CHAPTER 659a. FORTUNE ASIA POKER

Sec.


659a.1.    Definitions.
659a.2.    Fortune Asia Poker table; shaker; physical characteristics.
659a.3.    Cards; number of decks.
659a.4.    Opening of the table for gaming.
659a.5.    Shuffle and cut of the cards; procedures for determining the starting position for dealing cards.
659a.6.    Fortune Asia Poker rankings.
659a.7.    Wagers.
659a.8.    Procedures for dealing the cards from a manual dealing shoe.
659a.9.    Procedures for dealing the cards from the hand.
659a.10.    Procedures for dealing the cards from an automated dealing shoe.
659a.11.    Procedures for completion of each round of play.
659a.12.    Payout odds.
659a.13.    Irregularities; invalid roll of dice.

Authority

   The provisions of this Chapter 659a issued under 4 Pa.C.S. § §  1202(b)(30), 1207(3) and (9) and 13A02(1), (2) and (4), unless otherwise noted.

Source

   The provisions of this Chapter 659a adopted January 31, 2014, effective February 1, 2014, 44 Pa.B. 619, unless otherwise noted.

§ 659a.1. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   Copy hand—A high hand, medium hand or low hand of a player that is identical in rank to the corresponding high hand, medium hand or low hand of the dealer.

   Envy Bonus—An additional fixed sum payout made to a player who placed a Qualifying Wager when another player at the Fortune Asia Poker table is the holder of an Envy Bonus Qualifying Hand.

   Envy Bonus Qualifying Hand—A player’s Fortune Asia Poker hand with a rank of a four-of-a-kind or better formed from the seven cards dealt to a player.

   High hand—The four-card hand that is formed from the seven cards dealt so as to rank higher than the medium hand and the low hand.

   Low hand—The one-card hand that is formed from the seven cards dealt so as to rank lower than the high hand and the medium hand.

   Medium hand—The two-card hand that is formed from the seven cards dealt so as to rank lower than the high hand and higher than the low hand.

   Qualifying Wager—A Fortune Bonus Wager of at least $5 that may entitle a player to an Envy Bonus.

   Setting the hands—The process of forming a high hand, medium hand and low hand from the seven cards dealt.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  659a.1 amended under 4 Pa.C.S. § §  1202(b)(30) and 13A02(1) and (2).

Source

   The provisions of this §  659a.1 amended October 7, 2016, effective October 8, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 6300. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (370589).

§ 659a.2. Fortune Asia Poker table; shaker; physical characteristics.

 (a)  Fortune Asia Poker shall be played at 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 a Fortune Asia Poker table shall be submitted to the Bureau of Gaming Operations and approved 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)  A separate betting area designated for the placement of the Fortune Asia Poker Wager for each player.

   (3)  Three separate areas designated for the placement of the high hand, medium hand and low hand of each player.

   (4)  Three separate areas designated for the placement of the high hand, medium hand and low hand of the dealer.

   (5)  If the certificate holder offers the optional Fortune Bonus Wager authorized under §  659a.7(e)(1) (relating to wagers), a separate area designated for the placement of the Fortune Bonus Wager for each player.

   (6)  If the certificate holder offers the optional Insurance Wager authorized under §  659a.7(e)(2), a separate area designated for the placement of the Insurance Wager for each player.

   (7)  If the certificate holder offers the optional Progressive Payout Wager authorized under §  659a.7(e)(3), a separate area designed for the placement of the Progressive Payout Wager for each player.

   (8)  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 Fortune Asia Poker table.

 (c)  To determine the starting position for the dealing or delivery of the cards, Fortune Asia Poker may be played with:

   (1)  A shaker, approved in accordance with §  601a.10(a), which shall be designed and constructed to maintain the integrity of the game. The shaker shall be the responsibility of the dealer, may not be left unattended while at the table and must:

     (i)   Be capable of housing three dice that when not being shaken shall be maintained within the shaker. Dice that have been placed in a shaker for use in gaming may not remain on a table for more than 24 hours.

     (ii)   Be designed to prevent the dice from being seen while being shaken.

     (iii)   Have the name or logo of the certificate holder imprinted or impressed thereon.

   (2)  A computerized random number generator which must be approved by the Bureau of Gaming Laboratory Operations in accordance with §  461a.4 (relating to submission for testing and approval) prior to its use.

 (d)  If the certificate holder offers the optional Progressive Payout Wager in accordance with §  659a.7(e)(3), the Fortune Asia 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. 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 placement of any Progressive Payout Wager that a player attempts to place after the dealer has announced ‘‘no more bets.’’

 (e)  Each Fortune Asia Poker table must have a drop box and a tip box attached on the same side of the gaming table as, but on opposite sides of, the dealer and in locations 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 Fortune Asia 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 §  659a.2 amended under 4 Pa.C.S. § §  1202(b)(30) and 13A02(1) and (2).

Source

   The provisions of this §  659a.2 amended October 7, 2016, effective October 8, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 6300. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (370589) to (370591).

§ 659a.3. Cards; number of decks.

 (a)  Except as provided in subsection (b), Fortune Asia Poker shall be played with one deck of cards that are identical in appearance and two cover cards. The deck of cards used to play Fortune Asia Poker must include one joker. A certificate holder may use decks that are manufactured with two jokers provided that only one joker is used for gaming.

 (b)  If an automated card shuffling device is utilized, Fortune Asia Poker may be played with two decks of cards in accordance with the following requirements:

   (1)  The cards in each deck must be of the same design. The backs of the cards in one deck must be of a different color than the cards included in the other deck.

   (2)  One deck of cards shall be shuffled and stored in the automated card shuffling device while the other deck is being used to play the game.

   (3)  Both decks of cards shall be continuously alternated in and out of play, with each deck being used for every other round of play.

   (4)  The cards from only one deck shall be placed in the discard rack at any given time.

 (c)  The decks of cards used in Fortune Asia Poker shall be changed at least every:

   (1)  Four hours if the cards are dealt by hand.

   (2)  Eight hours if the cards are dealt from a manual or automated dealing shoe.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  659a.3 amended under 4 Pa.C.S. § §  1202(b)(30) and 13A02(1) and (2).

Source

   The provisions of this §  659a.3 amended October 7, 2016, effective October 8, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 6300. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (370591).

§ 659a.4. Opening of the table for gaming.

 (a)  After receiving one or more decks of cards at the table, the dealer shall inspect the cards for any defects. The floorperson assigned to the table shall verify the inspection.

 (b)  If the deck of cards used by the certificate holder contains two jokers, the dealer and a floorperson shall ensure that only one joker is utilized and that the other joker is torn in half and placed in the box, envelope or container that the deck came from. After the cards are inspected, the cards shall be spread out face up on the table for visual inspection by the first player to arrive at the table. The cards shall be spread in horizontal fan shaped columns by deck according to suit and in sequence and include the one joker.

 (c)  After the first player is afforded an opportunity to visually inspect the cards, the cards shall be turned face down on the table, mixed thoroughly by a washing of the cards and stacked. Once the cards have been stacked, they shall be shuffled in accordance with §  659a.5 (relating to shuffle and cut of the cards; procedures for determining the starting position for dealing cards).

 (d)  If an automated card shuffling device is utilized and two decks of cards are received at the table, each deck of cards shall be spread for inspection, mixed, stacked and shuffled in accordance with subsections (a)—(c).

 (e)  If the decks of cards received at the table are preinspected and preshuffled in accordance with §  603a.16(u) or (v) (relating to cards; receipt, storage, inspection and removal from use), subsections (a)—(d) do not apply.

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  659a.5 (relating to shuffle and cut of the cards; procedures for determining the starting position for dealing cards).

§ 659a.5. Shuffle and cut of the cards; procedures for determining the starting position for dealing cards.

 (a)  Immediately prior to commencement of play, unless the cards were preshuffled in accordance with §  603a.16(u) or (v) (relating to cards; receipt, storage, inspection and removal from use), after each round of play has been completed or when directed by the floorperson or above, the dealer shall shuffle the cards, either manually or by use of an automated card shuffling device, so that the cards are randomly intermixed. Upon completion of the shuffle, the dealer or device shall place the deck of cards in a single stack provided, however, that the certificate holder may use an automated card shuffling device which, upon completion of the shuffling of the cards, inserts the stack of cards directly into a dealing shoe.

 (b)  After the cards have been shuffled and stacked, the dealer shall:

   (1)  If the cards were shuffled using an automated card shuffling device, determine the starting position in accordance with subsection (g), then deal the cards in accordance with §  659a.8, §  659a.9 or §  659a.10 (relating to procedures for dealing the cards from a manual dealing shoe; procedures for dealing the cards from the hand; and procedures for dealing the cards from an automated dealing shoe).

   (2)  If the cards were shuffled manually or were preshuffled, cut the cards in accordance with subsection (c).

 (c)  If a cut of the cards is required, the dealer shall place the cover card in the stack at least ten cards in from the top of the stack. Once the cover card has been inserted, the dealer shall take all cards above the cover card and the cover card and place them on the bottom of the stack. The stack of cards shall then be inserted into the dealing shoe for commencement of play. The dealer shall then determine the starting position in accordance with subsection (g), and deal the cards in accordance with §  659a.8, §  659a.9 or §  659a.10.

 (d)  After the cards have been cut and before any cards have been dealt, a floorperson or above may require the cards to be recut if the floorperson determines that the cut was performed improperly or in any way that might affect the integrity or fairness of the game.

 (e)  If there is no gaming activity at a Fortune Asia Poker table which is open for gaming, the cards shall be removed from the dealing shoe and discard rack and spread out on the table face down unless a player requests that the cards be spread face up on the table. After the first player arriving at the table is afforded an opportunity to visually inspect the cards, the procedures in §  659a.4(c) (relating to opening of the table for gaming) and this section shall be completed.

 (f)  A certificate holder may utilize a dealing shoe or other device designed to automatically reshuffle the cards provided that the device is submitted and approved in accordance with §  461a.4 (relating to submission for testing and approval) prior to its use in the licensed facility. If a certificate holder is utilizing the approved device, subsections (c)—(e) do not apply.

 (g)  To determine the starting position for the dealing of cards, the certificate holder shall use one of the following:

   (1)  A shaker in accordance with the following procedures:

     (i)   The dealer shall shake the shaker at least three times to cause a random mixture of the dice.

     (ii)   The dealer shall then remove the lid covering the dice and place the uncovered shaker on the designated area of the table layout. The dealer shall then total the dice and announce the total.

     (iii)   To determine the starting position, the dealer shall count each betting position in order, regardless of whether there is a wager at the betting position, beginning with the dealer as number one and continuing around the table in a counterclockwise manner, until the count matches the total of the three dice.

     (iv)   After the dealing procedures required under §  659a.8, §  659a.9 or §  659a.10 have been completed, the dealer shall place the cover on the shaker and shake the shaker once. The shaker shall then be placed to the right of the dealer.

   (2)  A computerized random number generator to select and display a number from 1 to 7. To determine the starting position, the dealer shall count each betting position in order, regardless of whether there is a wager at the betting position, beginning with the dealer as number one and continuing around the table in a counterclockwise manner, until the count matches the number displayed by the random number generator.

 (h)  After the starting position for a round of play has been determined, a certificate holder may mark that position with an additional cover card or similar object approved by the Bureau of Gaming Operations.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  659a.5 amended under 4 Pa.C.S. § §  1202(b)(30) and 13A02(1) and (2).

Source

   The provisions of this §  659a.5 amended October 7, 2016, effective October 8, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 6300. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (370592) to (370594).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  659a.4 (relating to opening of the table for gaming); 58 Pa. Code §  659a.8 (relating to procedures for dealing the cards from a manual dealing shoe); 58 Pa. Code §  659a.9 (relating to procedures for dealing the cards from the hand); and 58 Pa. Code §  659a.10 (relating to procedures for dealing the cards from an automated dealing shoe).

§ 659a.6. Fortune Asia Poker rankings.

 (a)  The rank of the cards used in Fortune Asia Poker, in order of highest to lowest, shall be: ace, king, queen, jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. Notwithstanding the foregoing, an ace may be used to complete a straight flush or a straight formed with a 2, 3 and 4 but may not be combined with any other sequence of cards (for example: queen, king, ace and 2). The joker shall be used and ranked as an ace or may be used as any card to complete a straight, a flush, a straight flush or a royal flush.

 (b)  The permissible Poker hands at the game of Fortune Asia Poker, in order of highest to lowest rank, shall be:

   (1)  Four aces, which is a hand consisting of four aces.

   (2)  A straight flush, which is a hand consisting of four cards of the same suit in consecutive ranking, with ace, king, queen, jack being the highest ranking straight flush and an ace, 2, 3, 4 being the second highest ranking straight flush.

   (3)  A four-of-a-kind, which is a hand consisting of four cards of the same rank, with four kings being the highest ranking four-of-a-kind and four 2s being the lowest ranking four-of-a-kind.

   (4)  A flush, which is a hand consisting of four cards of the same suit. When comparing two flushes, the provisions in subsection (c) shall be applied.

   (5)  A straight, which is a hand consisting of four cards of consecutive rank, regardless of suit, with an ace, king, queen and jack being the highest ranking straight; an ace, 2, 3 and 4 being the second highest ranking straight; and a 2, 3, 4 and 5 being the lowest ranking straight.

   (6)  A three-of-a-kind, which is a hand containing three cards of the same rank, with three aces being the highest ranking three-of-a-kind and three 2s being the lowest ranking three-of-a-kind.

   (7)  Two pair, which is a hand containing two pairs, with two aces and two kings being the highest ranking two pair hand and two 3s and two 2s being the lowest ranking two-pair hand.

   (8)  A pair, which is a hand consisting of two cards of the same rank, with two aces being the highest ranking pair and two 2s being the lowest ranking pair.

 (c)  When comparing two high hands, two medium hands or two low hands that are of identical hand rank under subsection (b), or contain none of the hands in subsection (b), the hand that contains the highest ranking card under subsection (a) shall be considered the higher ranking hand. If the two hands are of identical rank after the application of this section, the hands shall be considered a copy.

 (d)  If the certificate holder offers the optional Fortune Bonus Wager under §  659a.7(e)(1) (relating to wagers), the following seven-card hands shall be used to determine the amount of the bonus payout to a winning player:

   (1)  A seven-card straight flush with no joker, which is a hand consisting of seven cards of the same suit in consecutive ranking, with no joker used to complete the straight flush.

   (2)  A royal flush plus Royal Match, which is a seven-card hand consisting of an ace, king, queen, jack and a 10 of the same suit, with or without a joker, with an additional king and queen of the same suit.

   (3)  A seven-card straight flush with a joker, which is a hand consisting of seven cards of the same suit in consecutive ranking with a joker used to complete the straight flush.

   (4)  Five aces, which is a hand consisting of four aces and a joker.

   (5)  A royal flush, which is a five-card hand consisting of an ace, king, queen, jack and 10 of the same suit.

   (6)  A straight flush, which is a hand consisting of five cards of the same suit in consecutive rank.

   (7)  A four-of-a-kind, which is a hand consisting of four cards of the same rank regardless of suit.

   (8)  A full house, which is a hand consisting of a three-of-a-kind and a pair.

   (9)  A flush, which is a hand consisting of five cards of the same suit.

   (10)  A three-of-a-kind, which is a hand containing three cards of the same rank regardless of suit.

   (11)  A straight, which is a hand consisting of five cards of consecutive rank, regardless of suit.

 (e)  If the certificate holder offers the optional Progressive Payout Wager under §  659a.7(e)(3), the following seven-card hands shall be used to determine the amount of the progressive payout to a winning player:

   (1)  Seven-card straight flush is a hand consisting of seven cards of the same suit in consecutive ranking, with or without a joker.

   (2)  Five aces, which is a hand consisting of four aces and a joker.

   (3)  A royal flush, which is a hand consisting of an ace, king, queen, jack and 10 of the same suit or a king, queen, jack and 10 of the same suit and a joker.

   (4)  A straight flush, which is a hand consisting of five cards of the same suit in consecutive ranking.

   (5)  A four-of-a-kind, which is a hand consisting of four cards of the same rank.

   (6)  A full house, which is a hand consisting of a three-of-a-kind and a pair.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  659a.6 amended under 4 Pa.C.S. § §  1202(b)(30) and 13A02(1) and (2).

Source

   The provisions of this §  659a.6 amended October 7, 2016, effective October 8, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 6300. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (370594) to (370595).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  659a.7 (relating to wagers); and 58 Pa. Code §  659a.11 (relating to procedures for completion of each round of play).

§ 659a.7. Wagers.

 (a)  Wagers at Fortune Asia Poker shall be made by placing value chips or plaques on the appropriate areas of the Fortune Asia Poker layout. Verbal wagers accompanied by cash may not be accepted.

 (b)  Only players who are seated at a Fortune Asia 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 at Fortune Asia Poker shall be placed prior to the dealer announcing ‘‘no more bets’’ in accordance with the dealing procedures in §  659a.8, §  659a.9 or §  659a.10 (relating to procedures for dealing the cards from a manual dealing shoe; procedures for dealing the cards from the hand; and procedures for dealing the cards from an automated dealing shoe). A wager may not be made, increased or withdrawn after the dealer has announced ‘‘no more bets.’’

 (d)  To participate in a round of play and compete against the dealer’s high hand, medium hand and low hand, a player shall place a Fortune Asia Poker Wager.

 (e)  If specified in its Rules Submission under §  601a.2 (relating to table games Rules Submissions), a certificate holder may offer to each player who placed a Fortune Asia Poker Wager in accordance with subsection (d), the option of placing the following additional wagers:

   (1)  A Fortune Bonus Wager that the seven cards dealt to the player will form a hand with a rank of a straight or better as described in §  659a.6(d) (relating to Fortune Asia Poker rankings) or three pairs or better, depending on the payout table selected by the certificate holder.

   (2)  An Insurance Wager that the seven cards dealt to the player will form a seven-card Poker hand that does not contain a pair or better, as described in §  659a.6(d), but will contain a card ranked a 9-high or better.

   (3)  A Progressive Payout Wager that the seven cards dealt to the player will form a seven-card Poker hand with a rank of a full house or better as described in §  659a.6(e).

 (f)  If specified in its Rules Submission under §  601a.2, a certificate holder may permit a player to wager on two adjacent betting areas at a Fortune Asia Poker table. If a certificate holder permits a player to wager on adjacent betting areas, the cards dealt to each betting area shall be played separately. If the two wagers are not equal, the player shall set the hand with the larger wager before ranking and setting the other hand. If the amounts wagered are equal, each hand shall be played separately in a counterclockwise rotation with the first hand being ranked and set before the player proceeds to rank and set the second hand. Once a hand has been ranked, set and placed face down on the layout, the hands may not be changed.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  659a.7 amended under 4 Pa.C.S. § §  1202(b)(30) and 13A02(1) and (2).

Source

   The provisions of this §  659a.7 amended October 7, 2016, effective October 8, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 6300. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (370596).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  659a.2 (relating to Fortune Asia Poker table; shaker; physical characteristics); 58 Pa. Code §  659a.6 (relating to Asia Poker rankings); and 58 Pa. Code §  659a.11 (relating to procedures for completion of each round of play).

§ 659a.8. Procedures for dealing the cards from a manual dealing shoe.

 (a)  If a manual dealing shoe is used, the dealing shoe must be located on the table in a location approved by the Bureau of Casino Compliance. Once the procedures required under §  659a.5 (relating to shuffle and cut of the cards; procedures for determining the starting position for dealing cards) have been completed, the stacked deck of cards shall be placed in the dealing shoe either by the dealer or by an automated card shuffling device.

 (b)  Prior to dealing any cards, the dealer shall announce ‘‘no more bets’’ and:

   (1)  If the Fortune Bonus Wager is being offered and a player makes a Qualifying Wager, the dealer shall place an Envy lammer next to that player’s wager.

   (2)  If the Progressive Payout Wager is being offered, the dealer shall use the progressive table game system to prevent the placement of any additional Progressive Payout Wagers. If any Progressive Payout Wagers have been made, the dealer shall collect the wagers and, on the layout in front of the table inventory container, verify that the number of value chips wagered equals the number of Progressive Payout Wagers accepted by the progressive table game system. The dealer shall then place the value chips into the table inventory container.

 (c)  The dealer shall determine the starting position for dealing the cards using one of the procedures authorized under §  659a.5(g). The dealer shall then deal the first card to the starting position as determined in §  659a.5(g) and, continuing around the table in a clockwise manner, deal one card at a time to all other positions, regardless of whether there is a wager at the position, and the dealer, until each position and the dealer has seven cards. Each card dealt shall be removed from the dealing shoe with the hand of the dealer that is closest to the dealing shoe and placed face down on the appropriate area of the layout with the opposite hand.

 (d)  After seven cards have been dealt to each position and the dealer, the dealer shall remove the stub from the manual dealing shoe and determine whether four cards are left by spreading them face down on the layout. The four cards that remain may not be exposed to anyone and shall be placed in the discard rack.

 (e)  If more or less than four cards remain, the dealer shall determine if the cards were misdealt. If the cards were misdealt (a player position or the dealer has more or less than seven cards), all hands shall be void and all wagers shall be returned to the players. If the cards were not misdealt, all hands shall be void, all wagers shall be returned to the players and the entire deck of cards shall be removed from the table.

 (f)  If the dealer determines the cards were dealt properly, the dealer shall collect any stacks dealt to a position where there was no wager and place them in the discard rack without exposing the cards.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  659a.8 amended under 4 Pa.C.S. § §  1202(b)(30) and 13A02(1) and (2).

Source

   The provisions of this §  659a.8 amended October 7, 2016, effective October 8, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 6300. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (370596) to (370597).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  659a.5 (relating to shuffle and cut of the cards; procedures for determining the starting position for dealing cards); 58 Pa. Code §  659a.7 (relating to wagers); and 58 Pa. Code §  659a.11 (relating to procedures for completion of each round of play).

§ 659a.9. Procedures for dealing the cards from the hand.

 (a)  If the cards are dealt from the dealer’s hand, the following requirements shall be observed:

   (1)  An automated shuffling device shall be used to shuffle the cards.

   (2)  After the procedures required under §  659a.5 (relating to shuffle and cut of the cards; procedures for determining the starting position for dealing cards) have been completed, the dealer shall place the deck of cards in either hand. After the dealer has chosen the hand in which to hold the cards, the dealer shall continue to use that hand when holding the cards during that round of play. The cards held by the dealer shall be kept over the table inventory container and in front of the dealer at all times.

   (3)  Prior to dealing any cards, the dealer shall announce ‘‘no more bets’’ and:

     (i)   If the Fortune Bonus Wager is being offered and a player makes a Qualifying Wager, the dealer shall place an Envy lammer next to that player’s wager.

     (ii)   If the Progressive Payout Wager is being offered, the dealer shall use the progressive table game system to prevent the placement of any additional Progressive Payout Wagers. If any Progressive Payout Wagers have been made, the dealer shall collect the wagers and, on the layout in front of the table inventory container, verify that the number of value chips wagered equals the number of Progressive Payout Wagers accepted by the progressive table game system. The dealer shall then place the value chips into the table inventory container.

 (b)  The dealer shall determine the starting position for dealing the cards using one of the procedures authorized under §  659a.5(g). The dealer shall then deal the first card to the starting position as determined in §  659a.5(g) and, continuing around the table in a clockwise manner, deal one card at a time to all other positions, regardless of whether there is a wager at the position, and the dealer, until each position and the dealer has seven cards.

 (c)  After seven cards have been dealt to each position and the dealer, the dealer shall determine whether four cards are left by spreading them face down on the layout. The four cards that remain may not be exposed to anyone and shall be placed in the discard rack.

 (d)  If more or less than four cards remain, the dealer shall determine if the cards were misdealt. If the cards were misdealt (a player position or the dealer has more or less than seven cards), all hands shall be void and all wagers shall be returned to the players. If the cards were not misdealt, all hands shall be void, all wagers shall be returned to the players and the entire deck of cards shall be removed from the table.

 (e)  If the dealer determines the cards were dealt properly, the dealer shall collect any stacks dealt to a position where there was no wager and place them in the discard rack without exposing the cards.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  659a.9 amended under 4 Pa.C.S. § §  1202(b)(30) and 13A02(1) and (2).

Source

   The provisions of this §  659a.9 amended October 7, 2016, effective October 8, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 6300. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (370597) to (370598).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  659a.5 (relating to shuffle and cut of the cards; procedures for determining the starting position for dealing cards); 58 Pa. Code §  659a.7 (relating to wagers); and 58 Pa. Code §  659a.11 (relating to procedures for completion of each round of play).

§ 659a.10. Procedures for dealing the cards from an automated dealing shoe.

 (a)  If the cards are dealt from an automated dealing shoe, after the procedures under §  659a.5 (relating to shuffle and cut of the cards; procedures for determining the starting position for dealing cards) have been completed, the cards shall be placed in the automated dealing shoe. Prior to the shoe dispensing any stacks of cards, the dealer shall announce ‘‘no more bets’’ and:

   (1)  If the Fortune Bonus Wager is being offered and a player makes a Qualifying Wager, the dealer shall place an Envy lammer next to that player’s wager.

   (2)  If the Progressive Payout Wager is being offered, the dealer shall use the progressive table game system to prevent the placement of any additional Progressive Payout Wagers. If any Progressive Payout Wagers have been made, the dealer shall collect the wagers and, on the layout in front of the table inventory container, verify that the number of value chips wagered equals the number of Progressive Payout Wagers accepted by the progressive table game system. The dealer shall then place the value chips into the table inventory container.

 (b)  The dealer shall determine the starting position for delivering the stacks of cards using one of the procedures under §  659a.5(g). After the starting position for delivering the cards has been determined in accordance with §  659a.5(g), the dealer shall deliver the first stack of cards dispensed by the automated dealing shoe face down to that position. As the remaining stacks are dispensed to the dealer by the automated dealing shoe, the dealer shall, moving clockwise around the table, deliver a stack face down to each of the other positions, regardless of whether there is a wager at the position, and the dealer.

 (c)  After seven cards have been dispensed and delivered to each position and the dealer, the dealer shall remove the remaining cards from the shoe and determine whether four cards are left by spreading them face down on the layout. The four cards that remain may not be exposed to anyone and shall be placed in the discard rack.

 (d)  If more or less than four cards remain, the dealer shall determine if the cards were misdealt. If the cards were misdealt (a player position or the dealer has more or less than seven cards), all hands shall be void and all wagers shall be returned to the players. If the cards were not misdealt, all hands shall be void, all wagers shall be returned to the players and the entire deck of cards shall be removed from the table.

 (e)  If the dealer determines the cards were dealt properly, the dealer shall collect any stacks dealt to a position where there was no wager and place them in the discard rack without exposing the cards.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  659a.10 amended under 4 Pa.C.S. § §  1202(b)(30) and 13A02(1) and (2).

Source

   The provisions of this §  659a.10 amended October 7, 2016, effective October 8, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 6300. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (370598) to (370599).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  659a.5 (relating to shuffle and cut of the cards; procedures for determining the starting position for dealing cards); 58 Pa. Code §  659a.7 (relating to wagers); and 58 Pa. Code §  659a.11 (relating to procedures for completion of each round of play).

§ 659a.11. Procedures for completion of each round of play.

 (a)  After the dealing procedures required under §  659a.8, §  659a.9 or §  659a.10 (relating to procedures for dealing the cards from a manual dealing shoe; procedures 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 a Fortune Asia Poker table shall be responsible for setting his own hands and no person other than the dealer and the player to whom the cards were dealt may touch the cards of that player. If a player requests assistance in the setting of his hands, the dealer shall inform the player of the manner in which the certificate holder requires the hands of the dealer to be set in accordance with the certificate holder’s Rules Submission under §  601a.2 (relating to table games Rules Submissions).

   (2)  Each player shall keep his seven cards in full view of the dealer at all times.

   (3)  Once each player has set his three hands and placed them face down on the appropriate area of the layout, the player may not touch the cards again.

 (b)  Each player shall set his hands by arranging the cards into a high hand, a medium hand and a low hand. When setting the three hands, the four-card high hand must be higher in rank than the two-card medium hand and the medium hand must be higher in rank than the one-card low hand. For example, if the two-card medium hand contains a pair of sevens, the four-card high hand must contain at least a pair of sevens and the two remaining cards.

 (c)  After all players have set their hands and placed the cards on the table, the seven cards of the dealer shall be turned over and the dealer shall set his hands by arranging the cards into a high hand, medium hand and low hand. The certificate holder shall specify in its Rules Submission under §  601a.2 the manner in which the hands of the dealer shall be set. The dealer shall then place the three hands face up on the appropriate area of the layout.

 (d)  Unless a player has placed an optional wager in accordance with §  659a.7(e) (relating to wagers), a player may surrender his wager after the hands of the dealer have been set. The player shall announce his intention to surrender prior to the dealer exposing any of the three hands of that player as provided in subsection (e). Once the player has announced his intention to surrender, the dealer shall immediately collect the Fortune Asia Poker Wager from that player and collect the seven cards dealt to that player without exposing the cards to anyone at the table. If any Qualifying Wagers have been placed, the cards of the player must remain on the table until collected in accordance with subsection (h). The dealer shall verify that seven cards were collected by counting them face down on the layout prior to placing them in the discard rack.

 (e)  After the dealer has set a high hand, medium hand and a low hand, the dealer shall reveal all three hands of each player, beginning with the player farthest to the dealer’s right and continuing around the table in a counterclockwise direction. The dealer shall compare the high, medium and low hand of each player to the high, medium and low hand of the dealer and shall announce if the Fortune Asia Poker Wager of that player wins or loses.

 (f)  A Fortune Asia Poker Wager will:

   (1)  Lose and will immediately be collected if:

     (i)   Any two of the player’s three hands are identical or lower in rank than the dealer’s corresponding hands.

     (ii)   Any one of the player’s three hands is identical in rank to the corresponding hand of the dealer and one of the player’s remaining hands is lower in rank than the dealer’s corresponding hand.

     (iii)   The high hand of the player was not set so as to rank higher than the medium hand of that player.

     (iv)   The medium hand of the player was not set so as to rank higher than the low hand of that player.

     (v)   The three hands of the player were not otherwise set correctly in accordance with this chapter.

   (2)  Win if any two of the player’s three hands are higher in rank than the dealer’s corresponding hands. The dealer shall pay the winning Fortune Asia Poker Wager in accordance with the payout odds in §  659a.12(a) (relating to payout odds).

 (g)  Except as provide in subsection (h), after settling the player’s Fortune Asia Poker Wager, the dealer shall place the cards of the player in the discard rack.

 (h)  If a player placed a Fortune Bonus, Insurance or Progressive Payout Wager, after settling the player’s Fortune Asia Poker Wager, the dealer shall rearrange the seven cards of any player and form the highest ranking hand and shall be responsible for creating the hand. If any player at the table placed a Qualifying Wager, the dealer shall rearrange the cards of all players regardless of whether the player placed a Fortune Bonus Wager. After rearranging the player’s seven cards, the dealer shall settle the player’s Fortune Bonus, Insurance or Progressive Payout Wagers as follows:

   (1)  For the player’s Fortune Bonus Wager:

     (i)   If a player:

       (A)   Does not have a straight or higher, as described in §  659a.6(d) (relating to Fortune Asia Poker rankings) or three pair or higher, depending on the payout table selected by the certificate holder, the dealer shall collect the Fortune Bonus Wager and place the cards of the player in the discard rack.

       (B)   Has a straight or higher, or three pair or higher, depending on the payout table selected by the certificate holder, the dealer shall pay the winning Fortune Bonus Wager in accordance with §  659a.12(b) and place the cards of the player in the discard rack. If the player has an Envy Bonus Qualifying Hand and any player at the table placed a Qualifying Wager, the dealer shall verbally acknowledge the Envy Bonus Qualifying Hand and leave the cards of the player face up on the table.

       (C)   Did not place a Fortune Bonus Wager but has an Envy Bonus Qualifying Hand, and another player at the table placed a Qualifying Wager, the dealer shall verbally acknowledge the Envy Bonus Qualifying Hand and leave the cards of the player face up on the table.

     (ii)   After all Fortune Bonus Wagers have been settled, if any player is the holder of an Envy Bonus Qualifying Hand, the dealer shall pay an Envy Bonus in accordance with §  659a.12(b) to each player who has an Envy lammer at the player’s betting position. Players are entitled to multiple Envy Bonuses when another player at the same Fortune Asia Poker table is the holder of an Envy Bonus Qualifying Hand. A player is not entitled to an Envy Bonus for his own hand or the hand of the dealer.

   (2)  For the player’s Insurance Wager, if a player:

     (i)   Has a pair or better, the dealer shall collect the player’s Insurance Wager and place the cards of the player in the discard rack.

     (ii)   Does not have a pair or better, but has a card ranked a 9-high or better, the dealer shall pay the winning Insurance Wager in accordance with §  659a.12(c). The dealer shall then place the cards of the player in the discard rack.

   (3)  For the player’s Progressive Payout Wager, if a player:

     (i)   Does not have a full house or better, as described in §  659a.6(e), the dealer shall collect the Progressive Payout Wager and place the cards of the player in the discard rack.

     (ii)   Has a full house or better, the dealer shall:

       (A)   Verify that the hand is a winning hand.

       (B)   Verify that the appropriate light on the progressive table game system has been illuminated.

       (C)   Have a floorperson or above validate the progressive payout in accordance with the certificate holder’s approved internal control procedures.

       (D)   Pay the winning Progressive Payout Wager in accordance with the payout odds in §  659a.12(d). If a player has won a progressive payout that is a percentage of the progressive meter, the progressive payout may not be paid from the table inventory container. If a player has won a progressive payout that is not being paid from the table inventory, the cards of that player shall remain on the table until the necessary documentation has been completed.

 (i)  Notwithstanding the card collection requirements in subsection (h), if the certificate holder offers more than one optional wager, the dealer shall settle all of the player’s optional wagers before placing the player’s cards in the discard rack.

 (j)  All cards removed from the table shall be placed in the discard rack in a manner that permits the reconstruction of each hand in the event of a question or dispute.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  659a.11 amended under 4 Pa.C.S. § §  1202(b)(30) and 13A02(1) and (2).

Source

   The provisions of this §  659a.11 amended October 7, 2016, effective October 8, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 6300. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (370599) to (370601).

§ 659a.12. Payout odds.

 (a)  A certificate holder shall pay each winning Fortune Asia Poker Wager at odds of 1 to 1.

 (b)  The certificate holder shall pay out winning Fortune Bonus Wagers and Envy Bonus payouts at the odds and amounts in one of the following paytables selected by the certificate holder in its Rules Submission filed in accordance with §  601a.2 (relating to table games Rules Submissions):

Hand Paytable A Envy Bonus
Seven-card straight flush 8,000 to 1 $5,000
Royal flush and Royal Match 2,000 to 1 $1,000
Seven-card straight flush with joker 1,000 to 1 $500
Five aces 400 to 1 $250
Royal flush 150 to 1 $50
Straight flush 50 to 1 $20
Four-of-a-kind 25 to 1 $5
Full house 5 to 1
Flush 4 to 1
Three-of-a-kind 3 to 1
Straight 2 to 1


Hand Paytable B Envy Bonus
Seven-card straight flush 5,000 to 1 $3,000
Royal flush and Royal Match 2,000 to 1 $1,000
Seven-card straight flush with joker 1,000 to 1 $500
Five aces 400 to 1 $250
Royal flush 150 to 1 $50
Straight flush 50 to 1 $20
Four-of-a-kind 25 to 1 $5
Full house 5 to 1
Flush 4 to 1
Three-of-a-kind 3 to 1
Straight 2 to 1


Hand Paytable C Envy Bonus
Seven-card straight flush 5,000 to 1 $1,000
Royal flush and Royal Match 1,000 to 1 $250
Seven-card straight flush with joker 750 to 1 $100
Five aces 250 to 1 $50
Royal flush 100 to 1 $25
Straight flush 50 to 1 $10
Four-of-a-kind 20 to 1 $5
Full house 5 to 1
Flush 4 to 1
Three-of-a-kind 3 to 1
Straight 2 to 1
Three pair Push


Hand Paytable D Envy Bonus
Seven-card straight flush 2,500 to 1 $1,000
Royal flush and Royal Match 1,000 to 1 $750
Seven-card straight flush with joker 750 to 1 $250
Five aces 250 to 1 $100
Royal flush 125 to 1 $50
Straight flush 50 to 1 $20
Four-of-a-kind 25 to 1 $5
Full house 5 to 1
Flush 4 to 1
Three-of-a-kind 3 to 1
Straight 2 to 1

 (c)  The certificate holder shall pay out winning Insurance Wagers at the odds in one of the following paytables selected by the certificate holder in its Rules Submission filed in accordance with §  601a.2:

Hand Paytable A Paytable B Paytable C
9-high 100 to 1 100 to 1 100 to 1
10-high 40 to 1 50 to 1 40 to 1
Jack-high 10 to 1 10 to 1 10 to 1
Queen-high 7 to 1 7 to 1 7 to 1
King-high 6 to 1 5 to 1 5 to 1
Ace-high 3 to 1 3 to 1 3 to 1

 (d)  If the certificate holder offers the Progressive Payout Wager:

   (1)  The certificate holder shall pay out winning Progressive Payout Wagers at the odds in the following paytable:

Hand Payout
Seven-card straight flush 100%
Five aces 10%
Royal flush 500 for 1
Straight flush 100 for 1
Four-of-a-kind 75 for 1
Full house 4 for 1

   (2)  The initial and reset amount must be in the certificate holder’s Rules Submission filed in accordance with §  601a.2 and be at least $2,000.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  659a.12 amended under 4 Pa.C.S. § §  1202(b)(30) and 13A02(1) and (2).

Source

   The provisions of this §  659a.12 amended October 7, 2016, effective October 8, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 6300. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (370601) to (370602).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  659a.11 (relating to procedures for completion of each round of play).

§ 659a.13. Irregularities; invalid roll of dice.

 (a)  If the dealer uncovers the Asia Poker shaker and all three dice do not land flat on the bottom of the shaker, the dealer shall call a ‘‘no roll’’ and reshake the dice.

 (b)  If the dealer uncovers the Asia Poker shaker and a die or dice fall out of the shaker, the dealer shall call a ‘‘no roll’’ and reshake the dice.

 (c)  If the dealer incorrectly totals the dice and deals the first card to the wrong position, all hands shall be void, all wagers shall be returned to the players and the cards shall be reshuffled.

 (d)  If the dealer exposes any of the cards dealt to a player, the player may void the hand. The player shall make the decision to either play out the hand or to void the hand without looking at the unexposed cards.

 (e)  If a card or cards in the dealer’s hand are exposed, all hands shall be void, all wagers shall be returned to the players and the cards shall be reshuffled.

 (f)  A card that is found face up in the shoe or the deck while the cards are being dealt shall not be used in that round of play and shall be placed in the discard rack. If more than one card is found face up in the shoe or the deck during the dealing of the cards, all hands shall be void, all wagers shall be returned to the players and the cards shall be reshuffled.

 (g)  A card drawn in error without its face being exposed shall be used as though it were the next card from the shoe.

 (h)  If any player or the dealer is dealt an incorrect number of cards, all hands shall be void, all wagers shall be returned to the players and the cards shall be reshuffled.

 (i)  If the dealer does not set his hands in the manner in which the certificate holder requires the hands of the dealer to be set, the hands shall be reset in accordance with the certificate holder’s Rules Submission and the round of play shall be completed.

 (j)  If any of the dealer’s cards are inadvertently exposed while the dealer is dealing the cards, all wagers shall be returned to the players and the cards shall be reshuffled.

 (k)  If any player position or the dealer is dealt an incorrect number of cards, all hands shall be void, all wagers shall be returned to the players and the cards shall be reshuffled.

 (l)  If an automated card shuffling device is being used and the device jams, stops shuffling during a shuffle or fails to complete a shuffle cycle, the cards shall be reshuffled.

 (m)  If an automated dealing shoe is being used and the device jams, stops dealing cards or fails to deal all cards during a round of play, the round of play shall be void, all wagers shall be returned to the players and the cards shall be removed from the device and reshuffled with any cards already dealt.

 (n)  If an automated shuffling device or automated dealing shoe malfunctions and cannot be used, the automated card shuffling device or automated dealing shoe must be covered or have a sign indicating that the automated shuffling device or automated dealing shoe is out of order placed on the device before any other method of shuffling or dealing may be utilized at that table.



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