RUSSIAN POKER

RUSSIAN POKER

Russian Poker is an extremely popular variety of the game. It is played with a 52-card deck, with aces being high and twos being low. In a Straight, however, aces can be high or low. The objective of the game is to get a hand that ranks higher than that of the dealer. All players play against the casino independently of each other. The casino sets the minimum and maximum ANTE bets for every table, as well as the table’s maximum payout.

Players can play a maximum of four boxes (essentially hands) simultaneously. The allowed number of boxes playing “open” varies for every player from one to two, depending on the table’s minimum and maximum. Players look at their cards and make decisions for their boxes one by one as the cards are dealt. Players are not permitted to go back to boxes on which decisions have already been made. It is also possible to play “blind.” In order to play “blind,” players must confirm their intention to do so by placing ANTE and BET wagers on blind boxes before cards are dealt. An additional sixth card and “no game” insurance may be purchased from the dealer for “blind” boxes. These bets should also be placed before dealing starts. All bets on open and blind boxes must be equal to each other.

To play, the player must place a bet on the ANTE field. When the dealer announces “no more bets” and covers the bets with his/her hand, players are not allowed to touch or change their wagers. The dealer then deals five cards face down to each box and five to him/herself. After the cards are dealt, the dealer shows his/her first (bottom) card.

Players look at their cards and decide to:

  • PLAY (by placing their cards on BET and betting 2xANTE);
  • PASS (by discarding his/her cards thus losing their initial ANTE bet);
  • EXCHANGE 2 to 5 cards OR PURCHASE one card (a sixth card) for a bet equal to the ANTE.

The dealer exchanges and sells the cards in the same order in which the cards were dealt. After the cards have been exchanged and purchased, players can look at their cards again and decide to either play (by placing a double ANTE wager on the ВЕТ field) or pass on the game (thus discarding the initial ANTE bet).

Players with “Three of a Kind” and higher can, if they so wish, purchase “no game” insurance before the dealer shows his/her cards. This is accomplished by placing an additional bet that is higher than the table’s minimum but lower than a half of the expected box payout. The total box payout (hand + insurance) may not exceed the table’s maximum payout.

If the dealer has “no game,” the insurance bet wins and is paid out 1:1. If the dealer has any poker hand, the insurance bet loses. An exception to this rule is when the dealer has a hand that ranks higher than the one on the box. In this case, the insurance bet does neither win nor lose; that is, the dealer neither collects nor pays out on the insurance bet.

When all players have made their decision, the dealer shows his/her cards. If the dealer has any of the hands shown below, he/she compares it with those of the players for each box. Hands that rank lower than the dealer’s hand lose.

PAYOUT TABLE
HAND BET PAYOUT COEFFICIENT
ONE PAIR, ACE-KING 1:1
TWO PAIRS 2:1
THREE OF A KIND 3:1
STRAIGHT 4:1
FLUSH 5:1
FULL HOUSE 7:1
FOUR OF A KIND 20:1
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50:1
ROYAL FLUSH 100:1
 

If a player’s hand ranks higher than the dealer’s, the dealer pays out only on the BET wager in accordance with the payout table; no payout is made on the ANTE wager in this case.

If the dealer has “no game, the player can choose to either receive the ANTE or “buy a game” for the dealer — that is, to exchange the dealer’s highest card for the next card from the deck for one ANTE. If the next card from the deck is equal to the card that has been replaced (and the dealer has “no game” again), the dealer exchanges the highest card again without an additional payment, but only once.

If after a game was purchased for the dealer and he/she now has a hand, he/she looks at the cards of the players who purchased the game and compares the hand on each box with his/her own (in accordance with the rules of the Russian Poker).

If the dealer still has “no game” after a game has been purchased, ANTE and BET wagers are not paid out and are not collected.

Insurance bets do not exclude the option of purchasing a game for the dealer.

If the dealer and a player have identical hands, the winner is determined by the highest card. If there is no such card, a tie or Stay (the player’s bet neither wins nor loses) is declared.

Ace-King minimum game

Russian Poker is unique in that a player can have two hands at once, and payouts are made on both bets in accordance with payout coefficients.

Two conditions must be met:

  • One of the two hands must rank higher than the dealer’s;
  • The second hand must include at least one card that is not in the first hand.

BONUS GAME

Before the deal, players may place an additional bonus wager in addition to the regular ANTE bet. In this case, if a player is dealt a “Three of a Kind” or higher hand, he/she is paid out a bonus in accordance with the payout table, whether the dealer has a hand or not. The bonus is paid out prior to players exchanging and purchasing cards.

BONUS
THREE OF A KIND   10:1
STRAIGHT   40:1
FLUSH   50:1
FULL HOUSE   70:1
FOUR OF A KIND   200:1
STRAIGHT FLUSH Up to the maximum payout 500:1
ROYAL FLUSH 1000:1

Bonus payouts are not included in the table’s maximum payout.

Bets are not accepted on credit or in cash.

Every table has a minimum/maximum schedule.

In the event of a dispute, the desicision of Casino Sochi’s management is final.

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