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Rules about all poker game types such as cash games, tournaments etc.

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In a private live game, how do you deal with severe violations of table etiquette?

In some of the early cash games I played, we had one player who would consistently hold his cards below the table, out of sight. It was a group of friends, so the assumption was that he was not ...
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Minimum re-raise in Hold em

What is the minimum re-raise in Texas hold em? I have heard both that you need to double the previous bet and that the minimum raise is the big blind. Which is it?
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How are side pots built?

While playing online, in a lot of situations side pots are built. This happens if one or more players goes all-in but I can't figure out the rules on which these side pots are built. The only thing I ...
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What is the“Top Five Cards” rule and how does it apply to splitting pots?

Before you answer the question I will give a scenario that confused me thus prompting this question. The other week I was playing a game and we had this scenario : 8 players - down to me and a pal ...
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How do you determine which player needs to show their cards first?

When all the cards are out and betting is done, which player is required to show their cards first? Does it vary based on whether or not there was betting in the final round? Is there a standard ...
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Who wins if a player mis-identifies their hand?

I recently had someone claim (on an unrelated SE site I won't link to) that it is the responsibility of a player to correctly identify their hand, that what you "call" your hand determines ...
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Does the “top 5 cards” rule apply to a flush? [duplicate]

Okay, so the scenario is: 7♥ 8♥ 9♥ T♥ and 3♠ on the table Alice has a 5♥ Bob has a 4♥ Who wins? Both of them have a flush to 10, right? Does the sum of the entire 5 cards count in this case?
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What is the usual ruling on an aggressor folding on the river?

Suppose the following sequence of events occurs on the river: Alice, acting first, checks. Bob bets Alice calls Alice shows her hand without waiting for Bob (who, as the last aggressor, should show ...
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Are non-standard verbal declarations such as “same bet” or “I put you all-in” binding?

Obviously verbal declarations using standard language (e.g. "I bet $20") is binding in most casinos. However, sometimes players get a little "cute" with their choice of language. For instance, when ...
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Is it possible to play for real money online in the US?

I know that after "Black Friday" many online poker sites didn't allow U.S. Players to play for real money anymore. I've heard/seen that it's possible to play via bitcoins and/or other proxy methods. ...
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Is using American Sign Langauge against the English only rule?

On several occasions I have had two or more deaf people at the same table who use ASL during the hand. This has always sparked a little debate with staff and players on if this is allowed under the ...
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Trying to express NL betting rules formally, did I miss anything?

I'm writing a poker app and need to implement the betting logic for the no-limit games. The basic rules behind min-raise/reopen have been discussed here before and I'm trying to express them (semi-) ...
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How to determine the winning hands in poker?

It seems especially to newer players that what constitutes a winning hand, what the best five cards are, can be confusing. So exactly what hand is the winner and why does it win?
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Talking during a hand

I am a newbie and would like clarification on something if that is possible. It relates to a "house SNG". There were 3 players left and since the first 2 would get paid, it meant we were on the ...
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How does Lo work in Omaha Hi-Lo

I have never really understood how the lo hand works. I understand that you have to have a qualifying lo hand but what does it take to qualify? Is it the best low hand or the worst?
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Is it against the rules to show a hole card during play?

In our home game, players will sometimes reveal a card with two players remaining in the hand to entice the other player to call or fold. For example, with 3 clubs on the board after the river a ...
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Player very low on chips, can't pay Ante+BB. What happens?

Let's say three players, NLHE. Ante/SB/BB = 100/1000/2000. Player 1 (BB): 50 chips left Player 2 (Button): 10,000 chips Player 3 (SB) : 10,000 chips 100 chips Ante to be paid by everyone - but ...
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Is trash talking legal in WSOP?

In 2012 wsop rules pdf file, I couldn't find any information about trash talking. Is it legal or illegal in world series of poker? From 2006, I find a video called Jamie Gold talking with trash talk ...
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What's the order for showdown?

I have a few questions about the showdown moment. I wanted to know how is supposed to be the showdown order after a poker hand, for instance in hold'em, do you follow the order, like first the small ...
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Do two or more players colluding against honest players gain on average more money, or not?

Let's say there are two or more players that collude with each other while playing online poker against honest players. They have an obvious advantage of knowing of more cards that are in the play ...
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Do previous bets count towards All-In raises?

Let's say 3 players are playing poker. Player A has $11, B has $10, C has $9 Player A opens by betting $3, leaving A with $8 Player B re-raises A "All-In" and C calls, going "All-In" as well. Player A ...
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What happens if the card wasn't burned?

I understand the purpose of burning the cards - so that one cannot possibly use any marks to see the next card in deck. But in home games, sometimes the dealer will forget to burn a card on the flop, ...
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Can a dealer help and tell players their outs

Skip to the very end for the actual questions, the long paragraphs are the specifics of the scenario. During a hand 2 players went all in on the turn, hands were tabled and the players showed A-K of ...
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Hide high value chips

I get it is totally unethical. Can you hide high value chips in the bottom of a stack out of view?
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Hands when playing Omaha

When playing Omaha If the community cards have 3 nines come up and I hold the 4th nine can I claim four of a kind?
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How many chips do you have left?

In a live poker tournament, the opponent asks how many chips I have left to. Do I have to count my chips and answer his question? Is it poker etiquette to answer the question? Is it OK to just show ...
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Question of declaration in Texas Hold em

If a player whom is considering a call says, "I want to call..." ambiguously as he is deliberating, is this considered a binding declaration in Hold em?
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What if a home game player is physically unable to deal? Skip or substitute?

A friend has hand tremors that make him unable to deal the cards. Otherwise he's fully able to play. How best to include him in a home game? It seems the two options are to skip his deal or have ...
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Bet denied after having hit the table pre-river

First to bet after turn, bets pot ($1300) in PLO. One folds, last player takes a long time to call. Bettor immediately hits the table with his fist, nothing verbal. After the river, the bettor, ...
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Do all players have to show their hand if they check on the river?

I've noticed in a few Poker apps that they show all the cards on a final checked or called round. What is the law regarding mucking cards in this situation? This answer suggests everyone must show, ...
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What happens when you break the “No talk rule”?

I just read the Is trash talking legal in WSOP? question and answer and it made me wonder, what kind of punishment would you get for breaking the no talk rule? Also, I wonder, do casinos have similar ...
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Why is “Let There Be Range” so expensive ? Is it worth that money?

I saw this book on the Internet today called one of the best poker books. Price is unbelievable. $947.00 I made some little search and I found this comment. Very expensive, but again, there are no ...
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Is there a rule variation where only a single high card (not 2nd,3rd etc.) is used to resolve 2 flush hands?

We were playing Texas hold'em, but didnt clearly define which variations are acceptable in our game. Board: K♠ 7♠ 4♠ 3♠ 4⋄ Player 1 : 2♠ J⋄ Player ...
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Does This Qualify As A Split Pot?

My partner and I are fighting about this. I had 10 and something, don't remember and he had 3 and 2. On the table : 10 J Q K A. I think I win with my 10 completing my straight but he said we had to ...
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Standing of all-in losers in a tournament

When multiple players go all-in during a hand in a tournament, and lose, how is their relative standing (5th, 6th, etc.) determined?
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Is “talking to influence action” illegal at WSOP?

It was asked Is trash talking legal in WSOP?, but my question is different from that post. There was a hand played between William Kassouf and Stacy Matuson that caused a big controversy at WSOP 2016....
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Acting out of turn.

So I had a situation the other night where a person bet $35 out of turn, and I told him that if the action before him didn't change, that the bet had to stand. So after the hand, he asked if he were ...
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Questionable Tournament Rule With Two Players Left

I have never heard this rule before but my cousin swore it is real: When a Texas Hold Em Tournament is down to only two players, each player is dealt their first two cards. If one of the players goes ...
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Full house vs Full house [duplicate]

If two players got a Full House... First Player = 999AA Second Player = TTT99 Which one of them wins?
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Omaha: Interesting dealer mistake at showdown

Situation: Hero is out of position with KKxx against Villain in a local Omaha cash game. Play proceeds to river, and Villain bets to put Hero all-in. Hero suspects busted draw and calls. Hero ...
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Multiple Chip Betting TDA rule 43

The other night at our NLH tournament (Las Vegas Casino)the betting went like this, 500 bet with one 500 dollar chip, a 500 dollar raise with 2 five hundred dollar chips, then one more raise with one ...
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Why Prahlad Friedman's hand called dead againist Ted Bort on WSOP 2010?

First of all, watch this video; WSOP ME Controversial Hand - Friedman vs Bort (2010) I really don't understand why Friedman's hand called dead. He said "call" in his last second exactly ...
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Must you show your cards if you are playing the board?

I was curious, if you do like a monster bluff in hold em' and your hand is literally the board, someone calls you and its time to show your cards. Do you legally have to show your cards in this case, ...
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Raising and multiple All-Ins

After reading the following links about raising after an all-in in NLHE, there was still a scenario I wasn't sure about when multiple all-ins occur. Links: https://poker.stackexchange.com/a/2790/...
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Is it rude to cash out when ahead, then buy back in?

I’ve noticed that in the times that I get ahead during a cash game, my “winner’s high” makes me vulnerable and I can lose quite a bit of my stack this way. Is it rude or not if I decide to cash in ...
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Heads-up river, first to show mucks. Does second player have to show to win pot?

Situation in NLHE tournament: One player was betting on heads up river and got called. He mucked his hand and said "The pot is yours." Does the second player have to show his hand to claim the pot?
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Can A Qualifying Low Hand Also Win The High Hand Pot?

For example, I was playing with a group of friends and one of the guys ended up with A-2-4-5-7 suited. He did win the low, but since it was also a flush he won both high and low pots. So my question ...
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How is players raising each other indefinitely prevented?

If a player on a table raises, and when his turn comes next, someone has already raised more than him, then he has an option to raise again, right? So how is it prevented that two players keep ...
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I lost and i dont get why, can any one help?

Was just playing some free poker and i don't get why i lost On the board there was a 9♣K⋄3♣4♠K♠. My opponent had Q⋄9♠. I had 9♥3♠ i have ...
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Player with 3 cards in Texas Hold'em. Now what?

We had a situation pre-flop where the UTG+3, when at his position to act, as he went to look to his cards, there were 3 cards total. At this point, the UTG had already raised, and the UTG+1 went all ...

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