LIVE POKER AT THE SOLAIRE POKER ROOM
The object of the game of Poker is to make the best Poker Hand. All Players start with the same number of Hole Cards, then put chips into the Pot each Betting Round. After four rounds of Betting, the Player with the best Hand will take the Pot. Three different variants of Poker may be played at The Solaire Poker Room. Although each game is slightly different, the mechanics are similar.
All Solaire Poker Room games are played with a standard deck consisting of 52 cards.
The Dealer will deal to the first Player to the left of the Dealer Button, and continue in a clockwise direction until all Players have been dealt their Hole Cards (the first two cards, dealt face down).
Each Player must then declare an Action in turn –in a clockwise order – as prompted by the Dealer. Players must decide if they want to Fold, Call, Bet or Raise. This round of Actions is called the “Betting Round.”
The Betting Round only ends when all the players’ bets have been matched. All these bets go into the “Pot.” Players who do not want to match the bets must fold, and can no longer win the Pot.
After this first Betting Round (PreFlop), a card is “burned” face down before three “Community Cards” of the Board are dealt up in the center of the table (Flop).
There is a Flop Betting Round, then another card is burned and a 4th community card (Turn card) is dealt face up. There is a Turn Betting Round, then a third card is burned, and the last or 5th card (River card) is dealt face up in the center of the table.
The River Betting Round is the final round of betting before players have to “Showdown” their Hands.
If at any time only one Player remains, that Player shall win the Pot and is not obligated to show his hand. If two or more Players make it to the Showdown, the Player with the best Poker Hand will win the Pot.
To make a Poker Hand, Players may use both, one or none of his hole cards and three, four or five “Community Cards” on the Board.
After the Pot is awarded, the Dealer Button is moved one seat to the right, and the dealer shuffles to prepare a new deal.
This game is the same format as Holdem with two key exceptions.
1. The player receives four Hole Cards instead of two.
2. Out of the four Hole Cards he must use only two cards from his hand and only three Community Cards from the board.
This game itself plays differently as it is a DRAW game and there are no Community Cards.
The Dealer Button is still in effect, and cards are dealt the same way. The player receives four Hole Cards instead of two. Betting Rounds are also resolved similarly.
After the first Betting Round, the dealer will burn the top card and begin the first Drawing Round.
Players may choose up to four cards in their hand to discard (DRAW). The Dealer will then deal a matching amount of new cards to the drawing player, replacing his discarded cards.
There will be two more Drawing Rounds, each preceded by a Betting Round.
After the third and final Drawing Round, there is a final Betting Round before players have to showdown their hands.
As Badugi is a Lowball game, the winning hand is the four-card combination with one card of each suit, whose values are lowest. Ace is low, and King is high.
HAND RANKINGS: Poker Ranking List (Descending order)
- Royal Flush (the top five cards of the same suit in sequence) – e.g. A, K, Q, J, 10
- Straight Flush (five cards of the same suit in sequence, other than a Royal Flush) – e.g. Q, J, 10, 9, 8
- Four of a Kind - e.g. K, K, K, K, J
- Full House (three cards of one kind plus two of another) – e.g. K, K, K, J, J
- Flush (any five cards of the same suit, not in sequence) – e.g. K, J, 9, 5, 2
- Straight (any five cards in sequence of different suits,an Ace may count high or low in a straight) – e.g. 5, 4, 3, 2, A
- Three of a Kind – e.g. Q, Q, Q, 8, 3
- Two Pairs – e.g. 7, 7, 4, 4, J
- One Pair – e.g. 10, 10, K, 6, 3
- High Card – e.g. Q, 10, 6, 4, 2
The rankings for hands with same hand value are decided as in the following examples:
a) K, Q, J, 10, 9 (Straight) beats J, 10, 9, 8, 7 (Straight);
b) 5, 5, K, 10, 2 beats 5, 5, Q, J, 10 as the next highest card after Pair of 5 is a King, which ranks higher than a Queen;
c) In Badugi a “Low” of 7, 5, 2, 3, A beats 7, 5, 4, 3, 6 as the next lowest card after The 7 is a 5, which ranks lower than a 6;
HOW TO BET
Before the Hole Cards are dealt, two types of blind bets (i.e. bets without seeing their cards yet) are placed: the Small Blind and Big Blind. The Small blind will be posting half the minimum bet for the table and the Big Blind posts the minimum bet.
On their Action, during each Betting Round, a Player may bet or raise any amount between the minimum and maximum amount.
In “No Limit” games, The maximum amount a player may bet is only limited by the amount of chips in his stack. A “minimum raise” applies, which is equal to the amount the previous bet has been RAISED BY.
In “Pot Limit” games. The maximum amount a player may RAISE BY is limited to the cumulative size of the Pot. The minimum raise still applies.
HOW TO JOIN A GAME AT THE SOLAIRE POKER ROOM
A Player who wishes to participate in a game must first make a reservation with the Solaire Poker Room Host. If there is a seat available, it will be given to the Player. If not, the Player will get on a waitlist, and the Solaire Poker Room Host shall contact the Player the moment a seat becomes available.
Once given a seat, the Player must place on the table, in full view of the Dealer and all other Players, the minimum buy-in required in chips. An active Player may not reduce his table stake during a game, but he may freely add to it in-between hands dealt.