CHAPTER 678a. HIGH CARD FLUSH

Sec.


678a.1.    Definitions.
678a.2.    High Card Flush table physical characteristics.
678a.3.    Cards; number of decks.
678a.4.    Opening of the table for gaming.
678a.5.    Shuffle and cut of the cards.
678a.6.    High Card Flush rankings.
678a.7.    Wagers.
678a.8.    Procedure for dealing the cards from a manual dealing shoe.
678a.9.    Procedure for dealing the cards from the hand.
678a.10.    Procedure for dealing the cards from an automated dealing shoe.
678a.11.    Procedure for completion of each round of play.
678a.12.    Payout odds; payout limitation.
678a.13.    Irregularities.

Authority

   The provisions of this Chapter 678a issued under 4 Pa.C.S. § §  1202(b)(30) and 13A02(1) and (2), unless otherwise noted.

Source

   The provisions of this Chapter 678a adopted December 9, 2016, effective December 10, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 7641, unless otherwise noted.

§ 678a.1. Definitions.

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

   Fold—The withdrawal of a player from a round of play by not making a Raise Wager.

   Raise Wager—The wager a player places after examining the player’s seven cards.

§ 678a.2. High Card Flush table physical characteristics.

 (a)  High Card Flush 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 High Card Flush 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)  Two separate betting areas designated for the placement of the Ante and Raise Wagers for each player.

   (3)  A separate area designated for the placement of the dealer’s seven cards.

   (4)  If the certificate holder offers the optional Flush Bonus Wager authorized under §  678a.7(d)(2) (relating to wagers), a separate area designated for the placement of the Flush Bonus Wager for each player.

   (5)  If the certificate holder offers the optional Straight Flush Bonus Wager authorized under §  678a.7(d)(3), a separate area designated for the placement of the Straight Flush Bonus Wager for each player.

   (6)  If a certificate holder offers the optional Progressive Jackpot Wager authorized under §  678a.7(d)(4), a separate area designated for the placement of the Progressive Jackpot Wager for each player.

   (7)  Inscriptions that advise patrons of the following:

     (i)   The payout odds for all permissible wagers offered by the certificate holder.

     (ii)   The dealer qualifies with a three-card flush, nine high or pays the Ante Wager and pushes the Raise Wager.

     (iii)   For Raise Wagers, if a player has:

       (A)   A two-card, three-card or four-card flush, a player may place a Raise Wager equal to the player’s Ante Wager.

       (B)   A five-card flush, a player may place a Raise Wager up to two times the amount of the player’s Ante Wager.

       (C)   A six-card or seven-card flush, a player may place a Raise Wager up to three times the amount of the player’s Ante Wager.

     (iv)   If established by the certificate holder, the payout limit per player per round of play, as authorized under §  678a.12(e) (relating to payout odds; payout limitation).

   (8)  If the information under paragraph (7) is not inscribed on the layout, a sign which sets forth the required information shall be posted at each High Card Flush table.

 (c)  If a certificate holder offers the Progressive Jackpot Wager in accordance with §  678a.7(d)(4), the High Card Flush table must have a progressive table game system, in accordance with §  605a.7 (relating to progressive table games), for the placement of the Progressive Jackpot Wagers. If the certificate holder is offering the Progressive Jackpot Wager on multiple linked tables or games in the same licensed facility, the progressive table game system must comply with the requirements in §  605a.8 (relating to linked progressive table games). The progressive table game system must include:

   (1)  A wagering device at each betting position that acknowledges or accepts the placement of the Progressive Jackpot Wager.

   (2)  A device that controls or monitors the placement of Progressive Jackpot Wagers at the gaming table, including a mechanism, such as a lock-out button, that prevents the recognition of any Progressive Jackpot Wager that a player attempts to place after the dealer has announced ‘‘no more bets.’’

 (d)  Each High Card Flush table must have a drop box and a tip box attached on the same side of the table as, but on opposite sides of, the dealer, as 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.

 (e)  Each High Card Flush table must have a discard rack securely attached to the top of the dealer’s side of the table.

§ 678a.3. Cards; number of decks.

 (a)  Except as provided in subsection (b), High Card Flush shall be played with one deck of cards that are identical in appearance and two cover cards.

 (b)  If an automated card shuffling device is utilized, High Card Flush 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 High Card Flush 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.

§ 678a.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)  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 out in horizontal fan shaped columns by deck according to suit and in sequence.

 (c)  After the first player arriving at the table has been 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, the cards shall be shuffled in accordance with §  678a.5 (relating to shuffle and cut of the 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 §  678a.5 (relating to shuffle and cut of the cards).

§ 678a.5. Shuffle and cut of the 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 a 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 automated shuffling device shall place the deck of cards in a single stack. 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)  If an automated card shuffling device that counts the number of cards in the deck after the completion of each shuffle and indicates whether 52 cards are present is being used, and the device reveals that an incorrect number of cards are present, the deck shall be removed from the table.

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

   (1)  If the cards were shuffled using an automated card shuffling device, deal the cards in accordance with §  678a.8, §  678a.9 or §  678a.10 (relating to procedure for dealing the cards from a manual dealing shoe; procedure for dealing the cards from the hand; and procedure 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 (d).

 (d)  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.

 (e)  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.

 (f)  If there is no gaming activity at a High Card Flush table which is open for gaming, the cards shall be 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 §  678a.4(c) (relating to opening of the table for gaming) and this section shall be completed.

 (g)  A certificate holder may utilize a dealing shoe or other device that automatically reshuffles and counts the cards provided that the device is submitted to the Bureau of Gaming Laboratory Operations 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 (d)—(f) do not apply.

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  678a.4 (relating to opening of the table for gaming); 58 Pa. Code §  678a.8 (relating to procedure for dealing the cards from a manual dealing shoe); 58 Pa. Code §  678a.9 (relating to procedure for dealing the cards from the hand); and 58 Pa. Code §  678a.10 (relating to procedure for dealing the cards from an automated dealing shoe).

§ 678a.6. High Card Flush rankings.

 (a)  The rank of the cards used in High Card Flush, in order of highest to lowest rank, shall be: ace, king, queen, jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. All suits shall be equal in rank.

 (b)  For purposes of the Ante, Raise and Flush Bonus Wagers, the permissible hands at the game of High Card Flush, in order of highest to lowest rank, shall be:

   (1)  A seven-card flush, which is a hand consisting of seven cards of the same suit in any order.

   (2)  A six-card flush, which is a hand consisting of six cards of the same suit in any order.

   (3)  A five-card flush, which is a hand consisting of five cards of the same suit in any order.

   (4)  A four-card flush, which is a hand consisting of four cards of the same suit in any order.

   (5)  A three-card flush, which is a hand consisting of three cards of the same suit in any order.

   (6)  A two-card flush, which is a hand consisting of two cards of the same suit in any order.

 (c)  When comparing two hands that are of identical rank under subsection (b), or that contain none of the hands in subsection (b), the hand that contains the highest ranking card under subsection (a), which is not contained in the other hand, shall be considered the higher ranking hand. If the hands are of identical rank after the application of this subsection, the hands shall be considered a tie.

 (d)  For purposes of the optional Straight Flush Bonus and the Progressive Jackpot Wagers, the permissible hands shall be:

   (1)  A seven-card straight flush, which is a hand consisting of seven cards of the same suit in consecutive rank.

   (2)  A six-card straight flush, which is a hand consisting of six cards of the same suit in consecutive rank.

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

   (4)  A four-card straight flush, which is a hand consisting of four cards of the same suit in consecutive rank.

   (5)  A three-card straight flush, if included in the payout table selected by the certificate holder, which is a hand consisting of three cards of the same suit in consecutive rank.

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  678a.7 (relating to wagers); and 58 Pa. Code §  678a.11 (relating to procedure for completion of each round of play).

§ 678a.7. Wagers.

 (a)  Wagers at High Card Flush shall be made by placing value chips, plaques or other Board-approved table game wagering instruments on the appropriate areas of the table layout. Verbal wagers accompanied by cash may not be accepted.

 (b)  Only players who are seated at the High Card Flush table may place a 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 Ante, Flush Bonus, Straight Flush Bonus and Progressive Jackpot Wagers shall be placed prior to the dealer announcing ‘‘no more bets’’ in accordance with the dealing procedure in §  678a.8, §  678a.9 or §  678a.10 (relating to procedure for dealing the cards from a manual dealing shoe; procedure for dealing the cards from the hand; and procedure for dealing the cards from an automated dealing shoe). Except as provided in §  678a.11(b) (relating to procedure 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 High Card Flush:

   (1)  A player shall compete against the dealer’s seven-card hand by placing an Ante Wager then a Raise Wager in accordance with §  678a.11(b).

   (2)  If specified in its Rules Submission under §  601a.2 (relating to table games Rules Submissions), a certificate holder may offer to each player at a High Card Flush table the option to make an additional Flush Bonus Wager that the player’s seven cards will form a four-card flush or higher as described in §  678a.6(b) (relating to High Card Flush rankings). A Flush Bonus Wager does not have a bearing on any other wager made by the player.

   (3)  If specified in its Rules Submission under §  601a.2, a certificate holder may offer to each player at a High Card Flush table the option to make an additional Straight Flush Bonus Wager that the player’s seven cards will form a three-card straight flush or higher as described in §  678a.6(d). A Straight Flush Bonus Wager does not have a bearing on any other wager made by the player.

   (4)  If specified in its Rules Submission under §  601a.2, certificate holder may offer to each player at a High Card Flush table the option to make an additional Progressive Jackpot Wager that the player’s seven cards will form a three-card straight flush or a four-card straight flush or higher, depending on the payout table selected by the certificate holder. After placing the Ante Wager, a player may make the additional Progressive Jackpot 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.

 (e)  A player may not wager on more than one player position at a High Card Flush table.

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  678a.2 (relating to High Card Flush table physical characteristics); 58 Pa. Code §  678a.8 (relating to procedure for dealing the cards from a manual dealing shoe); 58 Pa. Code §  678a.9 (relating to procedure for dealing the cards from the hand); and 58 Pa. Code §  678a.10 (relating to procedure for dealing the cards from an automated dealing shoe).

§ 678a.8. Procedure 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 as approved by the Bureau of Casino Compliance in accordance with §  601a.10(g) (relating to approval of table game layouts, signage and equipment). Once the procedures required under §  678a.5 (relating to shuffle and cut of the cards) have been completed, the stacked deck of cards shall be placed in the dealing shoe either by the dealer or by the automated card shuffling device.

 (b)  Prior to dealing the cards and after all Ante Wagers and optional wagers have been placed, the dealer shall announce ‘‘no more bets’’ and, if the Progressive Jackpot Wager is being offered, use the progressive table game system to prevent the placement of additional Progressive Jackpot Wagers. If Progressive Jackpot 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 Jackpot Wagers accepted by the progressive table game system. The dealer shall then place the value chips into the table inventory container.

 (c)  Each card shall be removed from the dealing shoe with the hand of the dealer that is the closest to the dealing shoe and placed on the appropriate area of the layout with the opposite hand.

 (d)  The dealer shall, starting with the player farthest to the dealer’s left and continuing around the table in a clockwise manner, deal one card at a time, face down, to each player who placed an Ante Wager in accordance with §  678a.7(d)(1) (relating to wagers) and to the dealer, under a cover card, until each player who placed an Ante Wager and the dealer have seven cards.

 (e)  After seven cards have been dealt to each player and to the area designated for the placement of the dealer’s hand, the dealer shall remove the stub from the manual dealing shoe and, except as provided in subsection (f), place the stub in the discard rack without exposing the cards.

 (f)  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 stub at least once every 5 rounds of play to determine if the correct number of cards are still present in the deck. The dealer shall determine the number of cards in the stub by counting the cards face down on the layout.

 (g)  If the count of the stub indicates that 52 cards are in the deck, the dealer shall place the stub in the discard rack without exposing the cards.

 (h)  If the count of the stub indicates that the number of cards in the deck is incorrect, the dealer shall determine if the cards were misdealt. If the cards were misdealt but 52 cards remain in the deck, 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.

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  678a.5 (relating to shuffle and cut of the cards); 58 Pa. Code §  678a.7 (relating to wagers); and 58 Pa. Code §  678a.11 (relating to procedure for completion of each round of play).

§ 678a.9. Procedure 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 §  678a.5 (relating to shuffle and cut of the cards) have been completed, the dealer shall place the stacked deck of cards in either hand. After the dealer has chosen the hand in which he will hold the cards, the dealer shall continue to use that hand whenever 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.

 (b)  The dealer shall announce ‘‘no more bets’’ and, if the Progressive Jackpot Wager is being offered, use the progressive table game system to prevent the placement of any additional Progressive Jackpot Wagers. If any Progressive Jackpot 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 Jackpot Wagers accepted by the progressive table game system. The dealer shall then place the value chips into the table inventory container. The dealer shall then deal each card by holding the deck of cards in the chosen hand and use the other hand to remove the top card of the deck and place it face down on the appropriate area of the layout. The dealer shall, starting with the player farthest to the dealer’s left and continuing around the table in a clockwise manner, deal one card at a time to each player who placed an Ante Wager in accordance with §  678a.7(d)(1) (relating to wagers) and to the dealer, under a cover card, until each player who placed an Ante Wager and the dealer have seven cards.

 (c)  After seven cards have been dealt to each player and to the area designated for the placement of the dealer’s hand, the dealer shall, except as provided in subsection (d), place the stub in the discard rack without exposing the cards.

 (d)  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 stub at least once every 5 rounds of play to determine if the correct number of cards are still present in the deck. The dealer shall determine the number of cards in the stub by counting the cards face down on the layout.

 (e)  If the count of the stub indicates that 52 cards are in the deck, the dealer shall place the stub in the discard rack without exposing the cards.

 (f)  If the count of the stub indicates that the number of cards in the deck is incorrect, the dealer shall determine if the cards were misdealt. If the cards were misdealt but 52 cards remain in the deck, 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.

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  678a.5 (relating to shuffle and cut of the cards); 58 Pa. Code §  678a.7 (relating to wagers); and 58 Pa. Code §  678a.11 (relating to procedure for completion of each round of play).

§ 678a.10. Procedure for dealing the cards from an automated dealing shoe.

 (a)  If the cards are dealt from an automated dealing shoe, the following requirements shall be observed:

   (1)  After the procedures required under §  678a.5 (relating to shuffle and cut of the cards) have been completed, the cards shall be placed in the automated dealing shoe.

   (2)  Prior to the shoe dispensing any stacks of cards, the dealer shall announce ‘‘no more bets’’ and, if the Progressive Jackpot Wager is being offered, use the progressive table game system to prevent the placement of additional Progressive Jackpot Wagers. If Progressive Jackpot 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 Jackpot 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 deliver the first stack of seven cards dispensed by the automated dealing shoe face down to the player farthest to the dealer’s left who has placed an Ante Wager in accordance with §  678a.7(d)(1) (relating to wagers). 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 of seven cards face down to each of the other players who has placed an Ante Wager. The dealer shall then deliver a stack of seven cards face down under a cover card to the area designated for the dealer’s cards.

 (c)  After each stack of seven cards has been dispensed and delivered in accordance with subsection (b), the dealer shall remove the remaining cards from the automated dealing shoe and, except as provided in subsection (d), place the stub in the discard rack without exposing the cards.

 (d)  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 stub at least once every 5 rounds of play to determine if the correct number of cards are still present in the deck. The dealer shall determine the number of cards in the stub by counting the cards face down on the layout.

 (e)  If the count of the stub indicates that 52 cards are in the deck, the dealer shall place the stub in the discard rack without exposing the cards.

 (f)  If the count of the stub indicates that the number of cards in the deck is incorrect, the dealer shall determine if the cards were misdealt. If the cards were misdealt but 52 cards remain in the deck, 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.

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  678a.5 (relating to shuffle and cut of the cards); 58 Pa. Code §  678a.7 (relating to wagers); and 58 Pa. Code §  678a.11 (relating to procedure for completion of each round of play).

§ 678a.11. Procedure for completion of each round of play.

 (a)  After the dealing procedures required under §  678a.8, §  678a.9 or §  678a.10 (relating to procedure for dealing the cards from a manual dealing shoe; procedure for dealing the cards from the hand; and procedure 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 High Card Flush 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 cards in full view of the dealer at all times.

 (b)  After each player has examined his cards, beginning with the player farthest to the dealer’s left and moving clockwise around the table, the dealer shall ask each player if he wishes to fold or place a Raise Wager. If a player has:

   (1)  A two-card, three-card or four-card flush, the player may place a Raise Wager equal to the player’s Ante Wager.

   (2)  A five-card flush, a player may place a Raise Wager up to two times the amount of the player’s Ante Wager.

   (3)  A six-card or seven-card flush, a player may place a Raise Wager up to three times the amount of the player’s Ante Wager.

 (c)  If a player:

   (1)  Places a Raise Wager, the wager shall be placed in the area designated for the Raise Wager.

   (2)  Folds, the player’s Ante Wager shall be collected by the dealer and placed in the table inventory container. If the player:

     (i)   Has also placed a Flush Bonus, Straight Flush Bonus or Progressive Jackpot Wager, the dealer shall place the cards of the player face down underneath the optional wagers pending their resolution at the conclusion of the round of play.

     (ii)   Has not placed a Flush Bonus, Straight Flush Bonus or Progressive Jackpot Wager, the dealer shall immediately collect the player’s cards and place them in the discard rack.

 (d)  After each player has either placed a Raise Wager or folded, the dealer shall turn his seven cards face up on the layout. The dealer shall then form the highest ranking flush. If the dealer’s hand:

   (1)  Does not contain at least a three-card flush, nine high, beginning with the player farthest to the dealer’s right who has placed a Raise Wager and continuing around the table in a counterclockwise direction, the dealer shall pay each player’s winning Ante Wager in accordance with §  678a.12(a) (relating to payout odds; payout limitation) and return the player’s Raise Wager. If a player:

     (i)   Also placed a Flush Bonus, Straight Flush Bonus or Progressive Jackpot Wager, beginning 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 face up on the layout and form the highest ranking flush. The dealer shall then settle the player’s Flush Bonus, Straight Flush Bonus or Progressive Jackpot Wager in accordance with subsection (e).

     (ii)   Did not place a Flush Bonus, Straight Flush Bonus or Progressive Jackpot Wager, the dealer shall collect the player’s cards and place them in the discard rack.

   (2)  Contains at least a three-card flush, nine high, beginning with the player farthest to the dealer’s right and continuing around the table in a counterclockwise direction, the dealer shall then complete the following applicable procedures in succession for each player:

     (i)   The dealer shall turn the cards of each player face up on the layout and form the highest ranking flush.

     (ii)   The dealer shall then compare the rank of the dealer’s hand to the rank of the player’s hand. If the player’s hand:

       (A)   Is higher in rank than the dealer’s hand, the player’s Ante and Raise Wagers shall be paid out at the odds in §  678a.12(a).

       (B)   Is equal in rank to the dealer’s hand, the player’s Ante and Raise Wagers shall push and be returned to the player.

       (C)   Is lower in rank to the dealer’s hand, the player’s Ante and Raise Wagers shall lose and be collected.

 (e)  After settling the player’s Ante and Raise Wagers, the dealer shall settle the player’s Flush Bonus, Straight Flush Bonus and Progressive Jackpot Wagers as follows:

   (1)  For the Flush Bonus Wager, if a player’s hand:

     (i)   Contains a three-card flush or less, the dealer shall collect the player’s losing Flush Bonus Wager.

     (ii)   Contains a four-card flush or better as provided in §  678a.6(b) (relating to High Card Flush rankings), the dealer shall pay the winning Flush Bonus Wager in accordance with §  678a.12(b).

   (2)  For the Straight Flush Bonus Wager, after settling the player’s Ante, Raise and Flush Bonus Wagers, if applicable, the dealer shall configure the player’s cards so as to form the highest ranking straight flush as provided in §  678a.6(d). If a player’s hand:

     (i)   Contains a two-card straight flush or less, the dealer shall collect the player’s losing Straight Flush Bonus Wager.

     (ii)   Contains a three-card straight flush or higher, as provided in §  678a.6(d), the dealer shall pay the winning Straight Flush Bonus Wager in accordance with §  678a.12(c).

   (3)  For the Progressive Jackpot Wager, after configuring the player’s cards so as to form the highest ranking straight flush, if the player has a three-card straight flush or a four-card straight flush, depending on the paytable selected by the certificate holder, or higher and has won a progressive payout, the dealer shall:

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

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

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

     (iv)   Pay the winning Progressive Jackpot Wager in accordance with the payout odds in §  678a.12(d). If a player has won a progressive payout that is a percentage of the jackpot amount on 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 container, the cards of that player must remain on the table until the necessary documentation has been completed.

 (f)  After all wagers of the player have been settled, the dealer shall remove all 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.

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  678a.7 (relating to wagers); 58 Pa. Code §  678a.12 (relating to payout odds; payout limitation); and 58 Pa. Code §  678a.13 (relating to irregularities).

§ 678a.12. Payout odds; payout limitation.

 (a)  A certificate holder shall pay each winning Ante Wager and Raise Wager at odds of 1 to 1.

 (b)  A certificate holder shall pay each winning Flush Bonus Wager at the odds 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 Paytable B Paytable C Paytable D
Seven-card flush 300 to 1 100 to 1 200 to 1 500 to 1
Six-card flush 100 to 1 20 to 1 60 to 1 50 to 1
Five-card flush 10 to 1 10 to 1 12 to 1 12 to 1
Four-card flush 1 to 1 2 to 1 1 to 1 1 to 1


Hand Paytable E Paytable F Paytable G Paytable H
Seven-card flush 400 to 1 400 to 1 500 to 1 250 to 1
Six-card flush 60 to 1 100 to 1 100 to 1 100 to 1
Five-card flush 12 to 1 10 to 1 10 to 1 10 to 1
Four-card flush 1 to 1 1 to 1 1 to 1 1 to 1

 (c)  A certificate holder shall pay each winning Straight Flush Bonus Wager 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 Paytable D
Seven-card straight flush 8,000 to 1 1,000 to 1 500 to 1 1,000 to 1
Six-card straight flush 1,000 to 1 500 to 1 200 to 1 500 to 1
Five-card straight flush 100 to 1 100 to 1 100 to 1 100 to 1
Four-card straight flush 60 to 1 75 to 1 60 to 1 60 to 1
Three-card straight flush 7 to 1 7 to 1 8 to 1 8 to 1

 (d)  If a certificate holder offers the Progressive Jackpot Wager:

   (1)  A winning Progressive Jackpot Wager shall be paid at the following odds:

Hand Paytable A Paytable B
Seven-card straight flush 100% of meter 100% of meter
Six-card straight flush 10% of meter 10% of meter
Five-card straight flush 250 for 1 900 for 1
Four-card straight flush 40 for 1 50 for 1
Three-card straight flush 3 for 1 N/A

   (2)  A player shall receive the payout for only the highest straight flush hand formed.

   (3)  The rate of progression for the meter used for the progressive payout in paragraph (1) must be in the certificate holder’s Rules Submission filed in accordance with §  601a.2. The initial and reset amount must also be in the certificate holder’s Rules Submission and be at least $30,000.

   (4)  Winning Progressive Jackpot Wagers shall be paid in accordance with the amount on the meter when it is the player’s turn to be paid in accordance with §  678a.11(e)(3) (relating to procedure for completion of each round of play).

 (e)  Notwithstanding the payout odds in subsections (a)—(c), if specified in its Rules Submission form filed in accordance with §  601a.2, the certificate holder may establish an aggregate payout limit per player per round of play which may not be less than $50,000 or the maximum amount that one patron could win per round when betting the minimum wager, whichever is greater. The aggregate payout limit established may not include winning progressive jackpot wagers.

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  678a.2 (relating to High Card Flush table physical characteristics); and 58 Pa. Code §  678a.11 (relating to procedure for completion of each round of play).

§ 678a.13. Irregularities.

 (a)  A card that is found face up in the shoe or the deck while the cards are being dealt may 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.

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

 (c)  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.

 (d)  If any of the cards dealt to the dealer in High Card Flush is inadvertently exposed prior to each player having either folded or placed a Raise Wager as provided under §  678a.11(b) (relating to procedure for completion of each round of play), all hands shall be void, all Ante and Raise Wagers shall be returned to the players and the cards shall be reshuffled. Notwithstanding the forgoing, any Flush Bonus, Straight Flush Bonus and Progressive Jackpot Wagers shall be settled in accordance with §  678a.11(e).

 (e)  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.

 (f)  If an automated dealing shoe is being used and the device jams, stops dealing cards or fails to deal 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.

 (g)  If an automated card 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 card 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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