The objective of poker is to capture the entire pot containing the amount (bets) placed by the players on the table during the hand.
This can be achieved by either having the best hand at the end of play or using poker tactics to force other players on the table to fold.
While there are different types of poker, in India, the two most popular types of poker remain: Hold'em Poker and Omaha Poker.
NL Hold’em Poker is easily the most popular type of poker available on MPL. It is commonly known as Texas Hold’em poker. In this poker variation, every player on the table is dealt two cards privately (known as ‘Hole Cards’). The dealer spreads five cards on the table for common use, which can be used by all players to make their best possible five-card hand.
The player may or may not use the two private cards dealt to him at the start to form his/her five-card combination. The dealer spreads the cards over three turns – three at once (known as Flop), then another (known as Turn) and then another (known as River).
On MPL, players can choose to play No Limit Hold’em poker. In NL Hold’em Poker, a player can bet any amount during his/her turn. They have the option to bet up to all of their chips. The minimum bet in this poker variation is the same size of the big blind for that particular table.
While Hold’em Poker still remains the popular choice for Online Poker, the popularity of Omaha Poker has also seen a massive rise in recent years. PL Omaha Poker simply translates to Pot Limit Omaha Poker. PL Omaha Poker is essentially game of Hold’em poker with two fundamental differences:
Unlike Hold’em poker, in PL Omaha, each player on the table is dealt four hole cards, while the five cards for common use remain the same. The player once again needs to make the best possible combination from the available nine cards at his disposal. However, in this poker variation, it is mandatory for the player to use two hole cards and three community cards to make his best hand.
The second difference is in the name: Pot Limit. As the name suggests, a player’s bet is limited to the maximum amount in the pot during his/her turn.
Pot Limit Omaha 5 is a poker variation that is available on MPL. Taking traditional Omaha poker one step ahead, in PL Omaha 5, each player is dealt 5 hole cards at the beginning. This means the player has a total of 10 cards to make his best possible combination. Similar to Omaha poker, the player must have two cards from his hand and three community cards in his best hand.
A poker tournament is a competition where several users play a series of poker games. The winner of the tournament is usually the player who wins every poker chip in the game. Others are awarded placings based on their time of elimination. In Poker tournaments, the blinds (small & big blind) rise as players go deep in the tournament, with the latter stages also introducing antes (a small amount contributed by every player to seed the pot at the beginning). On MPL, players can choose to play tournaments with a buy-in amount of as little as ₹10. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced poker player, MPL has what you need to learn how to play poker and tips to play poker efficiently.
Small Blind: Made by the player sitting to the left of the dealer to kickstart the pot. It is usually half of the big blind.
Big Blind: Made by the player sitting to the left of the one who made the small blind. Big blind is equal to the minimum bet. Once the big blind has been made, the rest of the players in a clockwise direction proceed towards the first betting round.
Pre-Flop: It is the first betting round, where players take action without any of the community cards revealed.
Flop: Three community cards are revealed. The players then proceed to make bets.
Turn: The fourth community card is revealed, followed by which players make bets.
River: The final community card is revealed. Remaining players on the table make their bets.
Showdown: Players reveal their respective hands. The best hand wins the pot.
Check: Passing the action without betting anything in the pot. 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. 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.