Game & Betting Styles

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Game Styles

Flop / Community Card Games
 

  • Players receive personal face-down cards, and share face-up community cards with other players.
  • Blinds are posted each hand to open the betting, and play proceeds clockwise from the dealer.

Stud Games
 

  • Players receive personal face-down and face-up cards, and no community cards are shared.
  • A forced bring-in opens the betting each hand. In following betting rounds, play proceeds clockwise from the player currently showing the strongest face-up cards.

Draw Games
 

  • Players receive personal face-down cards, then discard and draw replacement cards one or more times.
  • Blinds are posted each hand to open the betting, and play proceeds clockwise from the dealer.
  • Should the entire deck be dealt, discards are reshuffled to provide additional draws.

Mixed Games
 

  • In a mixed game, more than one poker variant is played in sequence, with the game changing round by round.
  • The game variant currently in play is displayed on the table. A chime sounds when the game variant changes.

Chinese Poker
 

  • Players receive personal face-down and/or face-up cards, arranging them on a layout to form two 5-card hands and a 3-card hand.
  • Players set their cards in turn, clockwise from the dealer.
  • There is no betting or folding. Instead, points are exchanged at the showdown of each hand.
  • At showdown, players trade points with each other player in turn.

Betting Styles

Fixed Limit
 

  • The amount of a bet is fixed at a particular value. Players may only bet or raise by one amount.
  • The displayed stakes represent the small bet and big bet.
  • The forced bring-in bet in stud games, and the forced small blind in flop games, are a discounted amount lower than the small bet. All other bets are equal to the small bet or big bet.
  • For the first 2 betting rounds, the amount of a bet or raise is a small bet.
  • In following betting rounds, the amount of a bet or raise is a big bet.
  • In a hand containing 3 or more players, as well as in a tournament, a maximum of 1 bet and 3 raises are allowed each betting round.
  • In a hand containing only 2 players, the amount of raises allowed each round becomes unlimited.
  • A player without enough chips to raise the full bet may go all-in for less and wager all remaining chips.
  • An incomplete all-in of half the bet or more counts as a raise.
  • An incomplete all-in of less than half the bet is not counted as a raise.

No Limit
 

  • There is no maximum limit to the size of a bet. Players may bet or raise from the minimum up to a maximum of their entire chip stack (all-in).
  • The displayed stakes represent the small blind and big blind.
  • At the start of each betting round, the minimum bet allowed is the amount of the big blind.
  • A player who is facing a bet and wishes to raise must raise by at least the amount of the bet.
  • A player who is facing one or more raises and wishes to raise again must raise by at least the increment of the last raise.
  • Players may bet or raise up to their entire stack at any time.
  • A player without enough chips to raise the allowed minimum amount may go all-in for less and wager all remaining chips.
  • An incomplete all-in is not counted as a raise.

Pot Limit
 

  • The maximum amount of a bet is the size of the pot. Players may bet or raise from the minimum up to a maximum of the total pot.
  • The displayed stakes represent the small blind and big blind.
  • At the start of each betting round, the minimum bet allowed is the amount of the big blind.
  • A player who is facing a bet and wishes to raise must raise by at least the amount of the bet.
  • A player who is facing one or more raises and wishes to raise again must raise by at least the increment of the last raise.
  • Players may bet or raise up to the size of the pot at any time. A player without enough chips to raise the size of the pot may bet or raise their entire stack all-in.
  • The total size of the pot includes all bets and calls from the current betting round.
  • A player without enough chips to raise the allowed minimum amount may go all-in for less and wager all remaining chips.
  • An incomplete all-in is not counted as a raise.

Points
 

  • The displayed stakes represent the chip value of 1 point.
  • The approximate amount of points in play is displayed (in parentheses) next to a player’s chip count.
  • Showdown is a series of individual exchanges. Each player trades points with all other players in turn.
  • A player may not exchange more total points than he had in play at the start of the hand:
    • Points won and lost during an exchange are temporarily out of play, and cannot be exchanged again for the rest of the hand.
    • Should a player win or lose more points than this total during an exchange, the maximum amount is exchanged instead.
    • When a new hand begins, all points are once again in play.
  • Bonus rounds (Fantasyland) and sequences of bonus rounds do not count as new hands and do not reset the amount of points in play:
    • A player may not exchange more total points in a bonus round sequence than he had in play at the start of the sequence.
    • A player who has exchanged the maximum amount cannot enter or repeat a bonus round.

 
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