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Rivers Casino Poker

How to Play Poker at Rivers Casino

Rivers Casino poker players have several options. In general, the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines is geared for high rollers, with high poker limits, smoking in restricted areas only, and lots of high end cuisine options—not exactly calling out to the free buffet crowd.

There is no dedicated poker room at Rivers Casino, but the poker tables on the floor provide lots of action.

The Rivers Casino poker games are:

Caribbean Stud

3 Card Poker

4 Card Poker

Mississippi Stud

Rivers Casino Poker Rules of Play

Minimums vary, and they change based on the crowd flow. Minimum table bets range from $5-25. High-limit games are hand shuffled, and others are machine shuffled. At the present time, there appears to be more than enough demand, so table spots are at a premium.

Rivers Casino Poker: Caribbean Stud

This is a five-card progressive poker game played against the house on a table similar to that used in blackjack.

Play begins with each player placing an ante bet in the designated ante box. Players receive five cards face down, and the dealer receives four cards face down and one card face up. As in traditional stud poker, players will not have an opportunity to draw more cards and they must decide whether to raise or fold. When a player folds, the ante bet is forfeited. When a player plays, the raise bet is double the ante bet. After all players decide to raise or fold, the dealer’s cards are turned face up. If the dealer does not have an Ace/King or higher, the players are paid even money on their ante bet and there is no action on the raise bet. If the dealer has an Ace/King or higher, the dealer’s hand is compared to each player’s hand. In each case, the best poker hand wins. If the dealer’s hand beats the player’s hand, the dealer collects the ante and the raise bet.

If the player’s hand beats the dealer’s hand, the ante is paid even money and the raise bet is paid a bonus amount according to the following schedule:

Rivers Casino Poker Bonus schedule

Hand Bonus

Royal flush 100 to 1
Straight flush 50 to 1
Four of a kind 20 to 1
Full house 7 to 1
Flush 5 to 1
Straight 4 to 1
Three of a kind 3 to 1
Two pair 2 to 1
Pair 1 to 1

Rivers Casino Poker Progressive Jackpot

In addition to the normal Caribbean stud game, players can win an additional $10,000 or more by placing a $1.00 chip in the betting area above the ante box before each new game begins.

The progressive meter increases as more players bet the jackpot bonus option. Progressive winnings are paid according to the schedule below, regardless of whether or not the player’s hand beats the dealer’s hand.

Hand Progressive Payout

Royal flush 100% of the meter

Straight flush $5,000 bonus

Four of a Kind (Aces or 8’s) $1,000 bonus

Four of a kind (except Aces or 8’s) $500 bonus

Full house $75 bonus

Flush $50 bonus

Rules for Rivers Casino Caribbean Stud 

  • Players are responsible for ensuring that the indicator light is on when a chip is placed on their progressive jackpot betting area.
  • Players are not to exchange or communicate information regarding their hands.
  • If an incorrect number of cards are dealt to a player or the dealer, the entire round is void.
  • Progressive jackpots are paid from the dealer’s leftside to the right side. There is no split on a progressive jackpot. If seat 2 and seat 3 hit royal flushes in the same hand, seat 2 receives the progressive jackpot and seat 3 receives the reset amount ($10,000).

Rivers Casino Rules: Three Card Poker

With two betting methods, this poker game offers two games in one. A person can bet one method or the other, or both, giving three ways to play. Plus, a unique extra bonus feature allows the player four ways to win.

Three Card Poker Wagers

  • Bet the ante to play against the dealer.
  • Bet the pair plus to play the hand value only.
  • Bet the ante and the pair plus to play both.

Ante and pair plus may be different amounts. Ante and pair plus must be placed before cards are dealt.

Poker Table Action

Each player and the dealer are dealt 3 cards. Players with an ante will either:

  • Fold and forfeit the ante, or
  • Place a play bet equal to the ante

Ante and play are bets against the dealer. Dealer plays with queen high or better.

Rivers Casino Four Card Poker

Four Card Poker has three ways to play. The game allows the player to wager against the dealer, to wager only on the value of his own hand against a paytable, or to wager both against the dealer and on the value of his own hand.

Playing Against the Dealer

The object when playing against the dealer is to beat the dealer’s four-card poker hand with your own fourcard poker hand. The dealer always qualifies. Players place an Ante wager. After looking at their hand, players may fold or, if they believe their hand is high enough to beat the dealer’s hand, they will make the Play wager. This wager must be from one to three times the Ante wager.

Note: The player wins ties. Consider the entire four-card hand when declaring a tie.

Playing vs. Paytable:


The object of betting the Aces Up wager is to receive a pair of Aces or better. If the player’s hand contains a pair of Aces or better, the player wins the Aces Up wager Players receive Aces Up payouts regardless of the dealer’s hand.

Playing Both: ACES UP and ANTE

When a player bets both the Aces Up and the Ante (including Play), he is playing against two separate paytables with two different criteria for payouts. In playing the Ante wager, the object is to get a four-card poker hand that beats the dealer’s best four-card hand. In playing the Aces Up wager, the object is to receive a pair of Aces or better. The Ante and Aces Up wagers do not have to be the same amount. Players receive the Aces Up payouts regardless of the dealer’s hand. Players can wager anywhere from the table minimum to the maximum allowed bet on either spot. However, the Play wager must be from one to three times the Ante.

Side bets between players are prohibited.

Rivers Casino Texas Hold em Bonus Poker

Texas Hold’em Bonus is an exciting hold’em style game that features head-to-head play against the dealer and an optional Bonus bet that pays odds if the player’s initial two “hole” cards are a pair of 2s or better.

How to Play Texas Hold ‘em

Players make an ante wager prior to the deal. After being dealt their first two cards, players can either fold or make another wager equal to twice their ante bet to continue playing. Then comes the flop – three community cards face up. Players can check or wager again to continue playing. That’s followed by the 4th and 5th community cards – the turn and the river – with a round of betting before each card is turned. The player must check or make a wager equal to the ante bet on the turn and river rounds. Only the flop bet is twice the ante bet.

Any player with a poker hand that beats the dealer’s wins. Players who win retain their ante bets and are paid even money on the total of their flop, turn and river wagers. If the player’s hand is equal to the dealer’s, it’s a push. When the player’s winning hand is a straight or better they are paid an additional amount equal to the ante.

There is also an additional Bonus wager that can be made before the start of the hand in which the player can win regardless of how their hand matches up to the dealer’s. This bet is based on their original two card hand.

Rivers Casino Mississippi Stud Poker

Mississippi stud is an exciting five card poker game with payouts as high as 500 to 1 and players compete against a pay table, not against the dealer or other players.

How to Play

Each player receives 2 cards which they will use in addition to 3 community cards to make their traditional poker hand. Players must wager an ante to play. The dealer will deliver 2 cards to each player. Each player in turn will decide to either fold or buy the first community card (called the 3rd street) by betting 1x, 2x or 3x their ante.

When that card is revealed, they either fold or buy the second community card (the 4th) at 1x, 2x or 3x their ante. After that card is revealed they either fold or buy the third and final community card (the 5th) at 1x, 2x or 3x their ante.

After all three community cards have been shown, the dealer compares the player’s hand (the player’s two cards plus the community cards) to the posted pay table and pays, takes or pushes in accordance to the pay table.

Pay Table

Royal flush 500 to 1
Straight flush 100 to 1
Four of a kind 40 to 1
Full house 10 to 1
Flush 6 to 1
Straight 4 to 1
Three of a kind 3 to 1
Two pair 2 to 1
Jacks or better 1 to 1
Pair of 6s to 10s Push

Rivers Casino Let It Ride Bonus

Getting Started

Each player places three equal wagers as indicated on the layout and is dealt three cards.

How to Play Let It Ride

Players do not play against the dealer or the players. Simply try to get the best possible poker hand by using three player cards and two community cards.

After looking at the first three cards, the player may ask for their first bet back or “Let it ride.” The dealer then turns up one community card. The player may then ask for their second bet back or “Let it ride.”

The second community card is then turned over by the dealer and all winning hands are paid according to the posted pay table (pair of 10s or better, two pair, etc.)

Players cannot show their hands to other players.

Bet the buck. Win a Bundle.

The player may put a bet on the red circle, and if they hit a bonus hand, a bundle of cash is theirs instantly.

*Check with the nearest Let it Ride bonus table for details on winning hands and payouts.

Bonus Side Bet

Players may make the optional 3 card bonus bet in addition to the standard Let it Ride wager. At the casino’s discretion, players may bet more on this bonus than on Let it Ride wager. The bonus is based on the cards the player holds when playing Let it Ride bonus. If the player’s cards contain a pair or better, their bonus bet wins.

Rivers Casino Pai Cow Poker

Pai gow poker is an exciting combination of regular poker and the game of pai gow. A regular deck of playing cards is used, including a joker. Players make regular poker hands (pairs, straights, flushes, full houses, etc.). From the game of pai gow comes the concept of two hands (a high hand and a low hand) as well as a 5% commission paid to the house. In this game, the joker is not a wild card, but may be used as an ace or to complete a straight, flush, royal flush or straight flush. In this game, the 2nd highest straight or straight flush is 5, 4, 3, 2 and Ace (only after Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10). The lowest possible straight or straight flush is 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2.

Rivers Casino Pai Cow Rules

Each player is dealt seven cards of which the player creates two hands, a two card hand (top hand) and a five card hand (bottom hand). The rankings in each of the hands are that of regular poker, the highest ranking two-card hand being a pair of aces, and the highest ranking five-card hand being five aces (using the Joker as a fifth Ace).

The five-card hand (bottom hand) must be of higher rank than the two-card hand (top hand). The object of the game is for both of the player’s hands to be of higher rank than both of the dealer’s hands. If the player wins one hand and the dealer wins the other, the bet is considered a push or tie. If both of the dealer’s hands are equal to or higher than those of the player, the bet shall lose. Winning hands are paid even money and a commission of 5% is collected immediately.