About Russian Poker


About Russian Poker

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (wikipedia.org)

Main Features

1. Each box in play is dealt five cards. The dealer also receives five cards, but his last card is placed face up on the table.

2. The player can either fold and lose his ante, or continue playing by making a bet equal to twice the ante. Furthermore, the player has a right to buy a sixth card or exchange any number of his cards. The cost of a purchase or replacement is 1 ante. If the purchase or replacement doesn’t improve the player’s hand, he can fold and lose his ante.

3. If the player exchanges only one card, he gets the right to make repeated exchanges. When making a repeated exchange he can replace any one card. However, with each successive exchange the cost of a replacement increases by 1 ante. Therefore, the cost of exchanges increases in arithmetic progression: 1, 2, 3 and so on. A player can continue exchanges until the deck is exhausted.

4. The dealer qualifies with an Ace-King or better. If the dealer doesn’t qualify, the player receives the payout for the ante only (1:1). If the dealer qualifies, but the player’s combination is higher, the player is paid for the bet only (according to the standard payout table). The ante is not paid.

5. If the player has two separate combinations in his hand, he receives a payout for both of them. The rules regulating the formation of the second combination are described in table 1.

6. The player with a combination of Three-of-a-Kind or better can insure himself against the dealer getting a non-qualifying hand.

7. If the dealer doesn’t qualify, the player may decline the winnings equal to the ante and instead replace the dealer’s highest card. The ante is removed from the box as a payment for this exchange. If the new card of the dealer is of the same rank as the old one, and he still doesn’t qualify, the exchange repeats. This repeated exchange is free, it may take place several times. If the dealer still doesn’t qualify after the exchange, the ante is not returned to the player and is not paid.

Basic Rules

1. Before the cards are dealt, the player chooses which boxes he wants to play on and makes his ante. In addition to this basic bet on the box (or instead of it), the player can also make a bonus bet. With this bet, the player is betting that there will be a high poker combination (Three-of-a-Kind or better) in his original hand.

2. When dealing, the dealer places his final card face-up. After that, successive play on boxes begins. The cards on the open box are revealed, after which the result of the bonus bet is determined.

3. After looking at his cards, the player has four options:

  • buy a sixth card
  • exchange any number of his cards
  • raise the bet
  • fold and lose the ante

4. The cost of purchasing or replacement is equal to 1 ante. If the player purchases a sixth card or exchanges several cards, he has two options:

  • raise the bet
  • fold and lose the ante

If the player exchanges only one card, he gets an extra opportunity:

  • exchange any single card in his hand once more

The cost of the repeated exchange is equal to two antes. Since a player makes this exchange, he has to choose: to raise, to fold, or to exchange any card again. A player can exchange cards until the deck is exhausted, but each following exchange increases its cost by one ante.

5. Before raising the bet, the player can insure himself against the dealer getting a non-qualifying hand. The player can do this if he has a hand of Three-of-a-Kind or better. With this bet, the player is betting that the dealer will not qualify. The minimum size of the insurance is the ante, and the maximum is the prospective payout in the case if the player wins (including the payout for the second combination).

6. When the final decision has been made on all the boxes, the dealer reveals his cards. On those boxes where insurance was purchased, the result is determined by the following:

  • If the dealer doesn’t qualify, the insurance is paid 1:1.
  • If the dealer qualifies, the player loses the insurance. However, if the dealer’s combination is higher than the player’s one, the insurance pushes and is returned to the player.

7. If the dealer qualifies, his combination is compared to the ones on the boxes remaining in the game. If the dealer has a higher combination, the player loses the ante and bet. If the player’s combination is equal to the dealer’s one, the game ends in a draw and the ante and bet are returned to the player. If the player has the higher combination, the ante is returned to the player unpaid, and the payout for the bet is determined according to table 2.

8. If the player has two winning combinations at once, both of them receive payouts. For example, with the cards AK996, he would be paid for both the pair of 9s and Ace-King. With the cards 987665 (after the purchase of the sixth card), the player would be paid for two straights. The rules regulating the formation of the second combination are described in table 1.

9. If the dealer doesn’t qualify, the player can receive his winnings on all boxes. In this case all of the antes are paid 1:1 and the bets are not paid. The player may also choose to exchange the dealer’s card. In this case the dealer’s highest card is exchanged and, as a result, he can get a qualifying hand. This exchange is advantageous when the player has a high poker combination because it provides a chance to significantly increase his winnings.

10. The game on the boxes where there wasn’t a request for an exchange then ends. If there was a request for an exchange on any of the boxes, the dealer’s highest card is exchanged. If the dealer then qualifies, the final results are determined on all boxes remaining in the game.

11. If, after exchanging the dealer’s card, he still doesn’t qualify, the game, as a rule, then ends. The ante is not paid and the bet is returned to the player. However, if the dealer’s new card is of the same rank as the card exchanged, and he still doesn’t qualify, the exchange repeats, i.e. the dealer’s highest card is exchanged once more. The repeated exchange is free, and can happen up to three times.

Here is an example of how this works. The dealer has the Ace of spades and four hearts and the player requests an exchange. The dealer’s highest card is exchanged, and instead of his Ace of spades, the dealer is dealt the Ace of clubs. The exchange is repeated for free, and this time the dealer is dealt the Ace of hearts. Now, the dealer has a Flush. The exchange then completes and the final result is determined.

Table 1. Formation of the Second Combination

Primary Combination Second Combination
Ace-
King
One Pair Two Pair Straight Flush Full House Straight Flush
One Pair
55AK8

AAK96

Two Pair
AA77K
JJ66AK

QQ5533
Three of a Kind
222AK

KKKA4

Straight
5432AK
J109876
J109879
Flush
AQ875; K

AQ875; 8
AQJ109; K
AQ8752
Full House
AAA99K
QQQ444
Four of a Kind
KKKKA
9999JJ
Straight Flush
5432A; K
J10987; Q
J10987; 9
J10987A

J109876
Royal Flush
AKQJ10; 9
AKQJ10; J

AKQJ103
AKQJ109

Notes

1. The second combination can only be the one. It must have at least one card that is not used in the primary combination. For example, in the hand AAKKx (Two Pair) the Ace-King would not count as a second combination.

2. The second combination is usually formed after the player purchases a sixth card. With a five card combination, the only possible second combination is the Ace-King. This can only happen if the player’s primary combination is a Pair, Two Pair, Three-of-a-Kind, or Four-of-a-Kind.

Table 2. Payout for the bet and the bonus bet

Hand BET Bonus Bet
Royal Flush
100:1
1000:1
Straight Flush

50:1
500:1
Four of a Kind
20:1
200:1

Full House
7:1
70:1
Flush
5:1
50:1
Straight
4:1

40:1
Three of a Kind
3:1
25:1
Two Pair
2:1
One Pair
1:1

Ace-King
1:1

The payouts for the bonus bet can slightly differ in various casinos.

Courtesy of wikipedia.org

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