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How to Play/Basic Rules

Poker, the world's favorite card game, has many variations. The Poker.ie Poker Room is part of the Poker Network, meaning you could be playing against Players from many different casinos. Players are able to enjoy the five most popular games at the Poker.ie Poker Room."

  • Texas Hold'Em
  • Omaha
  • Omaha Hi/Lo
  • Seven Card Stud
  • Five Card Stud

In addition to this, players can enter our Tournament system, which are knock-out rounds of your favourite poker game. If you're not familiar with the different versions of Poker, click on the list above for a brief guide to each of the games and features. A more detailed guide is available from within the Poker Room software, or you can click here.

Basic Rules

All poker games use a standard 52 card deck, and the cards are ranked: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace. (Aces count as both high and low). Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts and Spades are all of equal value.

The aim is to have the best hand out of the cards you are dealt, with the following winning hands listed in order of rank.

Royal Flush

The ultimate hand, the Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and Ten of any one suit.

Straight Flush

A straight in one suit, i.e. five cards of the same suit in ascending order.

Four of a Kind

Four cards of the same value.

Full House

Three of a kind and a pair, with the three of a kind counts first.

Flush

Five cards of the same suit.

Straight

Five cards of assorted suits in ascending order.

Three of a kind

Three cards having the same face value.

Two Pair

Two sets of pairs.

One Pair

One pair of cards.

High Card

Highest card wins the hand in the event of one of the above hands being present.

Texas Hold'Em

If the action of poker was synonymous with one type of game, the action would be in Texas Hold'Em. With up to ten people playing at once, Texas Hold'Em is arguably the most popular poker game in the world. Players are dealt two cards each (called the hole cards), and five community cards are dealt by the dealer, with a round of betting preceding each new community card. Players need to make the best five card hand out of the five community cards and two hole cards. Note that you do not have to use the two hole cards in your hand. You can use both, only one or none of them.

Omaha

Poker.ie Poker Room offers the popular Four Card Omaha game. Similar to Texas Hold'Em, Omaha is a community card poker game where players are dealt four cards (called the pocket cards), instead of two as in Texas Hold'Em. The Dealer then deals five community cards, with betting rounds preceding each newly dealt community card. Players must make the best five card hand using two of their pocket cards and three of the community cards.

Omaha Hi/Lo

Omaha Hi/Lo is one of the most challenging versions of poker played across the globe. Using the same dealing structure as Omaha, Hi/Lo is different as the pot is split by both the highest and lowest hand. A low hand does not qualify if it beats an 8. If none of the hands qualifies as lowest then the pot goes to the highest hand. You can use different cards for the two hands, and it is possible to be both the highest and the lowest.

Remember you must use two pocket cards and three community cards to construct a hand, however you may use different cards to create a high and low hand.

Seven Card Stud

The most popular of the stud poker games and a close second to Texas Hold'Em in popularity, Seven Card Stud is a high betting game that rewards skilful players who crave a challenge. Each Player is dealt three cards, two face down (called hole cards) and one face up (called up or door cards). Rounds of betting precede the Dealer giving each player three more up cards and one more down card. A final round of betting occurs after the last card, and the Player with the highest five card hand wins using any five of their seven cards.

Five Card Stud

The classic poker game, Five Card Stud Poker is one of the oldest games. Players are dealt one card face down (the hole card) and one card face up (the up or door card). Players then have a betting round before the dealer gives out a new up card. Once players have five cards there is a final round of betting, and the Player with the highest hand wins