The Basic Poker Rules Of Online Poker

How Do You Win?

Getting Started

Dealing Cards and Betting Rounds

  • Check — To check is to decline the opportunity to open the betting. Players can only check when there is no bet during the current round, and the act of checking passes the action clockwise to the next person in the hand. If all active players check, those players remain in the hand and the round is considered complete.
  • Bet — Players may bet if no other players have bet during the current round. Once a bet has been made, other players must ‘call’ by matching the amount bet, in order to remain in the hand.
  • Fold — Players who fold forfeit their cards and cannot win or act again during the current hand.
  • Call — Players can call if other players have bet during the current round; this requires the calling player to match the highest bet made.
  • Raise — Players may raise if other players have bet during the current round; this requires the raising player to match the highest bet made, and then make a greater one. All subsequent players are required to call the raise or raise again (‘re-raise’) to stay in the hand.

Showdown

Betting Limits

  • No Limit — in poker games with a no limit betting structure, each player can bet or raise by any amount up to and including their full stack (the total number of chips they possess at any given time) in any betting round, whenever it is their turn to act.
  • Pot Limit — in poker games with a pot limit betting structure, each player can bet or raise by any amount up to and including the size of the total pot at that time.
  • Fixed Limit — in poker games with a fixed limit betting structure, each player can choose to call, bet or raise, but only by a fixed amount. The fixed amount for any given betting round is set in advance.

Table Stakes and All-in

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