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In limit games, the only raise amount allowed is the big blind during preflop and flop play; double the big blind during turn and river play. The correct minimum raise in big bet games (no limit and pot limit) is to increase the amount of the bet by the amount of the previous bet (e.g. double the previous raise*), or to raise all-in if you do not have ...


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When faced with these situations in my home games, we begin to institute a penalty of some sort for any recurring violations. I think that works for both serious and friendly games - it may simply alter what penalty you choose. Examples we have followed: Folding of their hand (and either negating any bet they made on the current street or forfeiting that ...


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If you are playing a 5 card game (like Hold-Em) then only the top 5 cards play. So, in this case, there are 4 on the table (6-9) and you each have a 10, for the best possible hand a 6-10 straight. It is also possible that you have AA, and friend KK, but the board comes out 3-4-5-6-7 and you split as you both play the best hand - the board.


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It's the Host's responsibility to educate the players and warn them of the rules they need to follow. If the game is too rules focused, it can kill a good evening. Like you said, most times explaining to the player (especially if they are new) the rules and upcoming repercussions, is the best thing to do. If they fail to listen, then start beating them ...


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Side pots develop from the fact that players can only win a maximum of the amount that they wagered from each of the players who call them. Thus any wagers above that amount are placed in a separate pot which is competed for by everyone except for the all-in player. As to your specific questions: The amounts in the main pot or in the sidepot are not based ...


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you can only win a pot that you are in you cannot win anything if you fold before the showdown the player in each pot with the best hand wins that pot if a pot is tied that pot is split between the tied players


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This rule will vary from house to house. The two options are: The last player that made an aggressive action (bet or raise) must show first. If no aggressive action occurred on the final betting round, it would be the last aggressive action from the round of betting before that, and so on. If no aggressive action occurred on the final round of betting, ...


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It's a split. In short, the best 5 card hand that you can make wins. In this case, you're both playing the board. There is a similar question here, What is the“Top Five Cards” rule and how does it apply to splitting pots?, explaining the scenario in more detail.


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Alice wins because she has higher flush. the rule is that if both player has the same highest card, the second higher card is checked. if the second highest card is the same for both players, the third highest card is checked and so on. in your case, the 4 highest cards are the same for both players. Alice has the highest fifth card so she wins.


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You can fold at any point in poker, that is legitimate play. Even if it was his turn to show first he could fold and sacrifice his chance of the pot (although it would be stupid to do so). To fold at this point is in fact good play, if you know you can't win then you should give your opponents less information about how you bet.


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Unless explicitly noted, poker hands are only 5 cards. If you have 7 cards to choose from, you make the best 5 card hand you can, and the other 2 don't count. Your best possible hand in that situation was 6 7 8 9 T. Your friend's best possible hand was 6 7 8 9 T. Since they were the same, you tied and split the pot.


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Omaha Hi-Lo is also referred to as Omaha Eight-or-better. The 8 is the important bit - it means that only hands where all five cards are <= 8 can play as the low. The nut (best) low hand is The Wheel. This is A2345. Suits don't matter - a flushing hand is the same as a rainbow. The worst qualifying low hand is 45678. The highest card in the hand counts ...


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First: as amigal said, Alice wins. I just want to say something about the naming convention of the hands. Alice and Bob do not have a "flush to 10"; that would imply that the cards are consecutive and that would be a straight flush. Alice's and Bob's hand - out of context - would be called a "Ten-high flush". As amigal said, if the highest card of a flush ...


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I am an online player and can guarantee you that every major online poker room considers A2345 a straight. The reason it is so hard to find a citation is because it is considered common knowledge (So if there exists a poker room where a2345 is not a straight the designers clearly just didnt know the rules). Here is a list of reputatble organizations ...


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It is very important when explaining rules that you explain why the rules exist. For example, holding your cards below the table can lead to out-of-order play, which can actually be quite unfair to the other players, who either get information they wouldn't have had normally--in which case it is unfair to everyone else--or who unwittingly may reveal ...


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If I understand your question correctly, this is called "running it twice". You can even "run it three times" (or four...) if you want. It's sometimes done in live games (and the option existed in Full Tilt Poker too) when the players mutually agree to run it several times. Note that you're not forced to run it several times on the flop: you can "run it ...


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For a serious poker book, this isn't the most expensive I've seen. Shootaa (Reid Young) has a book out for around $5k and when it came out it honestly may have been worth the price. The fact is that these tips will allow you to improve your game so much that you'll make more than the price of book in a relatively short period of time. Granted, this is ...


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The rules vary from casino to casino. But Generally: The last person to bet has to show first and then it goes clockwise from him or her. You are allowed to muck if someone shows a winning hand. However, a lot of casinos will show your mucked cards if the other player asks to see them after all the action is done. When I say mucked cards I mean cards ...


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There's no way such a price makes any sense. With that money, you can get 20 or 30 other books written by world famous and world champion players; with the help of those books you will definitely improve your game if you're serious about doing it. No matter how good it is, the price is just unjustified. I don't know if I remember correctly, but I think not ...


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As of July 2012, the two biggest places for US players to play are currently on sites that are part of either the Merge Network (such as Carbon Poker and Black Chip Poker) or the Revolution Gaming Network (such as Lock Poker and Cake Poker). Both sets of sites get a reasonable amount of traffic, offer good rewards and rakeback, and most importantly still ...


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I don't think you will find any "official" rules about this situation because in most "official" poker tournaments/cash games the players do not deal themselves anyway. It would be a bad idea to skip his deal because, as you already pointed out, this would disturb the seating positions. Just have someone deal for him - in the right order of course ...


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It would be treated like a normal raise only his hand would be automatically folded the next turn (or if there is a re-raise). If everyone folds up to player 2, player 2 would be downright dumb not to re-raise - knowing player 3 is an automatic fold. Money would then go to player 2. In a heads up situation, same deal. If more than one person calls, player ...


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Oh yeah, it's got decent content in it, but nothing you won't find if you search through the twoplustwo high stakes forums pretty diligently. Also, no one can put the skills in your brain FOR you. You have to be willing to dig heavily into the math and game theory yourself. The book, "The Mathematics of Poker" is really good for this.


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Yes. Firstly, your hand has to qualify as being a low hand. Qualifying five-card poker hands must have no pairs in there, and also has no card higher than an eight. As a player can only (and must) use two cards from their starting hand, there have to be at least three community cards available that are also no higher than an eight. Flushes and straights ...


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This is a little tricky. A non-verbal check is generally defined as "knocking or taping the table." So a single hit on the table with a fist does generally qualify as a check. Checking in the dark is a completely legal move. And since the bettor would have been next to act after the card is dealt, the non-verbal check motion might qualify as a check in ...


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Poker is typically played "table-stakes" which means that a player cannot bet more money/chips than is setting on the table in front of him. The only thing that would prevent infinite reraises between two determined players is one (or both) running out of money to bet. In heads-up play, as soon as one player goes all-in and is called (or calls all-in), the ...


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there is a very clear rule regarding pots and side pots: you can earn according to the chips you risk. Lets assume that the chips you put in the middle are no longer yours... in the scenario above villain1 risk 45$ (40$ as an ante and 5$ as the big blind). If villain1 was the winner, he would have won 335$ (8*40 of the ante and 3*5$ from the pot). ...


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Given the question, there's two sections of Robert's rules that seem to apply: From "Draw High" (section 12), #5: Five cards constitute a playing hand. Less than five cards for a player (other than the button) before action has been taken is a misdeal. If action has been taken, a player with fewer than five cards may draw the number of cards ...


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He cannot fold until it's his turn, so his raise must be met by anyone who wants to remain active. When it is his turn to bet and he folds by default, his hand is dead and loses all interest in the pot. If no one remains to take the pot, either play a round of Straight Poker to determine the winner, or leave it in to start the next pot.


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Of course, in Omaha (typically played pot limit, or PLO), the rule is that you must use two and only two of your hole cards. This can create some confusion for HE players when playing PLO for the first time. You still use the best 5-card hand possible, but for instance, the board never "plays". So for e.g. P1 has AKKK P2 has AKJJ The board is A2345 ...



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