Basic Rules of poker
Time2Poker offers the most popular variants of Poker- Texas hold’em and Omaha. Rules for both games are similar. Both these poker games begin with a forced wager where all poker players compete for the pot.
Time2Poker.com has its own customized poker game software with some of the best features in the industry. Some of the poker rules which players should know while playing the games at Time2Poker are listed below-
Rake Rules- While playing poker games on Time2Poker, a nominal fee is deducted from each game by the house. This nominal fee is called the ‘Rake’ which is in accordance (or lesser) than international poker sites and is the industry norm. Rake charged varies in the various formats of cash games, tournaments and Sit and Go’s. You can read about detailed Rake Rules here.
Turn Time- Turn Time is the time given to a player to complete his turn. This time varies across the table.
Disconnection- The website is not liable if a player gets disconnected or loses network during game play. A player’s internet connectivity is his own responsibility and he is liable for any loss incurred due to disconnection. But to try to keep the player’s interest in mind, Time2Poker has formulated certain rules that go about providing some protection to the player if he gets disconnected with the game.
Table Stakes Rules- All games on Time2Poker are played at “table stakes”, meaning only the chips in play at the beginning of each hand can be used to bet or raise during the hand. A player cannot add more chips to his stack while the hand is in progress. If a player doesn’t have enough chips to match a bet, then the poker feature of ‘All In’ comes into play. He is then eligible for that portion of the pot up to the point he matches the last bet/raise.
Side Pot Rules- In a poker game where multiple players are playing a game and some of them are ‘All in’ with their respective varying stacks then there would be a situation where the bet has risen beyond the All-in stake. This gives rise to a side pot. For example- with three players in a game, Player A, with a large stack, opens the betting round for 20. Player B only has 10. She calls the 10, going all in. Player C has 30, and thus can either call the full 20, re-raise to 30, or fold. Player C decides to “re-raise all-in” by betting his remaining stake. The bet is now 10 to Player A, who calls. Player A is the only player at the table with a remaining stack; he may not make any further bets in this hand. Because Player B can only win 10 from each of the other two players’ 30 bets, thus 10 is taken from all players’ bets and the 30 total is placed in the main pot. The 40 remaining, for which Players A and C are separately contesting, goes in a side pot. As no further bets can be made, the hand is now dealt with completion. Upon Showdown If Player B has the best hand overall she wins the main pot. Player A has the second-best hand and wins the side pot. Player Closes the hand, and must “re-buy” if he wishes to be dealt in on subsequent hands. On the contrary, if either Player A or C had the best overall hand then they would’ve taken both the Main as well as Side pot since they were contesting for both.
Ratholing- A common practice that is seen amongst poker players is the act of exiting or taking a portion of their stack after winning a big pot. Ratholing is disallowed at Time2Poker. It is unethical in poker to leave after winning a big pot, hedge some portion of the winnings and join the poker table back with lesser chips thus banking a few in their bankroll. To eliminate this practice, Time2Poker has put some measures in place. Any player who leaves a table with a stack bigger than the table maximum buy-in cannot join back that table with a lesser stack than the maximum buy-in or his previous stack (whichever is more) before 20 minutes. For example- If Player A joined tables with buy-in 1000/4000 with 2000 chips and won another 3000 chips and decides to get up then cannot re-join that table with less than his new stack of 5000 chips for at least 20 minutes.
Top Up- Top up is a feature provided to poker players who like to maintain a certain playing bankroll. If a player checks the auto top up button, then before each hand, his stack will be replenished to the maximum buy-in of that table. A player can manually choose to top up and the amount he tops up to will show after the end of any ongoing hand.
Mucking and Teasing- All the non-folded players who have gone till the showdown have the option to not show their cards to the winner (Mucking) and other players on the table. However, the winner does not have this option as well as all the players who have gone all-in also do not have this option. Teasing is a feature wherein a winner can show either his one card or both the cards to all the other players who have folded before the showdown. The teasing feature can only be used before showdown and by the active player only after other players have folded.
Run it Twice- If all the players in a game have gone all-in and all these players have selected ‘Multi run’ in the preferences, then all the community cards will be opened twice. As of now, this feature is only for Texas Hold’em. Some Specific Criteria for Multi run: No further betting is possible on any player.
All the players who are still involved in the hand must have enabled ‘multi run’.
The money distribution will be normal as in split pot case that occurs in a normal Poker game.
Seat Preference- If there is a particular seat that you like to sit on a poker table, and then Time2Poker gives you the option to choose that seat and the table will accordingly rotate to suit you.
Chat- during gameplay, players can chat about the game and hold a healthy conversation. Chat not permitted includes abuse, borrowing chips, spamming, flooding, advertising, discussing the hand in progress. We understand that there may be players who wish to play poker in peace and thus there is an option to mute chat and mute players chat selectively. You can also report players indulging in malicious chat.
Player Notes- During gameplay; there is a feature to take player notes. Any player if he feels fit can take down notes on a particular player’s game play if he feels noting the same will help him make informed decisions later in the game.
Texas Hold’em Poker Rules
Texas Hold’em poker is currently the most played poker game in the world with its No Limit version being most popular. Time2Poker also offers No Limit Texas Hold’em poker to its Indian poker players keeping its popularity in mind. In this section, you can learn the basic rules of No Limit Texas Hold’em. For a complete understanding of how to play poker, you can click here for reading and try playing Freeroll Games on Time2Poker for a more practical understanding.
Basics of No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker
In No Limit Texas Hold’em, each player is dealt two cards (known as ‘hole cards’) that belong to them alone. Five community cards are dealt face-up in three rounds which collectively form the ‘board’. All players in the game can use these five shared community cards with their own hole cards to each make their best possible five-card poker hand. In No Limit Texas Hold’em, a player may use any combination of the seven cards available to make the best possible five-card poker hand, using zero, one or two of their private hole cards.
The minimum bet in a No Limit Texas Holds’em game is same as the size of the big blind but there is no restriction on the amount they wish to bet. Players can always bet as much as they want which can go up to their balance on the table.
Minimum raise: In No Limit Texas Hold’em, the raise amount must be at least as much as the previous bet or raise in the same round. For example, if the first player to act bets 10 then the second player must raise a minimum of 10 making it a total bet of 20.
Maximum raise: By the whole nature of No Limit Texas Hold’em there is ‘no limit’ on the maximum raise. This implies that the maximum raise can go up to the size of your stack (your chips on the table)? In No Limit Hold’em, there is no ‘cap’ on the number of raises allowed.
Omaha Poker Rules
In India, after No Limit Texas Hold’em Omaha Poker is the most played game both online as well as offline. Omaha Poker is to a certain extent derived from Texas Hold’em itself. In Omaha Poker, each player is dealt four cards (known as ‘hole cards’) that belong to them alone. Five community cards are dealt face-up in three rounds which collectively form the ‘board’. All players in the game have to use two and only two of their hole cards and exactly three from the five shared community cards to make their best possible five-card poker hand. The other poker rules remain the same as Texas Hold’em in Omaha poker.
- Basics of Pot Limit Omaha Poker
- Omaha Poker has three broad types:
- Pot Limit Omaha Poker
- No Limit Omaha Poker
- Fixed Limit Omaha Poker
Currently, at Time2Poker, we offer Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) which is also the most popular form of Omaha poker. In Pot Limit Omaha Poker most of the game rules are the same as described for Texas Hold’em previously with the following few exceptions-
Similar to Texas Hold’em, the minimum bet in Pot Limit Omaha is the same as the size of the big blind, but players can always bet up to the size of the pot.
Minimum raise: The raise amount must be at least as much as the previous bet or raise in the same round. As an example, if the first player to act bets 5 then the second player must raise a minimum of 5 (total bet of 10).
Maximum raise: While the minimum raise in PLO is same as Texas Hold’em, it is the maximum raise where the difference arises. The maximum raise can only be done equal to the size of the pot. The size of the pot is the total amount of the active pot, plus all bets on the table, plus the amount the active player must first call before rising. Example: If the size of the pot is 100, and no one has bet in that particular betting round, a player may bet a maximum of 100. As the action proceeds to the next player clockwise, that player can fold, call 100, or raise any amount between the minimum (100 more) and the maximum. For this player, the maximum bet will be 400. To explain this- the raiser would first need to call 100, thus bringing the pot size to 300, and then raise 300 more, making a total bet of 400. In Pot Limit Omaha just like Texas Hold’em there is no ‘cap’ on the number of raises allowed.