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Located at 96 boulevard Masséna in the Galerie Massena (separate entrance via 23 Avenue d’Ivry), the Impérial Club contains a vast space offering 20 games played against the house and against other players with a dining service and a French-Asian influence bar.
= A large variety of games is available: Punto Banco, Poker 21, Stud Poker, Ultimate Poker, 3-card Poker, Texas Hold’em Poker and Omaha Poker.
Originally from South America, punto banco is a variant of Baccara, and is also called mini Baccara. It is played with six decks of 52 cards. The aim is to guess which one between the “ponte” (“punto”) or the bank (“banco”) gets closest to 9 points with a maximum of three cards.Game rules
Stud Poker (5-card Poker) is historically one of the first variants of Poker created during the American Civil War in the 19th century. The principle is to produce one of the Poker hands with the 5 cards dealt by the bank, with the aim being to obtain a hand that is higher than that of the bank.Game rules
Poker 21, called “Black Jack Parisian Style” is a 19th century French game. Poker 21 is not a variant of Poker, as its name suggests, but rather a variant of Black Jack with a slight touch of Poker. Poker 21 is played with 6 standard decks of cards dealt in a shoe, and the cards have the same value as in traditional Black Jack. The aim is also to get as close as possible to (or achieve) 21, without exceeding it.Game rules
For the game to start, the player must place his bet on one of the three possible wagers: “banco” means that he plays with the bank, “punto” means that he plays for the “ponte” against the bank, “tie” means that he wagers that the bank’s hand and the “ponte”’s hand will be the same.
Before the start of the game, the croupier draws a card and turns it over. The value of this card (face cards are worth 10 for this operation) indicates the number of cards that will “burned” before starting the game.
The croupier then deals a card, face down, on the “punto” and one on the “banco”. He deals a second one on each of these cards. Once the cards have been dealt, they are turned over in order to count their total value.
IF PUNTO OR BANCO ARE WORTH 8 OR 9 no more cards are dealt. There will be no additional draw for these two combinations.
The croupier then compares the 2 hands placed in front of him:
Punto has the highest score, PUNTO wins
Banco has the highest score, BANCO wins
Punto and Banco have the same score: TIE
NEITHER PUNTO OR BANCO SHOWS AN 8 OR A 9, Punto is dealt a third card if the total of its game is equal to 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. With a total of 6 or 7, Punto does not draw a third card (it is said that it stands).
Banco is then dealt a third card according to its own game and the Punto game. The possible hands are as follows:
Banco has a total of 7, he does not draw a third card (it is said that Banco stands).
Banco has a total of 0, 1, or 2, he systematically draws a third card.
Banco has a total of 3, 4, 5, or 6 and if Punto has drawn a third card, the rules are as follows:
the croupier must draw if the third card dealt to Punto is:
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 ou 9
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
4, 5, 6, 7
If Banco has a total of 3, 4, 5, or 6 and Punto has not drawn a third card, Banco draws a third card only if the value of his hand is 3, 4, or 5.
Once all the cards have been dealt, the values of the Punto and Banco hands are compared. The highest score wins and there are three possible cases:
PUNTO wins, BANCO wins, or TIE.
The value of the cards is defined as follows:
The cards have their nominal value, face cards and the ten have no value, the ace is worth 1.
From ten, only the number of units will be counted. For example, 6 + 5 = 11 => 1, 8 + 4 = 12 => 2, 7 + 6 = 13 => 3 and 6 + 4 = 10 => 0. In this case you say Baccara.
PUNTO wins: 1 for 1
BANCO wins: 19 for 20
TIE wins: 8 for 1
The principle is to produce one of the Poker hands with the 5 cards dealt by the bank, with the aim being to obtain a hand that is higher than that of the bank to beat it.
The players do not play against each other but all individually against the bank. They can only bet on one sole place.
It is played in two rounds with one sole deck of 52 cards and a maximum of 7 players.
The players start by placing their bet on the WAGER (or ANTE) box in front of them then the bank deals them 5 cards facing down and 5 cards for itself, the last of which is face up.
They are only allowed to look at their hand once all the cards have been dealt.
After consulting their hand, the player has 3 choices:
After that, the players are no longer authorised to touch their cards.
« The bank qualifies with an ACE/KING hand or over »
After exchanging cards, the bank turns over its game and has to be QUALIFIED to be able to pay the players who raised. This means that the bank must have at least an ACE and a KING in its hand or any combination (a pair, two pairs, three of a kind, etc.) to be able to pay the players.
It is also possible for the player to wager at the same time on its initial bet on the “Bonus” box.
This Bonus wager is fixed and corresponds to 20 % of the table’s minimum (for example on a €5 minimum table, the amount played in the bonus can only be €1 regardless of the wager placed by the player on the “Ante” box)
This additional wager can offer the player a win in addition to his raise (therefore, if the bank has a hand weaker than his) provided that he has a hand at least equal to a “flush”.
The payment chart for the bonus is as follows:
Flush (5 cards of the same suit): 100 times the bonus wager
Full House (three of a kind + a pair): 150 times the bonus wager
Four of a Kind (4 identical cards): 1,000 times the bonus wager
Straight Flush (5 cards of the same suit in numerical order): 2,000 times the bonus wager
Royal Flush (Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10 of the same suit): 5,000 times the bonus wager
If the bank is not qualified, the player who bet on the bonus, raised and with a winning hand must announce it so that the croupier checks his cards by turning them over and paying the bonus.
The number of standing players is limited to a maximum of two per seated player. Standing players can bet on the hand of a seated player with his consent and within the limit of the maximum wagers authorised for the hand. They cannot give instructions or advice and follow the player’s initiatives.
A seated player can bet on as many boxes as he wants if spaces are free at the table.
In 21, the cards are all worth their value with the exception of the Jack, Queen, and King which are worth 10 points. The Ace is worth 1 or 11.
In order to be able to play, each seated player wagers on the “POK” box then wagers on the “21” box.
The players’ wagers, represented solely by chips or tokens, are shown, subject to minimum and maximum rates, before dealing the cards.
The minimum wager is set by the person in charge at the start of each session and is displayed.
The maximum of “POK” wagers is set at the opening of each table by the person in charge within the limit of 10 times the minimum of the bets. It is displayed.
The maximum of “21” wagers is set at the opening of each table by the person in charge at 20, 50, 100 or 200 times the minimum of the wagers. It is displayed.
The maximum of the wagers can be modified during the session within the limit of the maximum rates defined in this article. It is displayed.
The maximum wagers are per hand and may be exceeded in the case of a seated player holding several hands subject to the conditions provided for in article 12.
The player can no longer draw cards once he has reached a total of 21
A player with his first two cards can double his “21” wager.
He can then draw only one additional card
A player can double his hand if his first two cards are of the same value. He places a “21” wager equal to his initial “21” wager.
Thus, the player has two hands and two wagers.
The player stands, draws and plays in simple gaming conditions starting by playing the hand to his right before moving on to the next one.
The number of splits for one player is limited to three.
If the player separates a pair of Aces, he will only be able to draw one additional card for each Ace.
If the player splits a pair of Aces, or a pair of cards each worth 10 points and he reaches 21 points after drawing a card, he will not be able to benefit from the bonus provided for in article 15 allocated to the player that has achieved a score of 21 points with two cards for just one hand.
Once the players’ cards have been dealt and all the players have decided the situation of their hands, the croupier draws one or more cards for himself.
If the croupier achieves 17 points or more, he cannot draw any additional cards.
If he has 16 points or less, he is required to draw other cards until the total of his points reach 17 or more.
When there is an Ace among his cards, he must count it as 1 point if with this value he achieves 17 or more.
After determining and announcing the scores, the croupier collects the losing “21” bets and pays the winning “21” bets in the planned order from right to left.
The croupier pays 1 for 1 the players that have at least one point above his own.
The croupier pays 1 for 1 the players if his hand exceeds 21 points.
In the case of a tie the wagers are returned.
The croupier pays 3 for 2 if a player achieves 21 points with his first two cards.
If the croupier’s hand achieves 21 points with his first two cards, he collects all the wagers except those of the players that have achieved 21 points with their first two cards.
The croupier removes the cards once only after payment and places them face down on the burned cards holder. The croupier burns his cards last.
After paying the “21” bets, the croupier completes his hand, if necessary, up to 5 cards. In the case of the croupier having more than 5 cards, the excess cards will be burned
He then pays the players according to the “Poker 21” schedule = 1 “A pair” of jacks or higher is paid 1 time the “POK” bet
= 3-card Poker is a variant of Stud Poker which is played with a deck of 52 cards. The aim of the game is to produce a hand with 3 cards which is higher than that of the bank.Game rules
Ultimate Poker is a variant of Texas hold’em Poker which is played with a deck of 52 cards. The aim for the player is to produce a hand higher than that of the bank. The players do not play against each other but have a common adversary, the bank. This game has become very popular in recent years.Game rules
Created in Texas in 1900 it was later exported to Las Vegas from 1967 thanks to the famous players Cradell Addington, Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim. Poker tournaments became major events at the start of the 21st century and Texas Hold’em Poker is now the best known and most popular variant of poker. The players play against each other and not against the bank. It is played with a deck of 52 cards.Game rules
3-card Poker is a variant of Stud Poker which is played with a deck of 52 cards.
The player and the croupier only have 3 cards each to achieve the best hand possible.
To take part in the game, each player must bet on the “ANTE” box and/or on the “PAIR +” box.
Once the bet has been placed, the croupier deals three cards to each player and to himself, face down.
After dealing, each player consults his cards and has the choice of:
The croupier must have a Queen or higher to qualify.
If it is played, this box will be paid when the player has a pair or better, regardless of the Bank’s hand, according to the following schedule:
If the player places a wager on “ANTE”, raises on “PLAY” and his hand contains a straight, a three of a kind, or a straight flush, he receives a bonus calculated according to the Bonus payment chart:
The bonus on initial wagers are always paid, whether the croupier qualifies or not, and regardless of the bank's hand.
Sometimes, the player loses his “ANTE” because the croupier has a better hand but he is paid by the “Bonus on the Wager” (for example: if the player has a Three of a Kind, and the bank has a Straight Flush, the player will lose “ANTE” and “PLAY” but will be paid 4 times his initial wager)
Here is chart showing the different possible hands in 3-card Poker:
You will see that the Straight is more difficult to obtain than the Flush.
Combinaison3 cards of the same suit, in numerical order
Three of a Kind
3 cards of the same value
3 cards in numerical order, different suits
3 cards of the same suit
1 pair (2 cards) of the same value
3 cards of different values and suits
Ultimate Texas Hold'em is a variant of Texas Hold'em which is played against the bank with a deck of 52 cards.
The aim of the game is to obtain the best hand of 5 cards by using your 2 cards associated with 3 of the bank’s 5 community cards.
To take part in the game, spread your wager evenly on the mat’s “Ante” and “Blind” boxes and wager as you wish on the "Bonus” box.
Once the wager has been placed, the croupier deals 2 cards to each player and to the bank, face down.
At this point, you have several options:\You can place 3 to 4 times the amount of the “Ante” box in the “Play” box, or check.
After this 1st round, the croupier turns over 3 community cards. If you have still not wagered on the “Play” box, you can place 2 times the amount of the “Ante” box in the “Play” box, or check again.
The croupier turns over the 2 remaining community cards. If you have still not wagered on the “Play” box, you have the choice between placing 1 time the amount of the “Ante” box in the “Play” box, or folding. In this case, you lose all your initial wagers, except the one placed on the “Bonus” box.
The croupier turns over the Bank’s 2 cards and announces its hand:
The Bank needs a pair or higher to qualify. In the opposite case, you win the “Ante”.
If your hand is better than that of the Bank: “Ante” and “Play” will be paid equally.
If the Bank has a better hand than you, your “Ante”, “Play”, and “Blind” tokens are lost.
If your hand is equal to that of the Bank, the “Ante”, “Play”, and “Blind” sums remain.
“Blind” will only be paid if your hand is better than that of the Bank with at least a straight.
You win the “Bonus” only if you have a three of a kind or better, regardless of the Bank's hand.
Royal Flush: 500 for 1.
Royal Flush: 50 for 1.
Straight Flush: 50 for 1.
Straight Flush: 40 for 1.
Four of a Kind: 10 for 1.
Four of a Kind: 30 for 1.
Full House: 3 for 1.
Full House: 8 for 1.
Flush: 3 for 2.
Flush: 7 for 1.
Straight: 1 for 1.
Straight: 4 for 1.
Three of a Kind: 3 for 1.
The game starts when there is a minimum of two players. The game continues for as long as there are two players still in the game. The number of seated players, the only ones that can have a hand, corresponds to the number of places marked on the mat or the number of numbered seated places. This is a maximum of ten.
Before the start of the session, or when all the places at the gaming tables are allocated, the players are able to register on a waiting list which is placed under the responsibility of the croupier or a member of the management committee. The latter calls the players who signed up in advance by order of registration. If one or more of these players does not answer the call, he continues until one of them answers and takes a seat at the table. The seated places are allocated randomly by the croupier or a member of the management committee.
Once installed at the table, the players place their stake in front of them on the mat visible to the croupier and the other players. The total sum of these wagers constitutes the player’s stake. During a game, the player is allowed to buy-back-in. No buy in is accepted during a hand. The maximum amount of the buy-back-in is set by the house rules.
The game starts by placing a marker called the “button”. To determine the place of the “button”, the croupier takes the clubs, distributes one to each player face up starting on his left. The highest card (ace, king, queen, etc.) determines the location of the “button”. Once the player with the “button” has been identified, the croupier collects the clubs, places them back in the deck and shuffles the cards. The game can begin.
Before each hand, the two players placed immediately to the left of the button must place a compulsory initial wager in front of their place marked on the mat. The first player places a so-called “small blind” wager equal to half the table’s minimum wager. The second player places a so-called “big blind”, the amount of which is at least equal to that of the small blind and at most the double. The establishment’s management may, in its house rules, authorise the use of a third optional wager, called the option. The third player situated to the left of the button may then place an option, the amount of which is double that of the big blind.
After checking that all the initial wagers are conform, the croupier deals the cards one by one, face down, starting with the player seated to the left of the button and continuing clockwise. Each player receives two cards which he must protect. The cards must not under any circumstances be held below the table. They must be visible on it. After dealing, the players study their hand.
The croupier starts the first round of betting. The player to the left of the player that wagered the big blind starts:
The amount of the raise is determined by the version of hold’em being played. The following players, through to the player that wagered the small blind, is decided in the same way.
The player that wagered the small blind then speaks:
The player that wagered the big blind then speaks:
If none of the players has raised during the first round of betting, the player that wagered the big blind can check. This brings the first round of betting to an end. In the case of a raise by the player that placed the big blind, the croupier starts another round of betting which only ends when the players still in the game have all called or raised. When the first round of betting is finished, the croupier collects the wagers placed by the players starting with the first player to his left, then continuing clockwise. These wagers are placed in the middle of the table and constitute the pot.
After this first round, the croupier burns the first card in the pack and turns over three cards, face up, which determine the flop. These three cards are common to all the players still in the game.
The croupier proceeds with a second round of betting for the players still in the game.
The first player still in the game to call is located immediately to the left of the button:
The next player decides:
The croupier collects the cards, counts them, and burns them. All the other players still in the game are determined in the same way. The bidding round ends when:
When the second round of bidding ends, the croupier collects the wagers placed still proceeding in the same direction. The wagers collected are added to the pot in the middle of the table.
After this second round, the croupier burns the first card in the pack and turns over an additional card, face up, which determines the turn. This additional card is common to all the players still in the game in addition to the three cards of the flop.
The croupier proceeds with a third round of betting for the players still in the game. All the players proceed in exactly the same way as in the second round of betting. When the third round of bidding is finished, the croupier collects the wagers placed still proceeding in the same direction. The wagers collected are added to the pot.
After this third round, the croupier burns the first card in the pack and turns over an additional card, face up, which determines the river. This additional card is common to all the players still in the game in addition to the three cards of the flop and the turn card. These five cards constitute the board.
The croupier proceeds with a final round of betting for the players still in the game. All the players proceed in exactly the same way as in the previous two rounds of betting. When the final round of bidding is finished, the croupier collects the wagers placed still continuing in the same direction. The wagers collected are added to the pot. During a betting round, a player is able to wager his entire stake without exceeding the maximum raise according to the version of hold’em being played. If all the other players fold, the player that has wagered his stake wins the whole pot. If the total amount of the stake wagered by the player is lower than the wagers placed by the other players, the croupier creates two separate pots:
If the highest hand is that of the player who wagered his stake, the croupier will give him the main pot;
If the highest hand is that of the player who wagered his stake, the croupier will give the external pot to the second highest hand in the round; In all cases, if the highest hand is that of a player other than the one that wagered his stake, the croupier will give him all the pots. The croupier asks the first player to have raised in the final round of betting to start the showdown of his two cards, then all the other players follow him in a clockwise direction. If none of the players raised during the final round of betting, the first player to showdown his cards is the one that spoke first during the first round of bidding. In all cases, the best hand is determined by a combination of five cards from the seven cards available to the players. The winning hand is the hand of the player with the highest combination. The highest card that makes up the combination decides the equivalent combinations. In the event of a tie between the combinations comprising five cards obtained by two players or more, the hand of five winning cards will be the one that will also comprise, from the player’s hand or the board, the strongest cards. In the event of a perfect tie, the pot will be shared between all the hands equally. It is a perfect tie when the players have the same combination of five cards from their two cards or one of their two cards and the board, or only the board. The croupier submits the pot to be withheld for the benefit of the establishment. The amount withheld is paid immediately into the jackpot which is part of the gaming table. After the withholding operation, the croupier gives the winner all of the pot minus the amount withheld. To stop the game, the last hand must be firstly be announced.
The players can only use the following combinations:
Omaha Poker was invented in Nevada in 1982 by a woman known as the “Dragon Lady” and by Robert Turner, a star of Poker tournaments. The game immediately became popular in the Poker rooms of the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas. Omaha Poker is considered to be the poker game of the future. Its game is very similar to Texas Hold’em Poker but with a few differences.Game rules
The aim is the same as for Texas Hold’em: to form the best hand possible. The players use their private cards (that only they can see) combined with the community cards (dealt face up at the centre of the table and shared with all the other players).
The main difference between the two variants is that in a game of Omaha, four private cards are dealt to each of the players instead of two for Texas Hold’em. Omaha players must use exactly two of their private cards combined with three community cards to form the best hand possible.
The general rules of Omaha are the same for each variant of the game. Typically, a game of Omaha brings together six, nine or ten players. A dealer button is placed opposite a player and is moved clockwise around the table.
The two players seated to the left of the dealer are forced to place wagers (called blinds) before each hand dealt. The small blind corresponds to half of the big blind.
As for most variants of poker, at each betting round the players have the choice of checking, wagering, calling, raising, or folding their hand. According to their adversaries’ decisions, a player will be limited to some of these options during each betting round.
For example, against a wager by another player, you will have the following options: call this wager, raise to a higher amount, or fold your hand. You cannot check because another player has already wagered. If you are the first to act, checking or wagering are the two options, but it is not possible to raise or call.
Once the small and big blinds are placed, the hand starts and each player is dealt four private cards face down, which means that they cannot be seen by the other players. Each player will be able to act when it is his turn, starting with the player to the left of the big blind and continuing in a clockwise direction.
The first player that must make a decision can call the amount of the big blind, raise to a higher amount, or fold his hand. Following the decision taken by the first player, each player decides what he feels is best until it is the turn of the players who placed the blinds to act. If they decide to fold their hand at any time, the blinds they placed are lost and become part of the pot common to all the players.
Once the preflop action is finished, three community cards called “Flop” are dealt to the other players. These cards are shared by all the players still active at the table. The Flop corresponds to the first three of the five cards that will make up the community cards by the end of the hand.
Another betting round takes place, this time starting with the first player still active to the left of the button dealer. This player has the option of wagering or checking, and the action continues in a clockwise direction until all the active players have made a decision.
After the Flop bidding round, a new community card is dealt at the centre of the table. It is commonly called the “Turn”. A new bidding round is held, starting again with the first active player seated to the left of the dealer and continuing in a clockwise direction until all the players have made a decision.
A final community card, called the “River” is now dealt face up. A final betting round is held until the action is finished. This is the last card dealt in Omaha and the players will not have any more opportunity to improve their hand.
Once the final bidding round is finished, the players reveal their private cards in what is called the showdown. Remember that each player must use exactly two of his private cards and three community cards to form the best hand with five cards.
If, at any time during the hand, only one player is still active, this player is rewarded with the pot. No additional cards will be dealt and the following hand starts. In this situation, there is no showdown because the players are not required to show their hand to determine the winner of the pot.
The players can only use the following combinations:
A dining/bar service will be available to our guests during the club’s opening hours.
Snack menu: French and Asian
Open every day of the year from 6 pm to 5 am.
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entrance at 96-98 Boulevard Massena
Separate entrance at Galerie Massena via 23 Avenue D’Ivry
Telephone : 01.76.21.20.00
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