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How to Play Poker
Seven Card Stud
The object of the game is to make the best 5 card hand out of seven cards. It is played with two down cards and one up card dealt before the first round betting after each card. The last card is dealt face down and there is a final round of betting.
In seven card stud high, the lowest ranked up card is required to commence the betting. For all other betting rounds, the highest ranked poker hand has the first betting option. After the final betting round, the best 5 card hand wins the pot.
In seven card stud high/low, the initial betting shall commence with the highest ranked up card. For this purpose, an Ace shall be considered ranked below a two. After the final betting round the best five card high/low hand splits the pot.
In seven card stud high/low split eight or better the initial betting shall commence with the lowest ranked up card. After the final betting round, the best five card high and/or low hand with eight or better to qualify for low will split the pot. The low hand must be unpaired with no card higher than eight. If there is no qualifying low hand, the high hand wins the whole pot.
The object of the game is to make the best 5 card high hand using any combination from the 2 down cards dealt and the 5 face-up “community” board cards. A designated dealer button is used to determine the betting position. The player with the dealer button, which rotates clockwise, is always last to act.
One or two blind bets are used to initiate play. The small blind is posted by the player immediately clockwise from the button and the big blind is posted by the player two positions clockwise from the button. The game begins with two cards dealt face down to each player followed by the first betting round, which is initiated by the player to the left of the blinds. Then three community cards are dealt face-up in the center of the table. These cards are shared.
There is a second round of betting which begins with the first active player to the left of the button, as all other subsequent betting rounds do. A fourth card is dealt face up in the center, followed by a third round of betting. A fifth and final card is dealt face up in the center, followed by the final round of betting.
After all bets are acted upon, if more than one player remains, a show down shall determine to whom the pot is awarded. All players still active in the hand shall share equally in the pot when the best 5 card hand is formed by the 5 community cards.
The object of the game is to make the best five card hand using 2 of 4 down cards received, and 3 of 5 “community” board cards. Rotating clockwise, a designated dealer button is used to determine the betting position, the order of dealing the cards and the order of the blinds. The betting rounds and procedures for dealing the cards are the same as Texas Hold’em with the exception that the game begins with four cards dealt face down to each player.
In Omaha high the best 5 card high hand wins the pot. In Omaha high/low split eight or better the player having the best eight or better low hand will split the pot with the high hand. A low hand will only qualify if it can be made by having five unpaired cards, with no card higher than an eight.
A player may form two different five card hands, enabling that player to contend for both the high and low shares of the pot. A player can use one combination of cards to make a high hand and the same or any other combination to make a low hand, as long as each hand uses exactly two down cards with three community cards. An ace may be used concurrently as low ranking card to satisfy a low hand and as a high ranking card to satisfy a high hand. If there is no low hand, the high hand wins the entire pot.
- All games are table stakes however no cash may play. Chips must be purchased and on the table, clearly visible before the hand starts to be in play during that hand.
- Any chips on the table that is in play must remain in play until that player cashes out.
- No loaning of money or chips in the middle of the hand. Any loans between players cannot be from chips in play. The house will not be responsible for acknowledging loans.
- No “light” bets but a player can declare “all in” if he/she does not have a full bet or raise in front of him/her. He/she will still receive all his/her cards and can win an amount proportional to his/her bet from each player in the pot at that time.
- Three raise limit unless there are only two players at the beginning of the betting round. Then there is no limit on raises.
- All bet and folds must be in turn.
- All bets should be placed in front of the cards and will be verified by the dealer. “Splashing the pot” is not allowed.
- Players must declare their intentions. A raise must be declared before the chips are released in the betting area or a call is assumed. The placing of an amount that would legally constitute a raise will be considered a raise. Forward motion, without a declaration, will be considered an intention to call.
- A player may make change from his/her bet only. All other change will be made by the dealer.
- All pots will be awarded by the dealer.
- No pot will be paid unless the entire hand is face up on the table. If the winning hand’s action was not called, it is not necessary to show the hand.
- Players are responsible for protecting their cards.
- Players must keep cards over the table in plain view.
- Players will not expose cards or hands or otherwise indicate the contents of folded cards while a hand is in progress.
- One player per hand until all betting is complete. Players cannot call out the contents of a hand unless it is face up on the table.
- No communication in a foreign language is allowed while a hand is in progress.
- Players acting in collusion will be asked to leave.
- Players who intentionally throw, rip, mark or otherwise damage or deface cards will be asked to leave.
- Any player caught cheating will be asked to leave without any of the money that was in play. That money shall be divided among the players at the table and any pot in progress will be split among players remaining in the pot.
- No foul or abusive language, improper conduct or lewd behavior will be tolerated.
- Any player who leaves his/her seat for more than 30 minutes, without permission from a floor supervisor, while other players are waiting to play shall forfeit that seat and that player must talk to the floor supervisor to be put on the waiting list to play.
- If cards are shown to one person, they must be shown to everyone, regardless if they are in hand, and played face up.
- Disputes shall be settled by the floor supervisor. Decisions will be made in the most fair and consistent manner possible.
- Check and raise is allowed.
- We do not use props or shills in our poker room.
- All management decisions are final.