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Online Poker is currently one of the most popular activities within the online gaming industry. Millions of players around the world start to look at online poker rooms under a new light, specially after noticing that every year the final tables at the world poker tournaments count more and more online players.
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TEXAS HOLD'EM POKER
In Texas Hold'em, each player is given 2 pocket cards. The game continues with a total of 5 community cards face up, first 3, then 1 after the other. Between each deal there is a round of betting.
Hold'em is played with two blinds (a bet before the pocket cards are received). The first two players after the dealer pay the blinds. The small blind is posted by the first player and the big blind by the second. In heads-up games, the player seated after the dealer pays the big blind. The first two betting rounds are played with the lower limit while the last two rounds of betting are played with the higher limit.
Although it can theoretically be played by up to 22 players (or 23 if burn cards are not used), it is generally played with between 2 and 10 people. It is one of the most positional of all poker variants, since the order of betting is fixed throughout all betting rounds.
Objective of Texas Holdem
Like most variants of poker, the objective of Texas hold 'em is to win pots, where a pot is the sum of the money bet by oneself and other players in a hand. A pot is won either at the showdown by forming the best five card poker hand out of the seven cards available, or by betting to cause other players to fold and abandon their claim to the pot.
The objective of winning players is not winning individual pots, but rather making mathematically correct decisions. As a result of making such decisions, winning poker players are able to maximize their expected utility and win more money than they lose in the long run.
When only two players remain, special 'head-to-head' or 'heads up' rules are enforced and the blinds are posted differently than expected. In this case, the dealer posts the small blind, while his/her opponent places the big blind.
The three most common variations of hold 'em are limit hold 'em, no-limit hold 'em and pot-limit hold 'em. Limit hold 'em has historically been the most popular form of hold 'em found in casino live action games in the United States. In limit hold 'em, bets and raises during the first two rounds of betting (pre-flop and flop) must be equal to the big blind; this amount is called the small bet. In the next two rounds of betting (turn and river), bets and raises must be equal to twice the big blind; this amount is called the big bet. No-limit hold 'em is the form most commonly found in televised tournament poker and is the game played in the main event of the World Series of Poker. In no-limit hold 'em, players may bet or raise any amount over the minimum raise up to all of the chips the player has at the table (called an all-in bet). In pot-limit hold 'em, the maximum raise is the current size of the pot.
How to play Texas Holdem
Play begins with each player being dealt two cards face down. These cards are the player's hole or pocket cards. These are the only cards each player will receive individually, and they will only (possibly) be revealed at the showdown, making Texas hold 'em a closed poker game.
The hand begins with a "pre-flop" betting round, beginning with the player to the left of the big blind (or the player to the left of the dealer, if no blinds are used) and continuing clockwise. A round of betting continues until every player has either folded, put in all of their chips, or matched the amount put in by other all other active players. See betting for a detailed account. Note that the blinds are considered "live" in the pre-flop betting round.
After the pre-flop betting round, assuming there remain at least two players taking part in the hand, the dealer deals a flop, three face-up community cards. The flop is followed by a second betting round. This and all subsequent betting rounds begin with the player to the dealer's left and continue clockwise.
After the flop betting round ends a single community card (called the turn or fourth street) is dealt, followed by a third betting round. A final single community card (called the river or fifth street) is then dealt, followed by a fourth betting round and the showdown, if necessary.
Omaha may resemble Texas Hold�em in the fact that it is a game played with five community cards but the game is quite different. There are two variations of the game, Omaha High only and Omaha Hi/Lo split.
Omaha is a poker game derived from Texas Hold'em. Each player is dealt four cards ("hole cards"), which belong only to that player. Five community cards are dealt face-up on the "board". All players use three of the five community cards together with two of their hole cards to make the best five-card poker hand.
Players form their best five-card poker hands from nine available cards: four personal and five community cards. Each five-card hand must consist of exactly two personal cards and three community cards.
How to play Omaha Poker
- Collect the ante from each player.
- Begin the game by dealing four cards to each player. Two of these cards will be used to make the player's hand.
- Follow with a round of betting.
- Deal the "flop" - discard, or burn, the top card of the deck and place the next three cards face up in the center of the table. There will eventually be five cards in the center of the table, three of which must be used.
- Follow with a round of betting.
- Burn the top card and add the fourth community card.
- Follow with a round of betting.
- Burn the top card and add the fifth and final community card.
- Finish with a round of betting.
- Determine the winner.
OMAHA HI/LO POKER
You may hear the split game called Hi-Lo, Omaha 8, or simply Eight or Better. It is all the same game. Hi-Lo seems to be the most popular with the players an you will find more of these games than you will Omaha high only in the card rooms. Low Limit Hi-Lo is gaining in popularity as the players like the chance of having a split pot. Because the high and low are splitting the pot there are more players staying in for the River card making many of the pots very large.
The player with the best five-card hand for high wins half the pot, and the player with the best hand for low win the other half. In Omaha, players must use two and only two of their four hole cards in combination with three cards from the board. In the event of identical hands, the high and low shares of the pot will be equally divided between the players with the best hands. In the event that no hand qualifies for low, the best hand(s) for high wins the pot.
For a five card hand to qualify for low, it cannot include cards higher than 8 or contain any pairs. Aces can be used for both high and low. When comparing low hands, the winner is the hand with the lowest high card, thus 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 is better than Ace, 2, 3, 4, 8. The best possible low hand is Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5.
In order to have a hand qualify as low there must be no cards higher than 8 in your five card hand. A flush or straight is ignored when making a low hand. Therefore the lowest hand is A 2 3 4 5. Since in Omaha you must use two cards from your hand, there must be three cards on the board that are eight or lower. If there is no qualifying low hand the winner with the highest hand will win the whole pot.
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The Best Starting Hand
There are 5,277 four card combinations that can be dealt with a 532 card deck. When you figure in the suited combinations there are 270,725 combinations that can be made. Most of these will be losers. Because you want to scoop the pot in Hi-Lo your will usually need to hold of an ace if you expect to win the small half of the pot. According to simulations run by Bill Boston and published in his book, Omaha High-Low, the best starting hand is A-A-2-3 Double suited. Double suited means that the A-2 is suited and the A-3 is suited as well. This gives you a good chance at the nut flush in two different suites. It also has possibilities for a straight as well. If an Ace 2 or 3 appears on the board your hand will not be counterfeited and you have the best shot at the nut low as well.
Choosing Your Starting Hand
One method for choosing a starting hand is to use a point count method.
To do this each card combination in your hand is assigned a value and you add together all the points to determine the strength of your four card hand.
When I started learning Omaha HI-Lo, I picked up Wilson�s Turbo Omaha Hi-Lo Split software program to practice with. In the manual was a simple point count system that is very easy to learn and has helped me in choosing a starting hand. Here is how it works.
The basic premise is that there are two winning hands for each game: the strongest (highest) hand and the weakest (lowest) hand split the pot. There is no qualifying for winners on the "High" side - the best high hand automatically wins half the pot and could win the whole pot. To win the "Low" side of the pot, however, you must qualify with a certain type of hand.
To qualify for Low: It takes a five-card hand with different numerical values from Ace through eight (with the Ace being the lowest). The best "Low" hand is A, 2, 3, 4, 5 (also known as the "wheel" or "bicycle"). The winning "Low" hand goes to the player with the lowest high card. For example, a player with a 2,4,5,6,7 would have a better "Low" hand than someone with an A,2,4,6,8. If two or more players have the same high card, the player with the second lowest card (or third, fourth, or fifth if necessary) in their hand wins the low side of the pot.
Ties: In case two or more players "tie" for one side of the pot, they will split that half into equally divided portions. If there is an odd chip(s), it will go to the person(s) closest to the left of the "button". (One player winning the "High" side and two players who ties for the "Low" side is not uncommon in Omaha Hi-Lo.)
Some things to Remember
Straights and Flushes do NOT count against you when qualifying for "Low". You are permitted to use different cards in your hand for the "High" side and different cards for the "Low" side or the same cards for both the "High" and "Low" sides. In a split pot, any leftover odd chip goes to the "High" side of the pot.
Rake Structure and Tournament Fees
The Rake is the scaled commission fee charged by the house for operating a poker game and is collected from most real money ring game pots (also known as cash games). Therefore the Rake is simply the amount of commission deducted as a percentage of each pot by the online poker room up to a pre-defined maximum amount.
Sit & Go and multi-table tournaments are not raked, but instead an entry fee is added to the cost of the buy-in for the tournament. The buy-in will go to the prize pool and the entry fee goes to the online poker room.
BookMaker Poker operates a "no flop, no drop" policy. This means that BookMaker Poker does not deduct rake from any community card poker game like online Texas Hold'em poker when no flop is dealt i.e. all players fold before the flop.
The house charges a commission or "rake" as a percentage of the total pot won at the end of each hand. The rake is calculated based on the number of players in the hand, and the size of the pot. The commission (rake) is 5% and capped to a maximum of $3.
The following rules are applicable to all online Poker tournaments at Bookmaker Poker. Bookmaker Poker provides a safe and secure environment for its players. Please review the rules below to familiarize yourself with correct conduct throughout tournament play.
1. Bookmaker Poker will review all unusual circumstances that may arise during tournament play. Should these circumstances arise, Bookmaker Poker will objectively review all factors before coming to a decision which best resolves any issues and to find the most just resolution for all parties involved.
2. Tournaments will begin at scheduled times displayed in the “Tournament Lobby”. Bookmaker Poker reserves the right to cancel or delay a scheduled tournament without notice.
3. The details of every online Poker tournament including duration of levels and blind structures will be displayed prominently in the Tournament lobby. Bookmaker Poker reserves the right to change these details at any time without notice.
4. In no-limit tournaments do not have a restriction on the number of raises allowed. Our fixed limit tournaments, have limited raises –capped at 3.
5. Each player is randomly assigned his or her seat. Bookmaker Poker does not allow players to change seats during a tournament. All tournaments will begin with the button being placed at seat one.
6. The prize payouts will be determined once all the rebuys, add-ons or re-entries have been completed and registration is closed. Prize pools may vary depending on the number of entrants and rebuys.
7. In order to register for any tournament or pay rebuys, add-ons or re-entries, the player must have the funds accessible in the account. Funds currently in play do not count as available.
8. Players can re-enter as many times as they like into a tournament (if the tournament has the Re-entry option available), so long as the tournament is still in Late Registration. Players will be able to re-enter for the same cost as the initial buy-in (with the exception of re-entry freerolls). The Re-Entry feature is available in all Freezeout Tournaments.
9. The use of multiple accounts for one person is prohibited and will not be tolerated.
10. Registration –Players may unregister for an online Poker tournament and will receive a full refund prior to the start of the tournament. Once the tournament has begun players will not receive a refund on their buy-in. Tournament entries won in satellites may not be redeemed for cash and hold no cash value.
11. Tournaments conclude once one player has accumulated all the chips in the tournament. In the event that 2 or more players are eliminated in one hand the player with the most chips prior to the hand being dealt will be awarded the higher finishing spot. In the result of a tie as both players have the same number of chips, the players tie for that rank and the prize pool is distributed equally.
12. When there is a significant increase in the prize pool Bookmaker Poker will go “hand for hand”. This allows every table to complete hands at the same time. This fairly determines the finishing order. Two players at different tables that are eliminated simultaneously will be considered “knocked out”at the same time. The finishing order will then be determined relative to their chip count prior to the hand. *(see rule 11)
13. No player receives the button twice in a row. In circumstances in which players are eliminated in the blinds the button will continue to move in a clockwise direction. As all players have the opportunity to be spared a blind when this occurs, it’s an equal opportunity proposition for all players.
14. When playing heads up at the final table, the small blind will be in the position of the dealer.
15. As players are eliminated throughout the tournament tables will break and players will be reseated. This reseating is completely random. On occasion players may be reseated in a blind they had just paid, but our online Poker software tries to relocate players in seat positions similar to those they were previously seated in.
16. Players will receive breaks throughout all of the tournaments. Please see the Tournament Lobby prior to playing to see when each scheduled break will happen. Breaks begin once all play has been concluded at every table of the tournament, some breaks may last slightly longer than others due to an extended period of time in which players may need to make a decision.
17. Once a tournament has been entered players must assume the risk of internet issues and disconnection. Bookmaker Poker accepts no responsibility for lost monies due to internet issues the player may have. Should a player become disconnected they will still receive cards, and pay blinds and antes. Players may voluntarily sit out during a tournament, but they will also continue to receive cards and pay the necessary blinds and antes.
18. No discussion of a hand or hand possibility is allowed while the hand is in play. Any of discussion of play will result in a penalty or automatic expulsion from the tournament and possibly Bookmaker Poker permanently.
19. Players caught in collusion (chip dumping, soft play, or unethical chat) will be banned from the tournament and their account (s) will be banned from playing at Bookmaker Poker. Bookmaker Poker reserves the right to withhold any funds in a cheats account to reimburse the players who have been cheated.
20. Players may not hand off the tournament to another player unless it is due to internet failure and is done while making arrangements to get back online.
21. In the unlikely event that Bookmaker Poker experiences a server crash, the hands and chip counts will be restored to what was dealt prior to the crash. Should the tournament need to be cancelled, players will receive funds based upon chip counts at the time of the crash.
22. The cash prize awarded in online Poker Bounty tournaments will be credited straight away to the account of the player who eliminated the bounty. Players may not work together to eliminate a bounty player as this is considered collusion (see rule 18.) If a bounty is unable to show up to play the tournament, no bounty cash prize will be awarded for his or her elimination.
23. Tournament Bucks are a unique currency which may be used exclusively for tournaments accepting this currency as a Buy-in. Tournament Bucks may not be redeemed for cash and hold no cash value. Support may not enter players into tournaments as an exchange for Tournament Bucks.
24. In late registration –If a regular, turbo/hyper or rebuy and add on Multi-table tournament is in late registration and is cancelled, all players will receive the following compensation (including players who have busted): A Tournament buy-ins, rebuys, re-entries and fees back. It will be as if the tournament had never been played.
25. Running (after late registration has closed) –If a regular, turbo/hyper or rebuy and add on Multi-table tournament is in a running state and not yet in the money is cancelled, players that have been eliminated from the tournament will not receive any compensation for the tournament. Players that remain in the tournament will receive the following compensation. A. All buy-ins back. B. The remaining prize pool (all guarantees are honored) will be distributed on a percentage basis according to each players chip stack, for example, there are 100,000 chips in play, the prize pool is $100,000. Each chip is worth $1, you have 25,000 chips when the tournament is cancelled. You will receive $25,000 of the remaining prize pool. *The maximum payout cannot exceed 1st places prize.
26. In the money - If a regular, turbo/hyper or rebuy and add on Multi-table Tournament is in the money and is cancelled;players that have been eliminated from the tournament will not receive any compensation for the tournament. Players that remain in the tournament will receive the following compensation: A. All remaining players will receive the next minimum payout when the tournament is cancelled B. The remaining prizepool will be distributed on a percentage basis according to each players chip stack.
27. Knockout tournaments in late registration –If a knockout Multi-table tournament is in late registration and is cancelled, all players will receive the following compensation, A. All players that have been eliminated will receive their buy in and fee but will not receive their bounty back, for example, you are in a $10 KO tourney, $8 towards the prize pool and $2 towards your bounty with a $1 fee. Any player that has busted will receive the $8+$1 and will have lost their $2 bounty. B. Players that still remain in the tournament will receive the full amount that they have paid for the tournament, buy in, bounty and fee. Any player that has been awarded the $2 for knocking out another player will keep this money.
28. Knockout tournaments in running state (after late registration has closed) - If a knockout Multi-table tournament is in running state and not yet in the money is cancelled, players that have been eliminated from the tournament will not receive any compensation for the tournament. Players that remain in the tournament will receive the following compensation. A. All buy-ins back and their own bounty. B. The remaining prize pool (all guarantees are honored) will be distributed on a percentage basis according to each players chip stack.
29. Knockout tournaments in the money - If a knockout Multi-table tournament is in the money and is cancelled, players that have been eliminated from the tournament will not receive any compensation for the tournament. Players that remain in the tournament will receive the following compensation: A. All remaining players will receive the next minimum payout when the tournament is cancelled and their own bounty. B. The remaining prize pool will be distributed on a percentage basis according to each players chip stack.
30. Satellites in late registration –If a satellite is in late registration and is cancelled, all players will receive the following compensation (including players who have busted): Tournament buy-ins, rebuys, re-entries and fees back. It will be as if the satellite had never been played.
31. Satellites in the money or running state –If a satellite is in a running state or in the money stage and is cancelled, players that have been eliminated from the tournament will not receive any compensation for the tournament. All remaining players will receive the following compensation. The value of the seat will be turned into real money and will be divided evenly to all remaining players.
32. SNG’s will be refunded in two ways if they are cancelled: A. If all the original players in the SNG remain, (no players have busted out), all players will be equally refunded with their buy-in and fee. B. If one or more players have busted from the SNG, players will have the prize pool divided amongst players, by chip count after receiving there buy in and fees back. *The maximum payout cannot exceed 1st places prize.
33. Double or Nothing SNG's will be refunded in two ways if they are cancelled: A.If all the original players in the SNG remain, (no players have busted out), all players will be equally refunded with their buy-in and fee. B. If one or more players have busted from the SNG, players will have the prize pool divided amongst the remaining players evenly.
Should any dispute or situation arise, all decisions made by Bookmaker Poker management are final.