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Types of Games

Types of Games

How do you play Texas Hold'em?

You can find extensive information about how to play Texas Hold’em here.

What are the blinds?

Before a game starts, the two players sitting to the left of the dealer post “blind” bets. These bets are called “blinds” because they are made before the players have seen any cards. The blinds ensure that there is some money in the pot before the game starts. The player to the left of the dealer posts the “small blind,” and the player positioned to his left then posts the “big blind.”

What is the pre-flop action in Texas Hold'em?

Each player is dealt two cards face down. These are called hole or pocket cards. The action begins with the player to the left of the big blind. He or she has three options: call the bet, raise the bet, or fold.

What is the showdown?

If there is more than one player left in the game, there is a showdown in which the players reveal their cards and the highest hand wins (see our rank of hands). If two players share an identical hand, the pot is split.

What are minimum and maximum buy-ins?

In Limit Poker, the minimum buy-in is equal to 10-times the big blind. There is no maximum buy-in. For example, in a $5/10-limit game, the big blind value is $5, so the minimum buy-in is equivalent to 10 x $5, or $50.

Pot-limit (PL) and no-limit (NL) games at BorgataPoker.com both have a minimum and a maximum buy-in. The maximum amount a player may bring to the table in an NL/PL game corresponds to the name of the game. For example, in a $100 NL game, the maximum buy-in would be $100. The minimum amount a player can bring to the table is 20% of the maximum, meaning that in a $100 NL game, the minimum buy-in would be $20.2

What are table stakes?

At BorgataPoker.com, all games and tournaments comply with the following table stakes protocols:

  • No chips may be added to a player's stack during a hand. In a real-money game, players can only add to their stack between hands. While some tournaments offer rebuys and add-ons, these may only be executed after a hand is over and before the next hand starts.
  • Players may, however, add chips or rebuy and add-on during the play of a hand if they are not involved in that hand.
  • Players may not remove chips from the table. In a real-money game, a player cannot remove any chips from the table until he or she leaves the game. This rule applies regardless of how many chips a player has brought to the table.

Note: The table stakes protocols are designed to protect the game. Otherwise, if a player is allowed to pocket a few chips every time he or she is ahead, the number of chips available for play will be reduced and the action at the table will suffer.2

What is rake?

Please refer to the Rake section of our website.