Your Questions About Poker Rules

Ken asks…

Texas Hold’em Poker Are you required by the rules to show.?

In a showdown are both players required to show their hands, for instance if i see the other player has a better hand can i muck? And if he demands to see my hand do i have to show it?

I think i do, but cant find a definitive answer.

admin answers:

If its a showdown (between two players), and one or both of you are all in, the BOTH of you must turn your cards over and run the rest of the board to see who has the better hand.

If no one is all in, the person to the left of the dealer button (first to act) has to show first. If he/she has the winning hand, the other player(s) have the option to muck.

BUT if its like a friendly house game, it doesn’tt really matter.

Thomas asks…

Are poker aid software such as PokerAce,Poker tracker ok to use on the main sites?

What are the rules regarding poker software on the main sites? 888, pokerstars etc?


admin answers:

Pokerstars has an entire list of acceptable programs. Look in their FAQ and TOS.

They do allow legitamate software, as long as it doesn’t give you any unfair edge against your opponent.

David asks…

Can SOmeone explain the rules of TEXAS HOLDTHEM POKER please?

i wan learn to play

admin answers:

The two players to the left of the dealer put out blind bets. The player directly to the dealer’s left puts out the small blind while the player two to the dealer’s left puts out the big blind.

Don’t know what blinds are? Read more about Betting Basics

Every player is dealt two cards, face down. These are called hole or pocket cards.

The action, or the first move, falls on the player to the left of the big blind. She can either call the bet, raise it, or fold. Betting continues around the table, clockwise.

After the betting is completed, three cards are dealt face up in the center of the table, which is referred to as the board. The first three cards in Texas Hold’em are called the flop. These cards are “community cards” meaning everyone can (and will) use them in combination with their own hole cards to make the best hand.

From the flop on, betting begins with the player to the dealer’s left, who can check or bet.

A fourth card is dealt face up onto the board. This is called fourth street or the turn card.

Another round of betting.

The final card is dealt face up. This card is also called fifth street or the river.

A final round of betting occurs. The remaining players show their cards and the person who can make the best five card hand by combining their pocket cards with the cards on the board wins.

Note: In some rare cases in Texas Hold’em, the five cards making up the board will actually be the best hand, in which case everyone left in the hand divides up the pot.


Correcting the above information these are the Lowest to Highest best Hands

Royal Flush – An Ace-High straight of one suit.

Straight Flush – A straight of entirely one suit.

Four-of-a-Kind (Quads) – Four cards of the same rank.

Full House (Full Boat, Boat) – Three-of-a-kind and a pair. The example below would be called „Queens over Aces“ or „Queens full of Aces“.

Flush – Five cards of the same suit.

Straight (Run) – Five cards of sequential rank. Note that in holdem, Aces can be high or low.

An example of a straight where the Ace is low:

Three-of-a-Kind (Trips, Set) – Three cards of the same rank.

Two Pair – Two cards of the same rank and another two cards of the same rank. The example below would be called „Jacks and Twos“.

One Pair – Two cards of the same rank

High Card – When you don’t have any of the above, your highest card determines your hand.

Donald asks…

Holdem Poker @ home rules?

We play almost once a week now at my house. The players are normally friends or brothers and sisters. My brother announces a bet by saying „bet $2“ to check the reaction of the remaining player. I guess he isnt satisfied by the reaction of the remaining player so he decides to say „nevermind“ and never puts $2 into the pot and gives up his hand. This is where I come in. I told him he needs to pay his bet. He states that this is a home game and its all for fun and tells me that I’m stupid and retarded for being so serious about $2. He insults me in front of everyone because I was trying to keep the game clean straight. I reply that rules are rules and if you cant play by the rules then theres no point in playing. He totally pisses me off by saying „this is why nobody likes to play with you.“ I think to myself nobody likes to play with me cuz I stick to the rules? Anyway it got kinda heated so I want to know, am I wrong here?

admin answers:

You are correct. But it’s a home game, and if no one cares, then no one cares.

But its your house, so its your rules. Tell him he’s not invited back.

Maria asks…

Atheists: when you play Poker with someone, even though the rules of the game are spelled out to you…?

beforehand, do you decide which rules you will obey and which you will disobey as you play along because that’s what you’re doing with life and GOD’S rules. You must be quite the hoot at poker parties.
@ Sarah, I get that a lot, but I’m no atheist.

admin answers:

I think I can speak a large portion of the Yahoo Questions And Answers Community, we’re tired of you asking these same stupid questions over and over again. Yahoo Questions And Answers was created so that people could ask important questions. Yahoo Questions And Answers was not created so that atheist crackpots, and religious nuts could argue. If it was in my hands I would delete you and every other atheist control freak’s, and religious loony bird’s account, band you from Yahoo Questions And Answers forever.

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