Poker Room and House Rules
To ensure a safe and fair gaming environment for all our players, every player must be in compliance with the poker room rules. The following poker house rules normally apply when playing at poker player friendly European poker sites:
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Buying Poker Chips
A facility to purchase chips will be offered automatically when a seat is selected at any table.
The minimum or maximum buy in for any cash game will be shown when purchasing your chips. Buy-in amounts are based on the size of the game or the blinds for that table. Chips purchased, while seated at a table, will be subject to any limits for the table, and any top ups will have to bring your balance up to at least the minimum amount, but will not be allowed to take your balance over the maximum should there be one. At the completion of any hand should your table balance be less than the big blind you will need to purchase more chips to continue playing.
Deliberately losing chips to other players for whatever reason will not be tolerated and WILL be picked up by our collusion monitoring team and dealt with accordingly.
Betting and Raising (including the “under raise”)
In LIMIT play, an all-in wager of LESS than half the bet for that round, is considered an “under raise” and will be treated as a call for betting purposes. It does not reopen the action for any subsequent player who has already acted on their hand that round. A player who has already acted and is now facing less than half a bet can fold or call the wager. They may not raise. An all-in wager of HALF THE BET OR MORE, but still below the full amount, is treated as a full bet and therefore considered a raise for betting purposes. A subsequent player can fold, call or make a full raise and any player, who had already acted prior to the “all in” bet, also has the full range of options open to him. In NO-LIMIT or POT-LIMIT poker, an “all-in” raise that is less than the bet or raise of the previous player does not reopen the action for players who have already acted on their poker hands.
Any raise that is below the amount needed for a legitimate raise will be considered a call for betting purposes. Only players still to act in the round will receive a full set of options. Any wager must be at least the size of the previous bet or raise in any round UNLESS a player is going “all in”.
Playing Multiple Tables
The show/muck option is designed to give players a chance to show any hand that would not normally be seen. This feature will remain on screen for a few moments to enable a player, who has not checked ‘auto muck’, to display his hole cards when appropriate. If not used within the time allowed, the cards will be mucked automatically.
Pre-select Options Box
A set of PRE-SELECT options will appear at times and can be used when so desired. Any option chosen will only be implemented if still available when it is your turn to act; otherwise your new game options will be shown. For example if you agree to a call of $5 then that is the maximum you will have to pay to call. If the call is now more expensive you will be shown a new set of available choices. The PRE-SELECT option box is designed to speed up play and save you time, should you wish to act before it is your turn.
When seated at a table a player has the option to “Sit Out”. To do this simple, check the “Sit Out” box. Once selected you will continue sitting at the table but will not be dealt in. You will remain sitting out until you un-check the “Sit Out” box. Once you have un-checked you will be dealt back in. If you remain in Sit Out mode for longer than 15 minutes you will be removed from the table and returned to the lobby. We prevent players from entering and leaving (sitting out) games where the relative poker positions to the dealer can bring advantage by requesting that they post the equivalent of the blind (known as a dead blind). No financial advantage will be gained by missing the rotation of the blind.
Poker Rulers for the Chat
Poker sites like to maintain a friendly and pleasant atmosphere for all our players and visitors. Although they cannot be held responsible for any player conduct, sites do reserve the right to refuse the use of the poker room to anyone who violates our rules and we will act quickly against offenders. The following subjects are strictly prohibited:
- Threatening or insulting any player, visitor, or employee
- Using obscene language or profanity
- Racist remarks
- Revealing any cards held or passed
- Discussing any context of a hand in progress
- Agreeing to check a hand down when a third player is all-in
- Needlessly slowing down the game
- Making any statement that induces a player to act in a certain way
- Using any other language than English for communication during a hand
- Collusion with any other player or cheating via text
- Bullying a player into leaving the table
Violation of any of the above poker rules will surely result in either a warning, suspension of chat facilities, permanent removal of chat facilities, suspension of playing privileges, or permanent removal of playing privileges.
Learn more about Texas Holdem poker rules, and other poker games, in our online poker school.