Poker is a popular card game in which players with fully or partially concealed cards make wagers into a central pot, which is awarded to the player or players with the best combination of cards or to the player who makes an uncalled bet. Poker can also refer to video poker, a single-player game seen in casinos much like a slot machine, or to other games that use poker hand rankings.
Poker is played in a multitude of variations, but most follow the same basic pattern of play.
The right to deal each hand typically rotates among the players and is marked by a token called a 'dealer' button or buck. In a casino a house dealer handles the cards for each hand, but a button (typically a white plastic disk) is rotated clockwise among the players to indicate a nominal dealer to determine the order of betting.
For each hand, one or more players are required to make forced bets to create an initial stake for which the players will contest. There are tables which may have a designated betting stake, or other tables may have multiple. For example, a LIMIT table will have blinds set up, and no bet may exceed the big blind. In a NL (no limit) table, you may bet all your chips at any time during the hand. The dealer shuffles the cards, he cuts, and the appropriate number of cards are dealt to the players one at a time. Cards may be dealt either face-up or face-down, depending on the variant of poker being played. After the initial deal, the first of what may be several betting rounds begins. Between rounds, the players' hands develop in some way, often by being dealt additional cards or replacing cards previously dealt. At the end of each round, all bets are gathered into the central pot.
At any time during a betting round, if a player makes a bet, opponents are required to fold, call or raise. If one player bets and no opponents choose to match the bet, the hand ends immediately, the bettor is awarded the pot, no cards are required to be shown, and the next hand begins. The ability to win a pot without showing a hand makes bluffing possible. Bluffing is a primary feature of poker, one that distinguishes it from other vying games and from other games that make use of poker hand rankings.
At the end of the last betting round, if more than one player remains, there is a showdown, in which the players reveal their previously hidden cards and evaluate their hands. The player with the best hand according to the poker variant being played wins the pot.
First, click on the chips to place an ante. To remove chips from the ante, right click on the chips on the table.
Progressive Jackpot Side Bet: You also have the option to make the progressive jackpot side bet - click on the coin slit above the Ante field on card table. The blinking light above the slit turns green. It costs $1, out of which a certain percentage goes to the progressive jackpot pool. If you get a flush or higher, you win a certain percentage of the jackpot (see the winnings table below). Current size of the jackpot is shown on the left side of the table.
Now click on Deal to deal the cards. You will be dealt a five-card hand, face up. No additional cards will be dealt for the duration of this game round.
Decide whether to stay in or fold. If you fold (click on Fold button), you will lose your ante and this game round is over for you.
If you stay (click on Call), you add double the amount of your ante to the bet.
Now the dealer's cards are flipped over so everyone can see them. If the dealer's hand does not include an Ace/King combination or higher, the dealer does not qualify. You win even money (1 to 1) on the ante and the additional bet is returned. If the dealers hand includes a combination that is higher than yours, you lose both the ante and the additional bet. If the dealers hand contains an Ace/King or higher, but your hand is higher, you win even money on the ante and the additional bet pays according to the winnings table.