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FAQ

How do I register for a poker tournament?

Log in. As soon as you log in you will enter the Lobby. Click on the tab called Tournaments. Find the tournament that you want to play. To register for a specific tournament, double click on that tournament and then click on Register. Click on Main Lobby to go back.


What is a Sit & Go poker tournament?

Sit & Go poker tournaments can have a maximum of Ten (10) players wehre all players begin with an equal number of chips. The stakes or antes, blinds increase over time. Players are knocked out of the tournament as they loose all their chips to other players. The winner is the player who eventually ends up with all of the chips on the table. Sit & Go tournaments will begin with Ten (10) players.

What is a Multi-Table poker tournament?

In a Multi-Table poker tournament, there can be multiple tabels of players with a maximum of Ten (10) players per table. Each player starts with an equal number of chips. The stakes antes, blinds increase over time. Players are knocked out of the tournament as players loose all of their chips to their opponnents. Remaining players are periodically reassigned seats on other tables to keep tables full. This will eliminate tables over time until the last surviving players with chips remain at the final table. The eventual winner or winners depending on the defined tournament, is the last player(s) at the final table that ends up with all the chips. Please see the tournament description to see if Winner Takes all, Top 3 Wins, Top 5 Wins or Top 10 Wins.

What do the different stake levels mean in the poker rooms?

The stake levels represent the different minimum Play Money antes, blinds and in some cases, bets for that table.

What do NL, PL, and Fixed mean?

NL mean No Limit. This table has no limit on the betting. In NL poker, a player can go "all in" (bet all their chips) at any time. PL mean Pot Limit. The most a player can be in PL is the amount in the pot. Fixed means the betting is fixed according to a certain betting schedule. In pot limit, there is a maximum to what a player can bet at all times.

What are Poker Points?

Poker points are won in all Premium Play tournaments. You earn Poker Points by playing in Sit & Go and Multi-table tournaments. All players are given 10,000 Play Chips upon creation of their Basic and Premium Memberships. If an account is below 500 Play Chips at 12:01 CST the account will automatically reset to 500 Play Chips. Poker Points will be awarded to winners of Tournaments. Poker Points can be redeemed for Cash.

Can I transfer my Poker Points to another player/account?

Poker Points are non-transferable. Poker Points can be used for entry into select poker tournaments and special events. They may also be redeemed for cash. Please check the Lobby for the Tournament Schedule.

What is Texas Hold'em and Omaha?

The Object. Like all gambling, the objective is to win money. With poker, you're trying
to win the other players' money, not the casino's money. The casino makes its money by
taking a rake, which is a small percentage of the money the players bet. Betting is done
with standard casino-style chips.

The Play. Unlike most casino games where you bet, get your cards, and then it's over,
with Texas Hold’em you get some cards, make a bet, get some more cards, bet again if
you like, and continue this process a few more times. You can bail at any point, which is
called folding. This saves you from having to keep kicking money in, but it means you
forfeit any money you've already bet since you're no longer in the game.

Of everyone left standing at the end, whoever has the best poker hand wins. What they
win is the pot, which is all the money that all the players have bet that round - - minus a
5% rake, which is the commission the casino takes for hosting the game.

We'll cover the specifics of betting in a minute, but let's first look at how poker hands are
ranked so you can look at different poker hands and see which one's the winner.

What Hand Wins?

Poker Hand Rankings

A poker hand consists of five cards. Here are how the
hands are ranked, from worst to best. Note that it doesn't
matter what order the cards are in. As long as you could
rearrange them to be in order (in your head), then it's a
winning hand.

• High Card. Absent any better hand listed below,
whoever has the highest card wins. The highest
cards, from lowest to highest, is Jack, Queen,
King, Ace, which we abbreviate J, Q, K, A. The
hand [K 7 5 4 3] beats the hand [Q 7 5 4 3] because king beats queen. If two
players have the same high card then the second-highest card wins. So [K J 9 6 5]
beats [K 10 9 6 5] because jack beats ten. If two players both have the same high
card and second-highest card then you look at the third-highest card, and so on.

• Pair. A pair is a hand with two cards of the same rank, like [9 9 5 4 3]. A pair
beats a high card even if the rank of the pair is lower. For example, [2 2 9 5 4]
beats [A K Q J 9]. All those high cards are helpless against a pair of twos. If two
players have a pair then the highest pair wins. If two players have the same pair
then you look at the highest card outside the pair to see who wins.

• Two Pair. A hand like [4 4 7 7 Q]. Same disclaimers for breaking ties as for
regular pairs.

• Three of a Kind. This is just what it sounds like, three cards of the same rank,
like [5 5 5 9 8]. As with pairs, with multiple players have three of a kind then the
highest one wins, and high cards break ties.

• Straight. A straight is a hand with consecutive ranks, like [6 7 8 9 10]. An ace
can also count as 1 to complete a straight where the other cards are 2, 3, 4, and 5,
or as a high card to complete a straight where the other cards are 10, J, Q, K. But
it can't count as both a low and a high card, e.g., Q K A 2 3.

• Flush. All the cards are the same suit, like 9? Q? 1 0? 4? 6?.

• Full House. A pair and a three of a kind, like 9? 9? 4? 4? 4?.

• Four of a Kind. Four of the same rank, like 3? 3? J? 3? 3?.

• Straight flush. A hand that's both a straight and a flush, like 7? 8? 9? 10? J?.

• Royal flush. A straight flush composed of the highest cards, such as 10? J? Q?
K? A?. But of course they don't all have to be in order. Q? 10? A? J? K? is still a
royal flush. The Royal Flush is the jackpot in video poker, and comes around
about once out of every 40,000 or so hands - - or a week and a half of full-time
play. (Hey, it could be worse: The jackpot on a typical slot machine only hits
about one out of every 262,144 spins.)

The Play

At long last, let's see how a round actually works.

1. Posting the Blinds. Two players each make a mandatory small bet before any
cards are dealt. This ensures that there's something for everyone to play for if no
one decides to bet after that. This responsibility rotates around the table from
round to round so that everybody shares the burden of posting the blinds
throughout the game.
2. The Deal. Each player gets two cards, face-down. These are called the hole cards.
Players place their bets, or fold (bail out).
3. The Flop. Three community cards are dealt face up to the center of the table.
Each player can use any or all of these cards along with his/her hole cards to make
the best five-card hand. This is done in your head; nobody touches the community
cards. The players bet again, or fold.
4. The Turn (aka Fourth Street). A fourth community card is dealt. Hilarity, and
more betting, ensues.
5. The River. The fifth and final community card is dealt. Followed by the
customary betting.
6. The Showdown. Anyone still in the game (i.e., anyone who hasn't folded) puts
their cards down face-up so all the players can see who won. The winner takes the
pot, all the money that was bet during that round.

Glossary of Poker Terms
 
Absolute Nuts - the best possible hand based upon the cards dealt.
Active - a player who has not yet folded. 
American Airlines - a pair of aces.
Anchor - the player seated in the last position before the dealer. This player makes the final decision in the game, and so is called the anchor.
Ante - sometimes used in Texas Holdem Poker, the ante is the minimum amount that each player must put into the pot before a new game starts.
Baby - a card with a low rank
Bad Beat - a bad beat in poker is when you have a good hand that would have been considered a favorite to win, but on this occasion it gets beaten by another hand. This happens from time to time.
Belly-buster - This is also known as an inside straight draw or gut shot. 
Big Slick - hole cards are an Ace and a King.
Big Chick - Refers to holding an Ace and Queen as your two hole cards. 
Blinds - forced bets depending upon your position to the dealer. One to the left is the small blind and two to the left is the big blind.
Bluff - betting on a weak hand in order to make players with stronger hands fold.
Board - The five community cards that are dealt face up on the table. 
Button - the white token, also referred to as the "dealer button", that shows the position of the dealer on the table.
Chips - gaming tokens used instead of cash.
Community cards - the cards that are dealt face up to be used by all the players.
Ducks / Deuces - a pair of twos.
Flop - In Texas Holdem, the "flop" is when the first three community cards are dealt.
Flush draw - a hand in which you have 4 of the 5 cards needed for a flush. 
Fourth Street - The fourth community card to be dealt, also known as the "turn".
Fifth Street - The fifth community card to be dealt, also known as the "river". 
Gut Shot - a hand in which you have 4 of the 5 cards needed to make a straight, but the cards are not in sequential order, eg you have 3 and 4, and the community cards are 5, 7 and 8. You currently have a "gut shot" as only a 6 will complete your straight. This type of hand is also known as an "inside straight" or "belly-buster straight".
Hole cards - Your own two cards that the other players cannot see.
Inside Straight Draw – See “Gut Shot” above.
Kicker - a tie breaking card. Eg, if your hand and your opponent's hand both contain two kings, but you hold an Ace and your opponent's highest card is a Queen, you would win. The Ace kicker would beat the Queen kicker. 
Lay down - fold
Limp in - to call a bet instead of raising.
Long odds - a small probability of the event occurring.
Marry - to become "attached" to a hand and playing it to the showdown, when it would have been wiser to fold earlier.
Maniac - A player who plays in an aggressive manner by making large bets on poor hands in the hope of winning by bluffing.
Monster - an extremely strong hand that is unlikely to lose.
Muck - folding without showing your cards.
Nuts - the Nuts or Nut hand is the best possible hand at that particular moment. For example, if I am holding the King and Queen of spades, and the flop brings the 4, 6and 10 of spades, at that moment I would have "the nuts". However, this can change as the 4th and 5th community cards are dealt. The highest possible straight or flush can be referred to as the "nut flush" or the "nut straight".
Offsuit - cards of a different suit.
Pair - two cards of the same value, eg two jacks or two sevens.
Picture cards - the Jack, queen and king.
Playing the board - your best hand uses only the five community cards.
Pocket Rockets - same as American Airlines - your two hole cards are aces.
Pot - all the money that has been bet.
Put down - To fold a hand.
Quads - four of a kind, eg four eights.
Raise - to increase the size of the bet.
Rake - This is the commission the house takes from every pot. The rake can be set dollar amounts or a percentage of the pot, depending on the casino. 
River - The "river" is fifth and final community card in Texas Holdem. It is also referred to as "fifth street".
Round of betting - This is when the players can bet, check or raise.
Royal Flush - an ace high straight where all the cards are of the same suit, eg Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten of hearts. This is the best possible hand.
Send It - Means the same as "Ship It" (below).
Ship It - Antagonistic exclamation of success by with winner of a big pot, most often used in an online poker room.
Showdown- The showdown occurs at the end of the last round, when all active players display their hands to see who has won the pot.
Slow-play - intentionally under-playing a very strong hand to lure your opponent into a false sense of security, encouraging him to bet more later.
Small blind -The amount put into the pot by the first person to the left of the dealer button.
Speed limit - Two fives.
Stone Cold Bluff - Betting on your hand when there is virtually no chance of it winning if you are called.
Straight - five consecutive cards of any suit, eg 2 of hearts, 3 of spades, 4 of diamonds, 5 of diamonds and 6 of clubs.
Straight flush - five consecutive cards that all have the same suit, eg 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of spades.
Suited Connectors - Two hole cards that are of the same suit and sequential, eg King and Ace of spades.
Tilt - This term refers to a player who is angry, upset, or emotionally unstable, impacting his poker game in a negative manner. For example, a player who just suffered a "bad beat" may go on "tilt". A player on tilt will often play erratically and more aggressively than his usual tendency. 
Trips - Three-of-a-kind, eg three fives. 
Turn - The "turn" is the dealing of the fourth card of five community cards dealt in the game of Texas Holdem. The "turn" is also referred to as "Fourth Street". The turn card would be the fourth card on the board. See "Flop". 
Walking sticks - a pair of sevens
WSOP - the World Series of Poker.

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