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Texas Hold'em


OVERVIEW

The objective of Texas Hold'em is to win the pot (the sum of money bet by all players in a hand). Texas Hold'em is the most popular type of poker game. The pot is won by the player who is able to form the best five-card poker hand, using any combination of two Hole cards and Five Community cards. 

Texas Hold'em can be played with a minimum of two players and a maximum of ten players using a 52 card deck without jokers.

Rules

Basic Rules

At the start of each hand, all players are dealt two cards face down, these are known as ‘hole cards’, and five ‘community cards’, which are dealt face up.
Players can use any five cards to form a combination.
The best five-card combination wins the pot.

Game Types

Limit poker In Limit Poker the maximum raise is agreed before starting a game. For example, in a 1/2 Limit game both the bet and raise must be 1. In the last two rounds, the bet and raise must be 2. Pot Limit In a Pot Limit game, the maximum value of the bet or raise must not be more than the total amount in the pot at that time. For example, if the total amount in the pot is 10, the first player to act in the betting round can bet a maximum of 10 but the second player can bet up to 30 (10 for his part of the call with a raise of 20, the total amount of money in the pot when it is his turn to play). There is no limit to the number of raises in Pot Limit poker games. No LimitThere are no maximum bet limits in a No Limit game. All players can make any bet in any betting round, as long as the minimum bet (equal to the big blind) is met.

Game Stages

Each game is divided into four betting rounds, with the initial pot created from blinds. The first player who joins the table becomes the dealer and is marked by a round disk. The game is played in a clockwise direction, starting with the player seated next to the dealer.

If players join the table simultaneously, as in tournaments for example, each player receives one card face up and the player who receives the highest card becomes the dealer. The dealer button moves clockwise from player to player with each hand. Blinds Before a game begins, the two players to the left of the dealer place ‘blind bets’ (these are called blind bets because they are made before the players have seen any cards). This is called 'posting the blinds' and ensures that there is some money in the pot to play for at the start of the game.

The player to the left of the dealer posts the ‘small blind’ and the second player to the left of the dealer posts the ‘big blind’, which is exactly twice the small blind amount.

If a player does not have enough chips to place a blind bet, he stakes everything he has at once (see the All-In section).

If there are only two players in the game, the small blind and the big blind still have to be posted. In that case the dealer posts the big blind and the other player posts the small blind, so the first round begins. Pre-FlopEach player is dealt two cards face down and all players can only see their own cards. The player to the left of the player who posted the big blind begins a round of betting. This player can:
Call - match the amount bet in the big blind,
Raise - increase the amount bet,
Fold - surrender his cards and stake in the game.
The same actions may be taken by each player when it is their turn to place a bet. When the betting returns to the player who placed the big blind, that player can decide not to raise, i.e. to make a check, if no other player raises. However, if an opponent has risen, the player who placed the big blind again has the option to call, raise or fold.
When all bets are equal, the initial pot is formed and the game turns to the next round (Flop). Flop During the Flop, three ‘Community cards’ are dealt face up to be used by all the players. The player who posted the small blind begins this betting round and, when all bets are equal, the game moves to the next round (Turn). Turn A fourth Community Card is dealt face up on the table and the third round of betting begins. River The fifth and final Community Card is dealt and the final betting round begins. Showdown When all bets are of equal value, it is time for all players to show their cards. Usually, the last player to bet or rise during the final betting round is the one to show their cards first. However, if during the last betting round all the remaining players checked (i.e. no player placed a bet); the first player to the dealer's left who did not fold during the game is the first to show their cards.

Moving in a clockwise direction, the other players reveal their cards in turn and, if the player's hand is weaker than the current winning hand, the player has the option to show or ‘muck’ their cards. The best five-card hand takes the pot.

If two players have equally high-ranking hands, the pot is split. Each player may claim back the part of the pot, which they originally contributed to. Please see the "All-In" section.

Game-specific

Missed Blinds PolicyTo prevent players from entering games late (and avoid placing blinds) each player must post an initial fee equal to the big blind or decide to sit out and wait until the big blind reaches their position. The player can choose to: If a player chooses to wait for the big blind, they will be sitting out and will not be able to join the action until the big blind comes around to their position.

If a player was at the table and then sat out resulting in their missing the big blind, they will also have to miss the small blind and the dealer's button.

If a player misses the small and the big blind, they will be required to post an amount equal to the big blind plus a 'dead' bet equal to the small blind. All-In If a player finishes his chips he is not immediately required to fold but may decide to go ‘All-In’ and bet all their remaining chips. If this happens, the pot is divided into the main pot and the side pot with all subsequent bets included in the side pot.

If the player who goes all-in does not win, the winner receives all of the chips (both the main and side pot).

If the player who goes all-in wins, he receives the main pot, but the side pot is passed to the player having the second highest-ranking hand.
 
If several players go all-in, several side pots are created. If the player who accepted all of the all-in bets does not go all-in and has the highest ranking hand when the cards are revealed, they will take the main pot as well as all side pots.
 
If the player who went all-in has the highest-ranking hand, he takes the pot or all pots, which were created until he went all-in.
 
All all-in players having highest-ranking hand can only take the pot (or pots), which they contributed to.

Table Stakes

The buy-in is the amount of money required by each player to take part in a particular poker game. All real money games have a minimum buy-in which is required before a player may join a table.

Minimum and maximum buy-ins

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, the big blind value is 1, so the minimum buy-in is 10x1, or 10. Pot and No-Limit poker Pot-Limit and No-Limit games have minimum and maximum buy-ins.
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 where 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. Table Stakes 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 has been played and before the next hand starts. However, players can add chips or re-buy and add-on during the hand if they are not involved in that hand.
 
Players cannot take any chips from the table during play until they leave the game. This rule applies regardless of how many chips the player has brought to the table.

The table stakes protocols are designed to protect the game and to ensure that the game remains playable. For example, if a player were allowed to put a few chips into their pocket every time they are ahead, the number of chips available for play would be greatly reduced.

Omaha


Overview

Omaha Poker is similar to Texas Hold'em. Each player is dealt four cards face down, which are also called pocket cards. As in Texas Hold'em, five cards are dealt face up on the table.

Players can make combinations using only two of their four pocket cards and three of five community cards on the table. Poker King offers Omaha (also called Omaha High) and Omaha High/Low.

Omaha Game Rules

Omaha Poker can be played with a minimum of two players and a maximum of ten players using a 52-card deck without jokers. Each player is dealt four ‘pocket’ cards face down, with a further five community cards dealt face up on the table.
 
Players can make combinations using only two of their four pocket cards and three of five community cards on the table and the best five-card poker hand wins the pot. The combinations and their ranking are the same as in Texas Hold'em. Omaha High/Low Rules The rules of Omaha High/Low are similar to the rules of regular Omaha with only one exception: the pot is split equally between the best High and the best Low hands. The winning player is the player who has the best High hand. However, the player who has the best low hand consisting of 5 cards of different value and suit which are ranked 8 or lower can win half the pot.

The players can make their combinations using only two of their four pocket cards and three of the five community cards on the table. If only one player has the best low hand, the pot will be split between them and the player with the best high hand.
 
If there are several players with low hands, the winner is determined by the highest card in their combination (in this case the lowest card). If there are several players with equally ranked low hands, the portion of the pot awarded to the low hand winner is split between them evenly.

Players may play high and low hands simultaneously using two of their pocket cards and three of the community cards on the table. The best low hand consists of five, four, three, two and ace of any suit.
An ace may simultaneously be a part of high hand and low hand.

Game Types

Limit poker In Limit poker, the bet and the raise are agreed in advance.
For example, in a 1/2 Limit game, both the bet and bet raise must equal 1. Not more or less. In the last two rounds the bet and raise must equal 2. Pot Limit In a Pot Limit game, the maximum value of the bet or raise must not be more than the total amount in the pot at that time. For example, if the total amount in the pot is 10, the first player to act in the betting round can bet a maximum of 10 but the second player can bet up to 30 (10 for his part of the call with a raise of 20, the total amount of money in the pot when it is his turn to play). There is no limit to the number of raises in Pot Limit poker games. No Limit In a No Limit game there is no bet limit. All players may bet any amount during the betting round as long as their minimum bet is equal to the big blind. Game Stages The game is divided into four betting rounds with the initial pot forming by the blind bets.
The first player to join the game becomes the dealer and is marked with a round disk. The game is played in a clockwise direction, starting with the player directly to the left of the dealer.

If multiple players join the table simultaneously (on tournaments for example), the role of dealer is decided by dealing one card face up to each player, with the highest-ranking card taking the role of dealer.
The dealer button moves clockwise from player to player with each round. Blinds Before a game begins, the two players to the left of the dealer place ‘blind bets’ (these are called blind bets because they are made before the players have seen any cards). This is called 'posting the blinds' and ensures that there is some money in the pot to play for at the start of the game.

The player to the left of the dealer posts the ‘small blind’ and the second player to the left of the dealer posts the ‘big blind’, which is exactly twice the small blind amount.

If a player does not have enough chips to place a blind bet, he stakes everything he has at once (see the All-In section).

If there are only two players in the game, the small blind and the big blind still have to be posted. In that case the dealer posts the big blind and the other player posts the small blind, so the first round begins. Pre-FlopEach player is dealt four cards, face down and can see only their own cards. The player to the left of the player who posted the big blind begins the betting round and can choose to:

Call - match the amount bet in the big blind
Raise - increase the amount bet
Fold - surrender his cards and stake in the game

The same actions may be taken by each player when it is their turn to place a bet. When the betting returns to the player who placed the big blind, that player can decide not to raise, i.e. to make a check, if no other player raises. However, if an opponent has raised, the player who placed the big blind again has the option to call, raise or fold.

When all bets are equal, the initial pot is formed and the game turns to the next round (Flop). Flop During the Flop, three ‘Community cards’ are dealt face up to be used by all the players. The player who posted the small blind begins this betting round and, when all bets are equal, the game moves to the next round (Turn). Turn A fourth Community Card is dealt face up on the table and the third round of betting begins. River The fifth and final Community Card is dealt and the final betting round begins. Showdown When all bets are of equal value, it is time for all players to show their cards and, generally, the last player to bet or raise during the final betting round is the one to show their cards first. However, if during the last betting round all the remaining players checked (i.e. no player placed a bet), then the first player to the dealer's left who did not fold during the game is the first to show their cards.

Moving in a clockwise direction, the other players reveal their cards in turn and, if the player's hand is weaker than the current winning hand, the player has the option to show or ‘muck’ their cards.  The best five-card hand takes the pot.

If two players have equally high ranking hands, the pot is split. Each player may claim back the part of the pot, which they originally contributed. Please see the "All-In" section In Omaha: The best five-card hand takes the pot. In Omaha High/Low: A pot is split between the best high hand and best low hand evenly. If no player has low hand, the entire pot goes to the player with the winning high hand.

If two players share an identical ranking hand, the pot is split.
Player may only claim a pot to which they have contributed. Please see All-In.

Game-specific

Missed Blinds PolicyTo prevent players from entering games late (and avoid placing blinds) each player must post an initial fee equal to the big blind or decide to sit out and wait until the big blind reaches their position. The player can choose to: If a player chooses to wait for the big blind, they will be sitting out and will not be able to join the action until the big blind comes around to their position.
 
If a player was at the table and then sat out resulting in their missing the big blind, they will also have to miss the small blind and the dealer's button.

If a player misses the small and the big blind, they will be required to post an amount equal to the big blind plus a 'dead' bet equal to the small blind. All-In If a player finishes his chips he is not immediately required to fold but may decide to go ‘All-In’ and bet all their remaining chips. If this happens, the pot is divided into the Main pot and the Side pot with all subsequent bets included in the Side pot.

If the player who goes All-In does not win, the winner receives all of the chips (both the Main and Side pot).

If the player who goes All-In wins, he receives the Main pot, but the Side pot is passed to the player having the second highest ranking hand.

If several players go All-In, several Side pots are created. If the player who accepted all of the All-In bets does not go All-In himself and has the highest ranking hand when the cards are revealed, he will take the Main pot as well as all Side pots.
 
If the player who went All-In has the highest ranking hand, he takes the pot or all pots which were created until he went All-In.
 
All All-In players having highest ranking hand can only take the pot (or pots), which they contributed to.

Table Stakes

Limit game In a Limit game, both the bet and the raise are pre-determined. For example, in a 5/10 Limit game, in the first two betting rounds the bet and raise must equal 5. No less and no more. In the last two rounds, the bet and raise must equal 10. Pot Limit game In Pot Limit game the maximum value of the bet and raise must not exceed the current pot amount. For example, if the pot amount is 30, a player cannot bet more than 30.

If a player raises the bet of another player, their call is already included in the pot. So, if the pot amount is 100, player X bets 100, player Y bets 300, including a raise of 200 (Pot = Initial 100 + Player X's 100 + your 100). No Limit game In a No Limit game there are no bet limits. All players may make any bet in any betting round as long as the minimum bet amount (equal to the big blind is met).

7 Card Stud

OVERVIEW

Seven-card stud is the most popular version of stud poker and can be played with a minimum of two and maximum of eight people. Each player is dealt a total of seven cards and the player who makes the best five-card combination using these seven cards is the winner.

Unlike in Texas Hold'em or Omaha, Seven-card stud is only played with bet limits and there are no Pot Limit and No Limit games. General features of stud poker Poker King offers two variants of this game - Seven-card stud (also called Seven-card stud High) and Seven-card stud High-Low.

Seven Card Stud Rules

The game is played using a standard 52-card deck and can be played by a minimum of two and maximum of eight people. At the start of the game, each player is dealt three cards; two faces down and one face up.
During the game the players are dealt a further 3 cards face up and one face down. Players use five of their seven cards to make up a final hand.

The best combination wins the pot. Combinations and their ranks are the same as in Texas Hold'em. Seven Card Stud High-Low Rules The only difference between this version of seven-card stud and regular seven-card stud is that the pot is split equally between the best high hand and the best low hand.

The winner is the player with the highest-ranking card combination and the player with the high hand splits the pot with player with the best low hand which consists of 5 cards of 8 and lower.

Players may use any five of their seven cards to make their best hands.

The pot is split evenly between the high hand and the low hand. However, if there is more than one low hand, a winner is determined by the 'high' card (which is the lowest card in this case). If two or more players have equally ranked low hands, the low pot portion will be evenly split between those players.

Players may use any five of their seven cards to make both high hands and low hands. The best low hand is 5, 4, 3, 2 and Ace of any suit.  An Ace may be used simultaneously for both high and low hands.

Game Types

Limit poker In the first and second rounds of a Limit Seven-card stud game, all bets and raises must be equal to the minimum allowed bet. In the third, fourth and fifth rounds, all bets must be equal to the maximum allowed bet.

If, for example, the table limit is 1/2, all bets must be 1 in the first two rounds and 2 in the following rounds. A maximum of 3 raises are allowed per betting round. Game Stages The game consists of five betting rounds and the showdown. Before the hand begins, every player must place an ante into the pot. Antes Seven-card stud is played using an "ante". All participating players must post an ante before the cards are dealt. The ante amount is approximately equal to 1/5 of the minimum bet. Starting hand After the ante is posted, each player is dealt 3 cards, two face down and one face up. The card dealt face up is also called the 'Third Street'. Third Street The player with the lowest open card must make a bring-in bet (which is usually half the minimum bet or the full minimum bet). If two or more players have the same low card, the player to bring-in will be determined by suit order: clubs, hearts, diamonds, and spades.

The bring-in is the first betting round and, if nobody raises, the player who has made the bring-in may not bet again until the next round. Fourth Street Each active player is dealt another face up card, called the ‘Fourth Street’. The player with the highest hand begins the betting round and may choose to fold, check or bet.

If two or more players have equally ranking high hands, the player who is the first to act is determined by suit order.

If any of the players have a pair, a double bet is allowed and the player may bet either the minimum or maximum bet. Is no player holds a pair, all bets must be equal to the minimum allowed bet.

The player with the highest hand begins the next betting round. Fifth Street The fifth card, dealt face up to each active player, is called the ‘Fifth Street’.
Play proceeds as in the previous rounds, with the highest ranking hand betting first; however, all bets in this round must equal the highest bet. Sixth Street The sixth card, the ‘Sixth Street’, is dealt face up to each active player and play proceeds as in the previous round. All bets must be equal to the high limit bet. River The seventh and final card, the ‘Seventh Street’ or ‘River Card’ is dealt face-down to all active players and the final betting round starts. Showdown When all bets are equal, all players must show their cards.

The final 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 (i.e. nobody placed a bet), the first active player to the left of the dealer shows his cards first.

The other players reveal their cards moving clockwise around the table. If a player's hand is weaker than the current winning hand, they can decide to show or muck their cards. In Seven-card Stud The best five-card hand takes the pot. In Seven-card Stud High/Low The pot is split evenly between the best high hand and the best low hand. If no players have a low hand, the entire pot goes to the player with the High hand.

If two players share an identically ranking hand, the pot is split evenly between them.

Players may only claim a pot to which they have contributed. Please see All-In. Joining the game late As there is no blind in this game and the Pot is created from the equal fees of all players, a player who wants to join an existing game may do so at any time by taking an empty place at the table.

The new player can start playing in the round following placement of their ante.

Table Stakes

Limit game In a Limit Game, both the bet and raise are pre-determined.

For example, in a 5/10 Limit game, in the first two betting rounds the bet and raise must be 5 and in the last rounds, the bet and raise must be 10.

32 Card Draw


Overview

This game is particularly exciting because all the lower cards from 2 to 6 are removed from the deck, so you end up with a lot of high cards, and it is easier to get three of a kind or a full house. But, keep in mind while you're playing: your hand might be great but your opponents' hands might be even better!

This game can be played with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 5 players.

Rules

Basic Rules

Game Types

Limit poker In Limit poker a maximum of 4 bets is allowed during any betting round. This includes a bet, raise, re-raise, and final raise. However, in No Limit poker and Pot Limit poker there is no limit to the number of raises a player can make.

In Limit poker the bet as well as the raise are agreed in advance. For example: Pot Limit In a Pot Limit game, the maximum value of the bet or raise shouldn't exceed the current total amount in the pot. For example: if the total amount in the pot in the middle of the table is 10 the first player to act in the betting round bets 10, the second player could bet a total of 30 (10 for his portion of the call with a raise of 20), the total amount of money in the pot when the action reaches them.

There is no cap to the number of raises in a Pot-Limit poker game, as long as the minimum bet is equal to the big blind (in a game with 2-3 players) or the over blind (in a game with 4-5 players). No LimitIn No Limit game there are no bet limits. Players can make any bet in any betting round as long as the minimum bet is equal to the big blind (in a game with 2-3 players) or the over blind (in a game with 4-5 players). For example:

Game Stages

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:



Check

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’.

Call
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.

Raise
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.



Minimum and maximum buy-ins

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.



Table Stakes

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.

Teen patti


What is ‘Teen Patti’?

Teen Pathi (or ‘Patti’) is an Indian game which is very similar to the British 3 card Brag. Teen Patti (Indian for “three cards”) is often also known as ‘Flush’ and is played using a standard 52 card deck with cards ranking from high (ace) to low (two).

Teen Patti is played best with between 4 and 8 players and the aim of the game is to bet accurately on which player has the highest ranking hand.

The minimum stake is decided before starting a game and must be paid into the pot by every participating player. Cards are then dealt face-down in a clockwise direction one by one until all players have 3 cards and all players can choose to play ‘seen’ (look at their cards before placing their bet) or ‘blind’ (leave their cards face-down on the table).

Playing a Teen Patti game

The dealer button is assigned to the first seat before play begins and moves clockwise from player to player throughout the game. Betting begins with the player seated on the left side of the dealer and moves clockwise around the table until all players have taken their turn. This pattern is repeated during the next round. There are no limits to the number of rounds played in Teen Pathi.

When it is their turn, the amount of the bet players need to put in the pot to continue in the game depends on whether they are playing ‘seen’ or ‘blind’.
 
For every round played, blind players must bet an amount which is at least the current stake and is not more than double the current stake. Seen players must bet an amount which is at least double the current stake and no more than four times the current stake. (On their turn, blind players may decide to look at their cards. At this point the player becomes ‘seen’ and must bet accordingly.)

Alternatively, if a player believes that they have a weak hand which is unlikely to win, they can decide to ‘fold’ when it is their turn to play. Players who fold forfeit their claims to all money put into the pot and must either leave the table or wait for the next hand to be dealt before playing again.

The game ends when either all players except one have folded (the remaining player is then declared the winner and awarded the pot) or when two players remain and one player pays for a ‘show’ (placing all cards face up on the table and comparing combinations).

‘Showing’ cards

A show happens only when only two players remain in the game and one player pays for and requests the show on their turn. The amount a player pays for the show varies depending on the player’s current status. If one player is blind and the other seen, only the blind player can request a show.

The blind player must the pay the current stake into the pot and may not look at their cards until the show has been paid. Likewise, if both players are blind, the player requesting the show must first pay the current stake into the pot and only look at their cards once the show has been paid. If both players are seen, either player may request a show and must pay double the current stake amount.

If, during the show, both shown hands are of an equally high rank, the player who did not request the show wins the pot.

‘Compromising’

If all players at the table are seen, a player may decide to pay double the current stake and request a compromise with the player who acted immediately before them.

This compromise may be refused (and betting will continue as before) or accepted (the players involved in the compromise will then reveal their cards to each other and the player with the lowest ranking hand will fold on their next turn. If both hands are of equal ranking, the player requesting the compromise must fold).  

Variations

Different variations of Teen Pathi may be made available including minor adjustments in the rules. For full information on the rules applicable to the Teen Pathi table you want to join, please review the table information in the PokerKing lobby.

PokerKing reserves the right to modify or cancel any Teen Pathi game at any time without prior notice.