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Poker Game Rules


1. Texas Holdem


Texas Hold'em has quickly become the standard poker game played.

If you are a beginner, Texas Hold'em is the perfect game to learn to play. It is a simple game to learn and understand and it offers the perfect balance of luck and skill.

Our practice tables offer the perfect way for new players to play and learn, and there are always experienced poker support staff observing the tables ready to help with any questions about the game you may have. All you need to do is click live chat on the poker help desk tab at the table and a member of the poker support staff will be called to assist you.

Texas Hold'em rules
The object of Hold'em is to create the best five-card hand using seven cards. A list of poker hand rankings can be found here.

Dealer, Blinds and Table limits
Once the game starts a dealer is assigned. At the end of each hand the dealer changes to the next player to the current dealers left. On the tables the current dealer is indicated by a disc marked with a "D" known as the dealer button. Knowing who is the dealer is important, as it indicates who posts the compulsory bets (known as blinds) before each hand, it also indicates who is first to act in each betting round.

In Hold'em there are 2 compulsory bets that are made before the start of each hand. These are known as the small blind and the big blind. These are important as it means that there are chips to be won in every hand. The player to the immediate left of the dealer pays the small blind and the player to the left of the small blind posts the big blind.

In limit games the small blind is equal to half the size of the small bet, and the big blind is equal to the small bet. So at a €1/€2 table the small blind is 0.50c and the big blind is €1.

In limit games the size of the bet that a player can make in the first and second betting rounds is equal to the amount of the small bet of the table (for example in a €3/€6 limit game, the bet players can make in rounds 1 and 2 is €3). In the third and forth betting rounds, players can bet the value of the big bet (for example in a €3/€6 limit game, players can bet €6 in the third and forth rounds).

There is a maximum of one bet and three raises allowed in each betting round. (For example, in the first betting round of a €1/€2 limit table, a player will pay a maximum of €4 - a bet of €1 and three raises of €1). The exception to this rule is if there are only two players left in the pot, in which case there is no limit to the number of raises that can be made.

Hole cards and the first betting round
Once the blinds have been posted, 2 cards are dealt face down to each player at the table (known as "hole cards"). At this point the first betting round begins, players must make a decision on how to act based on the strength of their hole cards only.

The player to the left of the large blind is always the first to act in the first betting round. This player has the option of folding, calling, or raising the amount of the large blind. The play continues clockwise around the table until all players who started in the hand have called, checked or folded, and the amount put in the pot by each player still in the hand is equal.

The Flop and the second betting round
After the first betting round has finished, the dealer places 3 cards face up in the middle of the table - this is known as the flop. These 3 cards are shared by all the players towards make their final hands. Players now have 5 cards out of the 7 available and have a good idea how their hand is developing. At this point the second betting round begins.

In this and all subsequent betting rounds, the action starts with the first player still in the hand to the left of the dealer. This player can either check or bet (he can not raise as no bet has been made in the round, and he shouldn't fold because it costs him nothing at that point to stay in the hand). As in the previous betting round, the play continues clockwise around the table until all players have called, checked or folded and the amount placed in the pot by each player still in the hand is equal.

The Turn and the third betting round
After the second betting round, the dealer places a fourth card face up on the table - this is called the turn card. Like the flop, this is a community card that may be used by all the players to make up part of their hand.

The players should now know the majority of their hand, as there is only 1 more card to come. The betting round here is the same as the third betting round, with the player to the left of the dealer acting first.

In limit games the size of the bet that a player can in the third betting round and final betting round is equal the size of the big bet (for example in a €3/€6 limit game, the bet players can make in this round is €6).

The River and the final betting round
After the third betting round, the dealer places a final card face up on the table - this is called the river card. There is a final betting round, which is the same as the third betting round.

After this, each player makes the best possible 5 card poker hand out of the 7 available cards. Each player can use any combination of the 2 cards in their hands and the five cards on the table. The player with the highest ranked hand wins the pot. If two or more players have the same value hand, then the pot is split between them.

And the game goes on...

Once the hand has finished, and the pot has been awarded, the dealer button moves to the next player on his left. The cards are shuffled, the blinds are posted by the next 2 players, and the cards are dealt. The game continues as long as there are at least 2 players at the table.

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2. Five Card Draw


Game Summary
PLAYERS: The game is played by 2-5 players.

DECK: A standard 52-card deck is used.

BETTING STRUCTURES: Five Card Draw can be played as a Limit, Pot limit or No limit game.

BUTTON AND BLINDS: The game is played with a dealer button, a small blind and a big blind just like Texas Hold'em. The player to the left of the dealer posts a small blind and the player to the left of the small blind posts a big blind before the cards are dealt.

THE DEAL: Five cards face down are dealt to each player.

PLAY: After the deal, the first betting round starts. At the end of the first betting round, each player may discard and draw up to five cards. A second round of betting ensues, followed by the showdown.

SHOWDOWN: The winner of the hand is the player who holds the highest hand according to universal poker hand rankings.

Dealing the Game of Five Card Draw
Before the Deal:
* Players will buy-in for the posted amount.
* Selected players will post blinds.

The Dealer Button:
The dealer button is a graphical representation (“D”) of which player is the “dealer.” Although our dealer will be dealing the game, the player who has the button placed in front of his seat gets to play his cards as if he were the actual dealer. When the cards are dealt to players, they are dealt in a manner as if the player was actually dealing in a live environment.

Blinds:
Because we have a player “on the button” we now ask two players to post the large and small blinds. The purpose of the blinds is to put forced money into the pot that gives players an incentive to enter the hand. However, only two players will post the blinds.

The first blind is called the “small blind”. This bet is usually half the minimum bet of the game, although in some games, the fraction is slightly different. So, in a €2-4 game the small blind will be €1.

The second blind is called the “big blind” and is always the same size as the game’s minimum bet, e.g., in a €2-4 game, the big blind is €2.

The player directly to the left of the button will have the “small blind.” The player directly to the left of the small blind will have the “large blind” of the full amount or the lowest game limit.

Opening Deal:
Now that we have a Button and small and big blinds, we are ready to deal. The dealer always deals from the player closest to the dealer’s left. Moving clockwise around the table, the game will “deal-in” each player. The players will be dealt five cards face down. A round of betting will occur starting with the player seated to the left of the big blind.

Betting on Opening Deal:
The player seated to the left of the big blind will always have the action on the opening deal. This player may not check, but rather can only fold, call, or raise.

The game will now advance to each player seated asking to fold, call, or raise until we reach the big blind for an action decision. If no one has raised by the time the play comes back around to the big blind, the big blind has the option to “check” his own BLIND wager or raise.

Once all players have completed the first round of wagering, they will proceed to discarding cards and drawing new cards.

Discarding Cards
After the first betting round each player is asked to discard and draw from zero to five cards. This is done by clicking the cards that the player wants to discard. These cards will be shaded and slightly raised to indicate that they have been selected. Once the player is satisfied with the selections made, cards are discarded and drawn by clicking the DISCARD button.

A player may chose not to discard any cards. This is done by clicking the STAND PAT button. Standing pat means no cards will be discarded and drawn.

When all players have discarded and drawn cards, the second betting round starts.

Second Betting Round
The second betting round starts with the first player seated to the left of the dealer button. The options available to this player is to fold, check or bet. Should the player fold or check, the next player in turn will have the same options as the first player. If the first player bets, the next player to act will have the option of folding, calling or raising. Before a player acts, the number of discarded cards for that player is displayed to everyone. The rules state that this information should be available until there has been action after the draw.

In fixed limit games there is a maximum of four bets allowed in each betting round. A bet, a raise, a re-raise and a cap. A cap is the third raise in a betting round, after which no more betting is allowed. Pot limit and No limit games allow for an unlimited number of bets and raises.

After the second betting round is finished, the showdown follows.

Who shows first?
The determination of which players’ cards will and must be shown first will lie with the player who had initiated the action or with the person who had initiated the last bet, raise or re-raise. This simply means that whoever had the last action must show his/her cards first.

Suppose a Player wins by default?
A player who has a winning hand does not have to show his/her cards if his/her bet was not called.

Do Players have to show their Cards if they call a bet on the Last Betting Round?

Players are not required to show their cards if, and only if, they are not the player who had the last action. If a player calls a bet and sees that he/she cannot win, he/she may fold his/her cards.

Who wins?
In our poker room, as with all, "cards speak." The winner will be decided based on the universal poker hand rankings.

Five Card Draw Blind Rules
All players must pay for their blinds in full before they are allowed to get the button. Therefore, the player who had posted the small blind in the prior hand will receive the button on the next deal of any game.
* If in the event we have a new player to the game, then three (3) actions will occur.
1. If the new player is seated to the left of the blind, then he/she may choose to "post" the big blind or "wait." If the player does post, then his/her wager is active.
2. If the new player is seated in the big blind, then he/she is treated as such.
3. If the player is seated between the button and any blind, then he/she must wait for the button to pass.

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3. Seven Card Stud


Stud has a lot of little rules and a few quirks, but it's a simple game at its core. The game can be broken up into four sections:
Setup
The Bring
Betting Rounds
Showdown

In every form of poker, there is some determining factor as to how and where the action starts in the hand. In Hold'em or Omaha the action starts to the left of the big blind; in Stud it starts with the bring.

The player with the lowest-value door card is the one required to "bring it in." Here's what you need to discern the losing player for the bring:

All cards are worth face value and face cards are valued from worst to best: Jack, Queen, King.
Aces are high for the bring, which means they rank higher than a king.
If two players have the same value low card, suits are used to determine the loser.
Stud uses poker-suit ordering, alphabetic from worst to best: clubs, diamonds, hearts, spades.
The player required to bring has two choices. They can either bring by making a bet equal to the size of the ante, or they can complete the bet to the full amount of the small bet.

Betting Round One (Third Street)
The player to the left of the bring is next to act. That player has three options:

Fold: They pay nothing to the pot and throw away their hand, waiting for the next deal to play again.
Call: They match the amount of the bring.
Raise: If the first player made a minimum bring (only brought the amount of the ante) a raise will be completing the bet to the amount of the small bet limit. If the first player completed their bring to the full small bet a raise would be doubling the small bet amount.

Play moves clockwise around the table one player at a time. A betting round ends when two conditions are met:
All players have had a chance to act.
All players who haven't folded have bet the same amount of money for the round.

Betting Round Two (Fourth Street)
Once the first betting round has completed, the dealer deals every player (always starting at the first live player to his or her left and moving clockwise around the table) one card face up, next to the first face-up card.

In this betting round, and every betting round to follow, the first player to act is decided by the value of the show cards. The player with the highest value show cards acts first. The value of show cards are ranked in the same order as poker hands.

Once you have discerned the highest hand, that person acts first. They have the option to check (wager no money, and move the action to the player on their left) or bet the small betting limit.

The action moves from that player clockwise around the table one player at a time. Each player has the option to:
Check (if no bet has been made).
Call (match any bet made).
Bet/Raise (If no bet is made, they can bet the small limit; if a bet has been made they can raise it by adding an additional amount to the bet, equal to the small limit).
fold (throw away their hand).

Once every player has acted, and every player that has not folded has put the same amount of money into the pot, the betting round ends.


Betting Round Three (Fifth Street)
At the completion of fourth street, the dealer deals every remaining player another card face up, starting with the first live player to his or her left, moving clockwise around the table.

Once all the cards have been dealt, the betting round starts the same way fourth street started. The player with the best show cards bets first. Three of a kind is the best combination, followed by a pair, followed by the highest cards.

In this betting round, players bet using the big betting limit. Other than the size of the bets, this betting round is identical to fourth street.

Betting Round Four (Sixth Street)
Sixth street is identical to fifth street. Every player is dealt one card face up, and the highest valued show cards bets first. On sixth street, with four show cards for each player, the best possible show card value is four of a kind.

Sixth street betting uses the big betting limit.

The Final Betting Round (Seventh Street)
When the sixth street betting round is complete, the dealer deals one final card FACE DOWN to every player. Again, the dealer starts at the first player with cards to their left, and moves on clockwise around the table.

The player with the highest-ranked show cards in the previous betting round is the first to act in this betting round as well. The final card having been dealt face down does not affect the value of the four show cards.

The final betting round uses the big betting limit.

Showdown
Once the final betting round has been completed, the players still in the hand enter into the showdown. In the showdown, each player makes the best five card hand possible out of their own seven cards.

The remaining two cards are "dead" and have no value towards the hand at all. They are never used to evaluate the strength of a hand.

Random Rules
Fourth Street Open Pair: If a player pairs up their door card on fourth street (giving them a pair as the winning high hand for fourth street), the player has the option of checking, betting the small limit or betting the big limit.

If the player chooses to check, the next player to act inherits the same options (meaning they can check, or bet either the small or big limit).

If a player chooses to bet the larger betting limit, all bets and raises in that betting round must be in the big betting limit unit. For example in a $10-$20 limit game, if a player is dealt a pair on fourth street, they can bet $10 or $20.

If they choose to bet $20, the next player must fold, call $20 or raise to $40.

Capping the Bet: In any one betting round while there are three or more players still in the hand, there can only be one bet and three raises. Once the third raise has been made, the betting is "capped," meaning all future action in that betting round is restricted to calling or folding.

Running Out of Cards: If you are playing with eight people, it is not possible for every player to be dealt a full 7 cards, since there are only 52 cards in the deck.

If you ever get to the point where all eight players are in the hand until seventh street, instead of dealing every player one card, you must deal a single card face up in the middle of the table.

This card is used as a community card (like in Hold'em or Omaha). Every player shares that card as the seventh card of their hand.

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4. Omaha High


Dealing the Game of Omaha High
The object of Omaha High is to create the best five-card hand using exactly two out of four pocket cards and three out of five community cards.

Before the Deal:
Players will buy-in for the posted amount.
Selected players will post blinds.

The Dealer Button:
The dealer in Omaha High will start to deal each game contingent on which player has the “button.” The button is a graphical representation (“D”) of which player is the “dealer.” Although our dealer will be dealing the game, the player who has the button placed in front of his seat gets to play his cards as if he were the actual dealer. When the cards are dealt to players, they are dealt in a manner as if the player was actually dealing in a live environment.

Blinds:
Because we have a player “on the button” we now ask two players to “post the big or small blinds please.” The blinds serve a purpose similar to antes, in that they put forced money into the pot that gives players an incentive to enter the hand. However, only two players will “post” or “put up” the blinds.

The first blind is called the “small blind”. This bet is usually half the minimum bet of the game.

So, in a €2-4 game the small blind will be €1. The second blind is called the “big blind” and is always the same size as the game’s minimum bet, e.g., in a 2-4 game, the big blind is €2.

The player directly left of the button will have the “small blind.” The player directly to the left of the small blind will have the “big blind” of the full amount of the lowest game limit.

Opening Deal:
Now that we have a Button and small and big blinds, we are ready to deal. The dealer always deals from the player closest to the dealer’s left. Moving clockwise around the table, the game will “deal-in” each player. The players will be dealt four cards face down. A round of betting will occur starting with the player seated to the left of the big blind.

Betting on Opening Deal:
The player seated to the left of the big blind will always have the action on the opening deal. This player may not check, but rather can only fold, call, or raise.

The game will now advance to each player seated asking to fold, call, or raise until we reach the big blind for an action decision. If no one has raised by the time the play comes back around to the big blind, the big blind has the option to “check” his own blind wager or raise.

Once all players have completed the first round of wagering, they will proceed to the flop.

Flop:
The next cards to be dealt into the game will be the fifth, sixth and seventh cards in the game. These three cards will not be dealt to each player, but rather placed face up in the center of the table.

But before we “flop” anything, we must burn a card. The dealer will deal one face down card into the muck. After the burn card, the dealer will deal three cards face up in the center of the poker table. These three cards are called “community cards” which are available to all players for potential use to make a poker hand. The area in which these cards lie on the table is commonly referred to as the “board”.

The look of the flop:
Now the flop has landed on the “board” and all players now have seven cards available to make their hand, the four “hole” cards that were dealt on the opening round and now three “community cards” which all players may use. In Omaha High, a poker hand must consist of exactly two face down cards and three community cards.The rule of the determination of the action is as follows.

After the opening deal, the player who is seated closest to the left of the button shall have the initial action for the remainder of the game. If the player who has the button folds, then the button is still active and will remain in front of that player’s seat to keep the position of the button constant throughout that game.

The player that has the action may check or bet. As soon as one player chooses to bet, then the other players in the hand can no longer check; they can only fold, call or raise.

The Turn:
The “turn” is the fourth card to be dealt onto the board and the eighth card available to the player. Some players call this “fourth street.” However, the most common term used for this round is the “turn”. As always, the dealer will burn a card and then deal one card face up onto the board to the right of the last flop card.

The look of the turn:
The 9 of spades is the “turn card”

At this point the players have access to the four cards on the board and their four hole cards. The game will now declare who has the action, which always begins with the player still remaining in the hand who is closest to the left of the button.

The River:
The dealer will then place the fifth and final card on the board.

The Flop Cards turn River

River Look:
At this point, five cards are on the board and fourhole cards are in the players’ hands. The action again starts with the first player still remaining in the hand who is closest to the left of the button. All checks, bets, raises, and folds will be completed and then a showdown will begin.

Who shows first?
The determination of which players’ cards will and must be shown first will lie with the player who initiated the action or with the person who initiated the last bet, raise or re-raise. This simply means that whoever had the last action on the river must show his/her cards first.

Suppose a Player wins by default?
A player who has a winning hand does not have to show his/her cards if his/her bet was not called.

Do Players have to show their Cards if they call a bet on the River?

A player is not required to show their cards if, and only if, they are not the player who had the last action. If a player calls a bet and sees that he/she cannot win, he/she may fold his/her cards. Players who are curious about the folded hand may request a hand history to learn it.

Who wins?
In our poker room, as with all, "cards speak." That means our dealer will automatically find the best five-card hand using three out of the five community cards on the board and two out of the four pocket cards in the player’s hand. The winner will be decided based on the universal poker hand rankings.

Omaha High Blind Rules
All players must pay for their blinds in full before they are allowed to get the button. Therefore, the player who had posted the small blind in the prior hand will receive the button on the next deal of any game.

* If in the event we have a new player to the game, then three (3) actions will occur.
1. If the new player is seated to the left of the blind, then he/she may choose to “post” the big blind or “wait.” If the player does post, then his/her wager is active.
2. If the new player is seated in the big blind, then he/she is treated as such.
3. If the player is seated between the button and any blind, then he/she must wait for the button to pass.

Missed Blinds rules and Procedures:
Missed big blind. If a player misses the big blind for any reason, then that player may not play in any hands until the sum of all blinds are made up. The game will place an “ML” button in that seat to declare the missed big blind. The game will ask the next active player to the left to post the big blind for the hand. If the missed player makes up the sum of all blinds, then the small blind portion is dead and must be put into the pot before the hand is dealt.

Missed small blind. If a player misses the small blind for any reason, then that player may not play in any hands until the small blind is made up. The game will place an “MS” button in that seat to declare the missed small blind. The game will ask the current big blind to please also post the small blind for the game. The game will further ask the next active player to the left to post the big blind. The player who had missed the small cannot return until after the button has passed. When and if the player does make up the missed small blind, then that money is dead and must be placed directly into the pot before any cards are dealt.

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5. Omaha Hi Lo


Dealing the Game of Omaha Hi/Lo
The object of Omaha Hi/Lo is to create a High hand using any two out of four pocket cards and three out of five community cards, and a Low hand using any two out of four pocket cards and three out of five community cards. 50% of the pot will be awarded to the best High hand and 50% of the pot will be awarded to the best Low hand. If there is no qualifying Low hand, the whole pot will be awarded to the best High hand.

To qualify as a Low hand, the hand must contain five unpaired cards ranked eight (8) or lower. Straights and flushes are not considered when evaluating low hands. The winning Low hand is the hand with the lowest high card. In case of a tie with the high card, the winning hand is the one with the next lowest high card and so on.

It is not possible to have a qualifying Low hand unless three of the community cards are ranked eight (8) or lower. Aces can be used as the lowest card. A player can use any two of his/her pocket cards for the High hand, and any two of his/her pocket cards for the Low hand.

Before the Deal:
Players will buy-in for the posted amount.
Selected players will post blinds.

The Dealer Button:
The dealer in Omaha Hi/Lo will start to deal each game contingent on which player has the “button.” The button is a graphical representation (“D”) of which player is the “dealer.” Although our dealer will be dealing the game, the player who has the button placed in front of his seat gets to play his cards as if he were the actual dealer. When the cards are dealt to players, they are dealt in a manner as if the player was actually dealing in a live environment.

Blinds:
Because we have a player “on the button” we now ask two players to “post the big or small blinds please.” The blinds serve a purpose similar to antes, in that they put forced money into the pot that gives players an incentive to enter the hand. However, only two players will “post” or “put up” the blinds.

The first blind is called the “small blind”. This bet is usually half the minimum bet of the game.

So, in a €2-4 game the small blind will be €1. The second blind is called the “big blind” and is always the same size as the game’s minimum bet, e.g., in a 2-4 game, the big blind is €2.

The player directly left of the button will have the “small blind.” The player directly to the left of the small blind will have the “big blind” of the full amount of the lowest game limit.

Opening Deal:
Now that we have a Button and small and big blinds, we are ready to deal. The dealer always deals from the player closest to the dealer’s left. Moving clockwise around the table, the game will “deal-in” each player. The players will be dealt four cards face down. A round of betting will occur starting with the player seated to the left of the big blind.

Betting on Opening Deal:
The player seated to the left of the big blind will always have the action on the opening deal. This player may not check, but rather can only fold, call, or raise.

The game will now advance to each player seated asking to fold, call, or raise until we reach the big blind for an action decision. If no one has raised by the time the play comes back around to the big blind, the big blind has the option to “check” his own blind wager or raise.

Once all players have completed the first round of wagering, they will proceed to the flop.

Flop:
The next cards to be dealt into the game will be the fifth, sixth and seventh cards in the game. These three cards will not be dealt to each player, but rather placed face up in the center of the table.

But before we “flop” anything, we must burn a card. The dealer will deal one face down card into the muck. After the burn card, the dealer will deal three cards face up in the center of the poker table. These three cards are called “community cards” which are available to all players for potential use to make a poker hand. The area in which these cards lie on the table is commonly referred to as the “board”.

The look of the flop:
Now the flop has landed on the “board” and all players now have seven cards available to make their hand, the four “hole” cards that were dealt on the opening round and now three “community cards” which all players may use. In Omaha Hi/Lo, each poker hand must consist of exactly two face down cards and three community cards.The rule of the determination of the action is as follows.

After the opening deal, the player who is seated closest to the left of the button shall have the initial action for the remainder of the game. If the player who has the button folds, then the button is still active and will remain in front of that player’s seat to keep the position of the button constant throughout that game.

The player that has the action may check or bet. As soon as one player chooses to bet, then the other players in the hand can no longer check; they can only fold, call or raise.

The Turn:
The “turn” is the fourth card to be dealt onto the board and the eighth card available to the player. Some players call this “fourth street.” However, the most common term used for this round is the “turn”. As always, the dealer will burn a card and then deal one card face up onto the board to the right of the last flop card.

The look of the turn:
The 9 of spades is the “turn card”

At this point the players have access to the four cards on the board and their four hole cards. The game will now declare who has the action, which always begins with the player still remaining in the hand who is closest to the left of the button.

The River:
The dealer will then place the fifth and final card on the board.

The Flop Cards turn River

River Look:
At this point, five cards are on the board and four hole cards are in the players’ hands. The action again starts with the first player still remaining in the hand who is closest to the left of the button. All checks, bets, raises, and folds will be completed and then a showdown will begin.

Who shows first?
The determination of which players’ cards will and must be shown first will lie with the player who initiated the action or with the person who initiated the last bet, raise or re-raise. This simply means that whoever had the last action on the river must show his/her cards first.

Suppose a Player wins by default?

A player who has a winning hand does not have to show his/her cards if his/her bet was not called.

Do Players have to show their Cards if they call a bet on the River?

A player is not required to show their cards if, and only if, they are not the player who had the last action. If a player calls a bet and sees that he/she cannot win, he/she may fold his/her cards. Players who are curious about the folded hand may request a hand history to learn it.

Who wins?
In our poker room, as with all, "cards speak." That means our dealer will automatically find the best High hand and Low hand among the players’ hands.

Omaha Hi/Lo Blind Rules
All players must pay for their blinds in full before they are allowed to get the button. Therefore, the player who had posted the small blind in the prior hand will receive the button on the next deal of any game.

* If in the event we have a new player to the game, then three (3) actions will occur.
1. If the new player is seated to the left of the blind, then he/she may choose to “post” the big blind or “wait.” If the player does post, then his/her wager is active.
2. If the new player is seated in the big blind, then he/she is treated as such.
3. If the player is seated between the button and any blind, then he/she must wait for the button to pass.

Missed Blinds rules and Procedures:
Missed big blind. If a player misses the big blind for any reason, then that player may not play in any hands until the sum of all blinds are made up. The game will place an “ML” button in that seat to declare the missed big blind. The game will ask the next active player to the left to post the big blind for the hand. If the missed player makes up the sum of all blinds, then the small blind portion is dead and must be put into the pot before the hand is dealt.

Missed small blind. If a player misses the small blind for any reason, then that player may not play in any hands until the small blind is made up. The game will place an “MS” button in that seat to declare the missed small blind. The game will ask the current big blind to please also post the small blind for the game. The game will further ask the next active player to the left to post the big blind. The player who had missed the small cannot return until after the button has passed. When and if the player does make up the missed small blind, then that money is dead and must be placed directly into the pot before any cards are dealt.

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