Poker Rules

To master the game of online poker you need to understand a few basic poker rules.

1. Poker rules – general overview

Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha, Tournaments – these various poker games all follow the same structure:
  1. Players contribute to and play for a central pot
  2. Players are dealt a hand
  3. Bets are placed based on the strength of this hand<
  4. Strongest hand wins!


Easy enough? Poker is a simple game to play. However, the game can be as complicated and intense as you choose to make it. For starters, you should at least understand poker hand rankings and eventually work on your poker strategy.

2. Poker game rules

Cool Hand Online Poker offers you a variety of poker games to play including:


Texas Hold 'em Texas Hold'em is one of the fastest games at a poker table. Consisting of four rounds of betting, it allows between 2 and 10 players to take part during each hand. One of the most popular in the Multi-Player poker range, it is also the lowest-limit poker game - the objective being to finish with the best hand and ultimately win the pot.

Find out more about Texas Hold ‘em Poker

Omaha Poker In a game of Omaha Poker, between 2 and 10 players compete to create the best five-card hand from a total of nine cards. The strongest combination wins the pot. As the nine cards are made up of four pocket cards and five visible cards, the resulting combinations are stronger than those in other poker games.
Find out more about Omaha Poker

Tournaments Tournaments are competition poker tables. The objective of a tournament is to consistently finish with a stronger poker hand than your opponents, and take first place. Tournament games are played until one player has won all the chips.

Tournament poker uses the rules of the poker game played, but there are tournament-specific rules that can apply.

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3. Poker betting rules

Table Limits
Table limits refer to the amount of money you can bet in a game. The three types of limits are:

No Limit This is the way Texas Hold ’em is played. You can put all your chips in the pot if you choose. There’s no limit to the amount you bet in each round.

Pot Limit The most you can bet or raise is controlled by the amount that’s already in the pot at the time of betting. This type of play can get very expensive.

Fixed Limit You can only bet or raise according to what’s been set by the table (this is the same amount as the blind). The betting is fixed and the game is very controlled.
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