Poker rules

Poker - card game whose aim - winning bets collecting a better poker hand using 5 cards, or forcing all competitors to cease to participate in the game. The game is played with fully or partially closed cards. Specific rules may vary depending on type of poker.
All poker games begin with some forced wager over which poker players compete. In Seven Card Stud, there are two forced wagers, an ante and a bring-in. In Texas Hold'em and Omaha forced bets are called Big blind and Small blind.
In any basic poker game, players strategically wager using a number of actions available to them. The actions are as follows:

 

Fold - The act of folding forfeits all interest in the pot. A player who folds is not required or allowed to wager any further money during the current poker hand, but cannot win that hand either.

 

Raise - If there has been a bet on the current betting round, a player may raise. The act of raising requires the poker player to match the current bet, and then make a greater one. All subsequent players are required to call the raise or raise again («re-raise») to maintain interest in the pot.

 

Check - If there is no wager on the current betting round, a player may check. The act of checking passes the action to the next person, immediately clockwise from the player. A check does not forfeit interest in the pot, only the current right to bet. If all active players check during a round of betting, the round is considered complete.

 

Call - If there has been a bet on the current round of poker play, a player may call. The act of calling requires the player to match the current bet made by his or her opponent(s).

 

Bet - If there is not yet a wager on the current betting round, a player may bet. If a player bets, the player immediately clockwise from him or her (and any subsequent players) may fold, raise, or call.

 

On each betting round, betting continues until every player has either matched the bets made or folded (if no bets are made, the round is complete when every player has checked). When the betting round is completed, the next dealing/betting round begins, or the hand is complete.

If the last bet or raise on the final betting round is called, a «showdown» occurs. This is when it is determined who wins the pot, as players show their hands one-by-one. It may be the case that there is no showdown. This occurs when a player bets or raises, and no active players choose to call the player's bet (in other words, all players fold). In this case, the player doing the betting or raising wins the full amount of the pot.

Generally Poker games are played «table stakes», what means only the chips in play at the beginning of each hand can be used to bet and raise during the hand. The table stakes rule has an application called the «All-In» rule, which states that a player cannot be forced to forfeit a poker hand because the player does not have enough chips to call a bet. A player who does not have enough chips to call a bet is declared All-In. The player is eligible for the portion of the pot up to the point of his final wager. All further action involving other players takes place in a «side pot», which the All-In player is not eligible to win. If more than one player goes All-In during a hand, there could be more than one side pot.

Basic poker play: table stakes and All-in

All games on PokerStars are played «table stakes», meaning only the chips in play at the beginning of each hand can be used to bet and raise during the hand. The table stakes rule has an application called the «All-In» rule, which states that a player cannot be forced to forfeit a poker hand because the player does not have enough chips to call a bet. A player who does not have enough chips to call a bet is declared All-In. The player is eligible for the portion of the pot up to the point of his final wager. All further action involving other players takes place in a «side pot», which the All-In player is not eligible to win. If more than one player goes All-In during a hand, there could be more than one side pot.
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