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  1. 1. 5016 players are online now! POKER CASINO GAMES EnglishHow To Play Promotions Tournaments VIP Program Site Info Player Zone Blog Support Poker Rules Choose your game: Poker Heaven Texas Hold’em How To Play Omaha Omaha Hi/Lo News 5 Card Stud 7 Card Stud Promotions SOKO Site Info 5 Card Draw 5 Card Draw 7-A Support Betting structures Ring games – Missed blinds rules The Player Zone Multi table tournaments Sit ‘n’ go tournaments Tournaments Texas Hold’em rules VIP Program This game is also referred to as “Hold’em” and is one of the most popular games in North America and Europe. The game proceeds as follows: A dealer button is placed to determine a nominal dealer. The player next to the dealer button on a clockwise rotation pays a compulsory bet called the small blind. Next player in line posts the big blind, which is normally double the small blind. Each player is then dealt two hole cards, also referred to as pocket cards, which are only visible to the player. Starting with the player to the left of the big blind, who is referred to as being “under the gun” may fold (muck his hand and take no further action in the pot), call (put in an amount equal to the big blind) or raise (put in an amount twice the big blind). Play continues in this manner around the table until all players have matched the current bet amount or folded. The blinds posted at the start of the hand are considered live and contribute to the players’ bet – if no one raises before action gets round to the big blind, he has the option of checking and seeing a flop, or raising and re-opening the betting. As betting completes after the cards have been dealt, three community cards, which are cards placed in the middle of the table face up and visible to all players, are dealt (this is called the flop). Another round of betting takes place, now starting with the first player left of the dealer button who remains in the hand. A fourth card is dealt (called the turn). Again, a betting round is completed before the last card is dealt (called the river). Each player who is still in the game will now need to take part in a final round of bets, where his or her hand is always comprised of the best possible five card combination of pocket and community cards. Check out our hand rankings page for the definitive poker hand guide. In fixed limit games, there is a maximum of one bet and three raises allowed in each betting round. The exception to this rule is if there are only two players left on the pot, in which case there is no limit to the number of raises that can be made. For additional information, please view our Texas Hold’em rules page. Omaha poker rules Omaha is a game derived from Texas Hold’em. The only difference is that in Omaha players are dealt four pocket cards, and their final hand needs to be comprised of two out of those four pocket cards, and three community cards, regardless if a better hand could be achieved using more or fewer pocket or community cards. A dealer button is placed to determine a nominal dealer. The player next to the dealer button on a clockwise rotation pays a compulsory bet called the small blind. Next player in line posts the big blind, which is normally double the small blind. Each player is then dealt four hole cards, also referred to as pocket cards, which are only visible to the player. As betting completes after the cards have been dealt, three community cards, which are cards placed in the middle of the table face up and visible to all players, are dealt (this is called the flop). Another round of betting takes place, and a fourth card is dealt (called the turn). Again, a betting round is completed before the last card is dealt (called the river). Each player who is still in the game will now need to take part in a final round of bets, where his or her hand is always comprised of the best possible combination of two pocket cards and three community cards. converted by Web2PDFConvert.com
  2. 2. For additional information, please view our Omaha rules page.Omaha Hi/Lo rulesThis game has grown very popular due to its frequently large pots. The game is played in the exact same manner asOmaha with one exception. In addition to being able to win a pot for the highest ranking hand, a pot is also offered for alow ranking hand. This means that you will be playing two hands at the same time. For a hand to qualify as a low hand,it’s highest card cannot be more than 8, and the hand comprised of the lowest high card below and including 8 will win thelow pot. For example, a hand comprised of A, 3, 4, 5, 6 will beat a hand comprised of, A, 2, 4, 5, 7.A dealer button is placed to determine a nominal dealer. The player next to the dealer button on a clockwise rotation paysa compulsory bet called the small blind. Next player in line posts the big blind, which is normally double the small blind.Each player is then dealt four hole cards, also referred to as pocket cards, which are only visible to the player.As betting completes after the cards have been dealt, three community cards, which are cards placed in the middle of thetable face up and visible to all players, are dealt (this is called the flop). Another round of betting takes place, and a fourthcard is dealt (called the turn). Again, a betting round is completed before the last card is dealt (called the river). Eachplayer who is still in the game will now need to take part in a final round of bets, where his or her hand is alwayscomprised of the best possible combination of two pocket cards and three community cards for each of the low and highhand alternatives.A player can win the entire pot amount by either holding the best high and low hand or if there is no possible lowcombination (there are not 3 community cards lower than a 9). If 2 players hold the same low or high hand, this section ofthe pot is split between the winning players.For additional information, please view our Omaha Hi/Lo rules page.5 Card Stud poker rulesThis is the original form of stud poker, and is still played by many poker players despite 7 card stud being a more popularform today.The game proceeds as explained below.To begin a round, each player pays the ante which will be a fraction of the smaller bet (bets could for example be at$10/$20, and the ante could then be $1). Next, all players are dealt one card face down, and one card face up. The playerwith the lowest card facing up begins betting by making a bring-in bet. This bet will be half the smaller bet (in ourexample $5). If two players have the same value as the lowest card, the rank will be ordered by suit going from clubs asthe lowest through diamonds, hearts and spades as the highest. Betting proceeds and players may bet up to the smallerbet ($10 in our case).In the second round, players are dealt another card face up. The player with the highest combination of cards facing upbegins betting, this will be the player nearest the dealer’s left in case of a tie. Bets will normally be a smaller bet ($10),but can be a high bet ($20) if one or more players have a pair in their cards facing up.The third round is equal to the second, except that all bets must be done at the high level ($20).In the fourth and last round, players are dealt a card face up, and with one card face down and the remaining four faceup, the final betting round takes place, again at the higher bet amount. The winner will be the player with the strongestfive card poker hand.For additional information, please view our 5 Card Stud rules page.7 Card Stud rulesThis game is played with a maximum of 8 players.The first two cards (hole cards) are dealt face down, and the other players can’t see them. The next cards to be dealt arecalled Streets (3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Street), and they are dealt face up. The last card, the river, is dealt face down.At the start of the round, the players must place antes. The ante is a fraction of the low bet limit and serves the samepurpose as the blinds in Hold’em games.After the 3rd street has been dealt, the player with the lowest face-up card starts the betting. If two players are showingcards of the same value, the order is determined according to their suits. The suit order is, in ascending rank: Clubs(lowest), Diamonds, Hearts and Spades (highest).The starting player can either place a complete bet, or place a bring-in. This is smaller than the complete bet, and againlike the blinds in other varieties, the player only needs to add the difference if the bet is completed and he decides to call.The other players can fold, call, complete the bet, or raise.Once the bets have been placed, the 4th street is dealt. This time the player with the highest card or combination shownstarts the betting, and there is no bring-in. At this stage, any player can bet at the high limit, which will be applied to allsubsequent bets.The same cycle is used for the 5th and 6th streets, and the river, except that the high limit is now applied regardless ofwhether it was used for the 4th street or not. After the river bets are placed, the highest five-card poker hand is formedfrom each player’s cards. The highest ranking hand wins. converted by Web2PDFConvert.com
  3. 3. For additional information, please view our 7 Card Stud rules page.SOKO poker rulesSoko is played exactly like 5 card stud, except a 4 flush and a 4 straight counts as a hand. In other words, a hand such as4567Q is not queen high, but is a 4 straight. A 4 straight and a 4 flush beat a pair, but lose to a two pair or better (4flushes beat 4 straights). So the new rank of hands would be as shown below.Hand ranking:1. Straight flush2. Four of a kind3. Full house4. Flush5. Straight6. Three of a kind7. Two pair8. Four flush9. Four Straight10. Pair11. High card5 Card Draw rulesFive Card Draw is one of the first games which a lot of new players learn, due to its simple poker rules and popularity athome games. There are two betting rounds, one before the draw and one after the draw.The size of the blinds is determined by the table’s betting limits – the small blind is equal to half the lower bet amount,and the big blind is equal to the lower bet amount. For example – in a $2/$4 Fixed Limit Five Card Draw game, the smallblind (SB) would be $1 and the big blind (BB) would be $2. At the start of a hand, the player to the left of the dealerbutton posts the small blind, and the player to his left posts the big blind. Then, starting with the small blind, five cards aredealt face down to each player, and the action begins with the player to the left of the big blind, who is referred to asbeing “under the gun”. He may fold (muck his hand and take no further action in the pot), call (put in an amount equal tothe big blind) or raise (put in an amount twice the big blind). Play continues in this manner around the table until allplayers have matched the current bet amount or folded. The blinds posted at the start of the hand are considered live andcontribute to the players’ bet – if no one raises before action gets round to the big blind, he has the option of checking andproceeding to the draw phase, or raising and re-opening the betting.Once all betting is complete, the draw phase begins. Starting from the left of the button, each player selects howevermany cards he wishes to replace and discards them. Each player is then in turn dealt the same number of cards theydiscarded. Players can draw any number of cards from 0 (Stand Pat) to 5.After all players have drawn cards, a second round of betting ensues. All players still left in the hand at this stage nowturn their cards over. Each player uses all five cards in their hand to form their final five card hand using standard pokerrules. The best hand at the showdown wins the pot, and if there are two or more hands of the same value, then the pot issplit up into equal parts.For additional information, please view our 5 Card Draw rules page.5 Card Draw low 7-A poker rulesThe game is played by 2 to 5 players. This is a strip-deck game; this means that cards 2,3,4,5 and 6 have been removed.The deck contains cards from 7 to Ace. If there are five active players at the start of the hand the sixes should also be inthe deck. The game is played with a dealer button, a small blind and a big blind just like Texas Hold’em. The player to theleft of the dealer posts a small blind and the player to the left of the small blind posts a big blind before the cards aredealt. Five cards are dealt face down to each player.After the deal, the first betting round starts. At the end of the first betting round, each player may discard and draw up tofive cards. If there are not enough cards left in the deck, the discarded cards are shuffled and used again. A second roundof betting ensues, followed by the showdown.The winner of the hand is the player who holds the highest hand according to standard strip-deck poker hand rankings.Ace can also be used as the lowest (wild) card in a straight, i.e. A-7-8-9-10 (A-6-7-8-9 in case of the 6’s being used). Ifthe 10 high straight is suited with an ace as the lowest card, it qualifies as a straight flush. This also applies to the 9 highsuited straight in case of the 6’s being used.Hand ranking:1. Royal flush2. Straight flush3. Four of a kind4. Flush5. Full house6. Straight7. Three of a kind8. Two pair9. One Pair10. High Card converted by Web2PDFConvert.com
  4. 4. For additional information, please view our 5 Card Draw 7-A rules page.Betting structuresFixed limit: Fixed limit means that the amount you can bet is set. These games will be called $3/$6 or $1/$2 games orsimilar. In Hold’em, the amount that can be bet pre-flop or on the flop is the first number. In a $0.50/$1 game, you will beable to bet $0.50 at a time. On the turn and river, the second number is the only amount that can be bet. In that same$0.50/$1 game, players bet $1 at a time after the turn card is dealt.There is a limit of four bets per player per betting round.No limit: No Limit is only offered in Hold’em. No limit Hold’em offers no betting structure. You can bet as little or as muchas you like at anytime, with a minimum of the corresponding big blind value or when raising, at least the same amount ashas been bet. Anytime, from your first two cards all the way to the river, you can say those two magic words, “all in”.Pot limit: Pot Limit is a structure where the maximum bet is based on the size of the pot. The “pot” is defined as theamount of money in the pot plus all bets currently on the table (these are the bets of all players who bet prior to you inthe hand).Ring games – Missed blinds rulesMissed big blind: If a player misses the big blind for any reason, then that player may not play in any hands until the sumof all blinds are made up. The game will place an “ML” button in that seat to declare the missed big blind. The game willask the next active player to the left to post the big blind for the hand. If the missed player returns to the game before thebig blind comes back to his/her seat, the player is required to make up the sum of all blinds, “Post all.” The small blindportion is dead and must be put into the pot before the hand is dealt. However, a player may avoid posting dead bywaiting for the big blind to arrive at his/her seat naturally.Missed small blind: If a player misses the small blind for any reason, then that player may not play in any hands until thesmall blind is made up. The game will place an “MS” button in that seat to declare the missed small blind. The game willask the next active player to the left of the big blind to post a big blind for the hand as well. The original big blind playerwill “catch a break” and get the button on the next hand. The player who had missed the small blind cannot return untilafter the button has passed. If the missed player returns to the game before the big blind comes back to his/her seat, theplayer is required make up the small blind. The small blind is dead and must be put into the pot before the hand is dealt.However, a player may avoid posting dead by waiting for the big blind to arrive at his/her seat naturally.Multi table tournamentsA tournament is a format of which you play until one final player stands as the winner. All players enter a tournament forthe same amount of money, called the buy-in. All players start out with an equal amount of chips and, as the tournamentprogresses, the stakes are typically raised every 5-15 minutes. As players go broke they are eliminated (unless it is a re-buy tournament, where a player has the option of buying in again during a specified time period). The tournament endswhen one player has all the chips and are announced the winner.Tournament table and lobby: After double-clicking on a tournament you’ll be able to see the tournament lobby, whereadditional information will be displayed. You can also select the tournament in the main lobby and press the “tournamentinfo” button to open the tournament lobby. In the tournament lobby, you can get more detailed information about thetournament, such as prize info (once registration has closed), tournament structure, registered participants and adescription. The tournament lobby is also where you register to enter the tournament.You can sign up for the tournament by clicking the “register” button in the tournament lobby. Note that this button will onlybe available after the tournament opens and registration has begun. Clicking the “register” button brings up thetournament buy-in dialog. You will be asked to confirm you wish to buy in to the tournament. Should you be unable to playa tournament you may click ‘unregister’ in the tournament lobby and your buy-in and fee will be refunded to your pokeraccount. You can only unregister as long as registration is open.Once the tournament begins, a tournament table window will automatically open with you seated at the table. When theaction begins in a blind game, the button is placed randomly at one of the seats, and everyone is dealt in. If it is your turnto post a blind, the software automatically posts the blind for you. If you need to leave your computer for any reason anddo not want to get timed out, click “sit out next hand”. On the table you can find information about current blind level,when the blind level will increase and how long it is until the next break. Blinds will increase in ‘levels’, these are setperiods of time throughout the tournament in which the compulsory bets will increase according to the set tournamentblind structure. Play continues until one player is remaining with all the chips and is crowned the tournament champion!Guarantee tournaments: A guarantee tournament works in the same way as normal tournament, except that a certainprize pool amount is guaranteed! No matter how many players register, as long as there are enough for the tournament torun, the prize pool will always contain at least the guaranteed amount. The prize pool can of course exceed theguaranteed amount at any point.Satellites: Satellite tournaments are tournaments wherein the prize pool awards the top players with a seat into a largerpoker tournament or event. Satellites can be located in the ‘multi tourney’ tab using the ‘satellites’ tab. Satellitetournaments are a great way of qualifying for tournaments with a chance of winning great prizes by spending just a fewEuros! The prize pool is decided by the number of buy-ins. For example, a satellite to a €300+20 tournament would have1 seat awarded for every €320 in the prize pool. If 100 players register to a €10 satellite, the total prize pool would be€1000. 3 €320 seats would be awarded and the remaining €40 in the prize pool would be distributed in cash for therunner ups. converted by Web2PDFConvert.com
  5. 5. Freerolls: If you would like to try one of our multi-table tournaments to improve your poker skills without risking your own money to start with, freeroll tournaments are ideal for you. The tournaments are free to enter and offer real cash prizes for the top finishers. You can find a list of all available freeroll tournaments by using the ‘multi tourney’ tab and selecting the ‘freeroll’ filter. Sit ‘n’ go tournaments Sit ‘n’ go tournaments can be found under the ‘Sit & Go’ tab in the lobby. Sit ‘n’ go tournament will not commence until the designated number of participants have registered, this differs from multi tourneys in that the tournament will begin as soon as the sit ‘n’ go is full and not at a specific time/date. As with multi table tournaments play continues until there is one player remaining with all the chips. Blinds are again increased after set time periods and according to the set blind structure. A sit ‘n’ go tournament can be played with 2 – 30 players and can be played at different speeds. Choose between normal blind structures (10 minutes), speed structure (5 minutes) a turbo structure (3 minutes).InTouch Poker Limited (company registration number C44236) and InTouch Casino Limited (company registration number C44237) are two limited liability companies registered in Malta, a member of the EU since May 2004. InTouch Poker Ltd is fully licensed and regulated by the Malta Lotteries & Gaming A uthority and operates under license number LGA/CL3/412/2007, issued on 21st January 2010. InTouch Casino Ltd is fully licensed and regulated by the Malta Lotteries & Gaming Authority and operates under license number LGA/CL1/617/2009, issued on 21st January 2010.PokerHeaven.com and BlackjackHeaven.com are powered by Boss Media Malta Poker Ltd software (LGA/CL4/206/2005) and Boss Media Malta Casino Ltd software (LGA/CL4/315/2007), also regulated by the said Authority. Our services are not available to residents of the United States, US Virgin Islands, US Minor Outlying Areas or Turkey or any other jurisdiction that legally prohibits its citizens from engaging in online gaming. converted by Web2PDFConvert.com

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