To begin the game you should make your initial bet by placing chips in the first box (ANTE). You can play on up to four boxes at the same time. When playing on several boxes you are only allowed to see one hand and the others will remain blind. In the case of blind hands both bets – ANTE and BET – have to be made before the cards are dealt. The BET equals double the ANTE bet. The dealer will deal five cards to each player and for the dealer. The cards will be dealt face-down to the Players, while the last (fifth) card for the dealer will be face-up. In the case of an open hand after all cards have been dealt the player has the option of buying a sixth card or change 1 to 5 cards for a fee equalling the ANTE bet. Then you must consider your cards and decide whether you double your initial bet (by placing chips on the BET box) and continue to play or fold to surrender, losing the ANTE bet.
In case you have hand with a Three of a Kind or a stronger combination you have the option of taking insurance for your game in case the dealer has no game. The minimum insurance bet equals the ANTE bet; the maximum equals half of the payout for the combination. In case you have two combinations at the same time you can take insurance for both combinations. For that your first combination needs to be at least a Three of a Kind or higher. Once the dealer has no game, the insurance bet is paid 1 to 1. The insurance is lost if the dealer has a game.
The minimum combination for the dealer is Ace/King. In case your combination is stronger than the dealer’s, the second BET is paid according to the payout table. The first ANTE bet is not paid. In case the dealer has a stronger combination than you do, both bets do not win. The only possible additional combination with five cards is Ace/King (counts with a Pair, Two Pair, Three of a Kind or Four of a Kind). When a sixth card is bought you could get two separate combinations of five cards. Two combinations are paid when one of the combinations is higher than the dealer’s and at least one of the second combination’s cards is not part of the first combination. In case the dealer has no game the player has two options: whether only the initial ANTE bet is paid no matter what your hand is or you can buy a new card to replace the dealer’s highest card for a fee equalling the ANTE bet. The new card is always the first card of a fresh pack of cards. In case the new card is the same card (for example if the dealer changes Q and receives a Q back from the fresh pack), and then the changes will be repeated until any other card appears. In case the dealer still has no game the ANTE bet will not be returned and the BET will not be paid.
Royal Flush 100 to 1
Straight Flush 50 to 1
Four of a Kind 20 to 1
Full House 7 to 1
Flush 5 to 1
Straight 4 to 1
Three of a Kind 3 to 1
Two Pair 2 to 1
One Pair 1 to 1
High Card Ace/King 1 to 1
You may also play with a bonus. A bonus is a separate extra bet that counts starting from a Straight. A bonus bet is paid before buying the sixth card or before changing cards, meaning that a bonus is only played with the combination of the first five cards.
Royal Flush 3000 x 1 bonus bet
Straight Flush 800 x 1 bonus bet
Four of a Kind 250 x 1 bonus bet
Full House 150 x 1 bonus bet
Flush 100 x 1 bonus bet
Straight 50 x 1 bonus bet
Poker Jackpot (in Olympic Park Casino)
Jackpot bets have to be placed in addition to the standard bets to win the Poker Jackpot. The Jackpot bet wins regardless the dealer’s game. Jackpot wins: with a Royal Flush the win equals 100% of the Jackpot and with a Straight Flush it is 20% of the Jackpot. With the combinations of Four of a Kind, Full House, Flush and Straight the wins equal the amounts in the Jackpot payout table available at the table. In addition to these wins it is possible to win extra Jackpot wins like Lucky Player or Magic Card. Poker Jackpot wins (except with Royal Flush or Straight Flush) increase according to the Jackpot bet placed. When cards are bought the Jackpot bet does not count, unless playing with the combinations Lucky Player and Magic Card.
Chips can be bought for cash at the table. You can buy chips with a credit card at the cashier’s. The cashier also provides currency exchange services. Minimum and maximum bets vary in different tables; they are listed in the payout table available at the table.
The list of all the additional options makes it look like a complicated game, but try Russian Poker in Olympic Casino Olümpia or Tartu casino and you will soon discover that this is a simple but nevertheless extremely interesting game with endless variations.