Placing bets on poker at Woo Casino will never cause problems. But controversial poker situations are not uncommon if the game is played at home and the players themselves are not well versed in the rules of the game. Most of the time they arise when the winner of a hand is determined, although sometimes disputes arise over who should call their cards first, whether a player can call their cards if they are all-in, whether a player has the right to call their cards out loud, and so on.
Here are the most popular disputable situations that arise at the poker table. But if you are playing in a poker club, then any such situation is at the discretion of the dealer or representatives of the administration, who are supposed to resolve all disputes. If the game is online, you can always contact the technical support, especially since it is very easy to call in any modern room.
Does the Suit Matter?
Sometimes several players in one hand have the same combination, and the only difference is the suit of the cards. What to do in such a case? Does it matter what suit you have in poker?
No. In poker, all suits are equal, so it doesn’t matter if you have a flush, clubs or diamonds. And if several players have the same combination, the pot is divided equally between them.
Who Shows the Cards First?
This problem is common when players in the heat of passion often can not determine who should be the first to open their cards and show the accumulated combination. In fact, the solution is simple. The first player to show his cards must be the player who made the aggression in the last betting round. If you were the first to bet on the river, then you would have to show your cards first, because the other players only responded to your bets. And if none of the players bet on the river, the cards are dealt in turn, starting with the player to the left of the dealer.
You don’t have to reveal your cards if you see that you’ve already lost the hand. This rule is often used by professionals, who discard their cards “in secret” and do not show them to their opponent. After all, the less he knows about our way of playing, the better for us!
But if you put all your chips into play (that is, you go all-in), then you are obliged to show everyone your cards.
Who Wins if There Is a Square on the Table?
Sometimes dealers put four identical cards on the table, for example, a queen’s square. How to determine the winner in this case?
In this case you should remember that any poker combination must consist of five cards. In the case of a square, it is four cards of the same value and the fifth card, called the kicker. In this case, the player who has the biggest kicker (preferably an Ace) takes the pot. Again, the suit doesn’t matter in this case.
Is It Possible to Collect Three Pairs at Once?
Let’s say we’re playing a hand with JQ cards, and we have JQ995 on the table. Our opponent is holding 95. Who won the hand?
Of course, any professional player would know immediately that, unfortunately, our opponent won here, because he has a full house, consisting of three nines and two fives. We have only two pairs – queens and jacks. Keep in mind that a pair of nines doesn’t play in our case, since we have to make the strongest possible combination in poker, using only five cards. Accordingly, our combination will look like this: QQJJ9.
Can I Show My Cards to Others?
If you play in a small poker room or even at home, it is not uncommon to see one of your opponents raise his cards above the table and show them to a friend cheering him on behind his back. But is such behavior allowed?
Of course not. In any large room or big tournament, it is forbidden to remove cards from the table at all. They must be in full view of everyone, and it’s not even a question of picking them up or showing them to a friend. Only the player has the opportunity to know his cards, and no one else. By the way, that is why at big tournaments, such as WSOP, it is forbidden to use the phone. If a player violates this rule, he may even be kicked out of the tournament.
Can I Say My Cards?
Does a player have the right to call his cards aloud, thus wishing to confuse his opponents?
Again, no. According to the rules, you can talk about other players’ cards aloud, even try to guess what they’re holding, but you must never talk about your own cards. This rule is often ignored in smaller rooms and private games, though. Opponents often intentionally tell each other some combinations, which supposedly they have in their hands, just to see their opponent’s reaction.
How to Extend the Chips?
You wouldn’t believe how many controversial situations arise in poker around betting and everything that goes with it. When exactly is a bet placed – when the player called the amount or when he put forward any number of chips “over the line”? And how do you distinguish a bet from a simple call, when a player has simply called previous raises?
These are very important questions, especially when it comes to high stakes gambling. After all, when there is a lot of money to be made, it is very important that everything be very clear and straightforward. And that’s why poker has clear requirements for how to bet in a live game.
To put chips, name the amount, and only after that, put this amount of game currency in the center of the table. Or there is another option. You just count the number of chips you want to put and move them to the center of the table with one move of your hand.