How to Play
Placing Initial Wagers
To commence a round of play, players place their ANTEs and their SUPER Bet with the aim of achieving any of 8 Super Pay Table combinations in their first 5 card hand. The Super bet must be equal to or greater than the Ante wager.
The player may place a Super bet on any other player's hand and/or also on the dealers hand!
After all ANTEs and Super Bets have been placed, players and the dealer are dealt five cards, with the dealer’s bottom card facing up. Players then view and evaluate their hands.
Instant Payout Feature Winners
Upon viewing their initial hand, if a player has a Royal or Straight Flush in their first 5 cards, they immediately win the Instant Payout Feature and are paid at least 1,000-1 or 250-1 respectively on their ANTE, regardless of whether the dealer subsequently qualifies with Ace-King or higher. The Player’s round is then over.
The Casino Operator may offer even higher odds on the Instant Cash Payout feature such as 1,500-1 for a Royal Flush.
SUPER Bet Winners
Also upon viewing their initial hand, if a player has made a SUPER Bet and is dealt any of the 8 Super combinations in their first 5 cards, then the player’s Super Bet is paid according to the Super pay table along with any other Super Bets which have been placed on that particular box.
The player then continues in that round, unless their Super combination is also an Instant Payout Feature combination (as per the above picture), in which case the player will be paid according to both pay tables and their round is then over.
First Chance to Play or Fold
After viewing their first 5 cards, Players have the option to Play or Fold immediately, or the Player may attempt to improve their hand by using two different Draw options (see below) and then decide to Play or Fold.
To Play, the Player places their 5 card hand face down in their BET box and then places a BET wager of 2 x their ANTE on top of their cards. The Dealer must qualify with an Ace-King or higher to Play against the Player.
To Fold, the Player simply places their 5 card hand face down on the layout beside their BET box. Their cards and ANTE wager will be collected by the Dealer.
Option to Draw - Buy a 6th Card
After viewing their initial 5 cards, the Player has the option to pay a fee of 1x ANTE to Buy a 6th card in order to improve the strength of their hand against the Dealer, this is also a great option to take if the Player is one card away from achieving a high paying combination.
After paying the fee, the Dealer will pass out the next card from the deck in play which the Player adds to their first 5 cards to make a 6 card hand. The Player then re-evaluates their hand and decides to Fold or Play.
Option to Draw - Exchange 2-5 cards
Rather than buy a 6th card, the player also has the option to pay a fee of 1x ANTE to exchange 2-5 cards from their hand with fresh cards from the deck in play in order to improve the strength of their hand against the dealer.
This is very advantageous to the player as the dealer is unable to change any of their cards to strengthen their own hand against the Player.
After paying the fee, the dealer will then collect the players unwanted 2-5 cards and replace them with the same amount of cards off the top of the deck. The player then re-evaluates their hand and decides to Play or Fold.
Dealer opens and checks for Super combination in their hand
Once all players have made a decision to Play or Fold, the dealer's cards will be opened and the dealer will verify if they have a Super combination in their hand. If the dealer does have a Super combination, all Dealer Super bets will be paid accordingly, if there is no Super combination, all Dealer Super bets will lose.
Dealer opens and Qualifies with Ace-King or higher
If the dealer opens their cards and Qualifies with ACE-King or higher, for players who beat the dealer, their BET wager is paid as per the Lunar Poker Standard Pay Table and their ANTE is a push. Players with lesser hands than the dealer will lose their ANTE & BET wagers.
Double Combination Payouts
Second Poker Pay Table Combination Payouts: Lunar Poker allows for a player’s winning hand to be paid for any second poker combinations within the 5 or 6 card hand. Even if the second combination doesn’t beat the dealer’s combination, provided that at least one card from the second combination is not included in the first winning combination, the second combination will be paid according to the Standard Pay Table.
Note: In the above example, the 5 of Diamonds was not used in the first Full House 88855.
Dealer opens and does not Qualify with Ace-King or higher
If the Dealer opens their cards and does not qualify, then the player's ANTE is paid even money unless the player has a Straight or higher where they will be paid 4-1. The player's raise BET is a push, and the round of play is over.