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Colorado Poker Varieties
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

 Colorado Holdem Poker - Poker Rules 

Colorado Hold'em Poker Rules

The play -- Colorado Hold'em Poker. Colorado Hold'em Poker is the copyrighted and trademarked poker variation game, the rights to which on October 1, 1996 were owned by Colorado Hold'em, Ltd., of Colorado Springs, Colorado and which may be transferred or assigned. The object of the game is for each player to combine two cards from the player's hand with three community cards to create a winning poker hand. Colorado Hold'em Poker must be played according to the following rules:

  1. Colorado Hold'em Poker may be played only on tables displaying the Colorado Hold'em layout. A single deck of cards will be used. Players do not play against other players or against the dealer. Each player may play only one hand following each shuffle of the deck.
  2. Each player will make an initial bet in the amount specified at the table by the retail licensee, and will place the bet in the betting area marked "ante" in front of the player's position.
  3. 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 three cards to each player, either face downward and one at a time in rotation among players, or in a three card group dispensed by a mechanical shuffling device. The first player to receive a card, or cards, is the player to the left of the dealer.
  4. The dealer now deals the three card flop, face down, in front of the dealer.
  5. Continuation of play shall follow the procedures set forth in paragraph (6), or in the alternative, the procedures set forth in paragraph (7). The choice of play variation shall be at the sole discretion of the retail licensee, but a licensee offering two or more Colorado Hold’em tables must use the same variation at all such tables.
  6. Play Variation 1.
    1. Upon receiving three cards, if the player believes that the player cannot make a winning hand, the player may place all three cards in the area marked “fold” and shall surrender the player’s ante.
    2. A player who has not folded must place an additional bet, equal to the amount of the ante bet, in the area marked "Bet." The player must select one card from the player's hand and place it in the area marked "Discard."
    3. If the three cards held by the player before discarding are "three of a kind," or constitute a “three card straight flush,” the player is not required to discard a card. Before the dealer has turned over the flop, the player may turn the player's cards face up and declare “three of a kind” or “three card straight flush,” as appropriate. The player shall be paid according to the payout schedule on the amount of the ante bet, and play on that hand shall be concluded.
    4. After all players have made their choices, the dealer will turn the three community cards face up, and will determine the poker hand held by each player when the player's two cards are combined with the three community cards. If a player does not hold a hand qualifying for payment as a winning hand, both the ante bet and the second bet shall be taken by the dealer.
    5. Hands qualifying for payment shall be paid by the dealer according to one of the following payout schedules, a version of which shall be selected by the licensee. The payout schedule to be used shall appear on the table layout or on table signage:

      Qualifying hand Version 4 Version 4A Version 4B
      Royal flush1000 to 1 500 to 1 500 to 1
      Straight flush 200 to 1 200 to 1 100 to 1
      Four of a kind 40 to 1 40 to 1 40 to 1
      Full house 11 to 1 11 to 1 11 to 1
      Flush 8 to 1 8 to 1 8 to 1
      Straight 5 to 1 5 to 1 5 to 1
      Three card straight flush (on the deal)5 to 1 5 to 1 5 to 1
      Three of a kind (on the deal) 5 to 1 5 to 1 5 to 1
      Three of a kind 3 to 1 3 to 1 3 to 1
      Two pairs pays 2 to 1 2 to 1 2 to 1
      Pair of 10's or better 1 to 1 1 to 1 1 to 1
      Pair of 7's to 9's Push Push Push


  7. Play Variation 2.
    1. After each player has examined the player’s cards, the dealer shall, beginning with the player to the dealer’s left and moving clockwise around the table, determine if each player wishes to continue play with only the initial bet at risk, or to continue play and also make an additional bet exactly equal to the initial bet, or to declare an immediate winning hand.
    2. To continue play, either with or without having placed an additional bet, the player must select one card from the player's hand and place it in the area marked "discard."
    3. If the three cards held by the player before discarding are "three of a kind" or constitute a “three card straight flush,” the player is not required to discard a card. Before the dealer has turned over the flop, the player may turn the player's cards face up and declare "three of a kind” or “three card straight flush,” as appropriate. The player shall be paid according to the payout schedule on the amount of the ante bet, and play on that hand shall be concluded.
    4. After all players have made their choices, the dealer will turn the three community cards face up, and will determine the poker hand held by each player when the player's two cards are combined with the three community cards. If a player does not hold a hand qualifying for payment as a winning hand, both the ante bet and the second bet shall be taken by the dealer.
    5. Hands qualifying for payment shall be paid by the dealer according to the following payout schedule, which shall appear on the table layout or on table signage:

      Qualifying hand Version 5
      Royal flush 500 to 1
      Straight flush 100 to 1
      Four of a kind 25 to 1
      Full house 10 to 1
      Flush 8 to 1
      Straight 5 to 1
      Three card straight flush (on the deal) 5 to 1
      Three of a kind (on the deal) 5 to 1
      Three of a kind 3 to 1
      Two pairs pays 2 to 1
      Pair of jacks or better 1 to 1
      Pair of 9's or 10’s Push


  8. Optional bonus bet
    1. A retail licensee may, in its discretion, offer to each player in a Colorado hold’em game the option to make an additional ‘bonus wager’ that the player will receive a poker hand with a rank of a pair of jacks or better.
    2. Each player who has made an initial wager may make an additional bonus wager in the amount of one dollar wager by placing the wager on or in the designated bonus wagering area at the time the initial wager is placed.
    3. A bonus wager shall have no bearing on any other wager made by a player in the game.
    4. Hands qualifying for payment shall be paid by the dealer according to one of the following bonus payout schedules, a version of which shall be selected by the licensee. The payout schedule to be used shall appear on the table layout or on table signage:

      Three of a kind (on the deal)
      Qualifying Hand Version B1Version B1C
      Royal flush 10,000 to 1 2,000 to 1
      Straight flush 1000 to 1 500 to 1
      Four of a kind 100 to 1 100 to 1
      Full house 50 to 1 50 to 1
      Flush 30 to 1 30 to 1
      Straight 20 to 1 20 to 1
      Three card straight flush (on the deal) 5 to 1 5 to 1
      5 to 1 5 to 1
      Three of a kind 3 to 1 3 to 1
      Two pairs pays 1 to 1 1 to 1
      Pair of jacks or better push push




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