Poker Game Rules

Today, there are many different types of poker games available for online poker players. The games offered can vary by site, but generally players will find variations of the following games on all sites: Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Stud. No Limit Texas Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha are by far the two most popular games today, with availability for other games usually dependent upon the size of the site you are playing.

On this page we have provided Team RakeTracker players with rules for the most popular online poker games and where the games can be played. If you’re an online “grinder,” you may enjoy occasionally trying a new game as it can break the monotony of your main game. Be sure to check out the rules below and maybe the next time you see a game pop up, you’ll be ready for action.

Rules of Texas Hold’em

Texas Hold’em has become the most popular poker game. Online poker rooms and poker rooms all over the world offer Texas Hold’em. Often it is the only game available, especially live. Texas Hold’em is played as limit, no limit and pot limit.

Action

In all variations of Texas Hold’em players post antes, known as blinds, are paid by the two players to the left of the dealer’s button. The first player pays what is called the small blind which is half of the amount that other players will have to call to see the flop. If there are no raises the small blind must double his bet to see the flop. The big blind puts up the amount equal to the amount other players will have to pay to see the flop.

After the blinds are posted the dealer deals two cards out to all players seated at the table. The action will begin on the player to the left of the big blind. This player is known as under the gun. The player can either match the big blind bet, raise or fold. After the each player has acted around to the big blind or all raises have been called there is a flop.

Flop

The flop consists of three cards. In live games there is a card discarded, also known as burned, by the dealer. After the flop is dealt the first player still in the hand to the left of the button can either check or bet. The action will go around the table until somebody bets. If nobody bets then all players get to see the next card for free. If a player bets and all players fold then the betting player wins the hand and a new hand is dealt. If a player calls then there will be a turn card dealt. Players may also check and raise, in that case the action will go back around the table.

Turn

If there are still at least two players in the hand then the turn is dealt. The turn is one card dealt to the right of the flop. The action is the same as the flop. In live poker a card is burned just like on the flop. The player to the left of the dealer’s button starts the action and all players left in the hand have a chance to bet or check. If a player bets then the remaining players must call, raise or fold.

River

The river is the last card dealt in the board. It is dealt to the right of the turn. Just as on the flop and turn the player to the left of the button acts first. Players may check or bet. If a player bets all players wanting to try to win the pot must call any bet. If all players check or there is a bet and at least one player calls there is a showdown.

Showdown

If a player bet the river then he is the first to show his hand. If the river was checked then the player to the left of the button shows his hand first. After all hands are shown or folded, also known as mucked, then the best hand or only hand shown is the winner. If more than one hand is shown the best five card hand out of the seven cards available (the five card board plus player’s hole cards) is declared the winner. Players may use zero, one or two of their hole cards to make their best hand. In some cases there will be two or more hands that tie. In that case the pot will be split between all hands that tied. Just like in any poker game if a player bets and does not get called by any player then the player is immediately pushed the pot and a new hand is dealt.

Rake

Online poker rooms usually take 5% up to $3 from the pot. Live poker rooms usually take 10% up to $4 or $5. Your rakeback is based on the amount of rake the house takes out of the pot. The rake is usually seen to the dealer’s right. Online you can either hover over the pot or the rake box to see how much rake was taken during a hand.

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Omaha High

Omaha high is usually played pot limit. It is not a very common game in any other form. Players are dealt four cards. Players must use two and only two of their four dealt cards and must use three and only three of the board cards. The goal is to make the best hand, called the nuts. Often in Omaha high players will need the nuts to win the hand.

High Hand

The best high hand is determined by looking at the board just as in Texas Hold’em. The difference is that in Omaha a player will almost always make close to if not the nuts. For example if the five card board pairs then there can be four of a kind and full houses. If the board has three or more of a suit then there can be a flush. If there are three cards out of five that make a straight then there is a straight possible. It is very rare for a board not to pair or make flushes and straights possible. In that case three of a kind would be the nuts.

Action

In all variations of Omaha players post antes, known as blinds, are paid by the two players to the left of the dealer’s button. The first player pays what is called the small blind which is half of the amount that other players will have to call to see the flop. If there are no raises the small blind must double his bet to se the flop. The big blind puts up the amount equal to the amount other players will have to pay to see the flop.

After the blinds are posted the dealer deals two cards out to all players seated at the table. The action will begin on the player to the left of the big blind. This player is known as under the gun. The player can either match the big blind bet, raise or fold. After the each player has acted around to the big blind or all raise have been called there is a flop.

Flop

The flop consists of three cards. In live games there is a card discarded, also known as burned, by the dealer. After the flop is dealt the first player still in the hand to the left of the button can either check or bet. The action will go around the table until somebody bets. If nobody bets then all players get to see the next card for free. If a player bets and all players fold then the betting player wins the hand and a new hand is dealt. If a player calls then there will be a turn card dealt. Players may also check and raise, in that case the action will go back around the table.

Turn

If there are still at least two players in the hand then the turn is dealt. The turn is one card dealt to the right of the flop. The action is the same as the flop. In live poker a card is burned just like on the flop. The player to the left of the dealer’s button starts the action and all players left in the hand have a chance to bet or check. If a player bets then the remaining players must call, raise or fold. If there are still four players let in the hand the river card is dealt.

River

The river is the last card dealt in the board. It is dealt to the right of the turn. Just as on the flop and turn the player to the left of the button acts first. Players may check or bet. If a player bets all players wanting to try to win the pot must call any bet. If all players check or there is a bet and at least one player calls there is a showdown.

Showdown

If a player bet the river then he is the first to show his hand. If the river was checked then the player to the left of the button shows his hand first. After all hands are shown or folded, also known as mucked, then the best hand or only hand shown is the winner. If more than one hand is shown the best five card hand out of the seven cards available (the five card board plus player’s hole cards) is declared the winner. In some cases there will be two or more hands that tie. In that case the pot will be split between all hands that tied.

Rake

Online poker rooms usually take 5% up to $3 from the pot. Live poker rooms usually take 10% up to $4 or $5. Your rakeback is based on the amount of rake the house takes out of the pot. The rake is usually seen to the dealer’s right. Online you can either hover over the pot or the rake box to see how much rake was taken during a hand.

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Omaha High/Low

Omaha high/low is played as limit, pot limit and no limit. . Players are dealt four cards. Players must use two and only two of their four dealt cards and must use three and only three of the board cards. The goal is to make the best hand, called the nuts. Often in Omaha high/low players will need the nuts to win the hand. The goal is to is to win both the high and the low in the same hand and win what is called a scooper or hogger.

High Hand

The best high hand is determined by looking at the board just as in Texas Hold’em. The difference is that in Omaha a player will almost always make close to if not the nuts. For example if the five card board pairs then there can be four of a kind and full houses. If the board has three or more of a suit then there can be a flush. If there are three cards out of five that make a straight then there is a straight possible. It is very rare for a board not to pair or make flushes and straights possible. In that case three of a kind would be the nuts.

Low Hand

The great thing about playing high/low as opposed to strictly high is that there is more action. More people are chasing draws as they can often at least back in to half the pot if they hit something. For there to be a low hand there must be at least three cards out of the five board cards that are eight or lower and do not pair. For example a board of 2459Q would make a possible low where a board of 4488Q would not. Aces are considered high or low. The best low would be A2345, also called a wheel.

The best low is determined by the lowest high card. For example a player with 8432A would lose to a player that had 76543. It is common for two or more players to have the same low hand. Straights and flushes are ignored when it comes to the best low hand. A player can use a flush and also play that flush low if possible. The best low hand wins half of the pot. It is common for two players to have the same low hand. In this case the players would split the low half. If two players tied they would each get ¼ of the entire pot. If three players split they each would get 1/6 and if four player split they would each get 1/8 of the pot. If the board does not make at least three cards eight or lower that do not pair or no player can make a low then there is no low and the entire pot will be awarded to the high hand.

Action

In all variations of Omaha high/low players post antes, known as blinds, are paid by the two players to the left of the dealer’s button. The first player pays what is called the small blind which is half of the amount that other players will have to call to see the flop. If there are no raises the small blind must double his bet to se the flop. The big blind puts up the amount equal to the amount other players will have to pay to see the flop.

After the blinds are posted the dealer deals two cards out to all players seated at the table. The action will begin on the player to the left of the big blind. This player is known as under the gun. The player can either match the big blind bet, raise or fold. After the each player has acted around to the big blind or all raise have been called there is a flop.

Flop

The flop consists of three cards. In live games there is a card discarded, also known as burned, by the dealer. After the flop is dealt the first player still in the hand to the left of the button can either check or bet. The action will go around the table until somebody bets. If nobody bets then all players get to see the next card for free. If a player bets and all players fold then the betting player wins the hand and a new hand is dealt. If a player calls then there will be a turn card dealt. Players may also check and raise, in that case the action will go back around the table.

Turn

If there are still at least two players in the hand then the turn is dealt. The turn is one card dealt to the right of the flop. The action is the same as the flop. In live poker a card is burned just like on the flop. The player to the left of the dealer’s button starts the action and all players left in the hand have a chance to bet or check. If a player bets then the remaining players must call, raise or fold. If there are still four players let in the hand the river card is dealt.

River

The river is the last card dealt in the board. It is dealt to the right of the turn. Just as on the flop and turn the player to the left of the button acts first. Players may check or bet. If a player bets all players wanting to try to win the pot must call any bet. If all players check or there is a bet and at least one player calls there is a showdown.

Showdown

If a player bet the river then he is the first to show his hand. If the river was checked then the player to the left of the button shows his hand first. After all hands are shown or folded, also known as mucked, then the best hand or only hand shown is the winner. If more than one hand is shown the best five card hand out of the seven cards available (the five card board plus player’s hole cards) is declared the winner. In some cases there will be two or more hands that tie. In that case the pot will be split between all hands that tied.

Rake

Online poker rooms usually take 5% up to $3 from the pot. Live poker rooms usually take 10% up to $4 or $5. Your rakeback is based on the amount of rake the house takes out of the pot. The rake is usually seen to the dealer’s right. Online you can either hover over the pot or the rake box to see how much rake was taken during a hand.

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2-7 Triple Draw

2-7 Triple is a version of Five Card Draw Lowball. 2-7 Triple Draw is usually dealt as limit but from time to time you may find it as pot limit or no limit. The player to the left of the dealer button posts a small blind. The second player posts a big blind. 2-7 Triple Draw is usually dealt six handed. All players are dealt five cards. The goal is to get a hand that is 75432. Unlike all other games that involve a low hand straights and flushes count high and aces are also high.

The Draws

All players still in the hand after the pre draw betting have the option to draw. Player may draw zero to five cards. After all players have acted the first player still in to the left of the button has the first action. After all players have acted then there is another draw. Players may again draw zero to five cards. The action repeats and there is a third draw where players may again draw zero to five cards. In the rare event the dealer runs out of fresh cards the discards are reshuffled and used.

After all of the action has ended there is a showdown. The player with the closest hand to 75432 wins. The best hand is determined by the lowest high card. For example 85432 would lose to 76542 because the seven is lower then the eight. Once the best low hand is determined the lowest hand is pushed the pot. Like any other poker game the hand will end if someone bets at any round and there are no calls.

Rake

Online poker rooms usually take 5% up to $3 from the pot. Live poker rooms usually take 10% up to $4 or $5. Your rakeback is based on the amount of rake the house takes out of the pot. The rake is usually seen to the dealer’s right. Online you can either hover over the pot or the rake box to see how much rake was taken during a hand.

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A-5 Triple Draw

A-5 Triple is a version of Five Card Draw Lowball. The player to the left of the dealer button posts a small blind. The second player posts a big blind. A-5 Triple Draw is usually dealt six handed. All players are dealt five cards. The goal is to get a hand that is A2345, also known as a wheel. Straights and flushes do not matter in A-5 Triple Draw. They can be played low.

The Draws

All players still in the hand after the pre draw betting have the option to draw. Player may draw zero to five cards. After all players have acted the first player still in to the left of the button has the first action. After all players have acted then there is another draw. Players may again draw zero to five cards. The action repeats and there is a third draw where players may again draw zero to five cards. If the dealer runs out of fresh cards then the discards are shuffled and used. After all of the action has ended there is a showdown. The player with the closest hand to A2345 wins. The best hand is determined by the lowest high card. For example 7432A would lose to 65432 because the six is lower then the seven. Just as in any poker game if a player bets and is not called in any betting round that player is pushed the pot and a new hand will be dealt.

Rake

Online poker rooms usually take 5% up to $3 from the pot. Live poker rooms usually take 10% up to $4 or $5. Your rakeback is based on the amount of rake the house takes out of the pot. The rake is usually seen to the dealer’s right. Online you can either hover over the pot or the rake box to see how much rake was taken during a hand.

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Seven Card Stud

Seven Card Stud is always dealt limit. In Seven Card Stud players start by paying an ante to see their first three cards. The ante is usually 10% of the small bet. For example in $1/2 the ante would usually be $.10. The first card is dealt to the player to the left of the dealer and goes clockwise around the table. In Seven Card Stud the dealer button never moves. The first card will always be dealt to the player in seat 1. Out of the first three cards the first two are dealt down and the third card is dealt up.

Action

The lowest up card starts the betting. This is called the bring in. Twos are considered the lowest card and if more then one player is showing the same low card the suit determines who pays the bring in. The suit order is alphabetical starting lowest with clubs, then diamonds, hearts and spades. The bring in is usually 25-40% of the small bet. In $1/2 it would be between $.25 and $.40.

The player that has the low card may also decide to make the full bet instead of bring in. There is no checking on this round known as third street as players must call what the low card player bet. If the low card chooses to bring in as opposed to making a full bet then any player that wishes to raise must first do what is called completing the bet. For example if the bring in was $.25 in $1/2 the first raise would only be $.75 to a total of $1. If another player raised that player would raise the full amount of $1 to make it a total of $2. If the low card makes a bring in bet instead of a full bet there can be four raises on third street for a total of $4. If the player makes a full bet there can only be three raises. The max is three raises on any street. After all players have had the option of folding, calling or raising then another card is dealt up to all remaining players. This is known as fourth street.

Fourth Street

After all of the remaining players have been dealt a second up card the player with the best two cards up, also known as showing, has the first action. If the two best hands showing are the same the player to the left of the dealer has first action. If the best hand showing is not a pair then the player has the option of making a small bet. In $1/2 that would be $1. If any player is showing a pair on fourth street then the players have the option of betting either $1 or $2. If the player bets $1 then a player wishing to raise may raise either $1 or $2. If a player has already bet $2 players that wish to raise may only raise $2. If that player checks the action goes clockwise around the table until all players have checked or all bets have been called.

Fifth and Sixth Street

The fifth and sixth cards are also dealt up. The player with the best hand showing starts the betting. In $1/2 the player could either check or bet $2. The action again goes around clockwise on each street until all players have called or checked.

Seventh Street

The last card is dealt down. The player with the best hand showing again starts the action by either checking or betting one big bet. As long as there are still at least two players in there is a showdown. The player that bet last shows their cards first. If nobody bet the first player in to the left of the dealer shows their cards. The player with the best five card hand out of seven cards wins and is pushed the pot.

Rake

Online poker rooms usually take 5% up to $3 from the pot. Live poker rooms usually take 10% up to $4 or $5. Your rakeback is based on the amount of rake the house takes out of the pot. The rake is usually seen to the dealer’s right. Online you can either hover over the pot or the rake box to see how much rake was taken during a hand.

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Seven Card Stud High/Low

Seven Card Stud High/Low is always dealt as limit. Players start by paying an ante. After all antes are out each player is dealt three cards. The ante is usually 10% of the small bet. For example in $1/2 the ante would usually be $.10. The first card is dealt to the player to the left of the dealer and goes clockwise around the table. In Seven Card Stud High/Low the dealer button never moves. The first card will always be dealt to the player in seat 1. Out of the first three cards the first two are dealt down and the third card is dealt up.

Object

Seven Card Stud High/Low is a split pot game where the best high hand wins half and the best low hand, as long as they have five cards eight or lower that do not, wins half. Just as in Omaha High/Low straights and flushes can be both high and low. Aces can be used as low, high or both. The best low is determined by the lowest high card using the best five out of seven cards. In other words a hand that has 76432 would beat a hand that had 8432A as the seven is better then the eight. If no hand qualifies as a low hand the high hand takes the entire pot. The great thing about playing high/low as opposed to strictly high is that there is more action. More people are chasing draws as they can often at least back in to half the pot if they hit something. All of the betting is exactly the same as in high stud.

Fourth Street

After all of the remaining players have been dealt a second up card the player with the best two cards up, also known as showing, has the first action. If the two best hands showing are the same the player to the left of the dealer has first action. If the best hand showing is not a pair then the player has the option of making a small bet. In $1/2 that would be $1. If any player is showing a pair on fourth street then the players have the option of betting either $1 or $2. If the player bets $1 then a player wishing to raise may raise either $1 or $2. If a player has already bet $2 players that wish to raise may only raise $2. If that player checks the action goes clockwise around the table until all players have checked or all bets have been called.

Fifth and Sixth Street

The fifth and sixth cards are also dealt up. The player with the best hand showing starts the betting. In $1/2 the player could either check or bet $2. The action again goes around clockwise on each street until all players have called or checked.

Seventh Street

The last card is dealt down. The player with the best hand showing again starts the action by either checking or betting one big bet. As long as there are still at least two players in there is a showdown. The player that bet last shows their cards first. If nobody bet the first player in to the left of the dealer shows their cards. The player with the best five card high hand out of seven cards wins half of the pot and the player with the best five card low out of seven cards wins the other half. In the rare event that a player ties they will split the direction they tied. If nobody can make an eight or better low then the entire pot is awarded to the high.

Rake

Online poker rooms usually take 5% up to $3 from the pot. Live poker rooms usually take 10% up to $4 or $5. Your rakeback is based on the amount of rake the house takes out of the pot. The rake is usually seen to the dealer’s right. Online you can either hover over the pot or the rake box to see how much rake was taken during a hand.

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Razz

Razz is always dealt limit. Razz is the exact opposite as Seven Card Stud. Although the dealing of the cards is exactly the same the players are going for the worst possible hand. Aces are always low. Straights and flushes are ignored and can be played low. Just as in Seven Card Stud there is an ante that is usually 10% of the small bet and there is a bring in of 25%-40%. The difference in Razz is that the highest card brings in. The highest possible card is the king of spades. Although the bring in has the ability to come out with a full bet this almost never happens as they almost always are showing a face card which is worthless in razz.

After the highest card brings and the action goes around clockwise others that wish to see fourth street may either call or complete the bet. Completing is a raise that makes the bring in a full bet. For example in $1/2 let’s say the bring in is $.25. If someone raised they could make it $1, not $1.25. If anyone raised after the bring in was completed they would raise a full bet to make it a total of $2. After all the betting is completed and players have called or folded the hand moves on to fourth street. As with any street if nobody calls then the hand is over and the last bettor wins the pot.

Fourth Street

All remaining players are dealt a fourth card. The player with the lowest hand showing bets first. The best hand showing on fourth street would be 32, the worst would be KK. The lowest hand is determined by the lowest high card. For example 76 would be lower then 82. After the player with the lowest hand bets the action goes around clockwise from the lowest hand. After all of the action is finished another card is dealt up.

Fifth and Sixth Streets

Just as on fourth street, fifth and sixth streets are dealt up and the player with the lowest hand starts the action. On fifth a player with 765 would be lower then a player with 82A and on sixth a player with 7654 would be lower then 832A. After the low hand acts the action goes clockwise around the table. As long as there are two or more players in the hand then the action moves to the next street.

Seventh Street

Seventh street is the last card and it is dealt down. The same hand that had first action on sixth has the action first. If that hand was folded then the same criteria that determined the bettor on sixth street is used on seventh. If there are still two or more players left after the last bet then there is a showdown. The best five card low out of seven cards wins the pot. The lowest high card is the winner. The best hand is called a wheel. A wheel is A2345. If two players have the same low high card then the second card is used. For example 76543 would lose on the fifth card to 76542. Even if those two hands at a pair of kings as their sixth and seventh card they would not matter since in razz only five cards are used. In the rare case there is a tie of all five cards then the pot is split.

Rake

Online poker rooms usually take 5% up to $3 from the pot. Live poker rooms usually take 10% up to $4 or $5. Your rakeback is based on the amount of rake the house takes out of the pot. The rake is usually seen to the dealer’s right. Online you can either hover over the pot or the rake box to see how much rake was taken during a hand.

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Crazy Pineapple

Crazy Pineapple is similar to Texas Hold’em. It is usually dealt limit. The only online poker room that offers Crazy Pineapple is Ultimate Bet. Don’t forget to get Ultimate Bet rakeback. The player to the left of the dealer button posts a small blind which is usually half of a small bet. In $1/2 it would be $.50. The player to the left of the small blind posts the big blind which equal to one small bet which would be $1. The first player pays what is called the small blind which is half of the amount that other players will have to call to see the flop. If there are no raises the small blind must double his bet to see the flop. The big blind puts up the amount equal to the amount other players will have to pay to see the flop.

Action

Unlike in Texas Hold’em after the blinds are posted the dealer deals three cards out to all players seated at the table. The action will begin on the player to the left of the big blind. This player is known as under the gun. The player can either match the big blind bet, raise or fold. After the each player has acted around to the big blind or all raises have been called there is a flop.

Flop

The flop consists of three cards. In live games there is a card discarded, also known as burned, by the dealer. After the flop is dealt the first player still in the hand to the left of the button can either check or bet. The action will go around the table until somebody bets. If nobody bets then all players get to see the next card for free. If a player bets and all players fold then the betting player wins the hand and a new hand is dealt. If a player calls then there will be a turn card dealt. Players may also check and raise, in that case the action will go back around the table. Any players that are still in must now choose one of their three cards to discard. From here on he game will play just like Texas Hold’em.

Turn

If there are still at least two players in the hand then the turn is dealt. The turn is one card dealt to the right of the flop. The action is the same as the flop. In live poker a card is burned just like on the flop. The player to the left of the dealer’s button starts the action and all players left in the hand have a chance to bet or check. If a player bets then the remaining players must call, raise or fold. If there are still four players let in the hand the river card is dealt.

River

The river is the last card dealt in the board. It is dealt to the right of the turn. Just as on the flop and turn the player to the left of the button acts first. Players may check or bet. If a player bets all players wanting to try to win the pot must call any bet. If all players check or there is a bet and at least one player calls there is a showdown.

Showdown

If a player bet the river then he is the first to show his hand. If the river was checked then the player to the left of the button shows his hand first. After all hands are shown or folded, also known as mucked, then the best hand or only hand shown is the winner. If more than one hand is shown the best five card hand out of the seven cards available (the five card board plus player’s hole cards) is declared the winner. In some cases there will be two or more hands that tie. In that case the pot will be split between all hands that tied.

Rake

Online poker rooms usually take 5% up to $3 from the pot. Live poker rooms usually take 10% up to $4 or $5. Your rakeback is based on the amount of rake the house takes out of the pot. The rake is usually seen to the dealer’s right. Online you can either hover over the pot or the rake box to see how much rake was taken during a hand.

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Crazy Pineapple High/Low

Crazy Pineapple High/Low is a variation of Texas Hold’em. The only online poker room that offers Crazy Pineapple High/Low is Ultimate Bet. Don’t forget to get Ultimate Bet rakeback. The player to the left of the dealer button posts a small blind which is usually half of a small bet. In $1/2 it would be $.50. The player to the left of the small blind posts the big blind which equal to one small bet which would be $1. The first player pays what is called the small blind which is half of the amount that other players will have to call to see the flop. If there are no raises the small blind must double his bet to see the flop. The big blind puts up the amount equal to the amount other players will have to pay to see the flop.

Low Hand

The great thing about playing high/low as opposed to strictly high is that there is more action. More people are chasing draws as they can often at least back in to half the pot if they hit something. For there to be a low hand there must be at least three cards out of the five board cards that are eight or lower and do not pair. For example a board of 2459Q would make a possible low where a board of 4488Q would not. Aces are considered high or low. The best low would be A2345, also called a wheel. The best low is determined by the lowest high card. For example a player with 8432A would lose to a player that had 76543. It is common for two or more players to have the same low hand. Straights and flushes are ignored when it comes to the best low hand. A player can use a flush and also play that flush low if possible.

The best low hand wins half of the pot. It is common for two players to have the same low hand. In this case the players would split the low half. If two players tied they would each get 1/4 of the entire pot. If three players split they each would get 1/6 and if four player split they would each get 1/8 of the pot. If the board does not make at least three cards eight or lower that do not pair or no player can make a low then there is no low and the entire pot will be awarded to the high hand.

Action

Unlike in Texas Hold’em after the blinds are posted the dealer deals three cards out to all players. The action will begin on the player to the left of the big blind. This player is known as under the gun. The player can either match the big blind bet, raise or fold. After the each player has acted around to the big blind or all raises have been called there is a flop.

Flop

The flop consists of three cards. In live games there is a card discarded, also known as burned, by the dealer. After the flop is dealt the first player still in the hand to the left of the button can either check or bet. The action will go around the table until somebody bets. If nobody bets then all players get to see the next card for free. If a player bets and all players fold then the betting player wins the hand and a new hand is dealt. If a player calls then there will be a turn card dealt. Players may also check and raise, in that case the action will go back around the table. Any players that are still in must now choose one of their three cards to discard. From here on he game will play just like Texas Hold’em.

Turn

If there are still at least two players in the hand then the turn is dealt. The turn is one card dealt to the right of the flop. The action is the same as the flop. In live poker a card is burned just like on the flop. The player to the left of the dealer’s button starts the action and all players left in the hand have a chance to bet or check. If a player bets then the remaining players must call, raise or fold. If there are still four players let in the hand the river card is dealt.

River

The river is the last card dealt in the board. It is dealt to the right of the turn. Just as on the flop and turn the player to the left of the button acts first. Players may check or bet. If a player bets all players wanting to try to win the pot must call any bet. If all players check or there is a bet and at least one player calls there is a showdown.

Showdown

If a player bet the river then he is the first to show his hand. If the river was checked then the player to the left of the button shows his hand first. After all hands are shown or folded, also known as mucked, then the best hand or only hand shown is the winner. If more than one hand is shown the best five card hand out of the seven cards available (the five card board plus player’s hole cards) is declared the winner. In some cases there will be two or more hands that tie. In that case the pot will be split between all hands that tied.

Rake

Online poker rooms usually take 5% up to $3 from the pot. Live poker rooms usually take 10% up to $4 or $5. Your rakeback is based on the amount of rake the house takes out of the pot. The rake is usually seen to the dealer’s right. Online you can either hover over the pot or the rake box to see how much rake was taken during a hand.

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Five Card Stud

Five Card Stud is not as popular as it once was but it is still offered at a few online poker rooms. To many old school poker players Five Card Stud is the purest poker game there is. Five Card Stud is all but dead at live poker rooms. It is usually dealt limit but can sometimes be found as pot limit or no limit. There are four betting rounds in five card stud. Players first ante before cards are dealt. The ante is usually 10% of the small bet. In $1/2 that would make the ante $.10. Players are then dealt one card down and one card up. Just like in Seven Card Stud the player with the lowest card brings in the first bet. If two players have the same value card the lowest suit would bring in the first bet. The suits are ranked, from lowest to highest, clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades.

The player with the low card can decide to bring in for usually 25-50% of the full first bet or bet the full amount. If a player raises and the low card player chose to bring in instead of making a full bet then that player must complete the bet. For example if the bring in is $.25 in $1/2 then a player must complete the bet to $1. Any player after the first raiser will raise the full amount. For example the next raiser in the above hand would raise from $1 to $2. If two or more players are still in the hand then the action moves to third street.

Third Street

The remaining players are dealt another card up. The best two card hand starts the action. If any player is showing a pair then any player may single or double bet even if they are not the player showing the pair. In a $1/2 game that would mean players would have the option to bet $1 or $2. If the player holding the pair only bets $1 and another player raises then the player that raises may choose to raise $1 or $2. If the paired player opens with $2 then any player that chooses to raise must only raise $2.

Fourth Street

The remaining players are dealt another card up. The player with the best hand showing starts the action. The best hand may either check or bet one big bet, in $1/2 that is $2. If there are still two or more players in the hand then fifth street is dealt.

Fifth Street

Fifth street is the last card. In all online games it is dealt up although in some home games it is dealt down. The player with the best hand showing starts the action by checking or betting one big bet. After all players have had a chance to act it is time for the showdown. The player with the best hand wins the pot. All five cards must be used to determine the best hand.

Rake

Online poker rooms usually take 5% up to $3 from the pot. Live poker rooms usually take 10% up to $4 or $5. Your rakeback is based on the amount of rake the house takes out of the pot. The rake is usually seen to the dealer’s right. Online you can either hover over the pot or the rake box to see how much rake was taken during a hand.

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Five Card Draw

Five Card Draw is a dying game. It is usually dealt six handed and can be limit, pot limit or no limit. The player to the left of the dealer button posts a small blind which is usually half of a small bet. In $1/2 it would be $.50. The player to the left of the small blind posts the big blind which equal to one small bet which would be $1. The first player pays what is called the small blind which is half of the amount that other players will have to call to see the flop. If there are no raises the small blind must double his bet to see the flop. The big blind puts up the amount equal to the amount other players will have to pay to draw.

The Draw

All players still in the hand have the option of drawing. Players have the option of drawing between zero and five cards. After the draw the first player still in to the left of the dealer button has the option of checking or betting. After all of the action is finished the last bettor shows his hand. If everyone checked then the first player left to the left of the button shows first. If players can beat that hand then they show or if they lose then they muck. The winner is determined by the best poker hand using all five cards.

Rake

Online poker rooms usually take 5% up to $3 from the pot. Live poker rooms usually take 10% up to $4 or $5. Your rakeback is based on the amount of rake the house takes out of the pot. The rake is usually seen to the dealer’s right. Online you can either hover over the pot or the rake box to see how much rake was taken during a hand.

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Razzdugi

Razzdugi is dealt like a normal seven card razz game. Players ante and then two cards are dealt face down and one up. The highest card starts the betting with a bringin. Players then decide if they would like to call the bring in, raise or fold. The rest of the hand is dealt just like razz with an up card on 4th, 5th and 6th street and 7th street is down. There is a bet after each street. The bet amount on 4th equals the complete bet amount on 3rd. On 5th, 6th and 7th street the bet is double that amount. For example in 3/6 4th street’s bet would be $3 and 5th, 6th and 7th streets would be $6.

The difference between razz and razzdugi is that razzdugi is a split pot game. Half the pot goes to the best razz hand. The best razz hand is A-2-3-4-5. The other half of the pot goes to the best badugi hand. The best badugi hand being A-2-3-4 rainbow. A badugi is four card hand of 4 different suits. IT is possible for a hand to win both the razz half and the badugi half. An example of that would be A-2-3-4-5 for razz with an A-2-3-4 rainbow for badugi. That is a very rare hand but is an example of a scoop hand.

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Badeucey

Badeucy, sometimes referred to as Baduci, is a game dealt like 2-7 Triple Draw. The game can be played with no more than 6 players. If the mixed game has more players then players to the left of the big blind must sit out. For example if a game is 8 handed the two players that would normally be under the gun are dealt out. The best 2-7 hand wins half and the best badugi hand wins the other half. The best 2-7 hand is 75432. Flushes, aces and straights are high. The best badugi is A234 rainbow. Typically in Badeucy the ace is high for the Badugi half.

A small and big blind is posted and players are dealt 5 cards. Players must decide to call the big blind, raise the big blind or fold. After the preflop action players draw as many cards as they wish. There is then another betting round with the bet size equal to the big blind. Players then draw again. After that draw there is a betting round where the bet size is equal to double the big blind. There is then a final draw and betting round equal to double the big blind. The hands are then shown. If at any point the dealer runs out of draw cards the last card is not used. All of the discards and the remaining fresh card are shuffled together. Burn cards are not shuffled in with the discards. It is possible for players in earlier position to receive fresh cards during a round that players in late position would have to get reshuffled cards.

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Badacey

Badacey is dealt like A-5 Triple Draw. The best lowball hand takes half the pot and the best Badugi takes the other half. If Badacey is played in a mixed game that had more than 6 players then some players must sit out. The players to the left of the big blind would be dealt out. For example if the game was 8 handed the players under the gun would sit out.

A small and big blind is posted and 5 cards are dealt to each player. Players must decide to call the big blind, raise the big blind or fold. After the action preflop players draw as many cards as they wish. There is then another betting round with the bet size equal to the big blind. Players then draw again. After that draw there is a betting round where the bet size is equal to double the big blind. There is one last draw and one last betting round equal to double the big blind. There is then a showdown. If at any point the dealer runs out of draw cards the last card is not used. All of the discards and the remaining fresh card are shuffled together. Burn cards are not shuffled in with the discards. It is possible for players in earlier position to receive fresh cards during a round that players in late position would have to get reshuffled cards.

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Badugi

A small and big blind is posted. Players are dealt four cards. Players decide whether to call the big blind, raise or fold. Players then decide in order from the small blind how many cards they would like to draw. Players can draw as many cards as they wish. There is another betting round equal to the big blind. There is another draw followed by a betting round equal to the big blind. There is then one last draw and one last betting round equal to double the big blind. There is then a showdown. The best rainbow hand wins. If nobody has a rainbow hand then the best 3 card hands wins.

If at any point the dealer runs out of draw cards the last card is not dealt out. The discards are shuffled in with the last card and draws continue. It is possible for players in earlier position to receive fresh cards during a draw round where players in later position having to draw discards.

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