How to Play One Card Poker
At the beginning of each game each player must make a One Card Poker primary wager ("Primary Wager"). Table minimum bet is $4 and Max $2000, all wagers must be in even increments. To win the primary wager, the rank of the player's card must exceed the rank of the Designated Player's card.
In addition to the primary wager, the player may elect, prior to any cards being dealt, to make a Tie Wager. To win the Tie Wager, the ranks of the player and the Designated Player’s cards must be equal at the initial deal, then the player must beat the Designated Player once the hand is extended.
The rank of the cards used in One Card Poker, for the purpose of determining a winning hand, shall be, in order from the highest to lowest rank: ace, king, queen, jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. If the player's and Designated Player's cards have the same rank the player is given the option to surrender half their bet or to extend the game with the Designated Player so as to determine a winner as further described herein.
This extension of the game is commonly referred to as “War.” The player must make another bet equal to their primary wager to exercise the option to extend the hand, the Designated Player also matches the player's primary wager and places it next to the player's. Both the player and Designated Player also have the option to decline extending the hand, as further described below.
The cardroom dealer then "burns" three cards and deals a card to the player. The dealer "burns" another set of cards and deals a card to the Designated Player. If the player's card has a higher rank than the Designated Player's card then the player wins. If the player's card has a lower rank than the dealer's card, the player loses. If the player and the player-dealer’s cards are of equal rank the Designated Player and player will continue to play until such time as either the Designated Player or player wins the hand. Once the player and Designated Player place wagers one time to extend the hand, no additional wagering is required for that hand. Players must be seated in front of their respective betting circle in order to place a wager. Only one player per betting circle allowed at all times. Players may wager in multiple betting circles beside each other, however the house reserves the right to restrict players to one betting circle at any time.