color and design and a cutting card.
3.2When a shuffling device is in use at a table:
3.2.1the device may be loaded with one deck of cards while another deck is used in play; and
3.2.2the backs of the deck of cards being used in play must be of a different color to that of the backs of the other deck of cards in the shuffling device.
3.3All suits have the same rank. The rank of cards, from highest to lowest, shall be as follows:
ace, king, queen, jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2,
except as provided in rule 13.1.6 where the ace may be counted low.
3.4Cards shall be checked by a dealer or a game supervisor prior to use on a gaming table.
3.5All cards used in the game of Caribbean Stud Poker shall be dealt from a card shoe or shuffling device specifically designed for such purpose.
3.6Cards may, at the discretion of a casino supervisor, be changed after any round of play if, for any reason, a card or cards become unfit for further use. If all the cards are replaced, the new cards shall be checked, shuffled and cut in accordance with these rules.
3.7A game supervisor, casino supervisor or an inspector may, at any time, instruct the dealer to check and verify the number of cards.
4.The Shuffle and Cut
4.1The cards shall be shuffled so that they are randomly intermixed within the deck:
4.1.1immediately prior to the start of play;
4.1.2at the completion of each round of play; or
4.1.3immediately prior to the recommencement of play following any period that the table has been vacant.
4.2When a card shoe is used, after the cards have been shuffled the dealer shall cut the cards, place them on the cutting card and then insert all the cards in the card shoe for commencement of play.
4.3No person other than the dealer shall cut the cards.
4.4Where a shuffling device is used, the operation of rules 4.1 to 4.3 inclusive are amended to the extent necessary for the following to have effect –
4.4.1cards shall be placed in the shuffling device to be shuffled;
4.4.2the cards shall not be cut; and
4.4.3the shuffling device takes the place of the card shoe.
5.1All wagers shall be placed by means of chips and/or casino promotional tokens or vouchers.
5.2Prior to the first card being dealt in each round of play, each player at the table shall:
5.2.1place an ante on the appropriate wagering area of the layout; and
5.2.2be given an opportunity to participate in the progressive jackpot.
5.3A player electing to participate in the progressive jackpot shall place a wager of the correct denomination on the appropriate area of the layout or in the slot provided on the table.
5.4After the cards have been dealt in accordance with rule 7, players shall pick up their cards and declare their intention to either fold or bet.
5.5A player who elects to bet shall place a wager, which must be exactly twice that of the ante placed by the player on that round of play, on the appropriate wagering area of the layout.
5.6Until a decision and settlement has been made in respect of any wager, no wager may be handled, placed, increased or withdrawn after the first card of a round of play has been dealt unless explicitly permitted by these rules.
5.7A player shall not wager on more than one hand in any round of play.
5.8Only one wager shall be accepted on any one wagering area.
6.Minimum and Maximum Wagers
6.1The minimum and maximum wagers permitted per player per playing area shall be shown on a sign at the table. Unless stated on the sign, wagers are not required to be made in multiples of the minimum. The sign may also state the minimum unit in which wagers may be made above the table minimum.
6.2A casino supervisor may alter the limits on a gaming table at any time except that a minimum wager can only be changed to a higher minimum if a sign indicating the new minimum and proposed time of change has been displayed at the table at least 20 minutes before the change.
7.1All cards shall be dealt face downwards except for one of the dealer’s cards which shall be turned face upwards.
7.2Immediately prior to the commencement of a round of play and after all ante wagers are placed and all wagers on the progressive jackpot have been made, the dealer shall:
7.2.1announce “no more bets”; and
7.2.2starting from his/her left and continuing clockwise around the table, deal the cards.
7.3When a card shoe is in use, the cards shall be dealt in the following manner:
7.3.1one card to each playing area containing an ante; and
7.3.2one card to the dealer; and
7.3.3in sequence, a second, third, fourth and fifth card to each playing area containing an ante and to the dealer, with the dealer’s last card being turned face upwards.
7.4When a shuffling device is in use, the cards shall be dealt in the following manner:
7.4.1five cards at a time to each playing area containing an ante; and
7.4.2five cards to the dealer, with the bottom card then being turned face upwards.
8.1After the cards have been dealt, the players shall pick up their cards and declare their intention to either fold or bet.
8.2Players must ensure that their cards do not leave the area of the table layout nor are held away from the table.
8.3A player who elects to fold shall place his/her cards, face downwards, on the table.
8.4The dealer shall collect the ante and the cards from each player who elects to fold. The cards shall be individually spread out face downwards by the dealer, counted and then placed in the discard rack.
8.5A player who elects to bet shall place his/her cards face downwards on their playing area and place a wager of an amount equal to twice their ante.
8.6After bets have been placed by all of the players continuing in the round of play, the dealer shall turn all the remaining cards of his/her hand face upwards and declare the highest possible poker value of the hand as determined in accordance with rule 13.
8.7Players are not permitted to communicate, other than declaring an intention to either fold or bet, until all players have completed the betting round.
9.1The dealer’s hand, in order to qualify, must have a poker value of ace and king, or higher.
9.2If the dealer’s hand does not have a poker value of ace and king, or higher, the dealer shall announce “no hand” and bet wagers shall be void.
9.3The dealer shall then:
9.3.1pay the antes of the players remaining in the round of play; and
9.3.2subject to rule 9.5, count and collect the cards of those players and place them in the discard rack.
9.4If the dealer’s hand does have a poker value of ace and king, or higher, the dealer shall then:
9.4.1compare his/her hand to each player’s individual hand and:
188.8.131.52pay the ante and the bet for those hands with a higher poker value than the dealer’s, in accordance with rule 10;
184.108.40.206collect the ante and the bet for those hands with a lower poker value than the dealer’s; or
220.127.116.11declare the ante and the bet for hands with an equal poker value to that of the dealer, as a stand off;
9.4.2after the dealer compares hands and pays or collects wagers, he/she shall, subject to rule 9.5, count and collect the cards and place them in the discard rack.
9.5Where a player has made a wager on the progressive jackpot for that round of play and has received a hand qualifying for a progressive jackpot payout as described in rule 11.7, the cards for that hand shall be left face upwards on the table and those cards shall not be collected or discarded until the pay out on the hand has been made.
9.6Hands qualifying for a progressive jackpot will be settled according to rule 12.
9.7After the dealer’s hand is exposed a player may concede his/her hand by indicating with a sweeping motion of his/her hand towards the dealer. The dealer will then announce “conceding hand” and collect the player’s wagers and cards which shall be checked in accordance with rule 8.4.
9.8After a player’s hand has been conceded it cannot be returned to play.
9.9The dealer shall be responsible for declaring the optimum value of the hands in accordance with rule 13.
10.1Winning wagers at the game of Caribbean Stud Poker shall be paid at the odds listed below:
Ante 1 to 1
One pair or less 1 to 1
Two pairs 2 to 1
Three of a kind 3 to 1
Straight 4 to 1
Flush 5 to 1
Full House 7 to 1
Four of a kind 20 to 1
Straight Flush 50 to 1
Royal Flush 250 to 1
10.2The odds for bet wagers shall be subject to any maximum payout set by the casino operator. The amount of such maximum payout shall be approved by the Authority and shall be displayed on a notice at the table.
11.1A player wishing to wager on the progressive jackpot must first have placed an ante for that round of play.
11.2A player choosing to play the progressive jackpot shall be responsible for ensuring that their wager has been accepted.
11.3The amount required to make a wager on the progressive jackpot shall be displayed on a sign at the table.
11.4A player who has placed a wager on the progressive jackpot and receives a hand which qualifies for a jackpot prize shall win in accordance with rule 12, irrespective of whether the dealer’s hand has an ace and a king, or higher.
11.5Wagers on the progressive jackpot shall form part of one or more jackpot prize pools, as approved by the Authority.
11.6The Authority shall approve the rate of increment to the prize pool(s) and may grant approval for a portion of each wager on the progressive jackpot being retained by the casino operator.
11.7The following hands, as described in rule 13.1, shall qualify for a progressive jackpot payout:
11.7.3Four of a kind;
11.8Any progressive jackpot payout made to a player shall be in addition to any payment made for an ante or bet wager by the player on that round of play.
12.Progressive Jackpot Payouts
12.1Where a player’s hand qualifies for a progressive jackpot payout, the amount of the payout shall be as follows:
12.1.1Royal Flush$10,000 or 100% of the jackpot, whichever is the greater;
12.1.2Straight Flush$1,000 or 10% of the jackpot, whichever is the greater;
12.1.3Four of a kind$500 bonus payout;
12.1.4Full House$150 bonus payout; or
12.1.5Flush$100 bonus payout.
12.2Jackpot payments shall be made from right to left beginning with the playing area to the immediate right of the dealer.
12.3If two or more player’s hands qualify for a progressive jackpot payout during the same round of play:
12.3.1with a Royal Flush, the winners shall share the jackpot as an aggregate or shall each receive $10,000, whichever is the greater amount;
12.3.2with a Straight Flush, the winners shall each be paid an equal share of the aggregate of the 10% payouts from each subsequent jackpot total or each receive $1,000, whichever is the greater amount.
12.4Where a hand containing a Royal Flush and a hand containing a Straight Flush qualify for a progressive jackpot in the same round of play, the player with the Straight Flush shall be paid first.
13.Order of Poker Hand Values
13.1The order of hands, highest to lowest is as follows:
13.1.1Royal Flushis a hand containing an ace, king, queen, jack and 10 of the same suit;
13.1.2Straight Flushis a hand containing five cards of the same suit in consecutive ranking;
13.1.3Four of a kindis a hand containing four cards of the same rank;
13.1.4Full House is a hand containing “Three of a kind” and “One pair”;
13.1.5Flushis a hand containing five cards of the same suit but not in consecutive ranking;
13.1.6Straightis a hand containing five cards of consecutive rank regardless of suit. An ace may count high or low;
13.1.7Three of a kindis a hand containing three cards of the same rank;
13.1.8Two pairs is a hand containing two “pairs”;
13.1.9One pair is a hand containing two cards of the same rank;
13.1.10five odd cards is a hand containing five cards of different rank and at least two suits.
13.2Hands of the same poker value but consisting of different card values shall be ranked in accordance with the rank of cards prescribed in rule 3.2. For example:
13.2.1a Straight containing an ace, king, queen, jack and 10 shall be ranked higher than a Straight containing a 5, 4, 3, 2 and ace;
13.2.2in the event of two hands each containing two pairs, the hand holding the highest pair in terms of card value shall be ranked the higher. If both hands hold the highest pair, the respective card values of the second pairs shall determine the outcome. In the case of a draw, the card values of the fifth card of the hands determines which shall be higher.
14.1Where a dealer realises, prior to any player handling their cards, that cards have been dealt incorrectly, he/she shall declare a misdeal.
14.2An incorrect number of cards dealt to the dealer’s hand shall constitute a misdeal.
14.3Two or more cards incorrectly exposed during the deal shall constitute a misdeal.
14.4In the event of a misdeal all wagers shall be void and a new round of play shall be dealt.
14.5Where an exposed card is dealt, it shall not constitute a misdeal. The dealer shall turn the card over and continue dealing, subject to rule 14.6.
14.6If a card is exposed in error on the dealer’s hand that card shall be left face upwards and all other cards shall be dealt face downwards.
14.7A player’s hand containing too few cards or too many cards shall be declared void.
14.8Where a dealer realises, after a player has handled their cards, that a hand has been dealt to a playing area that does not contain an ante, the cards for that hand shall be counted and placed in the discard rack.
14.9If prior to the dealer’s cards being exposed, the dealer becomes aware that a bet does not comply with rule 5.5, the player must, upon request:
14.9.1 correct the bet; or
14.9.2fold, whereupon the dealer shall collect the ante and return any portion of the bet made.
14.10If during a settlement, the dealer becomes aware that a bet does not comply with rule 5.5 the dealer will:
14.10.1pay or take the amount wagered when that amount is less than the amount required to comply with rule 5.5;
14.10.2pay or take up to the amount required to comply with rule 5.5.
14.11Where a player or players are suspected of viewing another player’s cards or collecting information from other active or non active players, a casino supervisor may:
14.11.1direct the player or players concerned to play their hand prior to other players handling their cards;
14.11.2restrict players suspected of collusion from playing together at the same table;
14.11.3direct the players on a table to speak English only at all times.
14.12Where a player makes a wager in accordance with rule 5.2.1 and is not present to make decision in regard to the cards dealt to that playing area, then that hand shall become void and the ante and jackpot wager (where applicable) returned.
14.13In the event of a malfunction of the electronic equipment referred to in rules 2.3 and 2.4.3, an inspector shall be notified immediately. The game may continue to be played only after the approval of an inspector.
15.Shuffling Device Malfunction
15.1Where a shuffling device jams, stops intermixing cards during a shuffle or fails to complete a shuffle cycle, the cards shall be reshuffled.
15.2Where it becomes evident, in a round of play for which one or more cards have been dealt, that the shuffling device is no longer capable of operating in the way it is intended to operate:
15.2.1that round of play shall be declared void; and
15.2.2the game shall be continued with another shuffling device or a card shoe and using new cards, subject to rule 3.6.
16.1A person shall not, either alone or in concert with any other person, use or control at or near a gaming table or location related to the playing of a game a calculator, computer, or other electronic, electrical or mechanical apparatus or device that is capable, with respect to a game or a part thereof, of recording, projecting, analyzing or transmitting an outcome or the changing probabilities or the playing strategies to be used.
16.2 Rule 16.1 shall not apply to use or control by an agent or employee of the casino operator or an inspector where such person is acting in the course of their duty.
16.3 Where a casino supervisor is satisfied that a person has contravened any provision of rule 16.1, he/she may:
16.3.1 declare that any wager made by the person is void;
16.3.2 direct that the person shall be excluded from further participation in the game;
16.3.3 exclude the person from the casino in line with the provisions of section 79 of the Act;
16.3.4 cause the person(s) in possession of a prohibited device to be detained until such time as an inspector or a police officer has attended and assumed responsibility for the situation.
16.4 A casino supervisor may invalidate the outcome of a game if:
16.4.1 the game is disrupted by civil commotion, fire, riot, brawl, robbery, an act of God; or
16.4.2 any fraudulent act is perpetrated by any person that, in the opinion of the casino supervisor, affects the outcome of the game.
16.5 Where the outcome of a game is invalidated under rule 16.4, all wagers made by the players for that particular result may be refunded provided that a casino supervisor may direct that the wager of any player referred to in rule 16.4.2 be forfeited.
16.6 A player shall not be advised by an employee of the casino on how to play, except to ensure compliance with these rules.
16.7 No spectator or any player wagering at any table may, unless requested by a player, attempt to influence, influence or offer advice to that player regarding that player’s decisions of play.
16.8A casino supervisor may close a gaming table at which players are present provided a sign showing the proposed time of closure has been displayed at the table for at least 20 minutes before the closure.
16.9A player who abstains from placing any wagers for three consecutive rounds of play, while all other seats or positions at the table are in use, may be required to vacate his/her seat or position.
16.10Players and spectators are not permitted to have side bets with or against each other.
16.11Any dispute or complaint concerning a casino game shall be referred for decision in the first instance to a game supervisor, subject to a review (if requested) by a casino supervisor. The decision of the casino supervisor shall be final, subject to rule 16.12.
16.12Complainants in all unresolved disputes shall be advised of the presence of, and their right to consult, an inspector. Where a complainant requests review of the decision by an inspector, the inspector shall investigate the complaint in accordance with section 110 of the Act.
16.13A copy of these rules shall be made available for inspection upon request.