SOCHI POKER

SOCHI POKER

1. CARDS USED IN SOCHI TEXAS HOLD’EM
1.1. Sochi Texas Hold’em uses a single 52-card deck.
1.2. In the event that a card (or cards) has been lost during any stage of the game, the manager reserves the right to declare the results of all games are valid, using video surveillance to confirm that ALL 52 cards were present at the start of the game at the table in question.
1.3. If the casino management notices that a card has been deliberately removed from the game by a guest, the management reserves the right to declare the current and previous games invalid, and all unlawful winnings are confiscated from the player/players responsible. CCTV monitoring will be used to confirm the fact of non-compliance with the rules.
1.4. If the casino management notices that a card has been deliberately marked by a guest by any means in order to distinguish it from other cards, the casino management reserves the right to declare the current and previous games invalid, and all unlawful winnings are confiscated from the player/players responsible. CCTV monitoring will be used to confirm the fact of non-compliance with the rules.
1.5. In the event that the automatic card shuffler malfunctions while dealing, the manager may declare a re-deal, with the results of the current game being nullified.
1.6. In the event that the cards have been placed into the automatic card shuffler incorrectly, resulting in some of the cards being dealt face up, a re-deal is declared and the results of the current game are nullified.

2. BASIC RULES OF THE GAME AND BETTING
Sochi Texas Hold’em is a variation of No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker. Two cards are dealt face down to each player, then five community cards are dealt face up opposite the dealer in two stages: three cards at the first stage (the «flop»); and two cards (the «turn» and the «river») at the second stage.
Players make up the best possible five-card hand by combining their closed («hole») cards with the community cards (or just the community cards).
2.1. The object of the game is to beat the «dealer» by getting a combination of five cards that is better than the dealer’s. To participate in a round, a player must:
2.1.1. Be physically present at the table during the «no more bets» announcement.
2.1.2 Place the requisite amount of chips for «antes» and «blinds» in accordance with the minimum and maximum bet amounts set for the table.
2.1.3 Have a sufficient amount chips to «close» the box.
2.1.4 In the event that there are free boxes on the table and a player wishes to play «blind," he (she) must «ante up» in the manner described in Paragraph 2.2 and immediately «close» the box in an amount equal to between one and four times the «ante».
2.1.5. If a bet has been placed that is below the table’s minimum and this has not been noticed by the table’s staff, the bet is either paid or collected, depending on the game’s outcome, but the player is warned that he or she must abide by the table’s minimum.
2.1.6 In the event that a bet has been placed that is above the maximum set for the table, only the maximum is paid out or taken by the house and the remaining amount is returned to the player who placed the bet.
2.1.7 Players cannot take or look at cards in «blind» boxes for the duration of the game.
2.1.8 Players must hold their cards above the table within the staff’s field of vision at all times during the game.
2.1.9 Players at a table must hold their cards in such a manner that they cannot be seen by other players.
2.1.10 When looking at their cards and making decisions, players are STRICTLY PROHIBITED from exchanging information about their cards, including, but not limited to, discussions in foreign languages, exchanging various signals or physically showing one’ cards.
2.1.11 Players are prohibited from engaging in rude or aggressive behaviour, or insulting the casino’s staff in any way.
2.1.12 Players my play one «open» and up to five «blind» boxes at the same time. «Antes» placed on boxes belonging to a single player may differ. «Antes» and «blinds» on a single box must be different. Boxes on which a player places bets must be located next to each other (sequentially).
2.1.13 The dealer removes three cards from the shuffler and places them on top of each other, near the float. The dealer then deals two cards to each box where the «ante» and «blind» have been paid and two cards to himself or herself.
2.1.14 The dealer then moves the first three community cards from the float towards the centre of the table and places his or her two cards, face down, where those three cards were.
2.1.15 The dealer then takes the remaining cards from the shuffler.
2.1.16 The dealer places the cards in the boxes that are playing «blind» at «bet».
2.1.17 At this stage, players have a choice: a) place a «bet» in an amount equal to between one and four times the «ante»; or b) say «check» and continue the game without placing an additional bet. The dealer requires a clear answer from every player («check» or the placing of a bet) before continuing. Bets must be multiples of the «ante».
2.1.18 Following this, the dealer turns the three community cards face up in the centre of the table and spreads them from left to right in descending order.
2.1.19 Players who did not place a bet in the first round look at their cards and make a decision. At this stage, players who did not place a bet in the first round have a choice: a) place a «bet» in an amount equal to two times the «ante»; or b) say «check» and continue the game without placing an additional bet. The dealer requires a clear answer from every player («check» or the placing of a bet) before continuing. Bets must be multiples of the «ante." Players who made a bet during the first round are not allowed to touch their cards.
2.1.20 Players who decide to continue must place their cards on the box marked «bet» and close it with a bet in an amount equal to two times the «ante» (if so desired) or place their cards on the box marked «bet» and say «check».
2.1.21 After all players have made a decision, the dealer «burns» the top card from the remaining deck and opens up two more cards. The cards remaining in the deck are moved to the discard rack.
2.1.22 Players who did not place a bet in the first or second rounds look at their cards and make a decision. At this stage, players who did not place a bet in the first or second rounds have a choice: place a «bet» in an amount equal to two times the «ante»; or b) fold.
2.1.23 To fold, players must place their cards face down on the table in front of the «ante».
2.1.24 The dealer turns his cards face up and calculates the best five-card poker hand that can be attained. Combinations can be made up in the following ways:
A. One of the dealer’s cards plus four of the five community cards;
B. Both of the dealer’s cards plus three of the five community cards;
C. All of the community cards.
2.1.25 The dealer checks the cards of each player and calculates the best five-card poker hand that can be attained. Combinations can be made up in the following ways:
A. One of the player’s cards plus four of the five community cards;
B. Both of the player’s cards plus three of the five community cards;
C. All of the community cards.
2.1.26 The dealer is «in the game» if his hand contains a «pair» or better. 2.1.27 If the dealer does not have a «pair» or better, he/she announces «no game» and reveals his/her cards to show the best five-card hand that can be attained with the given cards. Moving from right to left, the dealer then turns up the cards of each player and calculates the best possible hand. This hand is then compared to the dealer’s. A number of situations may arise as a result of this comparison:
A. The player has a better hand than the dealer:

  • The «bet» is paid out at a ratio of 1:1
  • The «ante» is neither paid out nor is it taken by the house
  • The «blind» is paid out in accordance with the payout ratio
B. The player has a worse hand than the dealer:
  • The «bet» and the «blind» is taken by the house
  • The «ante» is neither paid out nor is it taken by the house
2.1.28 If the dealer has a «pair» or better, he/she reveals his/her hand and, moving from right to left, the turns up the cards of each player and calculates the best possible hand. This hand is then compared to the dealer’s. A number of situations may arise as a result of this comparison:
A. The «ante» and the «bet» are paid out at a ratio of 1:1. The «blind» is paid out in accordance with the payout ratio table for boxes with hands better than the dealer’s. The «blind» is not paid out or taken by the house if the player’s hand cannot beat a «straight».
B. «Bets», «antes» and «blinds» are taken by the house for players whose hands cannot beat the dealer’s.
C. «Stay» is announced for boxes with the same hand as the dealer. In this instance, the «blind» is not paid either, irrespective of the player’s hand.
2.1.29 If a player has a bonus combination after all five community cards have been dealt but no longer wishes to take part in the round, the dealer takes that player’s «ante» and «blind» and their cards are placed under a «bonus» bet.

 

3. PRINCNIPAL STAGES OF THE GAME
3.1. Players must wait until the cards have been dealt to all the boxes and until the dealer has moved the cards to the ante bets; touching cards is prohibited before all this has been completed.
3.2. Players must make the decision to play or fold within a period specified by the pit boss or manager.
3.3. The decision to play or fold is FINAL and IRREVERSIBLE.
3.4. Players must be seated when holding cards in their hands.
3.5. Players cannot play at more than one table if the pit boss or the manager has determined that such a situation would cause delays and inconvenience other players at the table(s).
3.6. All bonus bets must be placed in Bonus Box AA1 before the first hand begins and before the dealer announcer «No more bets».
3.7 Hands with «three of a kind» or better receive payouts as listed in the table below. Bonus bets on boxes with hands that cannot beat «three of a kind» lose and are taken by the house.

Payout ratio for «bonus» bets

Bonus
Three of a Kind 3:1
Straight 5:1
Flush 6:1
Full House 8:1
Four of a Kind 30:1
Straight Flush 40:1
Royal Flush 50:1 up to maximum payout

Payout table:

HAND PAYOUT RATIO
  Blind
Straight 1:1
Flush 3:2
Full House 3:1
Four of a Kind 10:1
Straight Flush 50:1
Royal Flush 500:1

4. GAME SECURITY
4.1 Players’ cards must be kept above the table and be clearly visible at all times during the game. If at any time during the game a player’s are hidden or removed from the table, the game must be stopped and the pit boss informed immediately.
4.2 The cards must be recounted by the dealer before a new deck is used.
4.3 The dealer must shuffle the deck using the Chemmy shuffle method at the start of the game, when there is a change of dealer (when playing without a shuffler), when a new deck is used and after a winning hand of «four of a kind» or higher (when playing without a shuffler).
4.4 It is strictly prohibited for players to show each other their cards or exchange information about their hands. The pit boss must be notified in the event that this rule is not observed.
4.5 Players must not touch the cards of other players.

GLOSSARY

 
BONUS A separate wager placed by a player before the cards are dealt. Paid out for hands with «three of a kind» or better.
CHEMMY SHUFFLE A way of shuffling in which the cards are spread in random order, face down, and shuffled in circular motion from both left and right for about 60 seconds; cards are then collected and placed in the deck holder to be readied for further use or for strip or riffle shuffle.
DECK 52-card deck with four suits: Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds and Spades. Each suit has 13 cards from Ace to King.
DISCARD RACK A holder attached to the table with two 90-degree angle plates to hold discarded cards.
FLOAT Working chips kept on every table for paying out winning bets and collecting lost bets. Losing bets are also placed in the float.
HAND Cards dealt to each player during a game. All players have their own hands, as does the dealer.
LAYOUT A specific area of the table used for gaming, covered with a special material for easy use of cards and chips.
MAXIMUM BET The maximum wager accepted at a table.
MINIMUM BET The minimum wager accepted at a table.
NO GAME Denotes a situation when the dealer does not have a hand that contains a pair or better.
OPEN Revealing one’s cards to calculate the hand.
PAYOUT TABLE A table that determines the payout ratios based on the card combinations.
PLAYER A casino guest who has placed a bet and is taking part in the current round.
RIFFLE SHUFFLE A way of shuffling the cards by dividing the deck into two approximately equal halves, placing them flat on the table with their edges touching, lifting the corners of the decks and then interleaving the cards in each half of the deck.
ROUND A complete cycle of a game from the initial bet until the final announcement of results and the payout of all winning bets and the collection of all losing bets.
SHUFFLER An automatic device for shuffling cards.
SPREAD Spreading cards or chips in the table’s layout in such a manner that every card and chip can be easily seen and checked for security purposes.
STRIP SHUFFLE A way of shuffling the cards when a small random number of cards it taken off the top of the deck and put on the table underneath the deck; then again a small number of cards is taken off the top and put on top of the first portion of cards; the process is repeated until all the cards are on the table with their order effectively changed.
TRAY A lockable tray for keeping the float for each table.
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