8. Commission/Table Charge

8.1 The casino operator shall levy a fee at each poker table in the form of a commission. This commission, known as a rake, may be either a straight percentage of the pot, a fee per hand, or a time charge on each player participating in the game. The casino operator shall display a sign detailing the type of commission utilised: straight percentage, hand fee, and/or time charge, and the amount of minimum and maximum permissible rake in dollar terms (“cap”).

8.2 The casino operator shall use any of the following methods in determining and collecting the commission, at any one time:

(a) a commission in the range of 5% to 10% of all sums bet in a hand, shall be collected from the pot and any side pots:

(i) the amount to be collected shall be calculated and collected from the pot and any side pots by the dealer during or after the conclusion of a betting round and placed on the drop slide as play progresses, and

(ii) upon completion of that round of play, the commission shall be immediately dropped by the dealer into the drop box;

(b) a fee per hand dealt pursuant to which:

(i) assessments shall be calculated on a “per-hand” basis,

(ii) a sign detailing the maximum fee per hand shall be displayed at the table,

(iii) per hand charges once assessed shall be placed on the drop slide by the dealer, and

(iv) upon completion of that round of play, the per Keluaran HK hand fee shall be immediately dropped by the dealer into the drop box;

(c) a fee based on time charges pursuant to which:

(i) assessments shall be calculated on a “per-table” basis and imposed on a “per-player” basis. Inactive players shall also be assessed,

(ii) time charges shall be expressed as an hourly fee, based on the particular limits at a game. The hourly fee shall be payable in advance,

(iii) a sign detailing the maximum hourly fee per player shall be displayed at the table,

(iv) time charges once assessed shall be placed on the drop slide by the dealer, and

(v) upon verification by a poker room supervisor of the time charges collected, they shall be immediately dropped by the dealer into the drop box.

8.3 A poker room supervisor may vary the method and amount of commission to be charged for a game prior to the commencement of a hand provided that the table signs are changed.

8.4 A poker room supervisor may vary the method and amount of commission to be charged for a game so that nil commission is collected.

8.5 For the purpose of calculating a percentage commission, an uncalled wager shall not form part of the pot.

8.6 In games where the only bets are blind bets no percentage commission (as in rule 8.2) shall be collected.

8.7 Once the amount of commission collected by the dealer has reached the cap no additional commission shall be collected.

8.8 Where two or more players hold hands of equal value at the showdown and have wagered and contested for the pot for the duration of the round of play and no other players have contributed to the pot, no percentage commission shall be deducted.

9. Order of Poker Hand Values

52 Card Deck

9.1 The value of each card in descending order for a 52 card deck is ace, king, queen, jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 (ace, when used in a small straight). The order is as follows:

(a) Royal Flush ace, king, queen, jack, 10 of the same suit, no suit is deemed higher than any other suit;

(b) Straight Flush five cards of the same suit in numerical sequence. The highest card in the hand designates the relative value of the straight flush. No suit is deemed higher than any other suit;

(c) Four of a Kind four cards of the same rank;

(d) Full House three cards of the same rank combined with a pair of another rank. The value of the three cards has priority over the pair in comparing hands;

(e) Flush five cards of the same suit. The highest card in the suit designates the relative value of the flush, followed by the next highest, and so on in descending order of rank. No suit is deemed higher than any other suit;

(f) Straight five cards in numerical sequence – the highest card in the sequence designates the relative value of the straight. An ace may count high or low in a straight e.g. 5, 4, 3, 2, ace or ace, king, queen, jack,10;

(g) Three of a Kind three cards of the same rank, with any two unmatched cards;

(h) Two Pair two cards of the same rank combined with two cards of another rank, plus one other card. The highest pair has priority when comparing hands. If the high pairs are the same, then the low pairs are compared, and then the remaining card;

(i) One Pair two cards of the same rank, combined with three unmatched cards. A higher pair beats a lower pair. If the pairs are the same, the remaining three cards are compared, beginning with the highest, then in descending order of rank;

(j) No Pair five unmatched cards, the highest card in the hand, designates the relative value of the hand, followed by the next highest, and so on in descending order of rank; and

(k) Lowhand Values for the purpose of determining winning hands in low poker the reverse order of ranking shall apply. Flushes and straights shall not disqualify a low hand. The highest card used in the hand designates the relative value of the low hand, e.g. if 7, 5, 4, 3, 2 versus 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, then the latter is the winning low hand.