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Choose wether you play Poker or Texas Hold'em. Buy chips and join the level that best suits your skills. Then choose a table and join the audience. Once you find a free table, you're in to play for the chips and honor!
To make playing more exciting, the games are played using chips that you can buy with Playforia coins. Chips are cheap to buy, but if you are a good player you can win chips from other users, too!
Due to legal issues, we cannot refund the chips in coins or money.
Choosing the game
After signing in, you can choose to play either poker or Texas Hold'em. You can also choose the level you wish play at. The higher the level, the bigger the bets are.
Below you can see the levels and how many chips you are required to have before you can join games in that level:
Below you can see a list of the starting bets in poker and the biggest raises in the different levels:
|Level||Starting Bet||Biggest Raise|
Below you can see the starting bets in Texas Hold'em in the different levels:
When choosing the game and level, you see the best players on the left of the screen.
After choosing the game and level you enter the normal lobby where you can create new games, join existing games or view others' games. You can also talk to other players in the same lobby using the messaging window at the bottom
At the top you can see the game and level you chose in the previous stage. Next to that is the .Change. button you can use to change to another game or level.
At the top you can also see how many chips you have and below this is a button you can use to purchase more chips.
At the top right hand corner is a "Quit game" -button you can use to exit to the front page of Playforia.
Creating a new game
First click .Start table. .button. New options will open below where you choose the following preferences:
Players max: The maximum number of players in the game. However the game can be started as soon as 2 players are in a game.
Table name: This is the table name shown to others. If you do not name the table, a number will be given to the table such as #12345 .
Allowed users: You can choose who is able to enter the table, such as your clan members and so on. By default there is no limit.
Turn time limit: Define how much time each player has during their turn.
Spectators allowed: You can allow or prohibit entrance from spectators to the game.
If you chose to play poker, on the right you can define the quantity of decks in use, the amount of wild cards and if a player is allowed to change all five cards
Once you have set the game preferences the way want them, click the "Start table" button below.
Joining a table
First click "Join table" -button. A list with all the available tables will open below. Choose a table from the list and you will see the details of the table on the right.
When you see a table you want to join, click the "Join table" -button.
Viewing a game
Click the "View games" -button. A list of available tables will be shown below. Choose a table from the list and click the "Watch Game" -button below.
When you have created a new table or joined a table, you enter the game. First, you need to select where you want to sit. Click the "sit here" -button on any of the empty spots. The game will start when all the empty spots have been filled or the players in the game will decide to begin the game.
You can talk to other players using the message window at the bottom even before the start of the game.
Playing - Poker
In poker, all the players put the starting bet to the pot. This happens automatically.
After this, everyone is dealt five cards. Each player is able to see their own cards and no one else's. Once the cards have been dealt, each player can change the cards they want during their turn. If you wish to change three cards, those cards will be taken from you and three new ones will be given. The cards in hand will be always automatically ordered from the smallest to the highest.
Once all the players have changed their cards, you are able to raise bets. If one player raises the bet all the others have to pay at least that amount to stay in the game.
Once the raises have been made, all the participating players. cards are shown. The player with the best cards wins the whole pot.
The different alternatives from best to worse:
- Five of a kind - Five cards of the same rank (only possible in games with wild cards or more than one deck)
- Straight flush - Five cards in sequence and of the same suit
- Four of a kind - Four cards of the same rank. (for example. 4-4-4-4-2)
- Full house - Three cards of the same rank (for example Q-Q-Q-3-3)
- Flush - Five cards of the same suit (for example K-J-7-5-3, all queens)
- Straight - 5 cards in sequence (for example J-10-9-8-7)
- Three of a kind - 3 cards of the same rank (for example 10-10-10-4-5)
- Two pair - 2 pairs (for example 9-9-8-8-6)
- One Pair - 1 pair (for example 7-7-2-3-4)
- High card - Highest card in hand
If two players have one pair, then the higher pair wins. For example a pair of sevens is better than a pair of fives. "Clean" combinations are better than those created with wild cards. Therefore A-A-5-4-3 wins A-wild card-6-4-3. If this still does not decide the winner, the highest following card wins. For example, between A-A-5-4-3 and A-A-6-4-3 the latter is better because 6 is higher than 5.
If two players have the exact same cards in hand, the stake goes to the player who was first in turn. Therefore the pot always goes to only one player.
Playing - Texas Hold'em
Unlike in poker, in this game all players do not pay the starting bet in the beginning. Only the next from the dealer will pay so called a small blind (=half of starting bet) to the pot and the following after the previous player bets a big blind (=starting bet).
After this, all players are dealt two cards and the first round of antes begins. The blinds paid in the beginning are taken into consideration and therefore if nobody raises the bet, the player who put down the large blind does not have to put anything to the pot to still stay in the game.
After the first ante round is player, three common cards are put down to the table. An ante round is played, one more card is put down, ante round again, one more card is put down and the final ante round is played.
The idea is of the game is that you can create your five card hand whichever way you want using your two cards and the five cards on the table. If you, for example, have A-7 and the cards on the table are A-Q-10-7-5 then you have two pairs (A-A-7-7). If you want, you don't have to use any of the cards in hand. If you have 3-5 in hand and A-K-Q-J-10 are on the table, then you have a straight. However, you should to remember that everybody else is also able to use the same cards.
The best hand is automatically put down for you by the game and you do not need to do this. The player who has the best hand wins the pot. If two or more players have the same hand the pot is divided among those players.
Playing - Omaha Hold'em
Omaha Hold'em is very similar to Texas Hold'em. Please read Texas Hold'em instructions first if you are not familiar with that game. Here are just differences compared to Texas Hold'em: .
Instead of 2 cards, each player get 4 cards. There is still 5 community cards on table.
Players have to make their best hand using exactly 2 cards from their own cards and 3 cards from table. Because of this, you may for example get 4 aces to yourself when cards are dealt but your best hand still might be just ace-pair because you can use only 2 of your own cards.
On average, you can more easily get better hands in Omaha than Texas since there are more cards to use to create best hand.
Blackjack is a game played against the dealer, so it can be played alone. It is, however, possible to play the game with 2-5 players at one table similtaneously. The cards and bets of other players do not affect your own game, your fellow players play against the dealer as well.
In Blackjack the cards from 2-10 are worth their own values. Cards J, Q and K are worth ten points each. An Ace is worth 1 or 11 points, depending on which value serves the best score. All cards in hand will be summed up, the closer they sum to 21 the better. A hand that sums 21 with two cards only (an ace and a 10 point card) is rather special. This combo is way better than 21 points made by three or more cards and is called Blackjack. Make sure you do not exceed 21 though, if you do, you lose!
Playing The Game
When the game starts each player has to place a starting bet. The minimum stake allowed depends on the gameroom level (beginners, advanced or professionals) the player has selected to play. After placing bets each player receives two cards and the dealer (table) takes one. Players choose in turns whether to take more cards (Hit) or not. A player can take another hit as long as the hand's value is below 21. Once the players have played their games, the dealer plays his own. The dealer is obliged to take another card as long as the value of his cards on the table is under 16. The dealer is obliged to stop when the value exceeds 17.
After the dealer's turn, all hands are checked. If a player has a better hand than the dealer has, he/she will win his/her stake back in double value. If the player.s hand is smaller than the dealer's, the player loses his/her bet. In a draw situation the player only gets his/her stake back. With draws an exceptional situation occurs when a player has Blackjack and the dealer has not; the player wins his/her stake back 2,5 times.
There are two exceptional situations in the game:
Doubling: If the sum of the first two cards of a player is 9, 10 or 11, the player can double his/her bet. If the player decides to double the bet, only one card will be dealt to him/her. The player can also choose to continue the game without doubling.
Even money: If a player has Blackjack and the dealer has an Ace on the table, the player can take even money. If the player chooses to take the even money, his/her bet will be returned double the value. If the player decides not to take the even money, the game will continue and the winnings depend on the dealer geting a Black Jack or not.
The pot cannot be raised so much that one of the remaining players is unable to pay the ante. Therefore, if someone has only 15 chips left the bet cannot be 20 chips.
There is a pause of 5 to 20 seconds between rounds in the game when a player is able to exit the table. If you leave the table during a round, you lose the starting bet you put down during that round. The game automatically finishes for those players who do not have enough chips to continue playing.