Game explanation

Texas Hold’em

Texas Hold'em is the most popular form of poker and also the easiest to learn.

Each player receives two face-down cards, which only he can see and use. 5 community cards are then dealt, which everyone can see and use. The players form their 5-card hand from both, one or none of their face-down cards in combination with the community cards.

The game is divided into 4 betting rounds, and players take it in turns to post bets in a clockwise direction. The first player to post is the one to the left of the dealer button, which moves one position to the left after each game.

Blinds

Before the game begins, the two players to the left of the dealer post the blinds. They get their name from the fact that the players do this before they see the cards. The blinds ensure that money is in the pot to be played at the start. The player to the left of the dealer posts the "small blind" and the player to his left posts the "big blind".

Pre-Flop

Now it really gets going! Each player receives two cards that only he can see. Following that, the first round begins with the first player to the left of the big blind. This player, who is now referred to as "under the gun", can:

  • call - also pay the bet made in the big blind
  • raise - pay a higher bet
  • fold - discard his cards.

When it is the big blind's next turn, he can check, and thus remain in the game without paying anything else into the pot, or raise. However, if an opponent has raised, the big blind has three options: he can fold, call or raise.  

The Flop

3 community cards, which every player can use to form his 5-card hand, are now placed face-up on the table. This is followed by the second betting round. The first active player to the left of the dealer can now check or bet. If all players check, no more money goes into the pot in this round. Once a player has bet, just like before the flop, the remaining opponents can call, raise or fold.  

The turn

A 4th community card is placed face-up on the table. This is followed by the third betting round.

The river

The 5th and final community card is dealt followed by the last betting round.

The showdown

If there is more than one player in the game, it comes to a showdown, in which the players reveal their cards and the highest hand wins. If two players have the same hand value, the pot is split.

 

Pot Limit Omaha

Each player receives four face-down cards, which only he can see. In addition, the dealer places five community cards face-up on the table. Each player must form their hand from two of their face-down cards and three of the community cards.

The game is divided into 4 betting rounds, and players take it in turns to post bets in a clockwise direction. The first player to post is the one to the left of the dealer button, which moves one position to the left after each game.

Blinds

Before the game begins, the two players to the left of the dealer post the blinds. They get their name from the fact that the players do this before they see the cards. The blinds ensure that money is in the pot to be played at the start. The player to the left of the dealer posts the "small blind" and the player to his left posts the "big blind".

Pre-flop

Now it really gets going! Each player receives two cards that only he can see. Following that, the first round begins with the first player to the left of the big blind. This player, who is now referred to as "under the gun", can:

  • call - also pay the bet made in the big blind
  • raise - pay a higher bet
  • fold - discard his cards.

When it is the big blind's next turn, he can check, and thus remain in the game without paying anything else into the pot, or raise. However, if an opponent has raised, the big blind has three options: he can fold, call or raise.

The Flop

3 community cards, which every player can use to form his 5-card hand, are now placed face-up on the table. This is followed by the second betting round. The first active player to the left of the dealer can now check or bet. If all players check, no more money goes into the pot in this round. Once a player has bet, just like before the flop, the remaining opponents can call, raise or fold.

The turn

A 4th community card is placed face-up on the table. This is followed by the third betting round.

The river

The 5th and final community card is dealt followed by the last betting round.

The showdown

If there is more than one player in the game, it comes to a showdown, in which the players reveal their cards and the highest hand wins. If two players have the same hand value, the pot is split.

 

Seven Card Stud

7 Card Stud used to be the most popular variant of poker, until Texas Hold'em overtook it. It differs from Texas Hold'em and Omaha and requires a little patience. Nevertheless, it is an exciting game and a lot of fun!

Before the start of the game, each player pays an ante, which guarantees that there is money in the pot. In Stud Poker there are no community cards. Instead, the dealer deals one card to each player, in a clockwise direction, until all players have 3 cards. The first two cards are dealt face-down and the third is dealt face-up.

In 7 Card Stud there are 5 betting rounds. Betting is done clockwise around the table.

Opening the betting

The player with the lowest card starts the game with a starting bet, the so-called bring-in. (If two or more players have the same lowest card, the bring-in is determined by the suit in alphabetical (English) order: Clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades.

3rd Street

Once the starting bet has been made, each player (starting with the player left of the bring-in) can either fold, call or raise.

4th Street

Everyone gets another face-up card. At this point, the player with the two highest face-up cards starts the betting. He can check or bet. If all players check, no more money goes into the pot in this round. Once a player has bet, the remaining opponents can call, raise or fold. Only in this round: If a player receives a face-up pair, he can also make a double bet.

5th Street

Everyone gets another face-up card. The player with the highest combination of face-up cards starts the betting.

6th Street

Everyone gets another face-up card. Again, the player with the highest combination of face-up cards starts the betting.

7th Street or River

All players receive their last face-down card. The same player who started in the last round, begins the betting.

Showdown

If there is more than one player in the game, it comes to a showdown, in which the players reveal their cards and the highest hand wins. If two players have the same hand value, the pot is split.

 

2-7 Triple Draw

2-7 (Deuce to Seven) Triple Draw Lowball is a poker variant in which the lowest hand in the showdown wins the pot. This variant is a "draw game", which means that you are allocated five cards, from which you can swap between zero and five cards. In Triple Draw, each player has three opportunities to swap. However, he can also forgo the swap and keep his own cards.

Firstly, you should know that in 2-7 games hands are ranked differently to those in other low variants. In 2-7 games, straights and flushes count as high hands and aces always have the highest card value.  The best possible hand would be: 7, 5, 4, 3, 2.

Blinds

In a draw, before starting a hand, players must take it in turns to post forced bets, the so-called "blinds". The player to the left of the dealer button posts a "small blind" and the player to the left of him posts a "big blind". The small blind is usually half the big blind.

The game rules

Firstly, each player receives five face-down cards. This is followed by a round of betting in which the player whose turn it is has the opportunity to "call", "raise" or "fold". The players who are still in the game after the first round of betting now have the opportunity to "draw" - which means that the player now chooses the cards (if any) he wants to swap. In a clockwise direction, each player declares whether and how many cards he wants to swap. The dealer then gives each player the requested swap cards.

The first card swap is followed by another round of betting, which starts with the first active player to the left of the button. This is followed by two more draw rounds, each followed by another round of betting. This results in a total of three card swap rounds and four betting rounds. If two or more players are still in the hand at this point, there is a showdown - the players reveal their hands and the one with the best (lowest) hand wins the pot.