Home Run Hold'em - Official Rules
The Play -- Home Run Hold ‘em. Home Run Hold ‘em is the copyrighted and patented poker variation game, the rights to which on June 1, 1999 were owned by the Gilpin County Collective Braintrust, Inc. of Golden, Colorado, and which may be transferred or assigned. Home Run Hold ‘em must be played according to the following rules:
- The object of the game is for each player to make the best possible five card hand out of the seven cards dealt to the player and as community cards. The player holding the high hand at showdown wins the pot. The first player in the game to win four hands qualifies to receive all, or a portion of, a progressive pool.
- Home Run Hold ‘em must be played only on tables displaying the Home Run Hold ‘em table layout and equipment.
- A single deck of cards will be used.
- A button will be used to indicate the dealer position.
- Special markers termed “base runners” shall be used to indicate the number of hands a player has won since the start of the game or since the game’s progressive pool was most recently awarded.
- A transparent box shall be placed on the table layout to hold the progressive pool.
- Each player may play only one hand following each shuffle of the deck.
- Tip bets may not be placed for the benefit of the dealer.
- At the discretion of the retail licensee, a jackpot award may also be offered.
- The retail licensee shall decide whether to offer a blind or ante variation. Each player shall make an initial bet by placing the bet in front of the player’s position in the ante variation. The player or players in the blind positions, being the first one or two places before the button, shall place an initial blind bet in the betting area. All players in either variation shall make a strike out wager by placing the bet in front of the player’s position. The minimum amounts of each of the two wagers shall be determined by the retail licensee, except that the sum of the two wagers shall not exceed five dollars, and the amount of the strike out wager must equal or exceed the amount of the ante or blind wager.
- After all wagers have been placed, the dealer collects the ante or blind wagers and places them in the pot on the table layout. The strike out wagers may be gathered at this time and kept separate from the pot until a winner is determined. The winner’s strike out wager shall be returned to the winning player, and the remainder is placed into the home run progressive pool.
- Prior to dealing, and after each hand has been completed, the dealer shall shuffle the cards. Following shuffle and cut, the dealer deals two cards to each player, face downward and one card at a time in rotation among the players. The first player to receive a card is the player to the left of the player who is assigned the dealer button, and the last player to receive cards is the player assigned the button. The dealer then deals three cards, face down, in the flop area on the table layout, and immediately turns them over and leaves them face up on the layout in the ante variation. These three cards are community cards, common to the hands of every active player in the pot. In the blind variation, there shall be a betting round before the three card flop, in which players may call or raise the blind bet, or fold.
- Beginning with the player to the left of the button, the dealer will offer the player the opportunity to check, bet, or fold, and will continue check, bet, call, raise, or fold to each subsequent player in the game.
- A player who wishes to fold should surrender the player’s cards to the muck. The dealer then picks up the cards and mucks them into the discard rack or discard area.
- A player who wishes to bet on the player’s hand shall place a wager on the layout in front of the player.
- A player who wishes to raise shall place a raising wager on the layout in front of the player.
- When all bets and raises are called, the dealer burns the top card off the deck and deals a fourth community card face upward in the designated spot on the table layout. If the dealer fails to burn a card before the deal, it shall be a harmless error, and no misdeal shall have occurred. Another betting round occurs in the same manner as the first. When all bets and raises are called, the dealer collects the wagers into the pot.
- The dealer burns the top card off the deck and deals a fifth and final community card face upward in the designated spot on the table layout. If the dealer fails to burn a card before the deal, it shall be a harmless error, and no misdeal shall have occurred. Another betting round occurs in the same manner as the preceding. When all bets and raises are called, the dealer collects the wagers into the pot.
- After all bets, raises, and calls have been made and if there are two or more players remaining in the game, there is a showdown. All remaining players who want to claim the pot place their cards face up. Three or more of the five face up community cards can be combined with none, one, or two cards from each player to determine each player’s best five card hand. The dealer determines the winning hand, and after raking the pot, awards the pot to the winner. The dealer returns the strike out wager to the winner of the pot and the remainder is placed into the home run progressive pool.
- The winning player also is awarded a base runner, which the dealer places on a base on the player’s baseball diamond which appears on the table layout in front of the player. A player who wins with a four-of-a-kind shall be awarded two base runners; a player who wins with a straight flush shall be awarded three base runners; and a player who wins with a royal flush shall be awarded four base runners. No player shall at any time be awarded more base runners than needed to win the current progressive pool.
- If two or more players hold the same winning hand, the pot is split between or among the winning players, no base runners are awarded to any players, and their strike out wagers are returned.
- The game continues in like manner, with the dealer button moving one player position clockwise with each new hand. The first player at the table to win four base runners wins the home run progressive pool.
The progressive pool may first be raked, and following the rake, if any, the balance of the progressive pool is given to the winning player.
- Following the award of the home run progressive pool, the dealer collects all base runners remaining on the table, from all players.
Winning a base runner creates no future right of a player to qualify to share in the home run progressive pool at some time later than the current table play. A player who collects the player’s chips and leaves the game shall return all awarded base runners to the dealer. Players are not permitted to remove base runners from the table. Any player who places on the table layout a base runner which has not been awarded to such player in current table play commits a fraudulent act.
When it is necessary or desirable for the retail licensee to close the game or table when unawarded money remains in the progressive pool, each player at the table who has base runners on board shall be awarded a pro-rated portion of the progressive pool, based on the total number of base runners on the table. Following distribution of the progressive pool, the table may be closed.