The game uses 2 alternating standard 52 card decks.
Before the deal, each player will place an ante bet with an equal blind bet. There is an optional trips bonus bet. The trips bet may be more or less than the base bets.
Each player has the opportunity to be the Player/Dealer and take the bank hand. This opportunity is given starting on seat 1 and offered clockwise. Each banking round consists of 2 hands.
The dealer will place the 5 community cards in the middle of the table, face down. Each player is then given 2 cards, the bank is given their cards last.
Each player can now bet 3 or 4 times their ante in the play position or check their hand. When everyone has acted, the dealer will flop the first 3 community cards. Each player is now given the opportunity to call 2 times his or her ante bet or check. When all the players have acted, the dealer will turn over the last 2 community cards. Each player may now call 1 time their ante or fold their hand.
Once all the players have acted, the dealer will expose their hand. The dealer qualifies with any pair or better. If the dealer does not qualify, the ante bet is pushed for every player, but all other bets have normal action. If the bank does qualify all bets have action. The player compares his 2 cards with the 5 community cards to make the best 5 card hand possible. The dealer will do the same. Iftheplayer's5cardhandisbetterthanthe dealer, the player will win 1-1 on the play and the ante. The blind is paid only on a straight or better, and must be at the dealer. If the player wins but has less than a straight, the blind will push. Only the best 5-card hand is considered. If the player uses the same 5 cards as the dealer, then all bets except the trips bonus will push. The trips bet is independent of the outcome of the hand, and is paid whether the hand contains 3 of a kind or better. If the player loses to the dealer, the play, ante and blind lose, but the trips still may win. If a player surrenders his hand on the river, the cards are dead, but the trips bet may still win if there is 3 of a kind or better in the 5 community cards.
LESS THAN TRIPS = LOSE
LOSE TO DEALER = LOSE • COPY DEALER = PUSH
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