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DuckPoker.com offers the following online poker games for your enjoyment:

Texas Hold ‘Em

Texas Hold’em (also known as Hold ‘em) is the best known and most popular form of poker. The game is generally played at a six or nine handed table, but tables can have fewer seats.

Players are dealt two cards “hole cards”, one at a time, face down. There is an initial betting round. Three common cards are then dealt in the middle of the table face-up. This is known as “the flop” and is followed by the second round of betting. A fourth common card, “the turn” is then dealt face up, followed by a third round of betting.  A fifth and final community card “the river” is then dealt and a fifth and final betting round follows. 

Dealing Hole Cards
There are four rounds of betting in Texas Hold’em:
  • Pre-Flop
  • Flop
  • Turn
  • River
Pre-Flop
Each player is dealt two cards, one at a time, face down and the first round of betting then occurs.





The Flop
Once the first round of betting is complete, the dealer places three community cards face up, followed by a round of betting.
flop



The Turn
The fourth community card is dealt face up, followed by a round of betting.
turn

The River:
The fifth and final community card is dealt face up, followed by the final round of betting.
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After the last round of betting, the pot is awarded to the best hand.

Dealer Button, Big Blind and Small Blind
In Texas Hold’em, a marker called the “button” or the “dealer button” indicates which player is the designated dealer for that game. All Texas Hold ‘em games include a small blind and big blind. These are mandatory bets, and are determined by the position of the dealer button. These bets are considered live, and players wishing to remain in the hand must either call the big blind, raise, or fold. The dealer button moves clockwise around the table, with each player being granted a turn with the button, small blind, and big blind.



At the start of every hand, the player immediately clockwise from the button posts the “small blind” and the player to the left of the small blind will post the “big blind”  (typically twice the amount of the small blind).  Blinds vary based upon the game being played.

In Limit games, the big blind is also the minimum bet, and the small blind is typically half of the big blind. 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.

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

Depending on the structure of the game, each player may also be required to post an “ante” (a small mandatory bet posted by all players at the table) into the pot.

Once each player receives the two hole cards, betting action proceeds clockwise around the table, starting with the player to the immediately left of the big blind.

Betting actions
In Texas Hold’em, as with other forms of poker, the available actions are “fold”, “check’, “bet”, “call” or “raise”. The availability of the actions is based upon the action taken by the previous players. Each player always has the option to fold and discard their hand, forfeiting all claims to the pot. If no bets have yet been made, a player may either check (decline to bet, but keep their cards) or bet.  Once a player has bet, subsequent players must fold, call or raise. To call is to match the amount the previous player has bet. To raise is to increase the amount bet.

Limits
DuckPoker hosts three variations of Hold ‘em:
  1. Limit: pre-determined betting limit on each round of betting.
  2. No Limit: a player can bet any amount, up to all of their chips.
  3. Pot Limit: a player can bet any amount, up to the size of the pot.
Limit
In Limit Hold ‘em, each betting round has a fixed bet. In $5/$10, the small blind is $2.50, the big blind is $5, and the first two rounds of betting are in increments of $5. The last two rounds of betting are in increments of $10. There is a maximum of three reraises per betting round.

Pot Limit
In Pot Limit, a player can bet any amount from the minimum bet to the size of the pot. In a $5/$10 pot-limit game, the small blind is $5 and the big blind is $10. The first player can call the big blind (in this case, $10), or raise any amount up to the size of the pot. A raise must either equal or exceed the previous bet or raise. In this case, a pot-sized raise would be $25 ($5 small blind + $10 big blind + $10 call), meaning that, in total, player three can bet up $35. If player three makes a pot-sized raise, the total pot would be $50.

If the next player wants into the hand, they must call $35, which is the size of player three’s bet. If they want to raise the maximum, they would bet $120, which equals the size of the pot ($50) plus a $70 raise ($35 call + $35 raise).

No Limit
In No Limit Texas Hold ‘em, a player can bet any amount from the minimum bet to the maximum number of chips they have in front of them. As in pot limit, a $5/$10 No Limit game means blinds of $5 and $10.

In Tournament Hold ‘em, the blinds increase after timed intervals.  While Texas Hold ‘em generally does not have antes, later tournament rounds do include antes based upon the escalating betting limits.

Omaha

A variant of Texas Hold’em, Omaha, is played with four hole cards instead of two. The best five-card hand using exactly two of your hole cards and threecards from the board wins. Unlike Hold’em, you may not use more than three cards from the board.

At the beginning of each hand, each player is dealt four hole cards. There is a small blind, a big blind, and a round of betting.

Dealing Hole Cards
There are four rounds of betting in Omaha:
  1. Pre-Flop
  2. Flop
  3. Turn
  4. River
Pre-Flop
Each player is dealt two cards, one at a time, face down and the first round of betting then occurs.

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The Flop
Once the first round of betting is complete, the dealer places three community cards face up, followed by a round of betting.
flop

The Turn
The fourth community card is dealt face up, followed by a round of betting.
turn

The River
The fifth and final community card is dealt face up, followed by the final round of betting.
river

After the last round of betting, the pot is awarded to the best hand.

Dealer Button, Big Blind and Small Blind
In Omaha, a marker called the “button” or the “dealer button” indicates which player is the designated dealer for that game. All Omaha games include a small blind and big blind. These are mandatory bets, and are determined by the position of the dealer button. These bets are considered live, and players wishing to remain in the hand must either call the big blind, raise, or fold. The dealer button moves clockwise around the table, with each player being granted a turn with the button, small blind, and big blind.

At the start of every hand, the player immediately clockwise from the button posts the “small blind” and the player to the left of the small blind will post the “big blind” (typically twice the amount of the small blind).  Blinds vary based upon the game being played.

In Limit games, the big blind is also the minimum bet, and the small blind is typically half of the big blind. 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.

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

Depending on the structure of the game, each player may also be required to post an “ante” (a small mandatory bet posted by all players at the table) into the pot.

Once each player receives the two hole cards, betting action proceeds clockwise around the table, starting with the player to the immediately left of the big blind.

Betting actions
In Omaha, the available actions are “fold”, “check’, “bet”, “call” or “raise”. The availability of the actions is based upon the action taken by the previous players. Each player always has the option to fold and discard their hand, forfeiting all claims to the pot. If no bets have yet been made, a player may either check (decline to bet, but keep their cards) or bet.  Once a player has bet, subsequent players must fold, call or raise. To call is to match the amount the previous player has bet. To raise is to increase the amount bet. 

Limits
There are three variations betting limits at DuckPoker:
  1. Limit: pre-determined betting limit on each round of betting.
  2. No Limit: a player can bet any amount, up to all of their chips.
  3. Pot Limit: a player can bet any amount, up to the size of the pot.


Limit
In Limit Omaha, each betting round has a fixed bet. In $5/$10, the small blind is $2.50, the big blind is $5, and the first two rounds of betting are in increments of $5. The last two rounds of betting are in increments of $10. There is a maximum of three re-raises per betting round.

Pot Limit
In Pot Limit, a player can bet any amount from the minimum bet to the size of the pot. In a $5/$10 pot-limit game, the small blind is $5 and the big blind is $10. The first player can call the big blind (in this case, $10), or raise any amount up to the size of the pot. A raise must either equal or exceed the previous bet or raise. In this case, a pot-sized raise would be $25 ($5 small blind + $10 big blind + $10 call), meaning that, in total, player three can bet up $35. If player three makes a pot-sized raise, the total pot would be $50.

If the next player wants into the hand, they must call $35, which is the size of player three’s bet. If they want to raise the maximum, they would bet $120, which equals the size of the pot ($50) plus a $70 raise ($35 call + $35 raise).

No Limit
In No Limit Texas Hold ‘em, a player can bet any amount from the minimum bet to the maximum number of chips they have in front of them. As in pot limit, a $5/$10 No Limit game means blinds of $5 and $10.


Omaha Hi/Lo

Omaha Hi/Lo is a split pot game, which means that the pot is divided equally between the player with the best “high” hand and the player with the best  “low” hand.

Omaha Hi/Lo rules are the same as Omaha above in that players use two hole cards and three cards from the board. The difference between the two games lies in the Hi/Lo split.

Omaha Hi/Lo Showdown Rules
The winning high hand in Omaha Hi/Lo is the same as that in Omaha.  A qualifying low hand is defined as five unpaired cards, all with ranks at or below 8 (with an Ace being low).  Flushes and straights are ignored for the low hand, meaning the best possible low hand is A-2-3-4-5 regardless of suit.

Low hands are judged based on the highest card in the hand.   For example:
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is lower than
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A hand with a pair, or with a card higher than 8 cannot qualify to win the Lo portion of the pot.

Omaha Hi/Lo General Rules
If there is no qualifying low hands, the entire pot is awarded to the player with the winning high hand.

Note:  Players can win both halves of the pot using the same or different cards from their hand.

Table Stakes
Table stake guidelines for all DuckPoker games and tournaments are as follows:

  • Chips may not be added to a player’s stack while a hand is in progress.
  • Players can add chips to their stack between hands only.
  • In tournaments that offer re-buys and add-ons, players can add chips between hands or during any hand in which they are NOT involved.
  • Chips can never be removed from the table.
  • In order for a player to remove chips from the table, they must leave the game.  There are no exceptions to this rule.
Note: Poker suit ordering is alphabetic from worst to best: Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, Spades


Seven Card Stud


In Seven Card Stud, players are dealt seven cards and the best five cards are then used to determine the player’s best possible hand.

Seven Card Stud is usually played with a Limit betting structure in fixed increments. For example, in a $2/$4 limit game the bets are in increments of $2 during the first two betting rounds, and increments of $4 on the subsequent three betting rounds.

Rules for Seven Card Stud

Ante
Seven Card Stud begins with all players placing a mandatory bet (ante).  The amount is displayed in the table’s title bar. This is the cost of playing the hand.

Third Street
Each player is dealt three cards, two face down “hole” cards and one face up. The player with the lowest exposed card is the “bring-in”, and starts the action. This player must make either a “bring-in” bet (the amount depends on the game) or a full bet of the lower betting increment.  Action continues clockwise around the table until betting is complete for the round.

Fourth Street
Each player now receives another exposed card, called “Fourth Street”. The player with the highest value exposed cards acts first and has the option to check or bet the lower structured betting amount (for example, $2 in a $2/$4 game). See “Additional Stud Rules and Situations” below for an exception to this rule.  A round of betting follows “Fourth Street”.

Fifth Street
Each player receives another exposed card, referred to as “Fifth Street”. The player with the highest value exposed cards acts first followed by a round of betting.

Betting on Fifth Street and for the rest of the hand requires big bet increments ($4 in a $2/$4 game).

Sixth Street
Each player now receives another exposed card, “Sixth Street”. The player with the highest value exposed cards acts first followed by a round of betting.

Seventh Street (The River)
Each player receives a seventh and final card, dealt face down.  The player with the highest value exposed cards acts first followed by the final round of betting.  If more than one player remains after the betting is complete, the Showdown occurs.

The Showdown
If there is more than one remaining player after he final betting round, the last bettor/raiser shows their cards first. If there were no bets on the final round, the player in the earliest seat shows his or her cards first (Seat 1, then Seat 2, etc…). Hands in the Showdown are exposed clockwise around the table.

The player with the best five-card poker hand wins the pot. In the event of identical hands, the pot is equally divided between the tied players.

Additional Stud Rules and Situations
  • In determining the player responsible for the bring-in, ties in card rank are broken by suit. The suits are ranked in alphabetical order – clubs (lowest), diamonds, hearts and spades (highest). The lowest suit breaks a tie.  Example: If the deuce of hearts and deuce of clubs are visible on Third Street, the deuce of clubs would have the bring-in. (Note: This rule is ONLY utilized for the Bring-In.  It is not utilized at Showdown or at any other point during the hand.)
  • If the player with the lowest card showing on Third Street is all-in for the ante and unable to make the required Bring-In bet, the Bring-In moves clockwise to the next player at the table, regardless of the value of that player’s exposed card.
  • On Fourth Street, if any player shows a pair, the betting can optionally be opened or raised for one big bet (for example, $4 in a $2/$4 game). Once someone makes the “big bet” in this situation, the bigger bet amount continues for the remainder of the Fourth Street betting.
  • Because Stud games are played with eight players and a 52 card deck, it is possible (albeit rare) to run out of cards before Seventh Street can be dealt. In this instance, a single card will be dealt face-up on the table and shared as a “community” card among all remaining players.


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