Learn To Play Star Poker
Played and loved all over the world, Poker is full of action and adventure. Playing against other casino guests rather than against a dealer, it is all up to you and it’s anyone’s game! The most popular Poker games played at Star is the well-known Texas hold ‘em. Players are dealt 2 cards each with the dealer placing up to 5 cards face up in the middle of the table for all to see. Try to make the best hand you can using your cards and those in the middle and you could take the pot.
There are also a number of other Poker games here at Star, including Mississippi Stud, Caribbean Stud, Three card and Four card poker. Come on over and take your seat at the table and our friendly staff will be happy to teach you how to play.
Each variation of Poker available at The Star has different rules and strategies but the object is always the same – to end up with the best possible five-card hand and to beat the other players to win the combined wagers or pot. This is achieved by either obtaining the highest-ranking hand or by making the other players think (bluffing) you have the highest-ranking hand and thereby forcing them to withdraw (fold).
Each Poker game at The Star also has a minimum buy-in amount, which you will find displayed along with the table limits applicable to each particular game.
When you play poker at The Star, the role of the casino is simply one of host. The Star will provide a dealer, the necessary equipment and offer a variety of games in a secure and exciting environment. In return for these services, The Star will take a small fee or commission. This commission may be either a percentage of the pot, a fee per hand, or a time charge on each player participating in the game and will be displayed on a sign in the Poker area.
Glossary of poker terms
- ANTEmeans a pre-determined contribution to the pot placed by all players prior to the first card being dealt in a round of play;
- BET means placing the required wager and includes a call and/or raise if permitted, to remain in the round of play or going all-in if remaining chips are less than the size of the required wager;
- BETTING ROUND means a period of play during which each active player, in order, has the option to check, bet or fold until all wagers have been matched or reached the maximum number of raises;
- BLIND a pre-determined contribution to the pot placed by a selected player or players before the first card is dealt. The blind is a live wager, which can win the pot if no further contributions to the pot are made;
- CALL means a wager made in an amount equal to the immediately preceding wager;
- CHECK means to abstain from wagering but continue to stay in contention for the pot;
- COMMUNITY CARD(S) means a card or cards dealt to the center of the table, which may be used by all players to complete their best possible hand;
- FOLD means a decision by a player to no longer continue with their hand for that particular round of play;
- HOLE CARDS mean a player’s concealed cards;
- POT means the sum of the antes, blinds and bets wagered;
- RAISE means to make a bet greater than the amount of a previous wager made during a betting round;
- ROUND OF PLAY means the period of play at a table commencing with the dealing of the first card by the dealer and concluding when the dealer announces a result and passes the pot to the winning player
Poker code of conduct
The Star management has established a Poker Code of Conduct to establish and maintain a pleasant environment for our guests and employees. The management reserves the right to refuse any person from participating in any game and may ask any player to leave a game, if their conduct is considered to be unacceptable. The etiquette tips on this page are offered to assist you to feel comfortable at the table among the other players. A more comprehensive Poker Code of Conduct is located in the Poker area and you should familiarise yourself with its contents before you commence play.
All Poker players should endeavour to play to these standards:
Play at a reasonable speed
Once in a while, a decision may take significant thought, however consistently taking time to make decisions frustrates other players. It is also reasonable to expect players to follow the game, know when it is their turn and what the action is.
Players must protect their own hand
When handling your cards, every attempt must be made to conceal them. If you show your cards to another player, you have a duty to show your cards to the rest of the table. If a dealer mucks a player’s hand in error, the player will have no recourse as it is the player’s responsibility to protect their own hand. The dealer may enforce this.
The removal of chips
An active player shall not add to or reduce their table stake during any round of play. A player not in a hand may add to their stake as per the table limits, but shall not remove chips from the table; except for the purchase of goods and services from a casino employee, (food and drinks). Chips shall remain in full view at all times in neat stacks of each denomination with the largest denomination at the front.
If you're not in the hand keep quiet
Unruly and continual chatter can cause those players in the hand to lose concentration. Never make comments about the hand in progress. While the hand is in progress, avoid body language or gestures that may signal your intentions.
Any player who sees an error made or about to be made has an obligation to point out the error to the dealer. Colluding with other players or cheating will not be tolerated. English only must be spoken whilst a game is in play. Obscene or profane language will not be tolerated.
Announce your intentions
If raising you should announce, “raise.” If going all-in you should announce, “all-in.” All bets and raises, unless verbally declared, should be placed in one hand motion. Placing bets and raises in a delayed motion is known as string betting or string raising and is deemed to be unacceptable conduct.
The game is based on Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker. The difference is that you are individually competing against the dealer, not against each other. Using a 52 card deck, the aim of the game is for your Poker hand to beat the dealer’s hand.Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker also has an optional bet called an Ante Bonus Wager. If your two hole cards qualify as a winning bet, you will be paid in accordance with the pay table, regardless of the dealer’s hand.
Ante wager and an option ante bonus
Wager Before any cards are dealt, you must place an Ante Wager and may place an optional Ante Bonus Wager in the appropriate wagering area of the layout. You are then dealt two cards face down.You may pick up your cards without revealing them to other players or the dealer.
You are then to declare your intentions to either Fold by discarding your two hole cards face down towards the dealer and forfeit your Ante Wager and any optional Ante Bonus Wager if you feel confident that you cannot beat the dealer’s hand; or Bet by placing a Flop Wager in the appropriate area, of an amount that is twice your Ante Wager.
After the dealer reveals the Flop, you are then to declare your intentions to: -Check by tapping or knocking on the table or by such other visual hand signal acceptable to the dealer; or -Bet by placing a Turn Wager in the appropriate area, of an amount equal to your Ante Wager
After the dealer reveals the Turn, you are then to declare your intentions to: Check by tapping or knocking on the table or by such other visual hand signal acceptable to the dealer; or Bet by placing a River Wager in the appropriate area, of an amount equal to your Ante Wager
On completion of all player hands, the dealer will announce “dealer’s hand” and will turn the dealer’s two hole cards face up and make the best possible five card poker hand by utilising the two hole cards and the community cards. At this point, you may fold your hand by indicating with a sweeping motion of your hand towards the dealer. The dealer will announce “conceding hand” and collect your two hole cards and all your wagers. Starting from the dealer’s right, the dealer will act in turn for each continuing player’s hand. When the dealer reaches your hand, your two hole cards will be revealed and the dealer will act on the following:
FOR THE ANTE BONUS WAGER
If you have an Ante Bonus Wager and it qualifies as a winning bet, you will be paid according to the payment odds otherwise your bet will lose and the dealer will collect the Ante Bonus Wager.
FOR THE ANTE, FLOP, TURN & RIVER WAGER
The dealer will then turn over your cards and announce the best Poker ranking of your hand and compare it against the dealer’s hand.
If your hand ranks higher, you will be paid on each wager that you have placed 1 to 1. Please note that Ante Wager is only paid if your hand is ranked flush or higher.
Glossary of Poker Terms
- ANTE WAGER means a player’s initial wager placed in a round of play Ante Bonus Wager means an optional wager placed in a round of play;
- CHECK means to abstain from wagering in a round of betting but continues to stay in the hand and does not fold;
- COMMUNITY CARDS means five cards dealt to the designated playing area. In a round of play, both the player and the dealer will use some or all of the community cards to create the best possible poker hand;
- DEALER means a person responsible for the operation of the game;
- FLOP means the first 3 of the 5 community cards;
- FLOP WAGER means an additional wager placed by a player in order to continue in a round of play prior to the flop cards being dealt. Flop Wager must be two times the value of the Ante Wager;
- FOLD means a decision by a player to no longer continue with his/her hand for that particular round of play and to forfeit all wagers;
- HOLE CARDS means the two cards dealt to each player and to the dealer which remain concealed in a round of play;
- TURN means the fourth community card;
- TURN WAGER means an additional wager placed by a player to the Turn card being dealt. Turn Wager must be equal to the value of the Ante Wager;
- RIVER means the fifth and final community card;
- RIVER WAGER means an additional wager placed by a player prior to the River card being dealt. River wager must be equal to the value of the Ante Wager;
- ROUND OF PLAY means the period of play commencing with the removal of the first card from the shuffling device by the dealer and concluding when the dealer, after drawing the last card, announces a result and, if applicable, collects losing wagers and pays out winning wagers;
- STAND OFF means where a wager shall neither win nor lose.
Ultimate Texas Hold'em
Ultimate Texas Hold’Em is a Poker style game where you don’t have to fold until you’ve seen all of the community cards!
To play, place a wager in both the Ante and Blind playing areas – these wagers must be of equal value to be valid.
You also have the option of placing a Trips wager. If your final five card hand is higher than three of a kind, you win!
You will receive two hole cards and have the option of folding, checking or placing a Play wager of 3 or 4 times your Ante wager. The earlier you bet, the higher you can bet.
The dealer will then reveal the three-card flop. If you haven’t already made a Play bet, you can fold, check or place a Play wager of 2 times your Ante wager.
The dealer will then reveal the final two community cards. If you haven’t already made a Play bet, you can either fold or place a Play wager of equal value to your Ante wager.
The dealer will then reveal their hole cards – to qualify to play against you, the dealer needs at least a pair.
The game is based on Five Card Stud Poker. The difference is that you are competing against a pay table rather than the dealer. Using a 52 card deck, the aim of the game is to combine your two hole cards with three community cards to try and make the best possible five card poker hand. If your hand qualifies as a winning bet, you will be paid in accordance with the pay table.
Before any cards are dealt, you must place an Ante Wager in the appropriate wagering area of the layout. You are then dealt two hole cards face down. When all hole cards have been dealt, you can look at your cards without revealing them to other players or the dealer.
3rd street wager
At this point, you are then to declare your intention to either fold by discarding your two hole cards face down towards the dealer and forfeit your Ante Wager or make an additional wager, called a 3rd Street Wager, of 1 to 3 times your Ante Wager. When all players have made this decision, the dealer then reveals the first community card.
4th street wager
After the dealer reveals the first community card, you may either fold or make an additional wager, called a 4th Street Wager, of 1 to 3 times your Ante Wager. When all players have made this decision, the dealer then reveals the second community card.
5th street wager
Once again, you may either fold or stay in the game by making a final wager, called a 5th Street Wager, of 1 to 3 times your Ante Wager. The dealer then reveals the third and final community card.
The dealer will then turn over and spread your hole cards and announce the best possible five card poker hand utilising your two hole cards and the three community cards. If your Ante Wager, 3rd Street Wager, 4th Street Wager and 5th Street Wager qualifies as a winning bet you will be paid according to the payment odds.
Caribbean Stud Poker
The game is based on Five-card Stud Poker, where you play individually against the house, therefore, one deck of 52 cards is used.
For an initial stake or Ante, players receive five cards face down whilst the dealer receives four cards face down and one card face up.
You have two options:
If you do not think you can beat the dealer’s hand you may fold and forfeit your Ante.
If you think you can beat the dealer’s hand and elect to continue, you are required to have an additional bet, which must be twice your Ante. The dealer requires an Ace and King (which is the smallest possible hand of play), or a pair or higher to make a hand or to open. The dealer then compares their hand against each individual players and the highest poker hand wins. Winning hands receive a payment of even money on the Ante and payments will be made as per the payout odds on the Bet. If the dealer does not open, all remaining Ante bets are paid even money and each additional Bet is void.
Caribbean Stud Poker also has a jackpot bet which can be placed by the players. Before each game and prior to the dealing of any cards you have the opportunity to participate in the displayed jackpot prize. To do this, place your jackpot wager onto the jackpot betting area adjacent to the regular betting boxes.
This makes you eligible for a jackpot prize, in addition to the regular payment made to a winning bet. You receive a jackpot payout on a qualifying hand regardless of whether the dealer opens or not.
Three Card Poker
There are 3 ways you can play:
ANTE/PLAY – the aim is to get a Three Card Poker hand with a value higher than the Dealer’s, or PAIR PLUS – the aim is to get a Three Card Poker hand with a pair or higher (regardless of the Dealer’s hand); or A combination of the ANTE and PAIR PLUS options.
Before any cards are dealt you must decide whether to place a wager on the Ante, Pair Plus or both by placing your wager(s) in the appropriate area(s) on the table. After all wagers are placed, the dealer will deal three cards face down to each player and to him/herself. You can then view your hand and decide whether you want to play or fold (forfeit). If you don’t think your hand can beat the dealer’s, or you don’t have a pair or higher, then you can fold your Ante wager and Pair Plus wager.
If you have placed an Ante wager and you think your hand can beat the dealer’s, you must place an amount equal to your Ante in the ‘PLAY’ area on the layout. If you have only placed a Pair Plus wager then you are not permitted to make a Play wager but the hand will be played to completion.
Once all betting has finished, the dealer will turn his/her cards face up. The dealer needs a Queen or higher to make a hand or to open. If the dealer does not open with a Queen or higher, then all Play wagers shall be a stand-off, Ante wagers are paid at even money and any winning Pair Plus and Ante Bonus wagers are paid.
If the dealer opens and your hand beats the dealer’s, then your Ante and Play wagers are paid at even money. Should the dealer’s hand beat your hand, the dealer will collect both your Ante and Play wagers. If you have a pair or higher your Pair Plus wager will be paid in accordance with the order of hands and the odds listed on a sign on the table, regardless of the dealer’s hand.
Ante wagers will qualify for a bonus payment if the hand contains a Straight or higher, regardless of the dealer’s hand. The Ante Bonus will be paid at odds listed on a sign at the table.
Order of hands
The order of hands in Three Card Poker is different to Poker. In Three Card Poker a Straight beats a Flush and a Three of a Kind beats a Straight.