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Before you hit the online poker tables, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with the basic hand rankings and rules that govern Texas Hold’em.

Texas Hold’em – Hand Ranking

Before you hit the online poker tables, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with the basic hand rankings and rules that govern Texas Hold’em. Here are the 10 hands every player should know before joining the action.

 

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Royal Flush

Poker’s most famous hand, a royal flush, cannot be beaten. It consists of the ace, king, queen, jack and ten of a single suit.

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Straight Flush

Five cards in sequence, of the same suit. In the event of a tie, the highest rank at the top of the sequence wins.

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Four of a Kind

Four cards of the same rank, and one side card or “kicker”. In the event of a tie, the player with the highest side card (“kicker”) wins.

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Full House

Three cards of the same rank, and two cards of a different, matching rank. In the event of a tie, the highest three matching cards wins.

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Flush

Five cards of the same suit, not in sequence. In the event of a tie, the player holding the highest ranked card wins.

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Straight

Five non-suited cards in sequence. In the event of a tie, the highest ranking card at the top of the sequence wins.

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Three of a Kind

Three cards of the same rank, and two unrelated side cards. In the event of a tie, the player with the highest, and if necessary, second-highest side card (“kicker”) wins.

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Two Pair

Two cards of matching rank, two cards of different matching rank, and one kicker. If both players have an identical Two Pair, the highest kicker wins.

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Pair

Two cards of matching rank, and three unrelated side cards. In the event of a tie, the player with the highest, and if necessary, second or third-highest side card wins.

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High Card

Any hand that does not qualify under the categories listed. In the event of a tie, the highest card wins, such as “ace-high”.

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Poker is the name given to a number of card games where players wager on the strength of the cards they hold.

Poker is the name given to a number of card games where players wager on the strength of the cards they hold. Poker is a game that involves a communal “pot” consisting of the players’ wagers, which is awarded to the player who either holds the highest ranking hand when all the cards are shown, or makes a wager which their opponents are unwilling to match.

Poker4AcesTexas Hold’em poker games are offered in No Limit, Pot Limit and Limit varieties. For a detailed breakdown of poker hand rankings, visit our poker hand ranks page.

Poker4Aces offers a wide variety of poker games with different rules – Community Card games such as Hold’em and Omaha, where everybody shares part of their poker hand; Stud games where each person is dealt cards, some of which are hidden and some of which are face up; Draw games where each person is dealt five cards but can exchange some or all of them for new ones; even High/Low Split games where the pot is divided between the best “high” and “low” hands.

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 other games, the forced wagers are a small blind and a big blind (and sometimes also an ante). In any basic poker game, players strategically wager using a number of actions available to them. The actions are as follows:

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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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.

Muck winning hand

If there’s only one player left in the hand before the showdown, they can choose to either show or not show their cards. If you prefer to never show your cards in this situation, check the “Don’t Show Winning Hand” option in the “Options” menu of the main lobby. If this option is not checked, you will be offered the option to show after each winning hand. If the hand goes to showdown, the winning hand is always shown automatically.

Muck losing hand

At the showdown, players whose hands cannot beat the best hand shown so far can choose to show or not show their cards. If you prefer to never show your hand in this situation, check the “Muck Losing Hand” option in the “Options” menu of the main lobby.

All players dealt into a hand have the right to see mucked hands that reach the showdown, on request. At Poker4Aces, these cards are shown in the Hand History and Hand Replayer for each hand. Mucked cards will only be shown to players dealt into the hand. To see Hand Histories from the current session, go to “Requests” > “Display Instant Hand History” in the lobby. To replay any hand, click “Visualize” from the Instant Hand History window, or click the red “replay” icon at the top of the table. Real money hand histories can also be requested by email, by going to “Requests” > “Hand History” in the main lobby.

Basic Poker Play: Table Stakes and All-In

All games on Poker4Aces 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.

Poker has hundreds of variants. Poker4Aces features the most popular poker games in the world. For more information about these poker variants, visit our Poker Room page.

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Omaha hold ’em (also known as Omaha holdem or simply Omaha) is a community card poker game similar to Texas hold ’em.

Omaha poker is an exciting game derived from Texas Hold’em. Each player is dealt four private cards (“hole cards”) which belong only to that player. Five community cards are dealt face-up on the “board”. In Omaha games, all players use exactly three of the community cards together with exactly two of their hole cards to make the best five-card poker hand. No more, and no less. Follow this link to view the rankings of Omaha poker hands.

Types of Omaha Poker Games

Pot Limit Omaha Poker – A player can bet what is in the pot (i.e. $100 into a $100 pot). This is the most popular form of Omaha Poker.
No Limit Omaha Poker – A player can bet any amount, up to all of their chips.
Fixed Limit Omaha Poker – There is a specific betting limit applied in each game and on each round of betting.

Below is a general explanation on how to play Omaha poker. The basic rules for all Omaha variants are the same, with the exception of the different betting structures between them. More details on these different betting structures follow.

How to Play Omaha Poker

Introducing Omaha

Basic Strategies

In Pot Limit and No Limit Omaha games, the games are referred to by the size of their blinds (for example, a $1/$2 Omaha game has a small blind of $1 and a big blind of $2).

Betting then commences from the player to the left of the big blind.

In Fixed Limit Omaha games, the big blind is the same as the small bet, and the small blind is typically half of the size of the big blind, but may be larger depending on the stakes. For example, in a $2/$4 Limit game the small blind is $1 and the big blind is $2. In a $15/$30 Limit game, the small blind is $10 and the big blind is $15.

Now, each player is dealt their four hole cards. Betting action proceeds clockwise around the table, starting with the player “under the gun” (immediately clockwise from the big blind).

Pre-Flop

After seeing his or her hole cards, each player now has the option to play his or her hand by calling or raising the big blind. The action begins to the left of the big blind, which is considered a “live” bet on this round. That player has the option to fold, call or raise. For example, if the big blind was $2, it would cost $2 to call, or at least $4 to raise. Action then proceeds clockwise around the table.

Note: The betting structure varies with different variations of the game. Explanations of the betting action in Limit Omaha, No Limit Omaha, and Pot Limit Omaha can be found below.

Betting continues on each betting round until all active players (who have not folded) have placed equal bets in the pot.

The Flop

After the first round of betting is complete, the “flop” is dealt face-up on the board. The flop is the first three community cards available to all active players. Play begins with the active player immediately clockwise from the button. Another round of betting ensues. In Fixed Limit Omaha, all bets and raises occur in increments of the small bet (for example, $2 in a $2/$4 game).

The Turn

When betting action is completed for the flop round, the “turn” is dealt face-up on the board. The turn is the fourth community card in an Omaha game. Play begins with the active player immediately clockwise from the button. Another round of betting ensues. In Fixed Limit Omaha, bets and raises on the turn are in increments of the big bet (for example, $4 in a $2/$4 game).

The River

When betting action is completed for the turn round, the “river” is dealt face-up on the board. The river is the fifth and final community card in Omaha poker. The final round of betting begins with the active player immediately clockwise from the button.

The Showdown

If there is more than one remaining player when the final betting round is complete, the last person to bet or raise shows their cards, unless there was no bet on the final round in which case the player immediately clockwise from the button shows their cards first. The player with the best five-card hand wins the pot. Remember: in Omaha, players must use two and only two of their four hole cards in combination with exactly three of the cards from the board. In the event of identical hands, the pot will be equally divided between the players with the best hands.

After the pot is awarded, a new Omaha poker game is ready to be played. The button now moves clockwise to the next player.

If you like to play tournament poker, Poker4Aces offer Omaha tournaments as well.

Pot Limit, No Limit, Fixed Limit Omaha

Omaha rules remain the same for Fixed Limit, No Limit and Pot Limit poker games, with a few exceptions:

Pot Limit Omaha

The minimum bet in Pot Limit Omaha is the same as the size of the big blind, but players can always bet up to the size of the pot.

Minimum raise: The raise amount must be at least as much as the previous bet or raise in the same round. As an example, if the first player to act bets $5 then the second player must raise a minimum of $5 (total bet of $10).

Maximum raise: The size of the pot, which is defined as the total of the active pot, plus all bets on the table, plus the amount the active player must first call before raising.

Example: If the size of the pot is $100, and there is no previous action on a particular betting round, a player may bet a maximum of $100. After that bet, the action moves to the next player clockwise. That player can either fold, call $100, or raise any amount between the minimum ($100 more) and the maximum. The maximum bet in this case is $400 – the raiser would first call $100, bringing the pot size to $300, and then raise $300 more, making a total bet of $400.

No Limit Omaha

The minimum bet in No Limit Omaha is the same as the size of the big blind, but players can always bet as much more as they want, up to all of their chips.

Minimum raise: In No Limit Omaha, the raise amount must be at least as much as the previous bet or raise in the same round. As an example, if the first player to act bets $5 then the second player must raise a minimum of $5 (total bet of $10).

Maximum raise: The size of your stack (your chips on the table).

In No Limit Omaha, there is no “cap” on the number of raises allowed.

Fixed Limit Omaha

Betting in Fixed Limit Omaha is in pre-determined, structured amounts. Pre-flop and on the flop, all bets and raises are of the same amount as the big blind. On the turn and the river, the size of all bets and raises doubles. In Limit Omaha, up to four bets are allowed per player during each betting round. This includes a (1) bet, (2) raise, (3) re-raise, and (4) cap (final raise).

In the Poker4Aces software, it’s not possible to bet less than the minimum or more than the maximum. The bet slider and bet window will only allow you to bet amounts within the allowed thresholds.

Omaha Hi/Lo (aka Omaha 8-or-better, Omaha 8, or Omaha/8)

In addition to Omaha poker, Poker4Aces also offers the popular variant of Omaha Hi/Lo. This version of Omaha splits the pot between the highest and lowest poker hands, giving the game a whole different feel.

Learn How to Play Omaha for Free

If you want to learn how to play Omaha, then download the Poker4Aces software and join any Play Money games to compete online against other players. Unlike our real money poker games, since there is nothing at stake, you can be comfortable learning all the rules of Omaha.

Other Poker Game Pages

We also offer the following games:

  • Texas Hold’em
  • Omaha Hi/Lo
  • 5 Card Omaha
  • 5 Card Omaha Hi/Lo
  • Courchevel
  • Courchevel Hi/Lo
  • Seven Card Stud
  • Seven Card Stud Hi/Low
  • Razz
  • Five Card Draw
  • 2-7 Single Draw Lowball
  • 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
  • 8-Game Mix
  • Badugi
  • HORSE
  • Hold’em/Omaha
  • Triple Stud

You may also be interested in visiting pages about the poker room in general. You can find information about the following subjects:

  • Poker Room
  • Poker Rules
  • Poker Tournaments
  • Poker Strategy
  • Poker Room FAQ
  • Special Features at Poker4Aces

If you have any questions about Omaha games at Poker4Aces, please email us at support@poker4aces.com

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Texas Hold Em Poker is the most popular of the poker games being played today.

Driven by the popularity of televised poker, particularly major events such as the Poker4Aces Caribbean Adventure and the European Poker Tour, Texas Hold’em (more commonly, “Hold’em”) has become the world’s most popular poker game, both in live casinos and online at Poker4Aces.

Before you begin playing Hold’em, you’ll want to learn the rules. In Hold’em, each player is dealt two private cards (known as “hole cards”) that belong to them alone. Five community cards are dealt face-up, to form the “board”. All players in the game use these shared community cards in conjunction with their own hole cards to each make their best possible five-card poker hand. In Hold’em, a player may use any combination of the seven cards available to make the best possible five-card poker hand, using zero, one or two of their private hole cards. To view the rankings of poker hands, visit the poker hand ranks page.

The four major variations of Hold’em at Poker4Aces are distinguished from each other by their betting limits:

Limit Texas Hold’em: There is a pre-determined betting limit on each round of betting.
No Limit Texas Hold’em: A player can bet any amount, up to all of their chips.
Pot Limit Texas Hold’em: A player can bet any amount, up to the size of the pot.
Mixed Texas Hold’em: The game switches between rounds of Limit Texas Hold’em and No Limit Texas Hold’em.

Each of these Hold’em variations are available to play on Poker4Aces for free (play money) or for real money.

How to Play Texas Hold’em

If you would like to learn to play Hold’em using a more hands-on method, Poker4Aces offers free poker games in the poker room. To start practicing your poker skills, just visit the free poker download page, install the award-winning poker software, and you’ll be learning Hold’em in no time.

However, if you’d rather familiarize yourself with the rules of Hold’em first, then these instructions should help.

The Blinds

In Hold’em, a marker called “the button” or “the dealer button” indicates which player is the nominal dealer for the current game. Before the game begins, the player immediately clockwise from the button posts the “small blind”, the first forced bet. The player immediately clockwise from the small blind posts the “big blind”, which is typically twice the size of the small blind, but the blinds can vary depending on the stakes and betting structure being played.

In Limit games, the big blind is the same as the small bet, and the small blind is typically half the size of the big blind but may be larger depending on the stakes. For example, in a $2/$4 Limit game the small blind is $1 and the big blind is $2. In a $15/$30 Limit game, the small blind is $10 and the big blind is $15.

In Pot Limit and No Limit games, the games are referred to by the size of their blinds (for example, a $1/$2 Hold’em game has a small blind of $1 and a big blind of $2).

Depending on the exact structure of the game, each player may also be required to post an “ante” (another type of forced bet, usually smaller than either blind, posted by all players at the table) into the pot.

Now, each player receives his or her two hole cards. Betting action proceeds clockwise around the table, starting with the player “under the gun” (immediately clockwise from the big blind).

Player Betting Options

In Hold’em, as with other forms of poker, the available actions are “fold”, “check”, “bet”, “call” or “raise”. Exactly which options are available depends on the action taken by the previous players. Each poker player always has the option to fold, to discard their cards and give up any interest in the pot. If nobody has yet made a bet, then a player may either check (decline to bet, but keep their cards) or bet. If a player has bet, then subsequent players can fold, call or raise. To call is to match the amount the previous player has bet. To raise is to not only match the previous bet, but to also increase it.

Pre-Flop

After seeing his or her hole cards, each player now has the option to play his or her hand by calling or raising the big blind. The action begins to the left of the big blind, which is considered a “live” bet on this round. That player has the option to fold, call or raise. For example, if the big blind was $2, it would cost $2 to call, or at least $4 to raise. Action then proceeds clockwise around the table.

Note: The betting structure varies with different variations of the game. Explanations of the betting action in Limit Hold’em, No Limit Hold’em, and Pot Limit Hold’em can be found below.

Betting continues on each betting round until all active players (who have not folded) have placed equal bets in the pot.

The Flop

Now, three cards are dealt face-up on the board. This is known as “the flop”. In Hold’em, the three cards on the flop are community cards, available to all players still in the hand. Betting on the flop begins with the active player immediately clockwise from the button. The betting options are similar to pre-flop, however if nobody has previously bet, players may opt to check, passing the action to the next active player clockwise.

The Turn

When the betting action is completed for the flop round, the “turn” is dealt face-up on the board. The turn is the fourth community card in Hold’em (and is sometimes also called “Fourth Street”). Another round of betting ensues, beginning with the active player immediately clockwise from the button.

The River

When betting action is completed for the turn round, the “river” or “Fifth Street” is dealt face-up on the board. The river is the fifth and final community card in a Hold’em game. Betting again begins with the active player immediately clockwise from the button, and the same betting rules apply as they do for the flop and turn, as explained above.

The Showdown

If there is more than one remaining player when the final betting round is complete, the last person to bet or raise shows their cards, unless there was no bet on the final round in which case the player immediately clockwise from the button shows their cards first. The player with the best five-card poker hand wins the pot. In the event of identical hands, the pot will be equally divided between the players with the best hands. Hold’em rules state that all suits are equal.

After the pot is awarded, a new hand of Hold’em is ready to be played. The button now moves clockwise to the next player, blinds and antes are once again posted, and new hands are dealt to each player.

Limit, No Limit, Pot Limit and Mixed Texas Hold’em

Hold’em rules remain the same for Limit, No Limit and Pot Limit poker games, with a few exceptions:

Limit Texas Hold’em

Betting in Limit Hold’em is in pre-determined, structured amounts. Pre-flop and on the flop, all bets and raises are of the same amount as the big blind. On the turn and the river, the size of all bets and raises doubles. In Limit Hold’em, up to four bets are allowed per player during each betting round. This includes a (1) bet, (2) raise, (3) re-raise, and (4) cap (final raise).

No Limit Texas Hold’em

The minimum bet in No Limit Hold’em is the same as the size of the big blind, but players can always bet as much more as they want, up to all of their chips.

Minimum raise: In No Limit Hold’em, the raise amount must be at least as much as the previous bet or raise in the same round. As an example, if the first player to act bets $5 then the second player must raise a minimum of $5 (total bet of $10).

Maximum raise: The size of your stack (your chips on the table).

In No Limit Hold’em, there is no “cap” on the number of raises allowed.

Pot Limit Texas Hold’em

The minimum bet in Pot Limit Hold’em is the same as the size of the big blind, but players can always bet up to the size of the pot.

Minimum raise: The raise amount must be at least as much as the previous bet or raise in the same round. As an example, if the first player to act bets $5 then the second player must raise a minimum of $5 (total bet of $10).

Maximum raise: The size of the pot, which is defined as the total of the active pot plus all bets on the table plus the amount the active player must first call before raising.

Example: If the size of the pot is $100, and there is no previous action on a particular betting round, a player may bet a maximum of $100. After that bet, the action moves to the next player clockwise. That player can either fold, call $100, or raise any amount between the minimum ($100 more) and the maximum. The maximum bet in this case is $400 – the raiser would first call $100, bringing the pot size to $300, and then raise $300 more, making a total bet of $400.

In Pot Limit Hold’em, there is no “cap” on the number of raises allowed.

Mixed Texas Hold’em

In Mixed Hold’em, the game switches between rounds of Limit Hold’em and No Limit Hold’em. The blinds are typically increased when the game switches from No Limit to Limit, to ensure some consistency in the average pot size in each game. The betting rules on each round follow the rules for that game, as described above.

In the Poker4Aces software, it’s not possible to bet less than the minimum or more than the maximum. The bet slider and bet window will only allow you to bet amounts within the allowed thresholds.

Learn How to Play Texas Hold’em for Free

If you want to learn how to play Hold’em, then download the Poker4Aces software and join any of the free poker games where you can play online against other players. Unlike our real money poker games, since there is nothing at stake, you can be comfortable learning the ropes of the game and all the rules of Hold’em. We hope to see you in our poker room, and good luck at the tables!

Other Poker Game Pages

We also offer the following games:

  • Omaha
  • Omaha Hi/Lo
  • 5 Card Omaha
  • 5 Card Omaha Hi/Lo
  • Courchevel
  • Courchevel Hi/Lo
  • Seven Card Stud
  • Seven Card Stud Hi/Low
  • Razz
  • Five Card Draw
  • 2-7 Single Draw Lowball
  • 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
  • 8-Game Mix
  • Badugi
  • HORSE
  • Hold’em/Omaha
  • Triple Stud

You may also be interested in visiting pages about the poker room in general. You can find information about the following subjects:

  • Poker Room Poker Rules
  • Poker Tournaments
  • Poker Strategy
  • Poker Room FAQ
  • Special Features at Poker4Aces

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