GENERAL

What equipment do I need to play Poker?

  • 1 Deck or more of 52 cards
  • Poker chips or tokens of different values

Recommended:

  • A Dealer button
  • A Baize
  • A timer for blinds (We developed our own one, don't hesitate to use it!)

What is the best hand in Poker?

The best hand in Poker is the Royal flush, also called the Straight Flush Royal. It’s the most difficult hand to get. You have a probability of 0,000153908% to get one. There are only 4 hands possible over 2,598,960.
Every player remembers the day they win with a royal flush, imagine the people who lost against it!

royal flush on board
Royal flush of spades.

Is there a code of conduct? What are the bad behaviors to avoid?

Yes, to promote a pleasant environment during a poker game, there are certain dos and don'ts. These rules have been compiled in one of our pages which you can visit by clicking on the link below.
Every player should follow these rules!

See the code of conduct

RULES

What is the minimum amount when raising?

To avoid long betting rounds, raises must be made according to the rule that the amount of the raise must be greater than or equal to twice the amount of the Big Blind or the last bet if a raise has already been made.
For example, if the Big Blind amount is 20, the first raise must be at least 40. If a player decides to raise to 50, the next player to raise must bet at least 80 (50 - 20 = 30; 50 + 30 = 80).

Can I hide my cards if I lost at Showdown?

Officially, no. If a player has revealed his hand and has a better hand than yours, you can hide your cards. But if he asks you, you must show your cards.
However, there is a common gentleman rule and winners don’t ask for its opponent’s hand.
Hiding your cards is called muck.

Here what says the Robert Rules:

Any player who has been dealt in may request to see any hand that was eligible to participate in the showdown, even if the opponent's hand or the winning hand has been mucked. However, this is a privilege that may be revoked if abused.
If a player other than the pot winner asks to see a hand that has been folded, that hand is dead. If the winning player asks to see a losing player’s hand, both hands are live, and the best hand wins.
A player may opt to throw his hand away after all the betting for the deal is over, rather than compete to win the pot. However, the other players do not lose the right to request the hand be shown if he does so.

Can I change my bet after I have made it?

No, it’s completely forbidden to change his bets except if you were wrong and you have announced before the amount you wanted to bet. For example, if you wanted to bet 150 and said so but just pushed a chip a 100, you can add 50 more. If you have not announced your bet before, your bet will be considered as 100 and you won’t be able to add 50 more.
That’s why it’s recommended to announce every action you make to avoid mistakes.
Of course, if you are playing at home with friends, do as it pleased all the players. Remind you that Poker is a game and you need to enjoy playing it.

Is a straight of 6 cards better than 5?

No, the rules of Poker are very clear about it. We keep only the five cards that form the best combination. If you manage to create a straight of 6 cards or a flush of 7 cards, the lowest cards will be discarded.
In any doubt, you can use our odds calculator to do so.

What happens if two persons have the exact same hand?

The pot is split between the two players. But be sure that there is actually equality.
In any doubt, you can use our odds calculator to do so.

What is a dead hand?

  • Your hand is declared dead if you fold or announce that you are folding when facing a bet or a raise. But also when you throw your hand away in a forward motion causing another player to act behind you (even if not facing a bet)
  • You must protect your own hand at all times. Your cards may be protected with your hands, a chip, or other objects placed on top of them. If you fail to protect your hand, you will have no redress if it becomes fouled or the dealer accidentally kills it

What happens when the SB/BB is eliminated? What is the dead button rule?

Each establishment may apply their own rules, but there are 2 common rules: the dead button rule and the forward moving button

  • Dead button: Blinds advance but the button stays where it was (or move to the empty seat). If the big blind busts, the big blind and button move forward and there is no small blind for that hand.
  • Forward moving button: The button always advances to the next player. The player with the button pays the small-blind (as he would do with the dead button rule). The 2 next player on his left pays the big-blind. On the next hand, both player that paid big-blind will pay a small-blind. On the third hand, everything should come back to normal.

What happens if we detect the button was at the wrong position?

If it is discovered that the button was placed incorrectly on the previous hand, the button and blinds will be corrected for the new hand in a manner that gives every player one chance for each position on the round (if possible).

What to do in case of an odd chip?

An odd chip will be broken down to the smallest unit used in the game.

DEALING

Who should I deal the first card to?

The player on the left of the dealer should receive the first card.
This rule is applied also during a Heads-up.

When burning cards before dealing?

Some people get confused about when burning cards before dealing. It's a misdealing if you do it each time you deal a card.
The only moments you have to burn a card it’s when dealing the community cards.
You need to burn before dealing the flop, the turn, and the river.
If in the end, you don’t have 3 cards burned. You did a mistake while dealing.

What is a misdeal?

The following circumstances cause a misdeal, provided attention is called to the error before two players have acted on their hands:

  1. The first or second card of the hand has been exposed by a dealer error
  2. Two or more cards have been exposed by the dealer
  3. Two or more improperly faced cards are found
  4. Two or more extra cards have been dealt in the starting hands of a game
  5. An incorrect number of cards has been dealt with a player
  6. Any card has been dealt out of the proper sequence (except an exposed card may be replaced by the burn card)
  7. The button was out of position
  8. The first card was dealt to the wrong position
  9. Cards have been dealt to an empty seat or a player not entitled to a hand
  10. A player has not been dealt a card and is entitled to a hand. This player must be present at the table or have posted a blind or ante

Once the action begins, a misdeal cannot be called. The deal will be played, and no money will be returned to any player whose hand is fouled.
Before the first round of betting, if a dealer deals one additional card, it is returned to the deck and used as the burn card.
If the dealer prematurely deals any cards before the betting is complete, those cards will not play, even if a player who has not acted decides to fold.
If the dealer fails to burn a card or burns more than one card, the error should be corrected if discovered before betting action has started for that round. Once the action has been taken on a board card, the card must stand. Whether the error is able to be corrected or not, subsequent cards dealt should be those that would have come if no error had occurred.

What happens if we detect irregularities in the Deck?

  • If a card with a different color back appears during a hand, all action is void and all chips in the pot are returned to the respective bettors. If a card with a different color back is discovered at the end, all action stands
  • If two cards of the same rank and suit are found, all action is void, and all chips in the pot are returned to the respective bettors
  • One or more cards missing from the deck do not invalidate the results of a hand
  • You must use a valid deck with 52 cards of the same color back for your next hands