Online Poker Betting
Posting Blinds or Antes
In online poker betting for games like Texas or Omaha Hold ‘em, blinds are used – just as they are in the table versions of the games. Blinds are bets posted by either one or two players to the left of the dealer, before the cards are dealt. Players each take turns in paying the blinds. To ensure the fair sharing of blinds in online poker betting, a new player has a choice to make – wait a few hands until the blind eventually comes around or “post” an added blind to get a hand immediately. If you opt to post a blind, the dealer considers you a regular player and will deal you in on the next round.
The chips you post are “live” – meaning they count as a bet from you – and if no one raises before it’s your turn to act, there is no need to bet more chips just to stay in the hand. If someone does raise, the amount you have posted as a blind will be used as credit for calling the bet, if you choose to do this.
In stud games, antes are typically used instead of blinds. In this case, any player joining a table is prompted to post an ante bet before a new hand starts.
Once the blinds or antes have been posted, play begins and cards are dealt. Any community cards display in the middle of the table. You can view your own cards, which display in front of your “seat”, but not the cards of other players, which display face down.
Different poker clients display different buttons for online poker betting, but buttons will be there to enable you to bet, raise, call, fold or check. Typically, once you choose to bet, a text box displays and you enter the amount of the bet. In a no-limit game, a slider may display instead of (or in addition to) a text box. It can be tricky to use a slider to specify an exact amount, so it’s often preferable to use a text box.
You can also make an action request ahead of time, even before your turn comes around. This option can come in handy when you are certain that you will fold no matter what occurs before your turn to act comes. In this case, you can still change your mind once it’s your turn to act – but if you don’t alter the setting you’ve chosen, the dealer will complete the action request you’ve made without a pause.
When a hand ends, the dealer starts the showdown by revealing the cards of the player who is obligated to show first. Each player after that has the option to show their hand or to “muck” them up (which means to choose not to reveal the hand and take the loss). Quite a number of sites automatically reveal winning hands in order to hasten the showdown.
After all the cards are shown, the dealer awards the winnings in accordance with the online poker betting rules for the game.