The game of poker has a long history, but at the Grand Casino Bern you can try the world’s best-loved card game.

Take a look at our House Rules for poker guidelines at the Grand Casino Bern.


A player’s announcements are binding. For example: if a player announces a raise, he must pay the amount announced. If he only says the word raise, he must pay at least a minimum raise, regardless of the situation. If an action is carried out outside of a turn (too early), it will be deemed binding insofar as the stake(s) placed by the missed out player(s) is/are not higher than those declared too early. If a stake is placed that exceeds that which was placed too early, then the player may withdraw the stake that was placed too early and rethink his action.If a player calls with an insufficient stake (without announcing such) as a result of not noticing a raise, he may
withdraw his stake as long as no following player has called the raised stake. Otherwise the player must meet the raised stake (raising again is not permitted) or surrender all claims to his stake and the pot.

A straddle is a player stake following the big blind (“under the gun”) made without looking at the dealt cards. This stake is double the value of the big blind. A straddle entitles the player to act last before the flop.
Missed blind
A missed blind button is issued for each missed blind. When such a button is issued for the third time, the place must be vacated. If, for any reason, one or both blinds are missed, the player can either:
• pay both blinds with the big blind remaining as the bet and the small blind (dead blind)
going to the pot;
• resume play once in the big blind position again.
If as a result of changing places, a player moves more than three places (occupied by active players) clockwise from the button, both blinds must be paid, with the big blind as the bet and the small blind going to the pot. Alternatively, the player can wait until the big blind position comes round again. Blinds cannot be paid on behalf of absent players.
Having gone all-in, a player can buy into the game ONCE with less than the table stake. Upon going all-in a second time, the player is out of the game. In this case, no capital can be added between the games. In the event of a waiting list, a player wishing to continue playing is placed at the end of it. When a place becomes available, the player is free to take it, but must buy-in to the full amount. If player has gone all-in and wishes to collect new capital, the player is subject to the new player rule upon returning,. Players are given a “one round” time limit to collect capital. When a missed blind button is issued for the third time, the place must be vacated.
If a player folds as a result of false information and the cards are retrievable, the hole cards are to be returned to the player. Neither the dealer nor the players are allowed to look at undealt or folded cards, even after a game has finished. A player who accidentally or deliberately reveals one or both hole cards too early may play on without limitation. After the hand in question has been shown to the table at the request of all players, the player may continue playing the hand as concealed. A warning is issued after the game.
Place reservations
Only guests that personally apply to the supervisor or above are placed on the current waiting list. Applications per telephone are not accepted. Guests that no longer wish to play are cordially asked to deregister.
Table etiquette
Cigarette packets, mobile phones, iPods, etc. are not to be placed on the tables. A side table is provided for such items. Food may also be placed on the side tables. Guests are free to wear earphones or headphones. Sunglasses and headwear are not permitted.
Guests are not permitted to show other guests their cards, even these persons are no longer playing. Players cannot have another player or the croupier act for them. A player who leaves the table without comment is assumed to have folded their cards when their turn comes. All players must wait for their turn. A warning will be issued for violations of this rule. Only German may be spoken at the table. A warning will be issued for violations of this rule. When the third warning is issued, the guest must leave the table. All cases not mentioned above will be determined by the Assistant Gaming Shift Manager or a higher instance, based on the valid processes of Grand
Casino Kursaal Bern AG. Any such decisions are final.