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First Round At the start of each hand, a small disk known as the dealer button is placed in front of one of the players. This disk indicates the theoretical dealer of each hand and marks the individual who will act last in each of the betting rounds. After each hand, the button moves clockwise one spot to the next player. Blinds The blinds are posted. If there are two or three players, the player to the left of the dealer posts the small blind, which is half the table's lower limit stake. The next player to the left posts the big blind, which is twice the small blind amount. If there are more than 3 players in a game, the next player to the left posts the over blind, which is twice the amount of the big blind (i.e., the same amount as the upper table limit).
Missed Blinds Policy To prevent players from entering games in a late position to avoid placing blinds, players will have to post an initial fee, equal to the over blind, or may ‘sit out’ and wait until the over blind reaches their position.
If a player checks ‘Wait for big blind’ when taking their seat, they will appear to be ‘sitting out’ and won't be able to join the game until the over blind reaches their position.
If a player is seated at a table and then, having ‘sat out’ for a while, misses the small blind in their absence, they will have to post an amount equivalent to the big blind.
If a player misses both the small and big blind, they will be required to post an amount equal to the big blind plus a 'dead' bet equal to the small blind (which will then go directly into the pot and will not count as a player's bet for that hand).
If a player misses all three blinds while ‘sitting out’, they will have to post the equivalent of the over blind, plus a dead bet equal to the small blind plus the big blind. The Deal All players are dealt 5 cards face down. There are no community cards in this game. Betting The first player to the left of the player who posted the over blind (or the big blind if there is no over blind) starts the betting, which then continues in a clockwise direction. All players must at least match the amount of the over blind to remain in the hand.
Players will have the following options, depending on the actions taken by previous players:
The player can check whether another player has put in more money than them. If the player posted the over blind (or big blind if there was no over blind) then all other players must put in enough money to match their contribution. If another player has raised, players won't have the option to ‘check’.
Calling raises the amount of a player’s bet to the level of the highest bet so far. For example, if a player puts in the big blind of 4.00 and another player puts in the over blind of 8.00, when the action reaches a player they can ‘call’ by putting in an additional 4.00 to match the largest bet so far of 8.00. If a player had not put in a blind, the entire 8.00 would need to be put in.
The minimum allowed bet size in No Limit is equal to the big blind if no action has occurred in a betting round. If action has occurred (another player has bet) then it is equal to the size of the last bet/raise. The raise amount must be at least as much as the previous bet or raise in the same round. As an example, if the first player to act bets 10 then the second player must raise a minimum of 10 (making a total bet of 20). As the term No Limit suggests, the maximum eligible raise is all the chips a player has brought to the table (i.e., they can go all-in). When a player goes ‘all-in’ all other players in a game must match this new amount or fold.er players must match).
If a player has raised the other players can't check but have to fold (leave this hand), call (match the amount of the largest bet), or raise (add more to the bet, which all other players must match).
There is no limit to the number of raises in 32 card draw poker.Discard Round Once the first betting round is complete, players can discard up to 4 cards and draw new ones, or they can "stand pat" and keep the cards which were originally dealt. Discarding starts with the player to the left of the dealer.
To discard a card, click on the card and it will be highlighted with a red X through it. Click it again to keep it. When the action reaches you, you will have the option to ‘Discard X’ (however many cards you have clicked on) or ‘Stand Pat’ if you have not clicked any cards. Discarded cards are replaced immediately with new cards from the deck.
In stripped deck games there is the possibility of running out of cards. In the case that more cards are required than are left in the deck, the remaining cards in the deck are used first. Then all cards discarded by other players (other than the player receiving the cards) are shuffled and the player is dealt their remaining cards from this set of cards. In this way a player will never get their own discards back, only those of other players. Second Betting Round Betting starts with the first player still left in the game to the left of the player who posted the over blind. This person has the option of ‘Parole’ (in English, "give way"). If all players at the table agree by clicking Parole, the pot is split. If any player does not agree to parole, then players can fold, check and raise as normal.
In a Limit game the minimum bet is twice the over blind (or twice the big blind if there is no over blind).
In a No Limit game the minimum bet is equal to the over blind (or the big blind if there is no over blind). Showdown When all bets are equal, all players must show their cards and the last player to bet or raise during the final betting round shows their cards first. If during the last betting round all the remaining players ‘checked’ (no players placed a bet), the first player to the left of the dealer who did not discard is the first to show their cards.
The remaining players reveal their cards moving clockwise around the table. If a player's hand is weaker than the current winning hand, they have the option to show or muck their cards. The best five-card hand takes the pot.
If two players have an identically ranking hand, the pot is split evenly between them. Player may only claim a pot to which they have contributed. Please see All-In. Table StakesThe buy-in is the amount of money required by a player to sit down in a particular poker game. All real money games have a minimum buy-in which is required before a player may join a table.
Limit poker The minimum buy-in requirement for Limit Poker is 10 times the big blind. There is no maximum buy-in.
For example, in a 1/2 limit game if the big blind value is 1, the minimum buy-in is 1x10, or 10. Pot and No-Limit poker Pot-Limit and No-Limit games have a minimum and maximum buy-in.
The minimum is usually 20 times the small blind and the maximum is usually 100 times the big blind.
For example, in a 1/2 No Limit or Pot Limit game, if the small blind is 1 and the big blind is 2, the minimum buy-in would be 20 and the maximum buy-in would be 200.
All games and tournaments comply with the following table stakes protocols: No chips can be added to a player's stack during a hand. Players can add to their stack between hands only. While some tournaments offer re-buys and add-ons, these can only be made after a hand is over and before the next hand begins. However, players can add chips or re-buy and add-on during the hand if they are not involved in that hand. Players cannot remove chips from the table. Players cannot remove any chips from the table during play until they leave the game. This rule applies regardless of how many chips a player has brought to the table. The table stakes protocols are designed to protect the game.
For example, if player is allowed to put a few chips into their pocket every time they are ahead, then the number of chips available for play will be reduced and the action at the table would suffer.
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