There are 52 cards in all, plus one joker, in the deck. The dealer will deal five cards to each player and himself. Players are free to inspect their cards, although sharing knowledge is not recommended. After looking through his cards, the player might choose to raise or fold.
If the player wishes to raise, he must make an additional stake in a designated location on the table equal to his original wager. If a player chooses to fold, he loses both his cards and his original bet. After then, each surviving player should divide his five cards into two hands: a three-card and a two-card hand. A qualifying hand consists of 10, 20, or 30 points in the three-card hand.
If the player cannot create a qualifying 3-card hand, his 2-card hand will be ignored, and his only opportunity to win will be if the dealer fails to qualify. After the players have formed their hands, the dealer must develop a three-card hand and a two-card hand in the same manner. In the 3-card hand, the dealer must aim to qualify with a 10, 20, or 30 point total. If the dealer qualifies, his two-card hand is valued the same as the player's two-card hand.
All players who did not fold will earn even money on the ante, less a possible 5% commission, and the raise will be pushed if the dealer's three-card hand fails to qualify. If the player's three-card hand fails to be eligible while the dealer does, the player loses both the ante and the raise. If both the player's and dealer's 3-card hands qualify, the winner will be determined by the value of the two-card hands. If the dealer's two-card hand scores higher than the player's, the player loses both the ante and the raise.
The joker is wild and can be utilized to complete a straight, flush, or straight flush, but it counts as an ace otherwise. On winnings from side bets, the player is exempt from paying the 5% commission.