Poker is the most popular card game in the world. It is played in your neighbor's basement, at your local Poker room, and in the finest Casino's of Las Vegas . With so many people playing poker it is no surprise that there are many variations of the game. TEXAS HOLD'EM is by far the most popular of these, and in our opinion the most fun. It is also the most popular variation of casino poker, not just in brick and mortar establishments, but online as well.
Betting in Poker is a bit different than most traditional gambling games. Poker, unlike other casino games, where you are required to place bets against the house, allows you to pit your skill and talent against other players. In Poker there are a number of different rounds of betting where players compete for the pot. The betting may vary based on the round or the type of game you play.
In most games, to start the betting you must 'ante' something (amount varies by game limit or game type), just to receive your initial set of cards. In Hold'em games instead of an "ante" selected players are required to place bets before they see their cards. These are called blinds, probably because they are made when a player can't see his cards. After the Blinds are placed players match their contribution per round of play and collective bets are placed into the pot in the middle of the table. At the end of the hand, the highest hand (that hasn't folded) wins the pot.
Here is the typical betting sequence for Texas Hold'em:
Each player is dealt two cards face-down ( pocket cards )
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The small blind is a forced bet made by the player to the immediate left (clockwise) of the dealer button. The big blind is a forced bet made by the player to the immediate left (clockwise) of the small blind. The small blind is usually the half the lower limit bet while big blind is usually the same as lower limit bet. In Omaha Hold'em Hi/Lo the player with a small blind is the first to receive a card.
To prevent "blinds" abuse players are required to post the small blind and the big blind once per round or their equivalent upon reentry to the game if the blinds are missed. Our software will prompt you if you have missed one or both blinds to put in the correct amount. You can also wait for the big blind to get to your position or to continue "sitting out" until you are ready to resume the game. If you choose to wait for big blind this is called coming in on the blind . In our Poker room if you miss three big blinds in the row you will be automatically removed from the table. These rules are to prevent players from constantly entering poker games in late position and leaving before they're required to post.
Both blinds in Omaha Hold'em Hi/Lo games are considered live bets and therefore, according to poker rules, have the option of checking, calling, raising or folding when the betting action returns to their position. After the flop and each subsequent betting round, the first active Hold'em player left of the button is first to act.