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The following poker game rules are the specific poker game rules as designated by the Colorado Division of Gaming. The poker games in casinos must use these "official" rules. These are also the only legal poker games in Colorado casinos.
Texas hold ‘em high poker
Texas hold ‘em high-low split poker
Five-card low draw poker
Five-card high draw poker
Five-card high-low split draw poker
Five-card stud poker
Seven-card low stud poker
Seven-card high stud poker
Seven-card high-low split stud poker
Omaha high-low split hold ‘em poker
Omaha high hold ‘em poker
Hold’ em Eighty-eight poker
Joker Poker
Caribbean Stud Poker
Caribbean Draw Poker
Let it Ride and Let it Ride Bonus
Colorado Hold’em Poker
Western Stud
Vegas Double Action
Prospector Poker
Three Card Poker
Bonus 6
Home Run Hold’ em
208 Poker
Boston 5 Stud Poker
Player’s Choice Poker
3-5-7 Poker
Pineapple hold ‘em high poker
Pineapple hold ‘em high-low split
Crazy pineapple hold ‘em high poker
Crazy pineapple hold ‘em high-low split poker

 Caribbean Draw Poker - Poker Rules 

Caribbean Draw Poker - Rules

The play -- Caribbean Draw Poker. Caribbean Draw Poker is the copyrighted, trademarked, and patented poker variation game, the rights to which on June 1, 1999 were owned by Mikohn Gaming Corporation of Las Vegas, Nevada and which may be transferred or assigned. In Colorado Caribbean Draw Poker must be played according to the following rules:

  1. Caribbean Draw Poker may be played only on approved tables equipped with the necessary electronic equipment and signage, and which displays the Caribbean Draw Poker table layout. A single deck of cards will be used. Players do not play against other players. Each player may play only one hand following each shuffle of the deck.
  2. Each player must make an ante wager by placing the wager in the designated “ante” wagering area in front of the player’s position. The ante wager may not exceed two dollars and fifty cents.
  3. Each player may place an additional, optional, wager by placing a token in the designated coin-in slot in front of the player’s ante.
    1. The optional wager will allow the player to participate in play for a progressive jackpot. As tokens are accepted, the progressive meter will advance by a predetermined amount for each token placed through the coin-in slots. A player wins a progressive jackpot award if the player has made the optional wager and holds a hand having a value of flush or better. Multiple Caribbean Stud Poker games and/or Caribbean Draw Poker games may be linked together with a common progressive jackpot.
    2. In the event that two or more players qualified to receive progressive jackpot payments hold royal flushes in the same hand, the royal flush progressive jackpot may be divided equally between or among the qualified players.
    3. After all progressive wagers have been made and before the dealer starts to deal the cards, the dealer operates a key pad by which the dealer locks out the coin-in mechanism. After the hand is completed, the dealer will clear the lockout so the players may wager on the progressive jackpot for the next hand.
    4. As the terms “jackpot,” “jackpot award,” and “progressive jackpot” are used in these rules of play for Caribbean Draw, the terms shall apply to Caribbean Draw only. A retail licensee may not discontinue offering a Caribbean Draw jackpot until the highest progressive jackpot award has been won by a qualified player or players. If a licensee wishes to discontinue offering a progressive jackpot award, the licensee may petition the Director for permission to either reduce the qualifications or criteria for winning the award, allowing the award to be paid more quickly, or to transfer the award liability to the jackpot offered by a different game. If a retail licensee intends to close its business while having a progressive jackpot award liability, the licensee may petition the Director for permission to transfer the award liability, together with the award fund, to another retail licensee offering a comparable jackpot award.
  4. Any dealer tip delivered as a wager shall be placed on the “ante” only, and may not exceed the value of the player’s ante. The dealer may not accept a tip wager placed on the “bet” area.
  5. Immediately prior to the commencement of play and after each round of play has been completed, the dealer shall shuffle the cards. Following shuffle and cut, the dealer deals five cards to each player and to the dealer, face downward and one at a time in clockwise rotation among the players and the dealer. The first player to receive a card is the player to the left of the dealer; the dealer receives cards last.
  6. An incorrect number of cards dealt to any player constitutes a dead hand for that player only. The player receiving the misdealt cards retains the player’s ante and any bet. An incorrect number of cards dealt to the dealer constitutes a misdeal to the table and the players may play their hands for the purposes of the progressive jackpot only. If there are no progressive jackpot hands, all hands at the table are dead and the players retain their antes and bets.
  7. After all players have received five cards, they will review them to determine whether they will fold or call.
    1. If the player folds, the ante wager is lost. In any player order, the dealer collects first the ante and then the cards, face down, from each player who has folded. As the cards are collected, the dealer will spread them, count them, and then place them in the discard rack.
    2. If the player wishes to call, the player must make an additional wager, equal to exactly twice the amount of the ante, by placing the wager in the “bet” area, behind the ante, in front of the player’s position.
  8. Each player must now decide whether to stand (that is, keep the hand the player was dealt) or to draw (discard and have replaced up to two cards).
    1. The player places the cards to be discarded and replaced, if any, face down on the table in front of the player on the layout area marked “cards.”
    2. The player holds or maintains control over the player’s cards which are not to be discarded.
  9. After all players have placed a call bet and all players have placed their discards face down, players may declare to the dealer that they have won a payout for the progressive jackpot. Those players’ hands are then displayed face up and the dealer pays any and all progressive jackpot winners from left to right.
    1. Progressive jackpot payouts are based on the initial five cards of each player. Any additionally drawn cards do not qualify for the progressive jackpot feature of the game.
    2. A games supervisor will verify the hands, if any, which qualify for a progressive jackpot payout, will announce the amount, and will pay, or instruct the dealer to pay, the player. The player’s card will then be collected and placed in the discard rack.
    3. Player hands qualifying for progressive jackpot payments shall be paid according to the following payment schedule, which shall be displayed by table signage or on the table layout: Royal flush pays 100% of the displayed progressive jackpot; Straight flush pays either 10% of the displayed progressive jackpot or pays $5,000 (licensee chooses payout option at the time the game is put into play);
      Four of a kind pays $500
      Full house pays $100 Flush pays $50
  10. After all jackpot payouts have been paid, the dealer will verify that each player has discarded not more than two cards, will collect the discards face down, and will deposit the discards into the discard rack.
  11. Starting with the player to the left of the dealer and moving clockwise, the dealer will deal the appropriate number of draw cards to each player who has discarded, until each player has a total of five cards.
  12. The dealer will turn over the dealer’s five cards and must use the following dealer draw rules to make the best possible poker hand. If the dealer is required to discard, the dealer must first discard the appropriate number of cards to the discard rack before dealing the replacement cards.
    1. The dealer must stand with any of these card combinations: straight flush, flush, straight, four of a kind, and full house.
    2. The dealer must discard and draw one card with any of these card combinations: two pairs (the dealer keeps the pairs and discards the fifth card); any hand less than one pair that has a four card flush or a four card straight (the dealer keeps the four cards to the flush or straight and discards the fifth card). In the event that the dealer has both four cards to a straight and a different combination of four cards to a flush, the dealer must play four cards to the flush. If the dealer has multiple straight options, the dealer must play for the open end straight.
    3. The dealer must discard and draw two cards with any of these card combinations: three of a kind, one pair (the dealer keeps the highest of the other three cards), and no pair (the dealer discards the lowest two cards). If the hand includes a pair as well as a four card flush or a four card straight, the dealer must keep the pair plus the highest of the three remaining cards.
  13. Using standard poker rank, the dealer must hold at least a pair of eights to qualify to play the hand. If the dealer does not have a qualifying hand, the dealer will announce “no hand” and immediately pay all the ante wagers at the rate of 1 to 1 (even money), collect the cards, and start a new game.
  14. If the dealer has a pair of eights, or better, the dealer will compare the dealer’s hand to the hand of each player who has made both “ante” and “bet” wagers. The higher poker hand wins. If the player’s and the dealer’s hands are the same rank, it is a push and the player retains both the ante and the bet.
    1. The antes of winning hands are paid at the rate of 1 to 1 (even money).
    2. The bets of winning players’ hands are paid according to the following payment schedule, which shall be displayed by table signage or on the table layout:

      Royal flush pays 100 to 1
      Straight flush pays 50 to 1
      Four of a kind pays 20 to 1
      Full house pays 7 to 1
      Flush pays 5 to 1
      Straight pays 3 to 1
      Three of a kind pays 2 to 1
      2 pairs or lower pays 1 to 1 (even money)

    3. The dealer compares hands, pays winning wagers, and takes losing wagers, beginning with the player to the dealer’s right and moving counterclockwise around the table.
    4. After paying or taking each wager, the dealer must spread the cards, count them, and place them in the discard rack before the dealer moves on to the next player.
    5. Tied hands result in a push and no action.

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