Poker Tournament Rules

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GRA No-Limit Texas Holdem Poker Tournament Rules

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General

Upon arrival you may sit down at any of the provided tables. The tournament administration will hand out chips to you. The games will start simultaneously for everyone. The tournament administration will inform you about the blinds and when those increase. The administration may also move you to another table as the tournament progresses to ensure an equal number of players on all tables.

Dealer and Blinds

The player with the dealer button is responsible for shuffling and dealing the cards during one round. The button will move on to the player on his left before the following round. The Small Blind is always left of the dealer, the Big Blind always left of the Small Blind. The Blinds have to be posted before a round begins.

Dealing

Every player is dealt two cards, face down. These are called hole or pocket cards. Dealing starts at the player left of the Dealer with one card and goes clockwise round the table until every player has two cards.

First round of betting

The action, or the first move, falls on the player to the left of the Big Blind. He can either call (match the Big Blind), raise or fold. Betting continues around the table, clockwise. The minimum raise is equal to the big blind. If someone wishes to re-raise, they must raise at least the amount of the previous raise. Once all remaining players put the same amount of chips into the pot and no more raises occur the round contnues with the Flop.

The Flop

The dealer "burns" (takes the top card of the stack and puts it away, face down) one card and deals three cards face up in the center of the table (board). These cards are called the Flop. They cards are “community cards”, meaning everyone can (and will) use them in combination with their own hole cards to make the best hand. After the Flop has been dealt, another round of betting starts with the player to the dealers left, who can check or raise.

The Turn

The dealer "burns" one card and deals the forth card face up on the board - the Turn. After that, another round of betting begins.

The River

The dealer "burns" one card and deals the fifth card face up on the board - the River. Another, last, round of betting starts.

The Showdown

The remaining players in the hand show their cards (same order as before) and the player who can make the best five card hand by combining their pocket cards with the cards on the board wins.

Rank of hands

Below you see our own description of the ranking of the different hands. If you would rather see some pictures along with it, check out the wikipedia site for List of poker hands.

  • High Card
 The player with the highest card wins the pot. If 2 players have the
 same highest card, the kicker decides. In case 2 or more players have
 the same hand, the pot will be split among them.
  • One Pair
 Beats any High Card hand. If 2 or more players have One Pair, the
 player with the highest valued Pair wins the pot. Kickers determine
 the winner in case of a tie.
  • Two Pair
 Beats any One Pair (or lower) hand. If 2 or more players have Two
 Pairs, the player with the highest valued single Pair wins the pot.
 Kickers determine the winner in case of a tie.
  • 3 of a kind
 Beats any Two Pair (or lower) hand. If 2 or more players have 3 of a
 kind, the player with the highest valued 3 of a kind hand wins the
 pot. If the players are still tied, the player with the best kicker
 wins. If there still is no winner, the pot will be split.
  • Straight
 Beats any 3 of a kind (or lower) hand. If 2 or more players have a
 Straight, the player with the highest card wins the pot. If 2 or more
 players have the same highest card, the pot will be split.
  • Flush
 Beats any Straight (or lower) hand. If 2 or more players have a Flush,
 the player with the highest card (that is part of the flush) wins the
 pot. If 2 or more players have the same highest card (occurs when the
 highest card is a community card on the board), the player with the
 highest card on hand (which is part of his flush) wins the pot.
  • Full House
 Beats any Flush (or lower) hand. If 2 or more players have a Full
 House, the player with the highest 3 of a kind wins. If 2 or more
 players have the same highest 3 of a kind, the player with the highest
 pair (the other 2 cards in his hand) wins. If this is tied as well,
 the pot will be split between the tied players.
  • 4 of a kind
 Beats any Full House (or lower) hand. If 2 players have a full house,
 the player with the higher ranked Full House (see High Card rules)
 wins the hand.
  • Straight Flush
 Beats any 4 of a kind (or Full House) hand. Pot will be split if the
 Straight Flush is on the board, hence used by all the players in the
 hand.
  • Royal Flush
 Beats any Straight Flush (or lower) hand. Pot will be split if the
 Royal Flush is on the board, hence used by all the players in the hand.
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