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Table Games

The starPosted 09-09-2016

The Star offers a variety of table games for your enjoyment 24/7. With card games, dice rolling and wheel spinning just to mention a few.

POKER GAMES
Poker is full of action and adventure

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
Ante means 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.

POKER ETIQUETTE
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.

PLAYER INTEGRITY
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.

How to play Texas Hold'em Bonus Poker
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.

Flop Wager
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.

Turn 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

River 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

Settlement
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.

How to play Mississippi Stud
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.

Ante Wager
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.

Settlement
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.

How to play Carribbean 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.

Progressive Jackpot
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.

How to play 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 Bonus
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.

 

BLACKJACK GAMES
Blackjack is the one of the most popular table games. Learn the rules of the Blackjack and the other variations you can play at the The Star Casino Sydney.

One of the most popular casino games
The object of the Blackjack game is to draw cards with a total closer to 21 than the dealer’s total – without going over 21. Cards are dealt clockwise from a dealing device called a shoe or from a continuous shuffler.

You are dealt two cards, while the dealer takes one card. The cards are dealt face-up so you can see your point value. Blackjack is played with 3, 4, 6 or 8 decks of cards.

Picture cards (Jack, Queen and King) count as 10, Aces count as 1 or 11, whichever is to your advantage eg. Ace, 8, 10 = 19.

Any other cards (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) count as face value. If your first two cards are an Ace and any ten-value card, you have Blackjack. The dealer will announce “Blackjack” and pay you at odds of 3 to 2. In the event that the dealer also makes Blackjack, the hand will be a stand-off (a tie or draw) and you will neither win nor lose. However, if the dealer makes any other total including 21 with three or more cards, your Blackjack will win.

If you do not have Blackjack on your first two cards, you may decide to stand (draw no more cards) or hit (draw more cards) until you ​decide to stand, or until your point total goes over 21 in which case you lose. You must hit if the point total of your cards is 11 or less. Irrespective of your point totals, the dealer must hit with 16 or less and stand with 17 or more. If the dealer goes over 21, all hands remaining on the table must be paid.

If you finish with a total closer to 21 than the dealer’s total, you win and will be paid even money. If you and the dealer have the same totals, you have a stand-off. In the event that the dealer has Blackjack, you lose unless you also have Blackjack, in which case you have a stand-off.

In the game of Blackjack you can place a bet on a box (playing area) or behind another player’s bet. Up to three players may bet on one box, provided that the total of all bets remains within the maximum limits displayed on the table sign.


Important

  • You may not handle, remove or alter any cards used in the game of Blackjack.
  • Although the dealer will call out the card totals, it is your responsibility to also check your point totals are correct.

If your first two cards have the same point value, you may ask the dealer to split your hand, to form two separate hands, by betting an amount equal to the original bet.Each hand will be played and completed in turn. At least one card will be dealt to each hand. If the first two cards dealt to a split hand total 9, 10 or 11 you may double providing the hand does not contain an Ace.If you split Aces, only one card is dealt to each Ace. If a ten-point card is dealt to either Ace, the hand is treated as a 21, not Blackjack.​

Doubling
You may double your original bet on any hand with a total of 9 10 or 11 made up of two cards (excluding Blackjack). If you elect to double, you place an additional bet up to equal to your original bet. You will then receive one additional card on that hand.

An Ace in the initial point total of any double always has a point value of 1 not 11.

Splitting Pairs
If your first two cards have the same point value, you may ask the dealer to split your hand, to form two separate hands, by betting an amount equal to the original bet.

Each hand will be played and completed in turn. At least one card will be dealt to each hand. If the first two cards dealt to a split hand total 9, 10 or 11 you may double. If you split Aces, only one card is dealt to each Ace. If a ten-point card is dealt to either Ace, the hand is treated as a 21, not Blackjack.

Insurance
Whenever the first card dealt to the dealer is an Ace, the dealer will announce “Insurance” and you may make an insurance bet in case the dealer makes Blackjack. An insurance bet may be made by placing an amount not more than half of your original bet, on the Insurance line of the table layout. All insurance bets must be placed prior to any players receiving a third card. An insurance bet will only win if the dealer makes Blackjack and is paid at odds of 2 to 1.​

In the event that the dealer receives Blackjack and you have placed additional bets on split hands and/or a double, the dealer will only take an amount equal to your original bet from the remaining bets in each box.

The dealer receives Blackjack
In the event that you have Blackjack and the dealer does not have an Ace or ten-point card as the first face-up card, the dealer will pay your Blackjack bet at odds of 3 to 2 and remove your cards prior to any players receiving a third card. If the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace or ten-point card, the game will be dealt in the usual fashion, with all bets paid or taken after the dealer’s hand has been completed.

How to play Any Pairs
Any Pairs is an optional side bet offered on certain Blackjack tables. The concept of the bet is simple. Any Pairs bet wins if the first two cards dealt to a playing area are a pair and loses if they are not a pair. An Any Pairs bet is made prior to the initial deal. There are three different types of pairs.

To play Any Pairs simply place a bet in the Any Pairs area in front of the Blackjack box – you are not required to make an initial wager on the Blackjack hand, but there must be at least one regular Blackjack bet placed on the Blackjack box before an Any Pairs wager can be made and the cards drawn to that hand. A maximum of three Any Pairs wagers will be permitted per Blackjack box and preference will be given to players who have also placed a wager on the Blackjack hand for that box. Please note that the casino may limit the placement of Any Pairs wagers to those players who also have a Blackjack wager and will display a sign at the table when this applies.

All bets must be placed before any cards are dealt and you can only place one Any Pairs bet for each betting area in the round of play. If the first two cards dealt to the Blackjack hand are a pair, you win! For the purposes of playing Any Pairs a pair is a hand where the first two cards dealt, in the initial deal only, are of the same value.

How To Play Blackjack Challenge
Picture cards (Jack, Queen and King) count as 10, Aces count as 1 or 11, whichever is to your advantage e.g. Ace,8, 10= 19. Any other cards (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) count as face value.

Blackjack - If the first twocards of your original hand or split hand are an Ace and any ten-point card, you have Blackjack. The odds you will be paid will depend on if the dealer also has a blackjack and the rank of your 10 value card when compared with the dealer 10 value card.

The rank of cards for the purpose of determining blackjack payouts from highesttolowestis king, queen, jack and 10. A player blackjack will be paid atthe odds listed below:

Dealer has a blackjack:

Dealers 10 Value card
Ranked lower than players 10 value card, odd is 5 to 1
Same rank as players 10 value card, odd is 4 to 1
Ranked higher players 10 value card, odd is 3 to 1
Dealer doesn’t have a blackjack, odd is 2 to1

If you do not have Blackjack on your first two cards, you may decide to stand (draw no more cards) or hit (draw more cards) until you decide tostand, or until your point total goes over 21 in which case you lose. You must hit if thepoint total of your cards is 11 or less.

Player 21 - In the event yourpoint total equals 21 (not Blackjack), you automatically win and the dealer will pay you even money.

Five card Trick - In the event you draw 5 cards to a hand without exceeding 21, you automatically win and the dealer will pay you even money.

Important
You may not handle, remove or alter any cards used in the game of Blackjack Challenge. Although the dealer will call out the card totals, it is your responsibility to also check your point totals are correct.

Doubling
You may elect to double on the first two cards or first three cards dealt to your originalor split hands by placing a wager of not more than your original wager. You will then be dealt one additional card face upwards and placed sideways to that hand.

In the event yourpoint total equals 21 (Player 21) after doubling, you automatically win and the dealer will pay you even money. If the dealer obtains Blackjack after you have doubled and not achieved Player 21, the dealer will only collect an amountequal to your originalbet from the remaining bets.

Splitting
If your first two cards have the same point value, you may ask the dealer tosplit your hand, to form two separate hands, by betting an amount equal to the original bet. Each hand will be played and completed in turn. At least one card will be dealttoeach hand. You are only allowed tosplittwice per box forming three hands per playing area.

You may also double in a split hand providing the hand contains two or three cards. Blackjack, Player 21 and Five Card Trick can be achieved on splithands. If the dealer obtains Blackjack after you have split and you have not achieved Blackjack, Player 21 or Five Card Trick, the dealer willonly collect an amountequal to your original bet from the remaining bets.​

Dealers Hand
Irrespective of your point totals, the dealer must hit with 16 or less and stand with 17 or more. If the dealer goes over 21, all hands remaining on the table must be paid even money. If you finish with a total closer to 21 than the dealer’s total, you win and will be paid even money. If you have a pointtotal equal to or less than the point total of the dealer’s hand and the dealer’s hand does not exceed 21, you lose.

In the game of Blackjack Challenge, you can place a bet on a box (playing area) or behind anotherplayer’s bet. Up to three players may bet on onebox, provided that the total of all bets remains within the maximum limits displayed on the table sign.

How to play Pontoon
Picture cards (Jack, Queen and King) count as 10. Aces count as 1 or 11, whichever is to your advantage eg. Ace, 8 and 9 = 18. All other cards (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9) count as face value. Remember all 10s have been removed from Pontoon decks. If your first two cards are an Ace and any picture card, you have Pontoon. The dealer will announce, “Pontoon” and pay you at odds of 3 to 2. The dealer cannot beat this hand, even if the dealer achieves Pontoon.

If you do not have Pontoon on your first two cards, you may decide to stand (draw no more cards) or hit (draw more cards). You can continue to hit until you decide to stand or until your total goes over 21, in which case you lose. You may choose to stand on any total of less than 21. Where you achieve Pontoon or a total of 21 you will win, regardless of the dealer’s result, and will be paid the appropriate odds . Irrespective of your point totals, the dealer must stand on a hard total of 17 eg: 8 and 9 = 17 or a soft total of 18 eg: Ace and 7 = 18. If the dealer goes over 21 then all hands remaining on the table must be paid.

If you finish with a total closer to 21 than the dealer’s you win and will be paid even money. If you and the dealer have the same totals you have a stand-off, you neither win nor lose.

Important
You may not handle, remove or alter any cards used in the game variation of Pontoon.
Although the dealer will call out the card totals, it is your responsibility to also check the totals are correct.

Surrender
You may surrender half your original bet on your first two cards if the dealer’s first card is a Jack, Queen, King or Ace. You indicate this decision to the dealer by knocking gently next to the bet with a closed fist. The dealer will place a marker button on top of your original bet and no further cards will be dealt to that hand.

Doubling
You may double your original bet on any hand with a total of less than 21 made up of two or more cards (excluding Pontoon). This also includes any split pair except Aces. If you elect to double, you place an additional bet up to equal to your original bet. You will then receive one additional card on that hand.

An Ace in the initial point total of any double always has a point value of 1 not 11. You may, after receiving the additional card, elect to forfeit. You may forfeit your original bet to the house but retain the amount that you placed for the double and take no further part in that round of play. To indicate to the dealer you wish to forfeit, simply move your finger in a scratching motion towards you. If you do not wish to forfeit, move your hand in a horizontal cut-off motion. All winning doubled wagers will be paid at odds of 1 to 1 and are not eligible for the payout odds and Super Bonus odds as set out in Tables 1 and 2.

Splitting Pairs
If your first two cards have the same point value, you may ask the dealer to split your hand to form two separate hands, by betting an amount equal to the original bet.

Each hand will be played and completed in turn. At least one card will be dealt to each hand and you may double on the hands formed.

If you split Aces, only one card is dealt to each Ace. If you split pairs and a 10-point card is dealt to an Ace or vice versa, the hand is treated as 21 and is not eligible to be treated as Pontoon.

Insurance
Whenever the first card dealt to the dealer is an Ace, the dealer will announce, “Insurance” or “Surrender”, and you may make an insurance bet in case the dealer makes Pontoon.

An insurance bet may be made by placing an amount not more than half of your original bet on the ‘Insurance’ line of the table layout. All insurance bets must be placed prior to any players receiving a third card. An insurance bet will win only if the dealer makes Pontoon and is paid at odds of 2 to 1.

 

Pontoon
In the event that you have Pontoon, the dealer will pay your Pontoon at odds of 3 to 2 and remove your cards, prior to any players receiving a third card.

In the event that the dealer achieves Pontoon and you have placed additional bets through the split and/or double option (where you have not elected to forfeit), the dealer will only take an amount equal to your original bet from the remaining bets on each box.In the event that the dealer achieves Pontoon, the surrender option is void and the dealer will take the whole bet.

 

Super Bonus
A player having three 7s of the same suit where the dealer’s first card is any 7 will win the Super Bonus as set out in Table 2. The Super Bonus does not apply where hands have been split or doubled.

All other players who wagered on the round of play in which there is a Super Bonus winner will receive a bonus payment of $50. This bonus is awarded per player, regardless of the number of bets each player placed on that round of play.

 

BACCARAT
Sophisticated yet simple

Baccarat is easy to learn and fun to play- the ultimate in James Bond style and sophistication. Baccarat is an elegant- yet-simple game of chance.

How to play Baccarat
Baccarat is played on either a 7 or 9 playing position table. Baccarat can be played with 3, 4, 6 or 8 decks of cards. Cards are generally shuffled by a shuffling machine. All cards from 2 to 9 are counted at face value and an Ace is counted as 1. Picture cards (Jack, Queen and King) and tens are counted as zero. When adding card totals together only the right-hand digit will be counted

The game begins when the cards are shuffled and placed in a dealing device called a shoe. Four cards will then be dealt: the first and third cards will be the Player’s hand and the second and fourth cards will be the Banker’s hand. The dealer announces the initial point totals and should either hand add up to 8 or 9, this hand is called a Natural and no further cards are dealt. If neither hand is a Natural, one additional card may be dealt to each hand in accordance with the Table of Play.

Winning bets on the Player’s hand are always paid even money (1 to 1). Winning bets on the Banker’s hand are paid according to the version of the game being played. Winning bets on a Tie are always paid at odds of 8 to 1.

The Table of Play/Tableau
At first glance this may look confusing; however, to play Baccarat it is not necessary for you to know the Table of Play. The cards are drawn strictly in accordance with the Table of Play and there are no optional draws. Just remember that it is the card that is drawn as the Player’s third card (not the total of the cards on the Player’s hand), which controls whether the Banker’s hand has to draw a third card.

Each casino game has a theoretical house margin which is the percentage of money wagered that is retained by the casino. The lower the house margin, the higher the proportion of money that is returned to players. With games of skill it is possible for players using betting/decision strategies to reduce the house margin, while for games of chance no betting system will change the house margin. In the long run, most players are unlikely to come out ahead. Each casino game played at The Star must be conducted in accordance with rules approved by the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority.

Baccarat is considered to be a game of chance. The house margin for the traditional game of Baccarat played at The Star is around 1.2%. The house margin may vary if other wagering options and payment odds are offered. The house margin for Tie wagers is around 14.36%.The house margin for Even Money Baccarat is around 1.7%. The house margin for the Dragon Bonus option may vary between 2.46% and 9.37%. The house margin for the Baccarat Pairs is around 10.3%.

Baccarat Pairs
Baccarat Pairs are optional bets offered on certain Baccarat tables. The concept of the bet is simple. You may choose to wager that the first two cards drawn to the bankers hand and/or the players hand are of the same number or the same picture type (such as 2-2 or King-King). A Pairs Player is a wager that the first two cards dealt to the players hand will be of the same number or the same picture type. It wins at the odds of 11-1 if they are of the same number or picture type and loses if they are not. A Pairs Banker is a wager that the first two cards dealt to the bankers hand will be of the same number or the same picture type. It wins at the odds of 11-1 if they are of the same number or picture type and loses if they are not.

HOW TO PLAY
To play Baccarat Pairs simply place a bet in the Pairs Player or Pairs Banker area of the layout. You may choose to place a wager on the Pairs Banker, a wager on the Pairs Player or a wager on both the Pairs Banker and Pairs Player, but may only make one wager per option. You are not required to make an initial Baccarat wager.A maximum of three Pairs Player wagers will be permitted per Pairs Player box and a maximum of three Pairs Banker wagers per Pairs Banker box. All bets must be placed before any cards are dealt. If the first two cards dealt to the Banker’s or the Player’s hand is of the same number or picture type, you win if you have the corresponding.

Please note that the casino may limit the placement of Baccarat Pairs wagers to those players who also have a Baccarat wager on the Player’s Hand, Banker’s Hand or Tie and will display a sign at the table when this applies.

 

ROULETTE
Played since the late 1700’s, Roulette is one of the most fun and exciting table games to play, and one of the easiest! The dealer will spin the ball around the wheel while players place their chips on the numbers where they think the ball will land. Fast paced and dynamic, roulette is a great place to start if you are new to casino Table Games. The Star offers both single zero French roulette, and double zero American roulette. Place your bets!!!​

How To Play Roulette
Roulette is one of the oldest and most famous casino games. Every Roulette table has its own set of distinctive chips that can only be used at that particular table. These chips are purchased at the table at which they are to be played and each player is given chips of a unique colour and design so they can distinguish their bets from those of other players. You determine the value of your chips with respect to the minimum limit when you purchase them.

The dealer spins the wheel with 37 segments (numbered 0-36), in one direction and a small white ball in the other direction. The object of the game is to correctly guess which segment the ball will finally rest in. The corresponding number denotes the winning areas.You can place bets on the Roulette table until the dealer announces, “No more bets thank you”.

When the ball comes to rest, the dealer calls out the winning number and places a marker on it. First, the table is cleared of the losing bets and then all the winning bets are paid.

During this time, please do not touch the layout or the winning chips. Wait until the dealer announces, “Place your bets please”, to place any new bets.

For instance, you can bet a Straight Up A , which means your bet is placed on any of the 37 single numbers. You can place combination bets; these are bets divided over a combination of adjoining numbers.

If you place a Straight Up bet A (odds of 35 to 1), it could be on the number shown on the diagram, or any individual number on the table. A Split B is a bet placed between two numbers and pays odds of 17 to 1 if the ball comes to rest on either of those numbers. If you place a Street C (odds of 11 to 1), on the line adjoining 7, it would win if 7, 8 or 9 was the winning number. A Street could also be placed, as shown on the diagram, between 0, 2 and 3. A Corner D covers 4 numbers and pays odds of 8 to 1; this bet can also be placed to cover 0, 1, 2 and 3 as shown in the diagram.

A Six Line wager E may be placed to cover six numbers by placing a chip on the intersection of those numbers, as shown in the diagram. This would pay odds of 5 to 1 if any one of the six numbers results.

A Column F bet is placed in one of the three boxes at the bottom of the table and pays odds of 2 to 1 if the ball comes to rest in one of the numbers in that column.

A Dozen G bet is placed in one of the boxes marked Dozen and it would pay odds of 2 to1 as per the following:

  • 1st Dozen – Any number between 1 and 12
  • 2nd Dozen – Any number between 13 and 24
  • 3rd Dozen – Any number between 25 and 36

When you place a bet on 1-1​8 H , 19-36 I , Even J , Odd K , Red L , Black M , Dozens or Columns and the ball comes to rest on 0, your bet loses. The only time you will win when the ball comes to rest on 0 is when you have bet on 0 or any combination of zero 0 and the numbers 1, 2 and 3. Please remember that where you place your chip or chips on the Roulette table is very important as this determines your bet. Use our diagram as your guide. It is your responsibility to ensure your bet is placed correctly. If you are not sure of the correct placement, our dealers are happy to assist.

Roulette chips must be changed for cash chips before leaving the table, as they only have value at the table at which they are purchased.

 

DICE GAMES
Nothing compares with the energy and enjoyment of a busy craps table or other dice games, which can prove to be very festive depending on the chemistry that comes into play among players around the table.​

How To Play Craps
When players at this table game win big, the whole of the Star knows about it. The cheers erupt and strangers high five when the dice are hot. Don’t be intimidated by the many betting options or the slang of the Craps table – this is one of the most dynamic, popular and social of all casino table games.

The basic principle is to bet on or against the total of the two dice thrown by the shooter. The shooter is the player who throws the dice. Each player will have the chance to shoot.

The game of Craps can look complicated at first, but it is actually quite simple. It is the variety of bets that sometimes makes the game seem difficult. However the bets can be broken down into separate parts to make the game easier. The variety of bets you can make on Craps are listed in this brochure and they are explained to you. Read about them, then check the diagram in this brochure and when you are comfortable, see if you can find the bets on the table. Ideally you should make your bets before the dice are thrown, however bets may be accepted up until the dice come to rest.​

Win Line Bets
Win Line bets can be made only before the first roll of the dice, the Come Out roll. You win on a Natural i.e. 7 or 11 and lose on Craps i.e. 2, 3, or 12. Any other number becomes the Point and the shooter must throw the Point again before a 7 to win. If a 7 rolls before the Point you lose. If the Point is rolled first then you win even money. After the Point is established, the shooter continues to roll the dice until a 7 is rolled. A Win Line bet cannot be reduced, increased or removed after the Point is established.

Don't Win Line Bets
Don’t Win Line bets are the reverse of Win Line bets. They must be made before the Come Out roll. You lose on a Natural i.e. 7 or 11 on a Come Out roll, and win on Craps 3 or 12. Should a 2 come up, it is a stand-off (nobody wins). Any other number rolled becomes the Point. You win if the shooter throws a 7 before rolling the Point and you lose if the Point is rolled before a 7. Don’t Win Line bets may be reduced or removed at any time, however, the bet may not be increased or replaced after such removal or reduction until a new Come Out roll.

Come Bets
Come bets are very similar to Win Line bets, however they can only be made after the shooter has established the Point. On the roll immediately following placement of the bet, you win on 7 or 11 and lose on Craps 2, 3 or 12. Any other number that rolls establishes your Come Point, which must be rolled again before a 7 in order to win. If a 7 rolls before the Come Point, you lose. A Come bet cannot be reduced or removed after the Come Point is established with respect to that bet. Come bets are always active until they either win or lose.

Don't Come Bets
Don’t Come bets are similar to Don’t Win Line bets, however they can only be made after the shooter has established a Point. On a roll immediately following placement of the bet, you lose on 7 or 11 and win on Craps 12 or 3, with Craps 2 being a stand-off. Any other number that rolls establishes your Don’t Come Point. You win if a 7 is rolled before the Don’t Come Point and you lose if the Point is rolled before a 7. Don’t Come bets may be removed or reduced at any time, but may not be increased or replaced after such removal or reduction until a new Come Out roll. Don’t Come bets are always active until they either win, lose or are withdrawn.

Supplemental Bets (Odds)
You can make a bet in addition to your original Win/Don’t Win, Come/Don’t Come bets at any time after a Point is established. These bets are known as Odds and may be taken with any Win Line bet or Come bet in an amount up to double the amount of your original bet. You may also lay odds on any Don’t Win or Don’t Come bet to win up to double your original bet. The bet will be in units determined by the odds for that Point. Odds on Come bets are off (not working) i.e. They cannot win or lose on the Come Out roll unless you designate that the bet is on (working).

Field Bets
A Field (5) bet is a one-roll bet and can be made on any roll when the dice are in the centre of the table. A Field bet wins if the numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 are rolled on the very next roll. All winning bets pay even money on numbers 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 and 2 to 1 on the numbers 2 and 12. If any other number is rolled, the bet loses.

Place Bets - To Win
You can make a bet in addition to your original Win/Don’t Win, Come/Don’t Come bets at any time after a Point is established. These bets are known as Odds and may be taken with any Win Line bet or Come bet in an amount up to double the amount of your original bet. You may also lay odds on any Don’t Win or Don’t Come bet to win up to double your original bet. The bet will be in units determined by the odds for that Point. Odds on Come bets are off (not working) i.e. They cannot win or lose on the Come Out roll unless you designate that the bet is on (working).

Place Bets - To Lose
You can make a bet in addition to your original Win/Don’t Win, Come/Don’t Come bets at any time after a Point is established. These bets are known as Odds and may be taken with any Win Line bet or Come bet in an amount up to double the amount of your original bet. You may also lay odds on any Don’t Win or Don’t Come bet to win up to double your original bet. The bet will be in units determined by the odds for that Point. Odds on Come bets are off (not working) i.e. They cannot win or lose on the Come Out roll unless you designate that the bet is on (working).

Proposition Bets
Proposition bets are one-roll bets that can be bet on any roll of the dice. You win if your number is rolled. You lose if any other number is rolled. Winning bets placed on Any Craps i.e. 2, 3 and 12 pay 7.5 to 1. Winning bets placed on 2 or 12 individually pay 33 to 1. Winning bets on 3 or 11 individually pay 16 to 1 and winning bets on Any 7 pay 4 to 1. With Proposition bets (also known as Crap bets), if you have any winning and losing bet/s in the same roll, when the payout is calculated, the dealer will replace your losing bets for the next roll unless you say otherwise.

Horn Bets
A Horn bet is a one-roll combination bet that consists of the four numbers 2, 3, 11 and 12. You win if any of these numbers are rolled. If any other number is rolled, you lose. Horn bets are accepted in even dollar units divisible by four with equal amounts bet on each of the four numbers. The odds are paid accordingly as if the numbers were bet individually.

Horn High Bets
A Horn High bet is a one-roll bet that consists of the same numbers as the Horn bet i.e. 2, 3, 11 and 12. The difference between the Horn bet and the Horn High bet is that the Horn High bet is made in dollar units divisible by five instead of four. The player nominates which number they want the extra unit on. The Horn High bet has equal units on three of the numbers with double the amount on the nominated fourth number. Any of the numbers can be called the High. For example ‘Horn High 12.’ You will win if any of the four numbers are rolled on the next roll and lose if any other number is rolled.

Hardways
Hardways are defined as even Point numbers. The numbers that can be a Point that are rolled with a double. As an example, Hardway 8 is two 4’s on the dice; Hardway 6 is two 3’s, etc. A Hard 4 would win, if the total of the dice add up to four but they must be 2 and 2. It would lose if the dice showed 3 and 1 or any combination of the total 7. Hardway bets can be made on any one individually or as many of them as you like. The bet can be made at any time, however, all Hardway bets are off on the Come Out roll unless you ask for them on.

Buy Bets
Buy bets are the same as Place Bets to Win with one exception; a 5% commission is charged on the amount you bet to receive true odds. The commission is collected when the bet is made. Any Buy bet that has been removed will have the commission refunded. If a Buy bet wins and is left up, the commission must be collected again. Buy bets are indicated with a Buy marker button placed on them by the dealer.

Lay Bets
Lay bets are the same as Place Bets to Lose with one exception; a 5% commission is charged on the amount you win to receive true odds. The commission is collected when the bet is made. Any Lay bet that has been removed will have the commission refunded. If a Lay bet wins and is left up, the commission must be collected again. Lay bets are indicated with a Lay marker button placed on them by the dealer. Learn to play Not sure how to play? Can’t tell a Natural Nine from a Blackjack? We have the answer. Just speak to one of our friendly dealers as they are experts in every table game. They will be able to assist you with any query you may have, from learning how to play, tournaments, a new table game, directions to one of our venues and even recommendations on where to eat here at The Star.

How to play Sic Bo
Sic Bo is an ancient Chinese game played with three dice. The object of the game is to predict which numbers will appear on the dice once they are shaken. Bets range from a specific triple with payout odds of 180 to 1 to betting on the value of one of the dice with payout odds of 1 to 1.

To make a bet on Sic Bo, place your chips on the appropriate area of the table. Neither verbal nor cash bets will be accepted. You are responsible for the positioning of your own bets regardless of any assistance from the dealer.The dealer covers the dome and tumbles the dice. The dealer then announces, “Place your bets thank you”. Once the bets are placed, the dealer announces, “No more bets” and lifts the dome cover to reveal the winning combination. The numeric value of each dice is then entered into a keypad and all winning combinations are lit up on the Sic Bo layout. The dealer then removes losing bets from the table and pays winning bets.​

 

OTHER CASINO GAMES

Learn To Play Pai Gow
Learn to play Pai Gow, also known as Chinese Dominoes, a rewarding table game where players create two hands out of four tiles and square off against the dealer.

How to play Pai Gow
Pai Gow Tiles is a casino table game steeped in folklore and tradition. Also known as Chinese Dominoes, this challenging and rewarding table game lets players create two hands out of four tiles and square off against the dealer.

Initially, Pai Gow can look confusing. However, you will only need to watch for a short time to realise that it is very similar to many card games but using tiles in place of cards.

Pai Gow is played with 32 tiles. 22 of these tiles form 11 Identical Pairs and the remaining 10 tiles form 5 Mixed Pairs (see illustration). The illustration shows the tiles in their highest to lowest order (or rankings) both as Pairs and as Individual tiles. Familiarise yourself with the tile rankings, as you would for a deck of cards.

At the beginning of the game
The dealer shuffles the tiles and then shakes the dice cup, while announcing, “No more bets.” Four dice are exposed, three one colour and the fourth is a different colour. The three dice are used to determine which playing area receives the first stack of tiles and the fourth to determine which of the six tile cuts will be used when the house Banks. Players will now have the opportunity to handle, view and set their tiles.

Objective
Each player and the Bank (or house) needs to construct two separate hands with their four tiles called a Low Hand and a High Hand. The player’s hands and the Bank’s hands are then compared to determine who wins.The dealer has no choice about the way they set the Bank’s hands as they follow a set of rules known as The Star’s Pai Gow House Way. New players who are unsure of how to set their tiles can ask the dealer to set the tiles House Way for them​.

The player wins
When your Low Hand and High Hand is of a higher value than the Bank’s Low Hand and High Hand you win. All winning wagers are paid at even-money less 5% commission.

The player stand-off (push, money back)
When your Low Hand and High Hand is of a higher value than the Bank’s Low Hand and High Hand you win. All winning wagers are paid at even-money less 5% commission.​

The bank wins
Wagers only lose if the Bank’s Low Hand and High Hand are both of a higher or identical (copy) value than your Low Hand and High Hand.

When the tiles are in your hand
Step 1.
Look for a Pair: After receiving your 4 tiles, look for a Pair. Remember that Pairs have the highest ranking.

Step 2. If there are no Pairs, look for a Teen or Day tile with a 7 or 8 or 9: It is possible to combine one Teen or Day tile with a 7 to form a High 9; a Teen or Day tile with an 8 to form a Gong; a Teen or Day tile with a 9 to form a Wong.


Step 3. If there are no Pairs and no Teen or Day tile with a 7 or 8 or 9:

  • The red and white dots represent the numerical value of that tile.
  • When the dots exceed a numerical value of 10, just drop the first digit.
  • Remember, the numerical value closest to nine wins unless a High 9, Gong, Wong or Pair beats it.
  • Try balancing the hands by combining a tile with the most dotswith a tile with the least dots or see if two tiles with the least dots can be combined to form hands.
  • However, if you and the Bank have a numerical value of zero in the Low Hand, the Bank wins.

Special tiles; Gee Jun

As a Pair, Gee Jun is unbeatable but when separated, each individual Gee Jun tile is ranked the lowest. However, they act like wild cards since each can have a numerical value of either 3 or 6. You choose the value that gives you the best hand.There is no set way a player has to play Pai Gow and the above is only a simple guide. You can have fun experimenting with the different tile combinations or try Player Banking​.

How to play Big Wheel
Big Wheel is the easiest of casino games to play. Just make your bet before the wheel is spun. The symbol the wheel stops on is the winning symbol. You can place bets on as many symbols as you like.

Take care to remember where you place your bet on each spin! When all winning bets are paid you may bet on the following spin. If the indicator comes to rest on top of a peg, that spin is void and bets may be removed or changed prior to the wheel being spun again.​

How to play Casino War

Aim of the Game
The aim of the game is for your hand to beat the dealer’s hand by drawing a card of a higher rank than the card drawn to the dealer. Casino War also has an optional bet called a ‘Tie Wager’ where odds of 10 to 1 are paid if your initial card drawn is of equal rank to the dealer’s initial card.

Casino War is played with 6 decks and the cards are dealt face-up so you can see your rank value.

The rank of cards from highest to lowest is Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. All suits have the same value.

How to Play
Before any cards are dealt, you must place an ‘Initial Wager’ and you may place an optional ‘Tie Wager’ in the appropriate wagering areas of the layout. You are then dealt one card and then one card is dealt to the dealer.

If your first card is of a higher rank than the dealer’s first card, you will be paid at odds of 1 to 1, otherwise if the dealer’s first card is of a higher rank than your first card, your bet will lose and the dealer will collect your ‘Initial Wager’.

In the event that your first card and the dealer’s first card are of equal rank, you are then to declare your intentions whether to ‘Surrender’ or ‘Go to War’.

Surrender
If you elect to ‘Surrender’, you will forfeit half your ‘Initial Wager’.

Go to War
If you elect to ‘Go to War’, you will be required to place a ‘War Wager’ in the appropriate area of the layout of an amount equal to your ‘Initial Wager’. You are then dealt an additional card and then an additional card is dealt to the dealer.

Where your additional card is of a higher rank than the dealer’s additional card, you will be paid at odds of 1 to 1 for your ‘War Wager’ only. Your ‘Initial Wager’ will be a ‘stand off’ where you shall neither win nor lose.Where your additional card is of equal rank to the dealer’s additional card, you will be paid at odds of 2 to 1 for your ‘War Wager’ only. Your ‘Initial Wager’ will be a ‘stand off’ where you shall neither win nor lose.Where your additional card is of a lower rank than the dealer’s additional card, you will lose your ‘Initial Wager’ and ‘War Wager’.

For the Wager
If you have placed a Tie Wager and your first card is of equal rank to the dealer’s first card, you will be paid at odds of 10 to 1, otherwise your bet will lose and the dealer will collect the ‘Tie Wager’.

Location

The Star is located at 80 Pyrmont Street,
Pyrmont NSW 2009
Star Poker is located adjacent to the Host desk on the Main Gaming Floor.