Your Questions About Poker Rules

James asks…

I’m a beginner at poker and need to test my skills-help?!?

Just getting to grips with poker rules, and desperately want to play but not (yet) play for money. Are there any web games etc where I can play but just for fun? not for real money etc? and not games that cost to play? Or anywhere where I can play people (internet or real) but not for cash? Want to practice loads without losing money!! Big thanks if you can help
sites suggested such as and do they not cost then?? i need no cost, don’t want to play for REAL money, and no commitment to the site

admin answers:

Almost all the big name sites have a .net version that is purely free.,,…I would start with those. Then if you decide you wanna play for money, just download the .com version of the one you like the best.

George asks…

Anyone play a variation of poker called „Anaconda“? What are the rules?


I’m looking for real players only !!!

admin answers:

The nickname of that game is „pass the trash“
Anaconda is a high-low game where each player is dealt seven cards down. Each player passes three cards to their left, and then picks up the three cards passed to them from the right. Players then pass two, and then one, in the same way (don’t pick up until you’ve passed).

Then each player picks five cards. They go in a stack in front of the player, and each player flips over the top card (don’t look at the down cards once cards have been flipped). There’s a betting round, starting with the highest hand showing. Then flip the next card and have a betting round. This continues until there is one down card. Declare high and low simultaneously, and flip over the last card to determine the winner.
You can of course have some variants, but I think it’s crazy enough that way.

Take care, and have fun

Ruth asks…

what r the rules to play poker?i want easy_to_understand instructions plz!?

admin answers:

Because there are so many variants of poker around and you have not specified which variant you wish to play (each one has their own twists on rules and gameplay) i will give you some information on texas hold em poker which is one of the, if not the, most popular form of poker around today.
There are three types of Hold ‚em games:

•Limit Hold’em (specific betting limits are applied to each round of betting
•Pot Limit Hold’emafter the blinds are posted, players can wager any amount up to the total amount of money in the pot
•No Limit Hold’em after the blinds are posted, players can bet all of their chips at any time

All of the betting scenarios given as examples below are specifically applicable to Limit Hold ‚em poker. The other two versions of Hold’em have different betting patterns.

The Game:

First round

Play begins with the person sitting in first position at the table becoming the dealer (or “button”). The dealer button moves clockwise around the table after the culmination of each hand of play. The player immediately on the left of the button must post the small blind, while the player on the left of the small blind must post the big blind. The small blind is equal to half of the table’s minimum bet, while the big blind is equal to the minimum bet. For example, at a $1/$2 Hold ’em table, the small blind would post 50 cents and the big blind would post $1.

Sometimes, more than one player will post a big blind in a given hand. This would occur if a new player joins a table at which a game is already underway. Before a new player is allowed to start playing, he/she has to post the big blind. The new player has the option of waiting for the dealer button to arrive at his/her position, in order to place the big blind in turn, or of posting the big blind (out of turn) at the start of the next hand for the immediate ability to play. All the blinds in Hold ’em poker are considered live bets and the players who posted them will also have the option to check, call, raise or fold when the betting action returns to their position at the table.

After the blinds have been posted, two down cards (or “hole” cards) are dealt to each active player, after which the first betting round begins. The player to the left of the big blind starts the betting for this round. Each player will now have the choice to call or raise the blind bet, or fold his/her cards.

In a $1/$2 Limit Hold ’em game, for example, each bet is $1 (the lower limit) in the first round. If someone wishes to bet, the bet placed is for $1, no higher or lower. If another player wishes to raise the bet, $2 are placed in the pot, $1 to call and an extra bet of $1 (no more and no less) as the raise.

Players who wish to continue participating in a given hand must match any bets that come their way. Betting will continue until all people who wish to participate in the hand have checked, bet, or called. Typically three or four bets/raises are allowed per betting round in Limit Hold ‚em.

After the first round of betting is over, the “flop” (the first three community cards) is dealt face up on the playing surface. The community cards are common to all players participating in the hand.

Second Round

After the flop, and in each subsequent betting round, the first active player left of the button is first to act. In Limit Hold ‚em, the betting structure for the second round is exactly the same as in the first round.

After the second round of betting is over, the fourth community card (also known as the “turn”) is dealt out on to the board face up.

Third Round

The third betting round again begins with the first active player to the left of the button. In $1/$2 Limit Hold ‚em, the third betting round’s bets are $2 (the upper limit). If someone wishes to bet, he/she must bet $2, no more and no less. Each raise must also be made in $2 increments. For example, if someone bets in the third round and an opponent wishes to raise, he/she must place a total of $4 in the pot in order to do so.

At the end of the third round of betting, the fifth community card (also known as the “river”) is dealt out on to the board face up.

Fourth Round

The fourth (and final) betting round now takes place. In Limit Hold ‚em, the betting structure for the fourth round is exactly the same as in the third round.

After the betting is completed, players reveal their hole cards in a “showdown” and the one with highest hand wins the pot.

The Showdown

After the final round of betting, in order to determine a pot’s winner, players need to ascertain who the highest hand belongs to. They do so in a “showdown.” If players choose, they may concede the hand to the winner and “muck” (not reveal) their hole cards, so as not to indicate to their opponents what their strategies were (or if they were bluffing). A winning hand can be made up of any combination of a player’s hole cards and the board’s community cards. If a player “plays the board,

Jenny asks…

What is the name of this kind of poker in English?

there are 4 players,each one gets 13 sheets of poker(no king),rules is so:

put 3 rows,the first row has 3 sheets,second and third row have 5 sheets,compare them according to opposite row between different players.

In China we call it „13 sheets“,I am not sure this kind of game exists in English country,if does,what is the name?
Hope so,I am doing this video game in English edition,thanks for anyone’s help.
Oh thank you Jason

admin answers:

I’ve never heard of it, either, but this page seems to describe what you’re talking about.


Since we don’t have that game over here, „Chinese Poker“ sounds as good a name as any (even though it’s not poker, per se–it just uses poker-style rankings of hands).

Betty asks…

Please help- are online poker winnings earned or unearned income?

I need to know for IRA purposes . i know i have to pay taxes but is it „earned“ income or „unearned“ . wasnt there a supreme court case which ruled poker winnings as „earned“? I had heard about this. Please help. THank you.

admin answers:

Call a CPA in Vegas. But otherwise, your CPA should know when you file your taxes.

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