Poker on MPL is available in three popular variations, namely NL Hold’em, PL Omaha and PL Omaha 5. Regardless of which poker variation a player chooses to play, it is wise to have a perfect understanding of basic poker rules before you start playing and challenging other players online.
First and foremost, the fundamental objective of Poker is to form the best combination using the cards in your hand, also known as ‘hole cards’ and the cards on the board, ‘also known as community cards’. Different variations have different number of hole cards dealt to each player at the start of the poker game. The player with the best combination is declared as the winner and wins the entire pot, i.e. the chips collected through the various rounds of betting during the poker game.
Amongst basic poker rules, there are betting rounds. This involved the game being divided into various rounds based on when the community cards are unfolded. The poker game starts with players putting in the small blind and big blind in the pot. The player sitting on the immediate left of the dealer posts a small blind and the player next to him posts the big blind.
The hole cards are then dealt, post which the first round of betting happens. The play always moves clockwise on the table. The first betting round is called Pre-Flop; which involves no community cards being revealed till all players take action. The second betting round is called Flop; which involves three community cards are revealed before players take action.
The third round is called turn; the fourth community card is revealed. The fourth round is called River; the final community card is revealed. If more than two players are still left in the table after River, the game proceeds to the final round, known as Showdown. Here players reveal their respective hands, the best hand wins the pot.
During the various betting rounds, the player can choose one of the following betting actions -
Check: Passing the action without betting anything in the pot. As per any poker game, Check can only be done if no player has made a bet before your turn. Bet: If no opponent has made a bet until the player’s turn, the player can choose to bet. According to basic poker rules, once a bet has been made, the rest of the players will have to either ‘call’ on the bet or ‘raise’ it to continue playing. Call: Matching the bet made by the opponent. Raise: Raising the bet during that betting round. To raise, the player must first ‘call’ on the bet before putting some additional chips in the pot.
Fold: Forfeiting the game during the player’s turn. The player will be ineligible to participate in subsequent rounds.
NL Hold’em Poker is played on a table with two to nine players.
In No Limits Hold’em Poker, each player on the table is dealt two hole cards, with five community cards being revealed during the various betting rounds. The primary objective in NL Hold’em Poker is to make the best 5-card hand from the seven available cards (2 hole cards & 5 community cards). The player can use one, both or none of his two private cards to make his best hand. In case, the player chooses to use all five cards on the table to make his hand, it is called “playing the board”.
As per NL Hold’em Poker rules, there is no limit on betting. They have the option to bet upto all of their chips.
PL Omaha Poker is also played with two to nine players on the table.
According to PL Omaha rules, each player on the table is dealt four hole cards to start the first betting round. PL Omaha is similar to Hold’em in the sense that the player needs to make the best 5-card combination from his hand. However, unlike the previous variation, the player needs to mandatorily use two of his hole cards and three from the community cards to make his best possible hand.
The pre-fixed Pot Limit means players can bet only as high as the total value of the pot during his/her turn.
PL Omaha 5 is just an extension of PL Omaha, where the number of players in a table and the basic objective remains the same. The only difference in PL Omaha 5 rules is that in this poker variation, each player is dealt five hole cards. The player now has the option to make his best hand from the 10 cards at his disposal (5 hole cards and 5 community cards).
In each of the three aforementioned poker variations, the winner of the game wins the entire pot. A player can win either by having the best hand on the table during showdown or by forcing the other players to fold by strategic betting during the previous rounds. If the player is the last person remaining in the table during any of the betting rounds, he/she is declared as the winner and takes home the entire pot.
In case two or more players are having the same combination, the player having the higher ranked cards is the winner. In case two players are holding cards of the same value, the pot is divided equally between them.