The game starts with mandatory blind bets. The player who has the small blind must put a bet of 0.5% of the full buy-in allowed for the table and the player who has the big blind must put a bet of 1% of the full buy-in. In ring games, in the event that a player in the blinds doesn’t have enough money to pay the full mandatory bet, he/she will be seated out of the game. In the Zero Gravity Poker software, the dealer uses a simplified always moving forward policy. This means that in the event that the player in the big blind loses all his chips, the player to the left of the big blind won’t have to pay the big blind this round.
After the blind bets are put, each player is dealt four cards face down starting left of the big blind and given one at a time. Then comes a betround. The betround preflop starts with the player left of the big blind. He can either raise the blind bet, call it or muck his hand. Action continues until the last raise his called or everyone folds. For details on raise policies, please view pot limit rules.
After the first round of bet is completed, the dealer will put three cards face up on the table. Then another round of bet will begin. On the flop and subsequent rounds, the first player to act is the first player to the right of the small blind still in the hand. He can either check, bet or fold. For details on bet policies, please view pot limit rules.
Once the second round of betting is over, the dealer will put a fourth card face up on the table. Then another round of betting will begin.
Once the third round of betting is over, the dealer will put a final card face up on the table and a final round of bet will begin. If two or more players are still in the hand after the final round of bet is over, the hand will move to showdown.
In pot limit games, players are never allowed to make a bet that exceeds the amount of the current active pot. This means that if there is a pot of 500$ and a sidepot of 100$, the first player to act on the turn can only bet 100$. In pot limit, players are also limited in the amount they can raise another player after a bet or a raise. To determine the maximum amount a player is allowed to raise, you add the size of the current active pot plus the amount of all bets on the table plus the amount the player must call before making a raise. That player is then allowed to raise that amount plus the amount of the last raise. A faster way to calculate the maximum raise amount is to just multiply the last bet by 3.
In Pot Limit Omaha, players must make the best five card hand out of their four cards and the five community cards. In Omaha tho, unlike Hold'Em where a player can use any combination of his hidden cards and the community cards to make the best hand, he must make his hand with two hidden cards and three community cards. For details on the ranking of the hands, please view hand values.
Hands are ranked from best to worst this way: