16.1 The initial deal is as follows:

(a) players shall have a choice of seat. In the event of two or more players desiring the same seat a draw of cards shall decide seating positions. When a player leaves the game the remaining active players have priority over any player waiting to join the game, to move to the vacated playing position;

(b) the dealer button shall indicate the designated player, who shall receive the last card in each round of play. The player to the immediate right of the dealer shall receive the button for the first round of play. The button shall be passed in a clockwise direction around the table at the conclusion of each round of play;

(c) prior to the first card being dealt, blinds shall be placed by the requisite players:

(i) the player on the immediate left of the designated player shall place the first blind bet,

(ii) the player on the immediate left of the first blind shall place the second blind bet and so on until all compulsory blind bets have been placed,

(iii) the number of compulsory blind bets required shall be displayed on a sign at the table;

(d) the dealer shall deal to each player, in a clockwise direction commencing with the player to the immediate left of the button, one card at a time face down until each player receives two cards.

16.2 The first round of betting is as follows:

(a) after the initial deal, players in a clockwise direction commencing with the first player left of the last blind shall:

(i) call,

(ii) raise, or

(iii) fold;

(b) should the player designated in sub-paragraph (a) fold, the option to open the betting or fold shall pass to the next player in a clockwise direction;

(c) subsequent players in order shall call, raise or fold until:

(i) only one player remains in the game, this player shall win the pot, or

(ii) two or more players remain in the game.

16.3 The second round of betting is as follows:

(a) if two or more players remain in the game the dealer shall burn a card before the start of the dealing round and deal three community cards (these are the first three cards of a possible five community cards). These first three cards shall be called the flop and are dealt one at a time face down and then turned face up in a pile and spread;

(b) players in a clockwise direction commencing with the first player to the immediate left of the button shall open the betting, check or fold;

(c) players in a clockwise direction from the Keluaran HK opener, shall call, raise or fold until:

(i) only one player remains in the game, this player shall win the pot, or

(ii) two or more players remain in the game.

16.4 The third round of betting is as follows:

(a) if two or more players remain in the game the dealer shall burn a card before dealing the fourth community card;

(b) players in a clockwise direction commencing with the first player to the immediate left of the button shall open the betting, check or fold;

(c) players in a clockwise direction from the opener, shall call, raise or fold until:

(i) only one player remains in the game, this player shall win the pot, or

(ii) two or more players remain in the game.

16.5 The final round of betting is as follows:

(a) if two or more players remain in the game the dealer shall burn a card before dealing the fifth and final community card;

(b) players in a clockwise direction commencing with the first player to the immediate left of the button shall open the betting, check or fold;

(c) players in a clockwise direction from the opener, shall call, raise or fold until:

(i) only one player remains in the game, this player shall win the pot, or

(ii) two or more players remain in the game;

(d) if two or more players remain in the game, the player being called shall then expose his/her cards. All remaining players shall, if holding a hand of equal or higher value, expose their cards. The winning hand shall be the highest ranking five card hand consisting of any combination from the five community cards and the player’s two hole cards. Any player at the table may request to see any or all hands involved in the final showdown. The dealer shall then announce the winning hand or hands;

(e) when two or more players hold winning hands of equal value, the pot or pots shall be divided equally to the lowest chip denomination in play at the table. If in the event that, after the pot or pots have been divided, there is an amount remaining that cannot be equally divided among the players in contention for the pot or pots, then the amount remaining shall be given to the player with the highest card by suit in his/her hole cards. The rank of suits, highest to lowest, is spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs;

(f) the pot shall not be divided by the agreement of two or more players. Each hand shall be played to a conclusion.

16.6 The rules for minimum and maximum wagers are as follows:

(a) the minimum and maximum wagers permitted shall be shown on a notice at the table;

(b) the last compulsory blind bet shall be at least equal to the table minimum for the first round of betting;

(c) a raise shall be within the table limits and shall not be less than any previous bet or raise in that round, except in the event of a player tapping out;

(d) where a betting limit is specified in terms of a ratio to the pot (half pot or full pot) and a player wishes to raise, the amount required for a player to call shall be included in the pot before the betting limit is calculated;

(e) where the game is spread limit, each bet or raise shall be at least equal to the betting minimum if first to act or equal to the last bet or raise if action has been taken, but a player may raise up to the betting maximum;

(f) In all games where the betting limit is expressed in terms of a ratio to the pot, or specified no limit, there shall be no limit to the number of raises permitted. In all other cases there shall be a limit of three raises in a betting round, unless the betting is head to head, then there shall be no limit to the number of raises.

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