THE TOTALUP WAY TO PLAY POKER

“STEP POKER” is designed to attract not only poker players but also the general crowd. It is quite different from the other known poker games since players do not compete against each other or against the dealer. STEP POKER is a banked game of pure chance and, players are paid progressively from the first card to the fifth card. A preferred version of the game is given below.

   
Rules of Play

Step Poker is played with one standard deck of cards. The game has between two and five steps in a round of play, and wagers for all steps are placed at the start of the round. Wagers are placed by each player on at least the first two steps of play in the round and each player has the option of placing additional wagers for subsequent steps of the round. At each step of the card game, each player’s hand is determined to be a winning hand or not according to a predetermined rule or a predetermined pay table. At each step of the game the dealer deals only one card to each player.

Players place wagers in posts 1 to 5; wagers on posts 1 and 2 are compulsory and wagers on posts 3, 4 and 5 are optional. Players must place wagers in numerical order at the start of a round, i.e., they cannot skip a step in the wagering although they are not necessarily required on all steps. Each wager has to be within the minimum-maximum limits posted at the table and each wager can vary within those limits. The amount of each wager made by each player can vary between the steps of the game.

The dealer gives one card to each player at the table and places it open at post #1. The dealer collects the losing bets and pays the winning bets according to the pay table for the first wager. The first card of each player is left open at the table.

The dealer then gives a second card to each player and places it open at post #2. The dealer then collects the losing 2 cards and the wagers on post #2 and pushes back all wagers on posts #3, #4 and #5 towards the respective players. The dealer pays the winning wagers on post #2 for the two-card hands according to the pay table for the second wager.

The dealer then gives a third card to each player who won at the second step, if any, and has placed a third wager so as to qualify for a third step of the game. The dealer then collects the losing 3 cards and the wagers on post #3 and pushes back all wagers on posts #4 and #5 to the respective players. The dealer pays the winning wagers on post #3 for the three-card hands according to the pay table for the third wager.

The dealer gives a fourth card to each player who won at the third step, if any, and has placed a fourth wager so as to qualify for a fourth step of the game. The dealer then collects the losing 4 cards and the wagers on post #4 and pushes back all wagers on post #5 towards the respective players. The dealer pays the winning wagers on post #4 for the four-card hands according to the pay table for the fourth wager.

The dealer gives a fifth card to each player who won at the fourth step, if any, and has placed a fifth wager so as to qualify for a fifth step of the game. The dealer then collects the losing 5 cards and the wagers on post #5. The dealer pays the winning wagers on post #5 for the five-card hands according to the pay table for the fifth wager and collects the winning 5 cards.

Below is a summary of a $1 bet settlement and the casino advantage in each betting area and for all the five betting areas. The casino advantage varies from 0.89 % to 3.96 %.

HIGHLIGHTS OF STEP POKER

  • STEP Poker is an intimidation free game since it is a banked game of pure chance and does not require any specific skill or player’s poker face. It has, therefore, a potential to attract new players to the gambling world and attract the general crowd to the poker game.

  • In STEP POKER, all the cards withdrawn from the deck are open to all and no communicated information can affect the outcome of the bets placed by the players. The outcome of each bet is purely statistical and random and cannot be manipulated. STEP POKER, is therefore a game of high level of fairness, trust and integrity.

  • In STEP POKER, players place their bets upfront before a round starts, and do not have to make any other decisions during the round.

  • Players in STEP POKER play one card poker, two card poker, and may play up to a five card poker hand.

  • Each player places up to five wagers which can vary selectively and within the table limits, where the first two are compulsory and each wager at the third, fourth and fifth steps becomes at risk, if and only if the player has won at the previous step.

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