If you go online and you are logged in to your choosen online poker room, you choose a table to start playing. If you play in a private tournament (see Menu Link), you meet your friends and … Start to play.
In order to designate which player is the theoretical dealer in a game, a “Button” is used.
When the first hand is dealt in Omaha, the button is always given to the player that is to the immediate right of the dealer chip rack. In tournaments, however, one card is dealt to each player and the button is given to the player with the highest card. After each hand is completed, the button moves clockwise to the next active player and this player will be considered to be the dealer, and will act on his hand last on each betting round for that game. It is a big advantage to act last in Omaha and by moving the button; each player gets to take a turn at having this advantage.
When itâ€™s your turn for the button, you are said to be “playing the button”. Look to your screen and see, if you are “the dealer” or who else has the advantage.
How to bet?
Poker is a gambling game. In most games and variations, you must ANTE something (amount varies by game), just to get dealt cards.
After that the players will begin to bet into the pot in the middle. At the end of the hand, the highest hand (that hasn’t folded) wins the pot. Basically, when betting gets around to you (betting is typically done in clockwise order), you have one of three choices:
Call – When you call, you bet enough to match what has been bet since the last time you bet (for instance, if you bet a dime last time, and someone else bet a quarter, you would owe fifteen cents).
Raise – When you raise, you first bet enough to match what has been bet since the last time you bet (as in calling), then you “raise” the bet another amount (up to you, but there is typically a limit.) Continuing the above example, if you had bet a dime, the other player raised you fifteen cents (up to a quarter), you might raise a quarter (up to fifty cents). Since you owed the pot 15 cents for calling and 25 for your raise, you would put 40 cents into the pot.
Fold – When you fold, you drop out of the current hand (losing any possibility of winning the pot), but you don’t have to put any money into the pot.
Issues That Should Concern Online Poker Players
There are two somewhat different (and hence somewhat overlapping) sets of concerns for online gamblers. Because I’m the poker writer here, I’ll discuss the poker issues first, but even if your only Internet gambling is poker, I strongly encourage you to stay with me for the generic Internet gambling issues, because some of them very definitely apply to poker.
Poker works differently than Player vs. House gambling, both in cyberspace and in real poker rooms. The House doesn’t play against the player. The House makes its money by charging the players a fee: sometimes it’s an hourly rate, sometimes it’s a per-round rate, and sometimes it’s a percentage of the pot.
Whichever method the House uses to earn its profit, you can see that the Toto HK House doesn’t really mind if you’re good (unlike blackjack or sports betting, where being good means being asked to leave), because you aren’t winning the House’s money. The House’s only interest is having a full table, and the more full tables the better. The best way to have full tables is to provide good service, so the interests of the House and the Player/Customer overlap significantly.
This is also true in online poker, so I wouldn’t be worried about getting cheated by the House in a online poker game; it could happen, I think, but the operators would have to be greedy morons, or be employing an underpaid, unscrupulous, and talented hacker.