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You will be offered a range of options, including your choice of languages. It occasionally occurs that due to reasons beyond our players' control, they are unable to act on their poker hand in time. A player in a cash non-tournament game is normally allotted 25 seconds to act on their hand if it is a fixed limit poker game, and 35 seconds in a pot limit or no limit poker game.
A warning message is displayed in the chat box when there are 15 seconds left to act. If there was a disconnection and a player returned before the timeout, he or she receives at least 10 seconds to act.
Additional time to act may be allocated in some games, depending on the situation. The amount of extra time may vary depending on the game, but the concept is the same throughout — when faced with a decision in a larger pot, more time is given to return due to a disconnection. Note that tournaments do not allocate extra time due to disconnections, in most situations. For details on how disconnections are handled in tournaments, please see our Poker Tournament Rules page, in particular Rule 18 Disconnects and Sitting Out.
All transactions, including pots won and lost, are posted to your Stars Account at the completion of each hand. In the unlikely event of a server crash which prevents completion of a hand, the hands in progress at every table tournaments and cash games will be restored by rolling back these hands as if they had not happened.
Each player's chip count will be reset to the amount at the beginning of the hand. If a poker game is full, you can put your name on the Waiting List for that game. When a seat in the game becomes available, the first person on the Waiting List will have the first right of refusal for that seat. The other option you have is to take a seat at an empty table of that limit and game.
Often, empty tables fill up quickly once a player takes a seat. The minimum buy-in our poker room for Fixed Limit tables is ten times the small bet the bet on the first two betting rounds.
For No Limit and Pot Limit poker games, we offer different buy-in amounts for different tables. Standard tables have a maximum buy-in of big blinds and a minimum buy in of 20, 30, or 40 big blinds. All games are played table stakes.
Only funds that you have brought to the table before a hand begins can be wagered in that hand. The buy-in obligation feature enforces a higher minimum buy-in at ring game and Zoom tables under very rare circumstances, and will only ever impact a small percentage of players who frequently:. Players who repeat this behavior at similar table types more than eight times in a hour period will be required to buy in for a higher minimum generally the stack size they had previously left a table with when sitting at certain tables.
They will not be impacted in any other way. This is no way restricts players from buying in for the minimum buy-in on as many tables as they wish when they have no active obligations. The obligations will also never require you to buy in for more than the default maximum buy-in for the table you are joining.
Zoom obligations work in much the same fashion as obligations at our normal ring games, except the limit is four obligations in 20 hours rather than eight. However, when your minimum buy-in is modified by an obligation for a Zoom pool, you will only be allowed to buy in to one entry at a time, so as to not restrict your buy-ins more than necessary.
As long as you buy-in one entry at a time, you will be able to buy-in as many times as you normally would. This allows players to focus on playing poker, rather than on continuously finding new tables to play. In our poker games, you never play against the house, only against other players.
At the lower limits, we take a smaller rake. Please see our Rake page for exact rake information. Some tournaments do not charge a fee or a rake. At any of our tables, the full amount of the pot, including all current bets, is always displayed numerically at the top of the table. Also, at the end of every betting round, all bets are collected in the middle of the table, and converted into higher denomination chips so you can easily see the pot's total value.
Players may use the time bank to request extra time. In cash games, your time bank on each table will be 30 seconds, but it will increase by 10 seconds for every 50 hands into which you are dealt at that table. If you play your hand to the showdown and you hold the winning hand, it will always automatically be shown. This feature protects you from accidentally mucking a winner.
You can request up to your last hands, your hand histories for a period of time, all the hands you played in a tournament, or any specific single hand. Note however that we do not archive play money or freeroll tournament hand histories, and as such, these hands are not available to be requested.
To launch this feature, simply click on the hand numbers at the upper left of the table. A window will open where you can see text versions of your hands. You can request statistics for a number of your most recent hands.
Please note that statistics are not available for play money hands, which are not stored in the database. The Stars Rewards program gives you the opportunity to receive rebates on rake and additional winnings on your gaming activity. Stars Rewards is free to join and getting started is easy: Once opted-in you will earn reward points for your real money gaming activity, which will fill progress bars to win Chests filled with rewards personalised to you and the games you enjoy playing the most.
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There are even customizable color codes available for your notes! We are happy for friends, relatives, and acquaintances to play at the same table as each other. However, when you do so, you are expected to play just as competitively against your friend as you would against any other player, and you must not share any information about the cards that you hold with them or make any playing agreements in secret doing so is collusion, which is strictly prohibited.
In some cases, this restriction will be imposed automatically by the game software. 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.
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. 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, and can be found below. In No Limit and Pot Limit games, the minimum bet will be equal to the big blind.
However, our games treat the big blind as a raise of the small blind. That means that pre-flop, any raise in an unopened pot that is equal to or greater than the small blind reopens the action. Once someone bets the higher amount, any further bets or raises must be in increments of that amount.
CAP games limit the amount each player can wager per hand. Once that limit is reached, the player is treated as all-in. The betting cap is the same for every player, so all players who start the hand with stack sizes equal to or greater than the cap will end up all-in after wagering the same amount.
Players who start the hand with a stack size smaller than the cap will be treated as all-in when they have wagered their entire stack.
All our games use a standard card poker deck, which is shuffled before the start of each hand, and set. In draw games, if the original 52 card deck is insufficient to allow a player to draw the number of cards requested, the remaining deck and all of the cards discarded by players previously including those discarded by players on the current drawing round are shuffled together to make a new deck.
Once a reshuffle has occurred, the server will prevent a player from receiving back any specific card he has previously discarded. In general players are expected to be seated with the purpose of playing. There is a limit of two seating attempts per table without playing during any six hour period.
At tables with more than two seats:. Players should not take extraordinary measures to avoid playing specific games that are included in the rotation. While it is acceptable to take necessary breaks more often while less preferred games are being dealt, or to join the game when a more preferred game is being dealt, it is not acceptable to systematically avoid playing a particular game or games.
Repeated violations may result in the temporary or permanent loss of playing privileges. Failure to abide by these rules after warnings may result in the temporary or permanent suspension of playing privileges. All poker games, including those played on the Home Games platform, must be played for the true, advertised stakes of the game. Using play money or low stakes to represent other stakes is against the rules.
You can choose to use the live chat or voice chat function where it is available. We do not actively monitor chat, and you play at tables with chat enabled at your own risk. Certain forms and topics of chat are not allowed. Use of the table Chat feature should be done at the player's discretion, and is subject to compliance with our chat rules and User Agreement. We do have a feature by which certain profane or otherwise unacceptable words are asterisked out; a filtered word is one that has been deemed unacceptable on our site.
Players attempting to bypass the filter may also be subject to a warning or suspension of chat privileges. We do not permit players to repeatedly ask for chips, whether Play Money or real money. No solicitation is permitted in any poker game at any time. There are facilities in place to prevent many instances of solicitation. Play Money Chip Sales: Players are not permitted to engage in any discussion regarding the sale of Play Money chips within our chat facilities.
Any such discussion, including the offer to buy or sell play money in chat, is grounds for warning or revocation. The sending of multiple and frequent messages to the chat window in order to drown out legitimate chat is forbidden. We are aware that our players are from around the world, and that for many of them English is not their first language. However, at this time our policy on most tables is that English is the only language allowed to be used in chat.
Our WSOP guide has everything you need to know, so read on. Remember, there's more to the world's biggest poker series than just the Main Event. Our WSOP schedule below has every event for and all the important information you need to know about. The WSOP schedule has not yet been released. However, as soon as it is announced we'll post the schedule of events right here. But did you know that the first WSOP back in featured just seven players?
In fact, the Main Event field didn't even reach double digits until And it took until to reach triple digits. It all started back in when Benny Binion invited six of the absolute best poker players he knew to play No Limit Texas Hold'em in front of a live audience at his Horseshoe casino.
That' s a far cry from the grueling week-and-a-half of practically nonstop tournament play poker players have to go through to be crowned champions these days. There are loads still of ways to get into 's WSOP tournament for just a few dollars or for free though! The series has been held there ever since. You don't have to travel too far back in time to see how online poker dramatically changed the World Series of Poker for the better. Just look back to In , the Main Event saw a field of poker players.
After Moneymaker's unexpected win, online poker sites saw an explosion in traffic, with millions of people signing up to hone their game. In , the field more than tripled, with 2, players sitting down to play in the Main Event. And the following year, the field more than doubled again, jumping up to 5, players.
Change in US law forced a few sites to dive out of the US market later that year, so subsequent years saw Main Event field drops. But for the most part, the field has remained in the mids and above. Online poker has even helped other tournament series grow in conjunction with the WSOP. Large-scale tournament circuits, such as the European Poker Tour and the World Poker Tour, continue to grow both in numbers and prize pools.
However, the World Series continues to be the grandaddy of them all, both in scale and reputation. If you want to play in the World Series of Poker Main Event in , there are several ways to win your seat.
You can win your way through an online poker qualifier. With online qualifiers, or satellites, you can win entry in to the WSOP Main Event for as little as just a few dollars. Poker sites hold satellites that feed into larger tournaments.
By winning a series of tournaments, or even a single satellite tournament, you can make your way to Las Vegas for next to nothing and get to experience all the drama that's bound to play out at this years tournament.
Serious online poker players who have patience and time usually get started with trying to qualify early. If you want to play in the Main Event but you're short on funds this year, you can enter a live satellite. Successful players earn tournament chips that can be used in any of the WSOP gold bracelet tournaments.
The World Series of Poker isn't for everyone. Calling in the final betting round when a player thinks they do not have the best hand is called a crying call. Calling when a player has a relatively weak hand but suspects their opponent may be bluffing is called a hero call.
Calling a bet prior to the final betting round with the intention of bluffing on a later betting round is called a float. In public cardrooms, placing a single chip in the pot of any value sufficient to call an outstanding bet or raise without a verbal action declaring otherwise always constitutes a call.
If necessary, any "change" from the chip will be returned to the player at the end of the betting round, or perhaps even sooner if this can conveniently be done. If, when it is a player's turn to act, the player already has an oversized chip in the pot that has not yet been "changed" and that is of sufficient value to call an outstanding bet or raise, then the player may call by tapping the table as if checking.
In public cardrooms and casinos where verbal declarations are binding, the word "call" is such a declaration. Saying "I call" commits the player to the action of calling, and only calling.
Note that the verb "see" can often be used instead of "call": However, terms such as "overseeing" and "cold seeing" are not valid. To fold is to discard one's hand and forfeit interest in the current pot. No further bets are required by the folding player, but the player cannot win. Folding may be indicated verbally or by discarding one's hand face down into the pile of other discards called the muck , or into the pot uncommon. For this reason it is also called mucking.
In stud poker played in the United States , it is customary to signal folding by turning all of one's cards face down. Once a person indicates a fold or states I fold , that person cannot re-enter the hand. In casinos in the United Kingdom , a player folds by giving their hand as is to the "house" dealer, who spreads the cards face up for the other players to see before mucking them.
When participating in the hand, a player is expected to keep track of the betting action. Losing track of the amount needed to call, called the bet to the player , happens occasionally, but multiple occurrences of this slow the game down and so it is discouraged. The dealer may be given the responsibility of tracking the current bet amount, from which each player has only to subtract their contribution, if any, thus far.
To aid players in tracking bets, and to ensure all players have bet the correct amount, players stack the amount they have bet in the current round in front of them. When the betting round is over a common phrase is "the pot's good" , the players will push their stacks into the pot or the dealer will gather them into the pot.
Tossing chips directly into the pot known as splashing the pot , though popular in film and television depictions of the game, causes confusion over the amount of a raise and can be used to hide the true amount of a bet. Likewise, string raises , or the act of raising by first placing chips to call and then adding chips to raise, causes confusion over the amount bet.
Both actions are generally prohibited at casinos and discouraged at least in other cash games. Most actions calls, raises or folds occurring out-of-turn —when players to the right of the player acting have not yet made decisions as to their own action—are considered improper, for several reasons.
First, since actions by a player give information to other players, acting out of turn gives the person in turn information that they normally would not have, to the detriment of players who have already acted. In some games, even folding in turn when a player has the option to check because there is no bet facing the player is considered folding out of turn since it gives away information which, if the player checked, other players would not have.
For instance, say that with three players in a hand, Player A has a weak hand but decides to try a bluff with a large opening bet. Player C then folds out of turn while Player B is making up their mind. Player B now knows that if they fold, A will take the pot, and also knows that they cannot be re-raised if they call.
This may encourage Player B, if they have a good "drawing hand" a hand currently worth nothing but with a good chance to improve substantially in subsequent rounds , to call the bet, to the disadvantage of Player A. Second, calling or raising out of turn, in addition to the information it provides, assumes all players who would act before the out of turn player would not exceed the amount of the out-of-turn bet. This may not be the case, and would result in the player having to bet twice to cover preceding raises, which would cause confusion.
A player is never required to expose their concealed cards when folding or if all others have folded; this is only required at the showdown. Many casinos and public cardrooms using a house dealer require players to protect their hands. This is done either by holding the cards or, if they are on the table, by placing a chip or other object on top. Unprotected hands in such situations are generally considered folded and are mucked by the dealer when action reaches the player.
This can spark heated controversy, and is rarely done in private games. The style of game generally determines whether players should hold face-down cards in their hands or leave them on the table. Holding "hole" cards allows players to view them more quickly and thus speeds up gameplay, but spectators watching over a player's shoulder can communicate the strength of that hand to other players, even unintentionally.
Unwary players can hold their hand such that a "rubbernecker" in an adjacent seat can sneak a peek at the cards. Lastly, given the correct light and angles, players wearing glasses can inadvertently show their opponents their hole cards through the reflection in their glasses.
Thus for most poker variants involving a combination of faceup and facedown cards most variants of stud and community are dealt in this manner , the standard method is to keep hole cards face-down on the table except when it is that player's turn to act. Making change out of the pot is allowed in most games; to avoid confusion, the player should announce their intentions first. Then, if opening or cold calling, the player may exchange a large chip for its full equivalent value out of the pot before placing their bet, or if overcalling may place the chip announcing that they are calling or raising a lesser amount and remove the change from their own bet for the round.
Making change should, in general, be done between hands whenever possible, when a player sees they are running low of an oft-used value.
The house dealer at casinos often maintains a bank and can make change for a large amount of chips, or in informal games players can make change with each other or with unused chips in the set. This prevents stoppages of play while a player figures change for a bet. Similarly, buying in for an additional amount should be done between hands once the player sees that they will be out of chips within a couple of hands if buy-ins cannot be handled by the dealer it can take two or three hands for an attendant to bring another tray to the table.
Touching another player's chips without permission is a serious breach of protocol and can result in the player being barred from the casino. Many tournaments require that larger denomination chips be stacked in front i.
This is to discourage attempts to hide strength. Some informal games allow a bet to be made by placing the amount of cash on the table without converting it to chips, as this speeds up play. However, the cash can easily be "ratholed" removed from play by simply pocketing it which is normally disallowed, and in casinos leaving cash on a table is a security risk, so many games and virtually all casinos require a formal "buy-in" when a player wishes to increase their stake.
Players in home games typically have both cash and chips available; thus, if money for expenses other than bets is needed, such as food, drinks and fresh decks of cards, players typically pay out of pocket. In casinos and public cardrooms, however, the use of cash is occasionally restricted, so players often establish a small cache of chips called the "kitty", used to pay for such things.
Players contribute a chip of lowest value towards the kitty when they win a pot, and it pays for expenses other than bets such as "rent" formally known as time fees , tipping the dealer, buying fresh decks of cards some public cardrooms include this cost in the "rake" or other fees, while others charge for decks , and similar costs.
Public cardrooms have additional rules designed to speed up play, earn revenue for the casino such as the "rake" , improve security and discourage cheating. All poker games require some forced bets to create an initial stake for the players to contest, as well as an initial cost of being dealt each hand for one or more players.
The requirements for forced bets and the betting limits of the game see below are collectively called the game's betting structure. An ante is a forced bet in which all players put an equal amount of money or chips into the pot before the deal begins. Often this is either a single unit a one-value or the smallest value in play or some other small amount; a proportion such as a half or a quarter of the minimum bet is also common.
An ante paid by every player ensures that a player who folds every round will lose money though slowly , thus providing all players with an incentive, however small, to play the hand rather than toss it in when the opening bet reaches them. Antes are the most common forced bet in draw poker and stud poker but are uncommon in games featuring blind bets see next section.
However, some tournament formats of games featuring blinds impose an ante to discourage extremely tight play. Antes encourage players to play more loosely by lowering the cost of staying in the hand calling relative to the current pot size, offering better pot odds.
With antes, more players stay in the hand, which increases pot size and makes for more interesting play. This is considered important to ensure good ratings for televised tournament finals. Most televised high-stakes cash games also use both blinds and antes. Televised cash games usually have one of the players, normally the dealer, pay for everyone to accelerate play.
If there are six players for example, the dealer would toss six times the ante into the pot, paying for each person. In live cash games where the acting dealer changes each turn, it is not uncommon for the players to agree that the dealer or some other position relative to the button provides the ante for each player.
This simplifies betting, but causes minor inequities if other players come and go or miss their turn to deal. During such times, the player can be given a special button indicating the need to pay an ante to the pot known as "posting"; see below upon their return. Some cardrooms eliminate these inequities by always dealing all players into every hand whether they are present or not.
In such cases casino staff or neighboring players under staff supervision will be expected to post antes and fold hands on behalf of absent players as necessary. A blind bet or just blind is a forced bet placed into the pot by one or more players before the deal begins, in a way that simulates bets made during play. The most common use of blinds as a betting structure calls for two blinds: This two-blind structure, sometimes with antes, is the dominating structure of play for community card poker games such as Texas hold-em.
Sometimes only one blind is used often informally as a "price of winning" the previous hand , and sometimes three are used this is sometimes seen in Omaha. In the case of three blinds usually one quarter, one quarter, and half a normal bet amount , the first blind goes "on the button", that is, is paid by the dealer.
A blind is usually a "live bet"; the amount paid as the blind is considered when figuring the bet to that player the amount needed to call during the first round. However, some situations, such as when a player was absent from the table during a hand in which they should have paid a blind, call for placing a "dead blind"; the blind does not count as a bet.
If there have been no raises when action first gets to the big blind that is, the bet amount facing them is just the amount of the big blind they posted , the big blind has the ability to raise or check. This right to raise called the option occurs only once.
As with any raise, if their raise is now called by every player, the first betting round closes as usual. Similarly to a missed ante, a missed blind due to the player's temporary absence i.
Upon the player's return, they must pay the applicable blind to the pot for the next hand they will participate in. The need for this rule is eliminated in casinos that deal in absent players as described above. Also the rule is for temporary absences only; if a player leaves the table permanently, special rules govern the assigning of blinds and button see next subsection.
In some fixed-limit and spread-limit games, especially if three blinds are used, the big blind amount may be less than the normal betting minimum. Players acting after a sub-minimum blind have the right to call the blind as it is, even though it is less than the amount they would be required to bet, or they may raise the amount needed to bring the current bet up to the normal minimum, called completing the bet. When one or more players pays the small or big blinds for a hand, then after that hand permanently leaves the game by "busting out" in a tournament or simply calling it a night at a public cardroom , an adjustment is required in the positioning of the blinds and the button.
There are three common rule sets to determine this:. In tournaments, the dead button and moving button rules are common replacement players are generally not a part of tournaments. Online cash games generally use the simplified moving button as other methods are more difficult to codify and can be abused by players constantly entering and leaving.
Casino card rooms where players can come and go can use any of the three rulesets, though moving button is most common. When a player immediately takes the place of a player who leaves, the player may have the option to either pay the blinds in the leaving player's stead, in which case play continues as if the player never left, or to "sit out" until the button has moved past him, and thus the chair is effectively empty for purposes of the blinds.
Many card rooms do not allow new players to sit out as it is highly advantageous for the new player, both to watch one or more hands without obligation to play, and to enter the game in a very "late" position on their first hand they see all other player's actions except the dealer's. For these reasons, new players must often post a "live" big blind to enter regardless of their position at the table.
The normal rules for positioning the blinds do not apply when there are only two players at the table. The player on the button is always due the small blind, and the other player must pay the big blind. The player on the button is therefore the first to act before the flop, but last to act for all remaining betting rounds. A special rule is also applied for placement of the button whenever the size of the table shrinks to two players.
If three or more players are involved in a hand, and at the conclusion of the hand one or more players have busted out such that only two players remain for the next hand, the position of the button may need to be adjusted to begin heads-up play.
The big blind always continues moving, and then the button is positioned accordingly. For example, in a three-handed game, Alice is the button, Dianne is the small blind, and Carol is the big blind. If Alice busts out, the next hand Dianne will be the big blind, and the button will skip past Dianne and move to Carol.
On the other hand, if Carol busts out, Alice will be the big blind, Dianne will get the button and will have to pay the small blind for the second hand in a row. A kill blind is a special blind bet made by a player who triggers the kill in a kill game see below. It is often twice the amount of the big blind or minimum bet known as a full kill , but can be 1. This blind is "live"; the player posting it normally acts last in the opening round after the other blinds, regardless of relative position at the table , and other players must call the amount of the kill blind to play.
As any player can trigger a kill, there is the possibility that the player must post a kill blind when they are already due to pay one of the other blinds. Rules vary on how this is handled. A bring-in is a type of forced bet that occurs after the cards are initially dealt, but before any other action. One player, usually chosen by the value of cards dealt face up on the initial deal, is forced to open the betting by some small amount, after which players act after them in normal rotation.
Because of this random first action, bring-ins are usually used in games with an ante instead of structured blind bets. The bring-in is normally assigned on the first betting round of a stud poker game to the player whose upcards indicate the poorest hand.
For example, in traditional high hand stud games and high-low split games, the player showing the lowest card pays the bring-in. In low hand games, the player with the highest card showing pays the bring-in. The high card by suit order can be used to break ties, but more often the person closest to the dealer in order of rotation pays the bring-in. In most fixed-limit and some spread-limit games, the bring-in amount is less than the normal betting minimum often half of this minimum.
The player forced to pay the bring-in may choose either to pay only what is required in which case it functions similarly to a small blind or to make a normal bet.