How To Play Poker
Every Player with a live hand makes wagers in turn, based on the strength of their own hand or the suspected weakness of their opponents’ hands. These wagers belong to a common fund called a “Pot”. Each Player makes the decision to “Fold” their hand (throw it away), “Check” their hand (pass the bet hoping to get a “free” card), “Bet” their hand (wager the required money into the pot, depending on the table limit), “Call” the bet (match the amount of money that a previous Player had wagered into the pot), or “Raise” the existing bet (call a bet made by a previous Player and add at least as much more as the existing bet). Players’ options are to Check or Bet if there has been no bet before them. After a bet has been made Players’ options are to Call, Raise, or Fold. When raising, the Player must raise at least the size of the bet, up to the limit.
The object of the game is to win the pot. A Player may win the pot in one of two ways. When all the betting is over the Player showing the best hand wins the pot. If, on the last round of betting, a Player makes a wager that no other Player wishes to call, the Player who made the wager wins the pot.
A Poker hand consists of precisely five cards (possibly the best five selected from a greater number of cards) ranked according to the following list from highest to lowest, in order of their probability (from rarest to likeliest):
- Straight Flush: Five cards in the same suit in sequence. An Ace High Straight Flush is called a Royal Flush and is Poker’s best possible hand.
- Four of a Kind: Four cards of the same value.
- Full House: Three cards of the same value and two cards of the same value.
- Flush: Any five cards of the same suit.
- Straight: Any five cards in sequence.
- Three of a Kind :Three cards of the same value.
- Two Pair: Two cards of the same value and another two cards of the same value.
- One Pair: Two cards of the same value.
- High Card: The highest value card in a hand that contains none of the aforementioned hands.
Poker Etiquette & House Rules
- Players must always act in turn.
- No cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, or clove cigarettes are allowed in the Poker room.
- Verbal declarations in turn are binding.
- Obscene language and any actions deemed by Management to be abusive to either patrons or employees will not be tolerated.
- Only a card room employee may seat Players. Do not sit in a game or change seats without verification from an employee.
- Players may not show others live cards while there is action during a hand.
- Raises should be announced by the Player, in turn, prior to any action taken by that Player. If the Player doesn’t say “raise” before betting, all chips must be wagered in one motion.
- Chips brought forward towards the pot, whether released or not, may be considered a bet.
- ONLY English is to be spoken at the tables.
- Players should announce when they are making an “all-in” bet.
- After going all-in, a full buy-in is required.
- Players that are away from the table for more than 10 minutes are subject to being removed from live action and replaced by another patron on the waiting list.
- All decisions made by Management are final. Decisions are made in the best interest of the game and with fairness being the utmost concern.