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HOW TO PLAY TEXAS HOLDEM POKER ?
In the beginning, two cards are dealt face down to each player; these cards are known as “hole cards”. This is followed by a round of betting. In Texas Holdem, the betting starts with a small blind, to the left of the dealer that is followed by a big blind. These are compulsory or forced bets that must be made before seeing one’s cards. Play runs clockwise starting from the blinds, with each player having the option to fold, call, or raise. The blinds are “live”, meaning that they may raise their bets when the action gets back around to them.
Again the next 3 cards are dealt face up in the middle of the table; this is called the “flop”. A round of betting follows, with action starting from the first blind, i.e. immediately to the dealers left. Another card is dealt face up (called the “Turn”), followed by another round of betting, again beginning to the dealer’s left. Then the final card (the “River”) is dealt which is followed by the final round of betting.
Texas Holdem is played for high cards only, and each player makes the best five-card combination to win the pot. Players may or may not use both their hole cards to make their best hand. A player may even choose to use all the 5 cards on the table i.e. “play the board” & use no hole cards at all. For Poker Hands Ranking, please click on the Poker Hands Ranking link.
Note: This information is provided to just give you an overview of the game; to understand and master the game completely, it is advisable that you browse articles about how to play poker on the internet and watch some poker videos which might help you to improve your game. If you are new to online poker, then we suggest you to start playing online poker with play-money so that you have some hands on experience with online poker before you start playing with real money.
HOW TO PLAY OMAHA POKER ?
Omaha Poker also known as Omaha Hold’em is a community card poker game derived from Texas Hold’em. In its online poker version, players are dealt four private (hole) cards and five community cards are dealt face up on the table. The objective of the game In Omaha is to make the best five-card poker hand by using exactly three of the community cards together with exactly two of their hole cards.
Note: Exactly 2 hole cards and 3 board cards to be used. No more, no less.
KNOW YOUR TERMS
Blinds are designed to induce player participation and betting by forcing players to have a monetary stake in the game. Otherwise, there would be no financial motivation for players to collect more chips in a timely manner. Over the course of a game or tournament the blinds periodically increase in amount in order to compensate for the increased size of chip stacks. By manipulating the size of the big blind or the amount of time between increases it's possible to control the duration and stakes of a poker game.
The small blind is placed by the player to the left of the dealer button and the big blind is then posted by the next player to the left. The one exception is when there are only two players (a "heads-up" game), when the player on the button is the small blind, and the other player is the big blind. (Both the player and the bet may be referred to as big or small blind.)
Generally, the "big blind" is equal to the minimum bet. The "small blind" is normally half the big blind.
After all the players receive their hole cards, the pre flop betting round starts. After seeing their hole cards, each player has the option to play their hand by calling, folding or raising. Action starts from the left of the big blind and then proceeds clockwise around the table. If the big blind(also the live bet on the table) was 1€, it would cost 1€ to call, or at least 2€ to raise. Each player is given the option to fold, call the bet of the previous player or raise. If the previous player raised, the call amount is adjusted accordingly. Betting continues on each betting round until all the active players (who have not folded) have placed equal bets in the pot.
Note: Big blinds and small blinds will also get their chance to call/raise since their first bets were only blinds. Betting continues till all active players(those who have not folded) have put in equal amounts in the pot.
After the pre-flop betting round is complete, the flop is dealt face up on the table which is the first three community cards available to all the active players. Betting for the flop round begins after the cards are opened on the table. The rules of the flop betting round are the same as the preflop, with two small exceptions: the first player to act is the active player immediately clockwise to the button. This is the big blind position but in case he has folded then the next player in the clockwise direction starts the betting round.
After the betting round is complete for the flop, the turn is dealt face up on the table. The turn is the fourth community card in an Omaha game. Once the turn card has been dealt, the turn betting round starts. Betting starts with the active player immediately clockwise to the button.
After the turn betting round is complete, the river is dealt face up on the table. It is the fifth and final card on the table. The betting is identical to the betting round on the turn and also starts with the active player clockwise to the button.
Showdown / Show cards
After the betting rounds are complete, all the players left in the game will show their cards in what is also referred to as a showdown. The cards of all the players in the showdown are displayed on the table simultaneously. The player with the best five card poker hand using two of their hole cards and three of the community cards is declared as the winner in this poker game. If two players have identical hands then both are winners and the pot is divided equally between them.
LEARN BASICS OF OMAHA POKER
As with the betting structure in other forms of poker, a player in Omaha may take 4 actions: Call: To match the amount of highest bet on the table in the ongoing round of play. Raise: To increase the bet amount in the same betting round. Check: To continue in the game without betting any further. This action can be taken by any player only if he has already matched the biggest bet on the table or if no one has yet opened the betting round. Fold: To leave the ongoing game by surrendering the hole cards to the dealer and wait for the next game.
BET SIZE IN POT LIMIT OMAHA
The minimum bet in Pot Limit Omaha is the same as the size of the big blind, but players can always bet up to the size of the pot.
Minimum raise: The raise amount in PLO must be at least as much as the previous bet or raise in the same round. To take an example, if the first player to act bets 1€ then the second player must raise a minimum of 1€ (total bet of 2€).
Maximum raise: The size of the pot, which is defined as the total of the active pot, plus all bets on the table, plus the amount the active player must first call before raising. To take an example: If the size of the pot is 1€, and there is no previous action on a particular betting round, a player may bet a maximum of 1€. After that bet, the action moves to the next player clockwise. That player can either fold, call 1€, or raise any amount between the minimum (1€ more) and the maximum. The maximum bet in this case is 4€ – the raiser would first call 1€, bringing the pot size to 3€, and then raise 3€ more, making a total bet of 4€. In Pot Limit Omaha, there is no ‘cap’ on the number of raises allowed.
Note: This information is provided to just give you an overview of the game; to understand and master the game completely, it is advisable that you browse articles about how to play poker on the internet and watch some poker videos which might help you to improve your game. If you are new to online poker, then we suggest you to start playing online poker with play money so that you have some hands on experience with online poker before you start playing with real money.
POKER HAND RANKINGS
Before you start playing the game, it is best to learn the game and acquaint yourself with the game rules.
We bring you the culmination of poker hand rankings to help you out in making the best out of the game and win real money in it. Poker hands consist of five cards where the player having the highest rank hand is chosen as the winner.
Poker’s most famous hand, a royal flush, cannot be beaten. It consists of the ace, king, queen, jack and ten of a single suit.
Five cards in sequence, of the same suit. In the event of a tie, the highest rank at the top of the sequence wins.
Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same rank, and one side card or ‘kicker’. In the event of a tie, the player with the highest side card (‘kicker’) wins.
Three cards of the same rank, and two cards of a different, matching rank. In the event of a tie, the highest three matching cards wins.
Five cards of the same suit, not in sequence. In the event of a tie, the player holding the highest ranked card wins.
Five non-suited cards in sequence. In the event of a tie, the highest ranking card at the top of the sequence wins.
Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same rank, and two unrelated side cards. In the event of a tie, the player with the highest, and if necessary, second-highest side card (‘kicker’) wins.
Two cards of matching rank, two cards of different matching rank, and one kicker. If both players have an identical Two Pair, the highest kicker wins.
Two cards of matching rank, and three unrelated side cards. In the event of a tie, the player with the highest, and if necessary, second or third-highest side card wins.
Any hand that does not qualify under the categories listed. In the event of a tie, the highest card wins, such as ‘ace-high’.
Most often, a freeroll refers to a tournament with no entry free. But, get this, these tournaments still give out real money and/or other prizes (i.e. tournament tickets) to the top-place finishers. This makes them a great way to start a bankroll online, without having to risk one penny! Usually, there are no restrictions on who can play in free tournaments. However, sometimes you must meet certain qualifications and receive a password, or special tournament ticket, in order to register and play.
A rebuy tournament is one in which you can buy more chips during the early blind levels of the event. In a tournament without rebuys (also called a freezeout) when you lose all your chips, you are simply eliminated. In a rebuy event, if you lose all your chips, you can buy back into the tournament.
A satellite tournament is one where the winners gain free entry into another (larger) tournament.
In poker, a "freezeout" is a tournament in which players are eliminated until there is just one player left with all of the chips. In addition, players are not allowed to re-buy or add-on - in a "freezeout", once a player is out of chips, they are eliminated from the tournament.
Deep Stack Tournament
A tournament in which players begin with an amount of chips that is relatively high in relation to the blind or ante. For instance, in a traditional tournament, players might start off with 5,000 chips and blinds may begin at 25/50, with antes being added later in the tournament. In a deep stack tournament, players might start with 30,000 chips and blinds of 50/100. So, instead of starting the tournament with 100 big blinds, players might start the tournament with 300 big blinds. Deep stack tournaments favour better players as there is more "play" due to the larger stacks. Hyper turbo tournaments, for instance, essentially become push-fests immediately after the start of play, while deep stack tournaments allow good players to patiently accumulate stacks while exploiting less talented players. They are also at risk much less, as the deeper structure means that they are not all-in nearly as much. Good players tend to favour deep stack tournaments, though this can result in tournaments that are heavy on regulars and light on casual players, so the quality of play can be quite a bit higher.
Progressive Knockout Tournament
A Progressive KO (Knockout) tournament is one in which half of your buy-in goes to the overall prize pool to be paid out like a normal tournament, while the other half constitutes your bounty. The progressive element comes in because when you eliminate another player, you only get half of his bounty in winnings the other half attaches to your own bounty, meaning that: the more players you eliminate, the bigger a target you become.
So, if a tournament costs 109€ to enter, 50€ will go to the general prize pool, while 50€ will go to each player's initial bounty. (the remaining $9 is the fee to play the tournament) So, let's say that you knock a player out of a tournament. Prior to the hand taking place, their bounty was sitting at $200. In a progressive knockout tournament, you would keep 100€ of the 200€ bounty, while the other 100€ would go towards your own bounty that is on your head.
So, for each bounty that you earn, you become more enticing to other players, as the bounty on your own head will grow with each knockout. If you knock out a bunch of players, other players at the table will want to play hands against you, as they want to collect the growing bounty that is on your head. Once you earn a bounty, that amount can't be taken away from you in a traditional PKO event. This changes the way that these tournaments are played, as players will play MUCH looser in hands against people with large bounties on their heads, as they want the chance to knock them out of the tournament. For instance, let's say that you enter a 109€ PKO tournament. A player that has a 1,500€ bounty decides to push all-in pre-flop. You have them covered and look down at pocket Threes.
If this situation came up in a typical tournament, you would likely fold your hand. Since this is a PKO event, however, you would be foolish not to call, as you would collect a bounty of $750 if you won the hand. It is absolutely EV+ to call in this situation. If you end up winning a PKO tournament, you will collect money from three different places:
- You will win whatever amount is in the general prize pool for the first place finisher
- You will win whatever bounties you earned over the course of the event
- You will keep the full amount of the bounty that is on your head So, while the first place prize might only be 700€, you might also earn an additional 1,100€ in bounties from other players, plus the bounty that is on your own head
A Shootout is a popular form of tournament which can reward players with major tournament entries or cash prizes. Unlike in a regular tournament, in Shootouts, tables are not balanced as players are eliminated. Instead, play continues until there is only one player remaining at each of the original tables. Those individual table winners are then seated at new tables, where they again play until there is only one player remaining.