Poker games typically feature a forced bet, known as the ‘Big Blind’ and ‘Small Blind’ in Hold’em and Omaha games or the ‘Antes’ and ‘Bring-In’ in Stud games. This forced bet marks the starting pot in any given hand of poker, and is the first incentive players have to win the hand. Action arising from the subsequent rounds of betting further increases the size of the pot.
Dealing Cards and Betting Rounds
After any initial cards are dealt, players are usually called upon to act in turn, moving clockwise around the table – with the button being the starting point for cards dealt.
The button (the “dealer button”) indicates who the dealer is. The dealer button moves clockwise each turn between the active players at the tables. Showdown Once the last bet or raise has been called during the final round of betting, showdown occurs; the remaining active players must show or “declare” their hands,, and the player(s) with the best ranking hand(s) win the pot.
Players often show their hands in order, rather than all at the same time. Multiple players can share a single pot, with the pot divided in different ways depending on the game rules and how each player’s hand ranks against their opponents.
Each player can usually take one of the following actions when it is their turn to act:
Check – players can only check when there is no bet during the current round, and the act of checking passes the action clockwise to the next person in the hand. If all active players check, the round is considered complete.
Bet – players may bet if no other players have bet during the current round.
Fold – players who fold forfeit their cards and cannot win or act again during the current hand.
Call – players can call if other players have bet during the current round; this requires the calling player to match the highest bet made.
Raise – players may raise if other players have bet during the current round; this requires the raising player to match the highest bet made, and make a subsequent bet.
Additional cards, both hidden and visible, may be dealt to players after each betting round has finished, changing the best poker hand that each player may make with the cards available to them.
Betting limits refer to the amount players may open and raise. Typically, poker games are of the following limit types; no limit, pot limit, fixed limit or spread limit.
No Limit – in poker games with a no limit betting structure, each player can bet or raise by any amount up to and including their full stack (the total number of chips they possess at any given time) in any betting round, whenever it is their turn to act.
Pot Limit – in poker games with a pot limit betting structure, each player can bet or raise by any amount up to and including the size of the total pot at that time.
Fixed Limit – in poker games with a fixed limit betting structure, each player can choose to call, bet or raise, but only by a fixed amount. The fixed amount for any given betting round is set in advance.
Spread Limit – in poker games with a spread limit betting structure, each player can bet or raise any amount within a specific range.
Poker Game Variants
Guts Poker offers players a wide variety of poker games to choose from through Microgaming, many with differing rules and betting procedures. All of our game types use a standard 52-card deck that is shuffled before every hand. Below is a list of games which are offered:
Texas Hold’em No Limit
Texas Hold’em Fixed Limit
Omaha Hi Lo