208 Poker Rules for Colorado
208 Poker is a copyrighted and trademarked poker variation game, the rights to which on October 20, 2000 were owned by Tim Braun and Larry Lawson, doing business as Braunson Gaming, Inc., a Colorado Corporation, and which may be transferred or assigned. 208 Poker must be played according to the following rules:
- 208 Poker may be played only on an approved 208 Poker table layout. Each player may play only five cards in any one game. Each player must play with both standard house chips and tokens and with special game chips displaying the 208 Poker logo. The 208 Poker game chips may be purchased only at the 208 Poker table with cash or standard casino chips and tokens. No player may introduce into a game any 208 Poker game chips which were not purchased at the 208 Poker table during that same period of play. At the finish of play, the chips may be redeemed at the value at which they were purchased for standard casino chips and tokens only at the 208 Poker table at which the player has played.
- 208 Poker is played with four standard decks of playing cards. Three of the decks, which will be commingled and dealt from a shoe or a shuffling shoe, must have a common design on the card backs. The fourth deck, which will be dealt “out of hand,” must have a card back different than that on the shoe decks.
- Players do not play against either the dealer nor against any other player. A player wins if the player holds a hand which qualifies for payment based upon one of the game’s pay schedules, or if the player has placed an optional wager on any other event in the game which qualifies the player for pay-ment based upon one or more of the game’s applicable pay schedules. All pay schedules, or the payoff odds for all possible outcomes, must be displayed on the table layout or on table signage.
- Players may place wagers on three distinct components of the game, all of which are concurrently applicable in each hand of play.
- The primary game is wagering on the value of a five card poker hand. Each player’s five card hand is formed by two cards dealt to the player, combined with three community cards which all players have in common. A player must place an Ante wager on the player’s five card hand to play any part of the game of 208 poker. An optional jackpot wager may also be placed on the outcome of the five card hand.
- The second game component is a wager on the value of a three card poker hand formed by the three community cards. All wagers on the three card hand are optional and retail licensees may not require players to place any such wagers.
- The third game component is wagering on one or more of the value, face, and suit of each individual card of the three community cards. There are three opportunities to place these wagers, once in advance of each community card being dealt. All wagers on the individual cards are optional and retail licensees may not require players to place any such wagers.
- At the start of play, the dealer shall combine and shuffle three decks of cards, and shall place them in a dealing or shuffling shoe. The dealer shall shuffle the fourth deck and retain it to deal by hand.
- Players must place an ante bet on the outcome of the five card hand, using standard house chips and tokens, on the designated spot in front of the player on the table layout. Each player may place an additional, optional, Jackpot wager in an amount not greater than one dollar on the outcome of the five card hand. Each player may also place an additional, optional, wager on the final constitution of a three card hand formed by three community cards which will later be dealt. The jackpot wager and the three card wager may be made using only the special 208 Poker game chips.
- A tip bet for the dealer, based upon the outcome of the five card hand, may be placed using standard house chips or tokens by placing the tip adjacent to a player’s ante bet, and upon winning, shall be paid at the same odds as the player’s bet. Tip bets for the dealer, to be paid upon the player winning an optional wager, may be placed using only coins and tokens by placing the tips on any of the proposition outcomes upon which the player has also placed a wager. Tips may also be given directly to a dealer using either standard house chips and tokens or using the 208 Poker game chips. The dealer must exchange 208 Poker game chip tips to house chips and tokens or coins before dropping the tips in the tip box.
- Using the “out of hand” single deck, the dealer will burn the top card and then deal two cards face down to each player who has placed an ante wager, one card at a time in clockwise rotation around the table, beginning with the player to the dealer’s left. The dealer will not receive any cards. After all players have been dealt two cards, this deck shall be set aside in a discard rack and shall not be used further in the game.
- An incorrect number of cards dealt to any player constitutes a misdeal with respect to that player only, voiding the player’s wager(s). Exposed cards dealt to a player do not constitute a misdeal; the dealer will turn the card(s) over and continue to deal. If a player’s card falls from the table, that player’s hand is dead and the player’s wagers are void.
- Players who did not place a three card wager at the time they placed their ante wagers have a final opportunity to do so before the next card is dealt.
- Players may now place one or more optional wagers on the nature of the next single card to be dealt. The nature of the card may include one or more features based upon the value, face, and suit of the card. These wagers may be placed using only the special 208 Poker game chips.
- When all wagers have been placed, the dealer shall burn the front card from the card stack in the shoe and will turn the next card face up and place on the designated community card spot on the table layout. After this card has been placed on the layout, a marker shall be placed on the image of the corresponding card on the table layout.
- The dealer will collect all non-winning wagers which have been placed on the nature of the first community card. Winning wagers will be paid according to the following pay schedule:
Value and suit of card ||48 to 1
Value of card, except for sevens, of any suit|| 11 to 1|
Suit of card, except for sevens||3 to 1|
| Three-way split deck ||2 to 1|
| Over 7 or under 7 in value ||1 to 1 |
- When all wagers on the first community card have been settled, players shall be instructed to remove their winning payments from the table layout, and will be given the opportunity to place one or more optional wagers on the nature of the second single card to be dealt as a community card. The procedure for wagering, dealing, and settling these wagers shall follow the procedures described in paragraphs (11) through (13), above.
- When all wagers on the second community card have been settled, players shall be instructed to remove their winning payments from the table layout, and will be given the opportunity to place one or more optional wagers on the nature of the third and final single card to be dealt as a community card. The procedure for wagering, dealing, and settling these wagers shall follow the procedures described in paragraphs (11) through (13), above.
- When all wagers on the third community card have been settled, the dealer shall determine if the value of the three card hand formed by the three community cards qualifies for payment under the pay schedule, and whether any players have placed wagers on the winning outcome. The dealer shall first collect all non-winning wagers, and shall then pay off all wagers qualifying for payment according to the following pay schedule. “Identical” shall mean exactly alike, having both the same suit and the same numeric or face value.
Any three of an identical kind|| 2,500 to 1|
Royal flush ||2,000 to 1|
| Straight flush|| 300 to 1|
| Any A+K+Q ||200 to 1 |
|Any three of a kind ||125 to 1 |
|Any straight ||20 to 1|
Any flush|| 15 to 1|
| Any identical two cards ||15 to 1
- When all wagers on the three card hand have been settled, the dealer shall determine the best five card hand which can be made for each player by combining the two cards dealt to the player together with the three community cards. A player holds a winning hand if the hand qualifies for payment according to the applicable pay schedule provided below. Beginning with the player to the dealer’s right, and moving counter-clockwise around the table, the dealer shall turn each player’s cards face up in front of the dealer to read the best poker hand. Payment shall be made only on the single highest paying qualifying hand held by a player within each pay group. Cards which do not form a winning hand shall be placed face down in front of the non-winning players, and the dealer shall collect the players’ wagers.
- Players’ jackpot wagers qualifying for payment shall be paid according to the following pay schedule. “Identical” shall mean exactly alike, having both the same suit and the same numeric or face value.
Five of a kind, with four identical cards|| 5,000 to 1 |
|Four of an identical kind ||3,000 to 1
| Five of a kind|| 2,500 to 1
|Full house identical (Three identical cards with two identical cards)|| 1,500 to 1|
- Players’ ante wagers qualifying for payment shall be paid according to the following schedule. “Identical” shall mean exactly alike, having both the same suit and the same numeric or face value.
|Royal flush|| 1,000 to 1|
| Straight flush|| 250 to 1 |
|Three of an identical kind ||25 to 1 |
|Four of a kind ||20 to 1|
| Flush|| 10 to 1|
| Any two pairs of identical cards|| 8 to 1 |
|Full House ||6 to 1 |
|Straight|| 6 to 1 |
|Three of a kind|| 2 to 1|
| Two pairs|| 1 to 1 |
|Any two identical cards|| 1 to 1|
| Any pair|| Push
- When all hands have been settled, the dealer may start a new game. Not more than three games may be dealt out of one shuffle of the shoe, except that if two or more identical cards, which were dealt from the shoe, appear in the same hand, then the shoe decks must be reshuffled prior to the next game being dealt. When a shuffling shoe is used by the dealer, the shoe decks need not be reshuffled by hand at any time during play. The single deck of cards used in the game must always be shuffled before each new game.
- No player may play with more than one color of 208 Poker game chips, and each player shall play with a different color of 208 Poker game chips. 208 Poker chips shall have a value of 25 cents each, unless the retail licensee shall allow a player to declare and buy in at a higher per-chip value. A lammer shall be used by the dealer to indicate the value of each color of chip in play, if other than 25 cents. All 208 Poker chips should be redeemed by the dealer at the end of a player’s period of play at the table. Any chips not redeemed at the 208 Poker gaming table during the same period of play in which they were purchased may be redeemed at a later time at a 208 Poker game table or by a casino cashier at value of 25 cents each, regardless of the value at which they may have been purchased.