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The name of poker is given to several games of cards where the players make bets according to the cards they are holding at a given time. The poker game involves a pot which holds the amounts of money or chips bet by the players until that given time, pot that will be given to the player with the winning hand or to the player that is not called” in that respective hand by any of the remaining players.

The Texas Hold’em” come in No Limit, Pot Limit and Limit versions. There are several other versions offered by the online bookmakers, like Hold’em and Omaha where all the players share some of the cards; Stud games where everyone has to show some of their cards and hide the rest; Draw games there the players will receive five cards and can decide if they want to keep them and can change some or even all of the cards; the games High/Low Split where the pot is divided by the best high” and low” hands.

All Poker games start with some mandatory bets placed by turn by all players and each of them tries to win those pots. In Seven Stud are two mandatory bets – ante and bring-in. In other games the bets are called Small Blind (SB) and Big Blind (BB) and sometimes even called ante. In the poker game, the players strategically use the options they have according to their position at the table. These options are described below:

1. CHECK – If no one has placed a bet in the current round, the active player can chose to check, in this way he gives up his opportunity to place a bet, but in the same time keeping his right to play the current hand, and so he is not giving up on the pot. If a played decides to check, the action passes to the next player on his left. By check, the player doesn’t give up his hand, but only the right to bet at that given time. If all the active players decide to check in the same betting round, the betting round ends.

2. BET – If no bets are made in the previous round, the active player can chose to bet. If a player bets, the player on his left, and also all the remaining players at the table, can give up their hand (fold) or pay that bet (call) or chose to bet a higher amount (raise).

3. FOLD – Folding means the abandonment of any interest in the current hand. The player that chooses to fold will not have to call any bets or place more money in the pot, but he also can’t win the current hand.

4. CALL – If there is at least one bet in the current round, the active player can choose to call. This means that the active player will have to add to the pot an amount equally to the one place as a bet by the last player that made a bet or a raise.

5. RAISE – If there was at least a bet in the current round, the active player can choose to raise. Raising means that the active player pays the current bet and then he places another bet, at least equal with the current bet. All the other players will have to pay the new bet, or even make a raise themselves to keep their chances at the pot.

Each round, the betting continues until each player has paid the bets or folded (if no bets are made, the round is complete when all the players choose to check). When the previous round ends, the next betting round starts or the hand is completed.

 

After the last bet or the last raise in the current round is paid, the game reaches showdown”.  In this phase the winner is determined after the players show their cards.  It is not necessary to reach showdown to determine a winner. This thins happens when a player bets or raises and none of the remaining players calls or raises that bet (they all fold). In this case, the player that made the bet or the raise wins the pot.

At the end of the hand, the players have the following options regarding their cards:

- Hide the winning hand – The players can choose to hide their winning hand if they win the game before the showdown. In the showdown, the players have to show their cards.

- Hide the loosing hand - The players could chose not to show their loosing hand if they leave the game before the showdown. At the showdown all the players will have to show their cards.

The base rule in poker – Cash on the table” and All-in”

All the games are played on stakes, that meaning that only the chips in game at the start of every hand can be used to bet and raise on the duration of the respective hand. This rule has a twist called all-in”, that specifies that no player can be forced to give up his hand only because he doesn’t have enough cash to call a bet. A player that can’t call a bet entirely, but he wishes to pay all his remaining cash not to give up at the bet, is declared all-in”. This way, the player doesn’t have to give up the pot, but he will only win a share proportional to the amount invested in the hand. All the bets or raises after the all-in” will be collected in a secondary pot, on which the player declared all-inn” has no right upon. If several player go a”all-in” in a hand, multiple secondary pots can exist.
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The name of poker” is given to several games of cards where the players make bets according to the cards they are holding at a given time. The poker game involves a pot which holds the amounts of money or chips bet by the players until that given time, pot that will be given to the player with the winning hand or to the player that is not called” in that respective hand by any of the remaining players.

The Texas Hold’em” come in No Limit, Pot Limit and Limit versions. There are several other versions offered by the online bookmakers, like Hold’em and Omaha where all the players share some of the cards; Stud games where everyone has to show some of their cards and hide the rest; Draw games there the players will receive five cards and can decide if they want to keep them and can change some or even all of the cards; the games High/Low Split where the pot is divided by the best high” and low” hands.

All Poker games start with some mandatory bets placed by turn by all players and each of them tries to win those pots. In Seven Stud are two mandatory bets – ante and bring-in. In other games the bets are called Small Blind (SB) and Big Blind (BB) and sometimes even called ante. In the poker game, the players strategically use the options they have according to their position at the table. These options are described below:

1. CHECK – If no one has placed a bet in the current round, the active player can chose to check”, in this way he gives up his opportunity to place a bet, but in the same time keeping his right to play the current hand, and so he is not giving up on the pot. If a played decides to check, the action passes to the next player on his left. By check, the player doesn’t give up his hand, but only the right to bet at that given time. If all the active players decide to check in the same betting round, the betting round ends.

2. BET – If no bets are made in the previous round, the active player can chose to bet. If a player bets, the player on his left, and also all the remaining players at the table, can give up their hand (fold) or pay that bet (call) or chose to bet a higher amount (raise).

3. FOLD – Folding means the abandonment of any interest in the current hand. The player that chooses to fold will not have to call any bets or place more money in the pot, but he also can’t win the current hand.

4. CALL – If there is at least one bet in the current round, the active player can choose to call. This means that the active player will have to add to the pot an amount equally to the one place as a bet by the last player that made a bet or a raise.

5. RAISE – If there was at least a bet in the current round, the active player can choose to raise. Raising means that the active player pays the current bet and then he places another bet, at least equal with the current bet. All the other players will have to pay the new bet, or even make a raise themselves to keep their chances at the pot.

Each round, the betting continues until each player has paid the bets or folded (if no bets are made, the round is complete when all the players choose to check). When the previous round ends, the next betting round starts or the hand is completed.

  After the last bet or the last raise in the current round is paid, the game reaches showdown.  In this phase the winner is determined after the players show their cards.  It is not necessary to reach showdown to determine a winner. This thins happens when a player bets or raises and none of the remaining players calls or raises that bet (they all fold). In this case, the player that made the bet or the raise wins the pot.

At the end of the hand, the players have the following options regarding their cards:

- Hide the winning hand – The players can choose to hide their winning hand if they win the game before the showdown. In the showdown, the players have to show their cards.

- Hide the loosing hand - The players could chose not to show their loosing hand if they leave the game before the showdown. At the showdown all the players will have to show their cards.

The base rule in poker – Cash on the table and All-in

All the games are played on stakes, that meaning that only the chips in game at the start of every hand can be used to bet and raise on the duration of the respective hand. This rule has a twist called all-in, that specifies that no player can be forced to give up his hand only because he doesn’t have enough cash to call a bet. A player that can’t call a bet entirely, but he wishes to pay all his remaining cash not to give up at the bet, is declared all-in. This way, the player doesn’t have to give up the pot, but he will only win a share proportional to the amount invested in the hand. All the bets or raises after the all-in” will be collected in a secondary pot, on which the player declared all-inn has no right upon. If several player go all-in in a hand, multiple secondary pots can exist.
 
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