Learn the Rules of Poker at 32Red

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Learn the Rules of Poker at 32Red

Learning the rules of poker is something all poker players must all do, not only to understand the game better but also to help appreciate the etiquette and nuances associated with playing this great game - whether you are playing in a live environment, or if you are playing poker online.

Take a look at the following rules to help you learn poker...

All Actions Stand...

To determine the action you want to perform in a game, click the appropriate Action button. Remember that once you have selected an action, it is final - so please ensure that you select the correct action!

All-in...

If you do not have enough chips to bet during a hand, you are not forced to place the full bet amount. You must put all of your chips into the pot - this is calling all-in. All-in indicates that all your remaining chips are put into the pot. You then contend for the pot in an amount proportional to the chips you put in. The game play that continues among other players is put into a side pot. The all-in player has no share in this side pot.

Note:
To request more all-ins, do the following:

  • Right-click the table graphic. A pop-up menu is displayed.
  • Select the Request all-in reset option. Your all-in limit will be reset to the default limit.

Bets and Raises...

No raises are permitted once the betting is capped. Players may only call or fold.

When playing 1-on-1, or if only two players remain in a game, the maximum number of bets permitted per betting round is eight.

Blinds and Posts...

  • Blind bets are used to start the game play. The player to the immediate left of the dealer posts the small blind. The next player to the left posts the big blind. The small blind is half of the lower betting limit. The big blind is a full bet at the lower betting limit. For example, in a $10/$20 game, the small blind is $5 and the big blind is $10.
  • When new players enter a game they can choose to either post now or wait for the big blind. If a player decides to wait, they will receive no cards until it is their turn to play the big blind. If they decide to post, they bet the equivalent of one big blind, and receive cards immediately.
  • Both the big blind and post are considered live blinds. Thus the player who posted the small blind must equalise the betting once the new player has posted the equivalent of one big blind.
  • Players who sit out and then sit in again must wait either for the big blind to reach them again before receiving cards, or post both a big blind and a small blind to begin receiving cards immediately.

Note:
When posting both blinds, only the big blind portion of the post is live. The small blind portion of the post is placed in the pot. The player is penalised the equivalent of a small blind.

Chat...

The following player chat rules apply:

  • Communication between players at the table is in English or the allocated Table Language only.
  • No mention of or advertising for other Poker Rooms or Poker Casinos is permitted.
  • The sending of multiple and frequent messages to the chat window is not permitted.
  • No foul, abusive or insulting language is permitted. The use of such language may result in the following:
    • Player's chat feature being disabled.
    • Players being disqualified and removed from the game.
    • Players being banned from the Multi-Player Casino.

Note:
These decisions are at the discretion of the house.

Checks and Raises...

Checking and Raising is permitted in all games.

Chip Dumping...

Chip dumping is not allowed, and may result in the following:

  • Players being disqualified and removed from the game.
  • Players forfeiting all buy-in amounts.
  • Players being permanently banned from the Multi-Player Casino.

Note:
These decisions are at the discretion of the house.

Coffeehousing...

Any inter-player chat carried out with the intention of misleading or manipulating other players falls under the 'Coffeehousing' rule, and is not permitted.

Likewise, any chat that could influence the play, or outcome of the game, is not allowed.

Collusion...

Poker is a game where players play for their own interest. Partnerships or any kind of cooperation among players is not permitted.

Collusion is not allowed, and may result in the following:

  • Players being disqualified and removed from the game.
  • Players forfeiting all buy-in amounts.
  • Players being permanently banned from the Multi-Player Casino.

Note:
These decisions are at the discretion of the house.

Dealer...

To determine the Dealer in the first round, one card is dealt face up to all players. The player with the highest card by suit starts the game as the Dealer.

Note:
Suits are ranked from low to high - Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts and Spades.

Disconnections...

If a player is disconnected from the system during play, the following rules apply:

  • If a player is disconnected during the play of a hand and have placed a bet, they have thirty seconds to reconnect. If they do not reconnect within thirty seconds, the following happens:
    • If the player can check, their hand is automatically checked.
    • If the player cannot check, but has All-In's available, their hand is considered All-In.
    • If the player does not qualify to check their hand, or be considered All-In, their hand automatically folds.
  • All-In's are not allowed for disconnections in Pot-Limit and No-Limit games.
  • If there is an issue on the gaming server preventing the completion of a game, the game play for the current hand is canceled. And the player balance for the table is returned to its state at the start of the hand.

Note:
The house monitors the circumstances and frequency of All-In's.

Exposing Hands at Showdown...

  • All active hands are automatically displayed at the showdown unless a player has previously clicked the muck losing hands option.
  • All called hands at the showdown are available for viewing to any player in the PlayCheck readout of a hand.
  • Player who win a pot without a showdown are given the option to show or muck their hand. Uncalled winning hands that are mucked are not available for viewing in the PlayCheck readout.

General Game Rules...

There are special rules that govern Internet Poker. These rules are in addition to the General Rules of Poker adopted by the house.

House Rules...

The house reserves the right to do the following:

  • Disqualify any players who do not follow Game rules, or that act inappropriately during a game.
  • Alter the rules and make final decisions on all game related issues as they occur.

All decisions are at the discretion of the house and are final.

Individual Play...

Poker is a game where players play for their own interest. Partnerships or any kind of co-operation between players is NOT permitted.

Language...

  • Communication between players at the table is language specific depending on the table chosen, e.g. English must be used at English language tables.
  • No foul, abusive or insulting language is permitted. The use of such language may result in you being removed, suspended or banned from the Poker Room. If you use such language, your hand folds and all your contributions to the pot are forfeited.

Note: These decisions are at the discretion of the house.

Leaving and Returning to a Game...

If you leave a game and return to that game in less than sixty minutes, you will start the new game with the same stakes as when you left.

Note:
If you leave one game to play in another game and lose, you may return to the first game and play at a lower limit bet. For more information on playing at a lower limit bet, see the section All-in below.

Minimum buy-in...

The minimum buy-in for any game is ten times the amount of the small bet. For example, the minimum buy-in in a $3/$6 game is $30.

Playing at more than one table...

You may play at more than one table simultaneously.

Note:
This is at the discretion of the house.

The following rules apply:

  • The house monitors players who are playing at more than one table simultaneously. This is to ensure that mutli-table play is not causing slow play. If the house determines that slow play is as a result of playing at multiple tables the player is forced to play at one table only.
  • The player may not allege distraction or confusion as an excuse for errors made when playing at more than one table simultaneously. Players are therefore urged to consider the risks involved in multiple-table play, as errors that occur are strictly the player's responsibility.

Rake...

This is the amount that the 32Red Poker Room takes for facilitating the game between players on its service. This is only applicable to games where an ante is not used.

Rake Structure...

To see the rake structure for games at 32Red Poker, please click here.

Sitting Out...

Clicking the Sit Out button allows you to leave the table for a short period of time.

You are removed from a table if you sit out for more than fifteen minutes or have missed two rounds of blinds.

Slow Play...

If you are connected to the system but are not responding when it is your turn, the following rules apply:

  • If you have not placed a bet in the hand, you have ten seconds to respond. Failing this, your hand automatically folds.
  • If you have placed a bet in the hand, you have twenty seconds to respond. Failing this, your hand automatically folds or is considered all-in.

Note: Repeated instances of slow play may be grounds for a player to be removed from the table. This decision is at the discretion of the house.

Soft Play...

Soft play is not allowed, and may result in the following:

  • Players being disqualified and removed from the game.
  • Players forfeiting all buy-in amounts.
  • Players being permanently banned from the Multi-Player Casino.

Note:
These decisions are at the discretion of the house.

Table stakes...

There are low and high bets in each game. For example, in a $5/$10 game, the low bet is $5 and the high bet is $10.

Note:
You cannot increase your bet while a hand is in play.

Understand and Abiding by the Rules...

By entering a game, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and agreed to abide by both the General and the Individual Game Rules of the 32Red Online Poker Room and the Microgaming Poker System.

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