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How to Play Poker


Playing poker is an entertaining pastime that millions of people throughout the world enjoy. A game of poker is typically both challenging and exciting for players at every skill level.

Learn the Game:

The first thing a poker player must know is the Rank of Hands. (Click Here Rank of Hands to see the standard ranking of poker hands.) In all poker games, the best five-card hand wins the pot.

Best poker games and Poker Tournaments on the net with a variety of tables and limits for poker players at every skill level:

Texas Hold'em
Omaha High
Omaha 8 or Hi/Lo
Seven Card Stud
Stud 8 or Better

Lots of Online Poker games with high wagering limits!


No Limit

If you are familiar with the rules for Limit Poker, you will not need to learn too much more to understand the rules for No-Limit Poker. If you are not familiar with our Limit-poker rules click here to read them and then return to the No-Limit Poker section. The difference between Limit Poker and No-Limit Poker is when it comes to the betting amounts.

The Betting Rules :

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 $100 then the second player must raise a minimum of $100 (total bet of $200).

Maximum eligible raise:The size of your stack (your chips on the table)

Methods to betting:

When playing on EmpirePoker, you will have three methods of betting to use:

The bet button- Just like in a Limit Poker Game, you can click the bet button, which will display the minimum amount you can bet or raise.


The bet box- The bet box is a text box that allows you to type in the exact amount you want to bet or raise. Once you have entered the amount to bet or raise, the bet button will reflect this amount. Then click the bet button and your bet will be placed.


The slider- The slider is a device that you can use with your mouse to increase or decrease the amount of your bet or raise. Simply drag the bar on the slider to the amount of money you want to bet or raise. As you slide, the bet amount will be reflected on the bet button. When you find the amount you want to bet or raise, simply click the bet button and your bet will be made.


At each No Limit table there is a Maximum Buy-In amount. EmpirePoker currently has two different maximum buy-in amounts of $25 and $50 in order to ensure all players have an opportunity to be competitive at No Limit without having to compete against players with thousands of dollars in front of them.

If you are familiar with the rules for Limit Poker, you will not need to learn too much more to understand the rules for Pot-Limit Poker. If you are not familiar with our Limit Poker rules click here to read them and then return to the Pot-Limit Poker section.

The Betting Rules :

Minimum eligible 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 $100 then the second player must raise a minimum of $100 (total bet of $200).


Maximum eligible raise: The size of the pot. The size of the pot is defined as the total of the Pot in the middle plus all bets on the table plus the amount the active player must first call before raising. As an example, the pot in the middle is $200 and the first player to act in the round bets $150 and the next player calls $150... the third player has a maximum eligible total bet of $800. The $800 total is his $150 call and $650 raise. The $650 max raise portion is equal to the pot of $200 + first player's $150 + second player's $150 + his own call of $150.

Methods to Bet:


Y ou will normally have three methods of betting to use:

The bet button- Just like in a Limit Poker Game, you can click the bet button, which will display the minimum amount you can bet or raise.


The bet box- The bet box is a text box that allows you to type in the exact amount you want to bet or raise. Once you have entered the amount to bet or raise, the bet button will reflect this amount. Then click the bet button and your bet will be placed.


The slider- The slider is a device that you can use with your mouse to increase or decrease the amount of your bet or raise. Simply drag the bar on the slider to the amount of money you want to bet or raise. As you slide, the bet amount will be reflected on the bet button. When you find the amount you want to bet or raise, simply click the bet button and your bet will be made


At each Pot-Limit table there is a Maximum Buy-In amount. EmpirePoker currently has two different maximum buy-in amounts of $25 and $50 in order to ensure all players have an opportunity to be competitive at Pot Limit without having to compete against players with thousands of dollars in front of them.

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