Tuesday, February 10, 2009



Number of Players - 2 – 10
If a Hold’em game consists only of two players it is referred to as a “heads up”

Dealer Button (“Button”, “Buck”, “Puck”) - This is a device that is used in
online poker rooms to mark the dealer among the players for each hand. The

dealer button is a small disk that is marked with the letter “D”. The dealer button
is not only essential to the players so they know who is dealing, but also because
the two players to the left of the dealer must post the two blinds in the game.
After the completion of each hand, the dealer button moves to the left.

Blinds - In games with blinds, there are two blinds posted – the small blind (half
of the minimum level bet) and the big blind (the full minimum bet). Before the
game begins, the small blind is posted by the first player closest to the dealers
left, and the big blind is posted by the player to the left of the small blind player.

The purpose of the blinds is to make it so that there is money in the pot before
the game starts. That way the betting can begin, encouraging players to take
part in the hand. It also means that no one will walk away empty-handed should
the hand end quickly.

The size of the blinds is determined by the limits of each table. Therefore if you
are playing at a $4/$8 table, and the typical small blind is half the minimum bet,
the small blind will be $2, and the big blind will be the full minimum bet of $4.

Betting Structure - The betting structure is the same for every table. The only
aspect that will change is the amount of money involved, which will correspond to
the limits for the table you choose to play at. For the purpose of this chart we
will use the $4/$8 table example:

Small/Big 1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round Final Round
$4/$8 $4 $4 $8 $8

Note: For each round of betting, there is a limit of 1 bet and 3 raises.
Therefore, in the $4/$8 example, betting would be restricted to a total of
$16 in rounds 1 and 2, and $32 in rounds 3 and 4.

Hole Cards
- Also known as “pocket” cards, hole cards are those dealt to each
player and are face down, so that only the player can see these cards.

The Flop
- These are the first three community cards issued by the dealer.
Turn - The fourth community card that is dealt
River - The fifth and final community card to be dealt

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