In Texas Hold'em the button, also called the "dealer button", indicates who the dealer is. The dealer button moves clockwise around the players.
Texas Hold'em is played with two blinds, the "small blind" and the "big blind". Before any cards are dealt the blinds must be posted. The player to the left of the dealer posts the small blind and the next player in turn posts the big blind.
The blinds are considered as "live" bets. If you have posted a blind you are only required to make up the difference, if any, between the blind and the current bet. The players in the blinds have the option to fold, call, check or raise in turn.
Ante is similar to blinds, but instead of two players posting, every player who wants to play the current poker hand posts a small amount that goes into the pot, this is called Ante. Ante is only used in tournaments.
Royal Hold'em is a version of Texas Hold'em, played without deuces through nines, leaving only the tens, jacks, queens, kings, and aces.
Royal Hold'em can only be played with a maximum of six players because there are only 20 cards in the deck.
With 5 community cards, 3 burn cards, and 2 pocket cards per player, a six player table will use all 20 cards in the deck.
The player who has not folded his cards can win the pot, the winner is determined by the best poker hand.
In Texas Hold'em, the players share the community cards. The players use their hole cards together with the community cards to make their poker hand. A player can only make a poker hand that has five cards in it. You may use both hole cards, one hole card or no hole card at all, in order to see which poker hand you have. If you aren't using any cards at all, you are playing with the community cards only.
Omaha poker rules are based on Texas Hold'em with these main differences:
Players are dealt four pocket cards.
Rounds are the same as in Texas Hold'em:
The player with the best 5-card hand wins.
Note: you cannot Play the Board as two cards have to come from your hand. For example, the Board is 10 J Q K A. And your hand is 4 4 A 5, this means your final hand is: A A K Q 5
Omaha Hi/Lo is identical to Omaha poker except for the showdown. It's a split-pot game, so at showdown the pot is usually divided in half. One half is awarded to the best high hand, and the other half is awarded to the best low hand.
The best high hand is identical to the best hand in regular Omaha.
The best low hand, however, must qualify to be eligible to win the low hand half of the pot. If there is no eligible low hand, the entire pot is awarded to the player with the best high hand.
The qualifications for the low hand are:
There are also a couple of important rules regarding the showdown:
No limit poker means that you can bet as much as you're sitting with at the table.
Fixed limit poker means that you can bet a fixed amount each betting round. In a 2/4 game, you can bet, raise or re-raise 2 before the flop, 2 on the flop, at the turn and river card you can bet, raise or re-raise 4 each round.
Pot limit poker is a game where you can bet the size of the pot plus any previous player bets or raises.
Mixed Limit is a poker is a game where you can bet the size of the pot plus any previous player bets or raises on the pre-flop and as much as you're sitting with at the table afterwards. It's also referred to as Pot Limit Pre-Flop, No Limit Post-Flop.
Each player is dealt two cards face down. They are called hole cards
The cards dealt to the table are split into three rounds of betting, together they are called community cards.
The flop consists of three cards, these cards are dealt to the table after the first betting round is completed.
This card is dealt when the flop betting round is completed.
This card is dealt when the turn betting round is completed
When a player is all-in it means that all the money they have at the table is in the pot. A player that is all-in can only win as many chips from the other players as they have put into the pot.
If other players put in more chips, a side pot is created. More than one side pot can be created if several players are all-in. When you are all-in you will stay in the current poker hand until showdown. No player can ever make a single bet larger than the amount they have at the table.
Showdown means that the players in the pot show their hole cards. Showdown can only take place when all betting rounds are complete or when a player is all in.
Up to ten players are allowed to play in the same game on a regular table.
A short handed table is a table with six seats or less.