No Limit Texas Hold'em is played with a standard set of 52 playing cards.
A dealer button distinguishes which player to occupies the position of dealer at any given time. This is passed on to the next player after every round, going in a clockwise direction. Before the cards are dealt, the blinds must be placed.
The player who is sitting to the left of the dealer places the small blind and the player sitting to the left of small blind places the big blind. The big blind is worth twice the amount of small blind.
When the blinds are in the pot, two cards are dealt to each player face down. In a clockwise direction, beginning with the player sitting to the left of the dealer, individual cards are dealt until each player has two cards in their hand.
The first round, or the pre-flop, begins with the player to the left of the big blind.
The betting round is over when each player has had the chance to complete the following actions: folding (discarding cards), calling (placing the minimum stake), or raising the bet.
The big blind, who has already played the full stake, has the opportunity to pass if the stake has not been raised (no action).
After the first bidding round, the dealer places three cards face-up in the centre of the playing table. These three cards, together with the two community cards, which are still to be dealt, can be used by any player who is still in the game.
The next bidding round begins with the first player sitting to the left of the dealer still in the game. This order is kept for the following rounds.
When the second bidding round is over, the dealer deals the fourth community card, which is called the turn. A new bidding round takes place.
Now the dealer deals the last community card, which is called the river. A fourth and last bidding round takes place.
The players who are still left show their cards, starting with the player who last called or raised. If the next player has the same or better cards, they show their cards. If their hand is lower than the first players, they do not have to show their hand. The showdown continues until every hand has been shown or discarded.
The winner is the player who can make the best combination from five out of seven cards (the five community cards and the two cards of their own). Here, each player can choose any combination of their choice from the dealt cards.
In No limit Texas Hold'em you can place a bet for any amount that you have in front of you with one restriction: a raise must be at least the same amount as the previous bet placed or a raised amount. The only exception to this rule is in the case of an all-in (explained below).
If another player bets more chips than you have yourself, you can bet against the player with your remaining chips by going all-in.
You can also go all-in to avoid the condition explained above for raising the minimum stake.
If an all-in pot is contested by only two players, the player with the greater amount of chips receives the excess amount of chips and the rest of the money is played for. If more than two players are in the pot, a side pot must be started.
The player with the lowest number of chips plays only for the main pot. The other players, who are participating in the all-in pot, also play for the excess amount of chips, which are collected in a side pot.
The ranking of the poker cards is the standard against which each poker card is valued. You should learn the ranking by heart so that you know at all times during the game how much your hand is worth, or what other kinds of combinations are possible.
The Royal Flush is the highest hand in poker. There is nothing that can beat this hand. The Royal Flush is both a flush and a high straight up to the Ace. So it always begins with the 10 and ends with the Ace (A). All cards must be the same suit. If several players have a Royal Flush, they both win and divide the winnings.
The second best hand in the ranking is five continuous cards, which make a straight and are of the same suit, resulting in a flush. If multiple players have a straight flush, then the highest card wins. In the example below, the highest card is the 9. If another player can form a Straight Flush with 6 7 8 9 10, they win.
Four cards with the same number or the same face. If two or more players have four of a kind, the higher four of a kind wins.
The full house is made up of a three of a kind and a pair. If there are multiple full houses, the full house with the highest three of a kind wins i.e. JJJ 1010 wins against 222 QQ.
Five cards of the same suit not in sequence results in a flush. If multiple players have a flush, the highest card in the flush wins. For example: in the picture below, we have a Clubs flush up to the Jack and would lose against a flush with 2 3 8 9 A.
With a straight (also called a street) you have five cards in consecutive order which are not of the same suit. Here too, in the case of multiple straights, the straight with the highest card wins.
Three cards with the same number or face. If one or multiple players also have three of a kind, then the highest wins. With the two three of a kinds in the example below, we would always lose against the other three of a kind.
Two pairs with different numbers or faces. If multiple players have two pairs, the player with the highest pair wins. If two players both have the highest pair, the other pairs are compared. If they are the same, then highest kicker, the fifth card, wins. In our example below, the kicker would be the 6.
A pair with the same number or face. If multiple players have a pair, the highest pair wins. If two players have the same pair, the three non-paired cards are drawn. The highest non-paired card (kicker) wins. If all kickers are identical, the pot is divided. These rules also apply to the other combinations named above, wherever multiple hands of identical value are presented.
If nobody has any of these combinations, the highest card according to the poker rank wins. If both players have the same highest card, the next cards are compared. In our example below, the King is the highest card and it can be beaten by the opponents Ace.
At the beginning of a playing round, each participant pays in 3 Credits. The winnings are divided among the finalists depending on the number of participants in the tournament and what is displayed in the programme (6 players Sit & Go 1st place 10 ℂ, 2nd place 4.40 ℂ; 10 players Sit & Go, 1st place 12 ℂ, 2nd place ℂ, 3rd place 5 ℂ). If a player leaves the playing table even though they still have chips, their blinds are automatically placed until they no longer have any chips. The player can, however, return to the table and begin playing again.
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