This section includes information on gaming procedures, rules, policies and limits of Texas Hold’em at PokerKings.
[R] is the abbreviation for rules.
Dealing the game of Texas Hold’em
The object of Texas Hold’em is to create the best five-card hand using seven cards.
Before the deal:
- Players will buy-in for the posted amount.
- Selected players will post blinds.
The dealer button:
The button is a graphical representation (“D”) of which player is the “dealer.” When the cards are dealt to players, they are dealt in a manner as if the player was actually dealing in a live environment. The dealer will always start with the player sitting closest to his left.
When there is a player “on the button” two players will be asked to “post the large or Small Blinds please.” The blinds serve a purpose similar to antes, in that they put forced money into the pot that gives players an incentive to enter the hand. However, only two players will “post” or “put up” the blinds.
The first blind is called the “Small Blind.” This bet is usually half the minimum bet of the game, although in some games, the fraction is slightly different. In €15-30 games, the Small Blind is €7. In €5-10 games, the Small Blind is €2.
So in a €2-4 game the Small Blind will be €1. The second blind is called the “Big Blind.” It is always the same size as the game’s minimum bet, e.g., in a 5-10 game, the Big Blind is €5.
[R] The player directly left of the button will have the “Small Blind.” The player directly to the left of the Small Blind will have the “Large blind.”
Once there is a button, a Small Blind and a Big Blind, the table is ready to deal. The dealer always deals from the player closest to the dealer’s left. Moving clockwise around the table, the game will “deal-in” each player. The players will be dealt one card face down, then a second card face down. The player seated to the left of the Big Blind will start the opening round.
Betting on opening deal:
The player seated to the left of the Big Blind will always have the action on the opening deal. This player may not check, but he can only pass, call, or raise the amount of the Big Blind.
The game will now advance to each player seated asking to fold, call, or raise until the round reaches the Big Blind. If no player has raised by the time the round returns to the Big Blind, the Big Blind has the option to check his own blind wager or raise. The Big Blind has this opportunity only in the opening round, and only once.
Once all players have completed the first round of wagering, they will proceed to the flop.
Before the flop is dealt, one card from the deck must be “burned”, which the dealer will deal face down one card into the pot. The flop consists of the first three community cards. The dealer places them face up on the board (the centre of the table) and are available to all players for potential use to make a poker hand.
This is how the flop looks:
Now the Flop has landed on the board and all players have five cards available to make their hand, the two “hole” cards that were dealt on the opening round and three “community cards” that all players may use. The following rule determines which player will have the action:
[R] After the opening deal, the player who is seated closest to the left of the button shall have the initial action. If the player who has the button folds, the button is still active and will remain in front of that player’s seat for the rest of the game.
The player who has the action may check, pass, or bet the limit. As soon as one player chooses to bet, the other players in the hand can no longer check. They can only call or raise by the amount that is allowed for that round. In the Flop, as well as in the opening round, the bets and raises must follow the lower betting limit (in a 3/6 game that’s €3), and, in the following rounds (Turn and River) the higher betting (€8 in the example above).
The Turn is the fourth card to be dealt onto the board and the sixth card available to the player. Some players call this “fourth street.” However, the most common term used for this round is the Turn. As always, the dealer will burn a card and then deal one card face up onto the board to the right of the last flop card.
This is how the turn looks:
The 9 of spades is the “turn card.”
At this point the players have access to the four cards on the board and their two hole cards. As in the previous round, it begins with the player who is still remaining in the hand and who is closest to the left of the button.
The bet on the Turn is the higher level of the betting limit. In a €2-4 game, this would be €4. Each player has the right to the bet and a cap of three raises. If a player bets €4 and the other players only fold or call, he can raise again up to the total number of three raises. If there are just two players remaining, the number of raises is unlimited at our real money tables.
However, in tournaments, the three-raise limit applies even if there are only two players left in a hand.
The dealer will place the fifth and final card on the board.
The Flop cards turn River.
This is how the River looks:
At this point, five cards are on the board and two hole cards are in the players’ hands. The action again starts with the first player still remaining in the hand who is closest to the left of the button. After all checks, bets, raises, and folds are completed, the showdown begins.Who shows first?
[R] The player who initiated the action or the last bet, raise or re-raise must show his cards first. This means that whoever had the last action on the river must show his cards first.What if a player wins by default?
[R] A player who has a winning hand does not have to show his cards if his bet was not called. Does a player have to show his cards if he calls a bet on the River?
[R] A player is not required to show his cards if he is not the player who had the last action. If a player calls a bet and then realizes that he cannot win, he may fold his cards. Players who are curious about the folded hand may request the hand history. Who wins?
[R] In our poker rooms “the cards speak.” That means our dealer will find the best five-card hand using the five (5) community cards on the board and the two (2) pocket cards in the player’s hand. The winner will be determined based on the universal poker hand rankings.
Texas Hold’em blind rules
[R] All players must pay for their blinds in full before they are allowed to get the button. Therefore, the player who posted the Small Blind in the previous hand will receive the button on the next deal of the game.
In the event of a new player joining the game, three actions occur:
- If the new player is seated left of the blind, he may choose to post the Big Blind or wait. If the player does post, his wager is active.
- If the new player is seated in the Big Blind, he is treated as such.
- If the player is seated between the button and any blind, he must wait for the button to pass.
Rules and procedures for missed blinds
Missed Big Blind
If a player misses the Big Blind for any reason, he may not play in any hands until the sum of all blinds are made up. The game will place an “ML”
button in that seat to declare the missed Big Blind. The game will ask the next active player to the left to post the Big Blind for the hand. If the missed player makes up the sum of all blinds, the Small Blind portion is dead and must be put into the pot before the hand is dealt.
Missed Small Blind
If a player misses the Small Blind for any reason, he may not play in any hands until the Small Blind is made up. The game will place an “MS”
button in that seat to declare the missed Small Blind. The game will ask the current Big Blind to also post the Small Blind for the game. The game will further ask the next active player to the left to post the Big Blind. The player who had missed the small Blind cannot return until after the button has passed. When and if the player does make up the missed Small Blind, that money is dead and must be placed directly into the pot before any cards are dealt.
Texas Hold’em games at PokerKings
PokerKings offers a great variety of low, medium and high limit games. Since the offer may vary, we do not list the games here. However, when setting up and specifying the limits of a game, we follow the general rules described below.€ (lower limit) - (upper limit)
Maximum number of players: 10
Minimum Buy-in = € (10 x lower limit)
Small Blind = € (50% of lower limit)
Big Blind = € (lower limit)
Maximum number of players: 10
Minimum Buy-in: €10
Small Blind: €.50
Big Blind: €1
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