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Poker Events

Daily Events

Sunday
  • MONTE CARLO

    Promotion

    Sunday at 8 pm through Friday at 11:59 pm each week.
    Quads will pay: $50, Straight flushes will pay: $300, Royal flushes will pay: $500.
    Both hole cards must pay.

  • SUNDAY HIGH HAND

    Promotion

    $100 every 30 minutes for the highest hand.
    12am to 8pm first qualifier starts at 9am.
    The highest hand per half hour will be paid $100.

Monday
  • MONTE CARLO

    Promotion

    Sunday at 8 pm through Friday at 11:59 pm each week.
    Quads will pay: $50, Straight flushes will pay: $300, Royal flushes will pay: $500.
    Both hole cards must pay.

  • $350 FREE ROLL MONDAYS

    Tournament

    Limited to first 30 players.
    Start signing up at 8 am, Tournament starts at 10:30 am.
    $0 buy-in/entry = T2000 chips.

Tuesday
  • DAY TIME TOURNAMENTS

    Tournament

    $100 added with 1 free entry.
    Limit Hi/Lo Stud on Tuesdays at 10:30 am. $30 buy-in/entry = T3000.
    Limit Hi/Lo Omaha on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. $30 buy-in/entry = T3000.
    No-Limit Hold'em Beat the Boss on Thursdays at 10:30 am. $30 buy-in/entry = T3000.

  • MONTE CARLO

    Promotion

    Sunday at 8 pm through Friday at 11:59 pm each week.
    Quads will pay: $50, Straight flushes will pay: $300, Royal flushes will pay: $500.
    Both hole cards must pay.

Wednesday
  • DAY TIME TOURNAMENTS

    Tournament

    $100 added with 1 free entry.
    Limit Hi/Lo Stud on Tuesdays at 10:30 am. $30 buy-in/entry = T3000.
    Limit Hi/Lo Omaha on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. $30 buy-in/entry = T3000.
    No-Limit Hold'em Beat the Boss on Thursdays at 10:30 am. $30 buy-in/entry = T3000.

  • MONTE CARLO

    Promotion

    Sunday at 8 pm through Friday at 11:59 pm each week.
    Quads will pay: $50, Straight flushes will pay: $300, Royal flushes will pay: $500.
    Both hole cards must pay.

Thursday
  • DAY TIME TOURNAMENTS

    Tournament

    $100 added with 1 free entry.
    Limit Hi/Lo Stud on Tuesdays at 10:30 am. $30 buy-in/entry = T3000.
    Limit Hi/Lo Omaha on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. $30 buy-in/entry = T3000.
    No-Limit Hold'em Beat the Boss on Thursdays at 10:30 am. $30 buy-in/entry = T3000.

  • NO LIMIT HOLD'EM

    Tournament

    10:30 am and 7:00 pm on Thursdays.
    Beat the Boss: $30/$10 Buy-In/Entry = T3000.
    Includes $10 Bounty Button.
    $10 Dealer Bonus = T1000 at buy-in

  • MONTE CARLO

    Promotion

    Sunday at 8 pm through Friday at 11:59 pm each week.
    Quads will pay: $50, Straight flushes will pay: $300, Royal flushes will pay: $500.
    Both hole cards must pay.

Friday
  • DEEP STACK, NO-LIMIT HOLD'EM

    Tournament

    12 pm on Fridays.
    $500 Added.
    $60/$10 Buy-In/Entry = T10,000.
    $10 Dealer Bonus = T1000 at buy-in.
    20 minute rounds.

  • MONTE CARLO

    Promotion

    Sunday at 8 pm through Friday at 11:59 pm each week.
    Quads will pay: $50, Straight flushes will pay: $300, Royal flushes will pay: $500.
    Both hole cards must pay.

Saturday
  • SATURDAY TOURAMENT

    Tournament

    12 pm on Saturdays.
    $80/$10 Buy-In/Entry = T5000 chips.
    Includes $25 Bounty Button.
    $10 Dealer Bonus = T1000 chips.
    Sign up 30 minutes prior to start and get 500 extra chips.

  • WHEEL SPIN DAY

    Promotion

    11 am to 11 pm on Saturdays.
    1x what is spun for Quads, 2x what is spun for Straight Flush, 3x what is spun for Royal Flush.
    $500 Max Payout.
    Players must use at least one hole card to qualify for the wheel spin.


Ways to Play Poker

One of the best things about poker is how many different ways there are to play. Read below to learn the rules, tips, and variations of the three poker games offered at Spirit Mountain: Omaha, Seven Card Stud, and Texas Hold Em.

Omaha
Rules

Omaha resembles Texas Hold ‘Em with two key differences. In Omaha, each player receives four pocket cards, and must play two of them at the showdown, along with three from the table, to form the best five-card hand.

Play starts with the dealer dealing each player four cards face-down (hole or pocket cards). Once all players have received their cards, the first round of betting occurs. Then, the dealer burns a card and reveals three community cards (board cards) face-up. This is called the flop, and is followed by the second round of betting. The dealer then burns another card and reveals one more community card face-up on the table (the turn, or fourth street). Players then bet for a third time.

The dealer now burns one more card and reveals one final community card (the river, or fifth street). The final round of betting takes place, after which there is a showdown. Every remaining player faces-off by showing their hand, starting with the bettor. As mentioned above, players must use two of their pocket cards, and three community cards to create the best possible five-card hand. However, all four of the players’ pocket cards must be shown.


Omaha High-Low

A popular variation of Omaha is Omaha High-Low. This game is typically played with a high-low split of eight-or-better. Players are going for both a high hand and low hand. To do this, each player may use any combination of two pocket cards and three community cards for the high hand and another, or the same, combination of two pocket and three community cards for the low hand.

The rules of Omaha High-Low are the same as regular Omaha, with one added wrinkle. A qualifier of eight-or-better for the low hand applies to all high-low split games (unless specifically posted as otherwise at the table). If there is no hand that meets this qualification for low, then the best high hand takes the whole pot.


Tips

A low hand can be difficult to read if you’re a beginner. As a simple rule of thumb, judge your low hand by reading it as a number. The smaller the number, the better. For example, a low hand of 65432 beats a 74321.
As the hand develops, try to always know what the three best hand possibilities are, and how they might change on the next card. The best hand is also called the ‘nut’ hand.

Every now and then it doesn’t hurt to get caught in a bluff, as long as you’re not betting the farm. Getting caught is a good way to avoid being too predictable. This way, you might win a few pots that you don’t deserve. Sure, you’ll lose a few chips when your bluffs don’t work but this will get you calls from weaker hands down the line when your hands are really strong and you need the action. Remember, the best thing to do is keep your opponents guessing.

Seven Card Stud
Rules

Seven-Card Stud is played with two to eight players. Generally, the table will inform players of the fixed betting limits. Be sure to ask your dealer. The game starts with every player posting an ante and continues through five rounds of betting.

Before the round starts, each player antes. Ask your dealer for the ante at the table you are playing at. After all players have posted an ante, the dealer deals two pocket cards face-down to each player, as well as one exposed card. This is called third street. The player with the lowest exposed card must then ‘bring in’ and has to bet half of the small bet (in a fixed-limit game). Each player then has the option to raise, call or fold in the first round of betting.

After all bets are made, the dealer then deals another exposed card to each player (fourth street). Then, another round of betting occurs with the player with the best exposed two-card hand starting the betting. Another exposed card is dealt to each player (fifth street), followed by a round of betting. In a fixed-limit game, fifth street is when the big bet kicks in. Play then moves to sixth street, and another exposed card being dealt to each player, with a round of betting afterward. Seventh street is the final round. In this round, each player gets another pocket card face-down. The final round of betting then follows. After all bets, the showdown occurs. The best five-card poker hand wins, made with any combination of the seven cards each player has.


Tips

If you start with a high pair of pocket cards, try to eliminate as many other players as possible with fast play. Your pair may not be as strong in later rounds. On the other hand, if you have the makings of a high straight or flush in your first three cards, play it slow. This will increase the pot odds in your favor.

Try to study your opponents, especially if you’ve folded early and are not playing and can pay full attention. Look for traits. Note whether they play more hands than they fold. How often do they bluff, or are they easily bluffed? Watch for their ‘poker face’. Many players reveal the strength of their hand in the way they react to seeing it.

The first four cards you are dealt will tell you a lot about the strength of your hand. Get out early if nothing good is developing at this point. Seven-Card Stud can be costly if you lose in the later rounds.

Texas Hold EM

Most likely, you’ve seen Texas Hold ‘Em played on ESPN, the Travel Channel, or in a friend’s living room. Come see what all the fuss is about.

Rules

In Texas Hold ‘Em, all players are dealt two pocket (or hole) cards. Then, a total of five community cards are revealed by the dealer. After all rounds of betting, the best five-card hard, using any combination of pocket and community cards, wins. While the casino dealer is always the one to physically deal the cards, a dealer button is rotated around the table so that each player is in the dealer’s position once per round. This allows the blinds to be set. Normally, two blinds are used, that indicate the two players that will put antes into the pot. It is also possible to play Hold ‘Em with one blind, multiple blinds, an ante, or a combination of blinds plus an ante. Be sure to ask the casino dealer which format is being used at your table.

To start play, the dealer deals each player two pocket cards face-down. Then, a round of betting ensues. After the betting, the dealer burns one card and reveals three community cards face up. This is called the flop. After the flop, there is second round of betting. The dealer then burns another card and reveals one more community card (the turn, or fourth street), and then the third round of betting takes place. After the third betting round, the dealer burns one more card and reveals one final community card. This card is called the river, or fifth street. There is then a final round of betting, followed by a showdown in which each remaining player shows their hand with the bettor showing first.

Players must use one of the following combinations of five cards at the showdown:
  1. Two pocket cards and three community cards
  2. One pocket card and four community cards
  3. Zero pocket cards and all five community cards

Tips

After posting your blind, that money is no longer yours, just like an ante. Don’t think that you need to defend the blind by calling raises even when you don’t have a great hand. All this will do is lead to wasting additional money on marginal hands. Also, don’t just always call with the small blind with the assumption that you might as will pay the other half of the ante. If you have nothing, you have nothing. Saving that half of the ante will pay for your next small blind, and get you into the game when your hand is hot.

Choosing whether or not to continue playing after seeing the flop can be a tough decision. It can also be a costly decision if you continue with an weak hand. Keep in mind that the flop determines about 71% of your hand. After those three community cards come out, you’ve seen 5/7 of the final hand. This should give you enough information to determine whether or not to continue.

If you feel that you have the top hand after seeing the turn, go ahead and bet. If you simply check, you may lose a few bets. Most players will call you in a straightforward low-limit game. If your hand truly is the best, why not make them pay? Remember, you’re playing against the other players at the table. Don’t give them a free card. Take them out of the game when you can.


Poker Rules

Poker rules vary by game and casino. We offer a great online resource for learning how to play the game.

Ranking of Hands
Royal Flush 10, J, Q, K, A same suit
Straight Flush Straight in the same suit
Four of a Kind Example: four fives
Full House Three of a kind and a pair
Flush Five cards in the same suit
Straight Five cards in consecutive order
Three of a Kind Example: three fives
Two Pairs Example: two J’s and two K’s
One Pair Example: two eights
General Rules of Play
  • Permission is required before taking a seat in a game.
  • It is the player’s responsibility to be in the playing area and hear the list being called.
  • Players must protect their own hand.
  • Only one person may play a hand.
  • To win any part of a pot, all cards must be tabled.
  • No one is allowed to play another player’s chips.
  • Check and raise is permitted.
  • Verbal declarations are binding.
  • Table Stakes rule applies to all games.
  • Cash is not permitted on the table.
  • English only at the table.
  • A bet and three raises are allowed.
  • Show one, show all.
  • Prolonged absences will result in player being picked up from the game.
  • When you enter a game, you must make a full buy-in. A full buy-in is at least ten times the minimum bet for the game being played, unless designated otherwise.
  • You are allowed to make only one short buy-in.
  • Cards thrown into the muck may be ruled dead.
  • Any player who has been dealt in may request to see any hand that has been called. However, this is a privilege that may be revoked if abused.
  • All promotional funds won, with the exception of Bad Beat Jackpots, must remain in play for the remainder of the day.
  • The house assesses a rake from players for the privilege of play. The maximum rake shall be determined by the gaming operation.

The floor decision is final

A Poker rulebook is available upon request.

Poker Bad Beats Jackpots
  • The qualifying hand MUST BE BEATEN.
  • Qualifying jackpot hands will be determined by the gaming operation and be conspicuously posted.
  • In Texas Hold’em both hole cards in both hands must play. Kickers must beat the board.
  • The jackpot shall be divided as follows: 50% to the player with the losing qualifying hand, 25% to the player with the winning qualifying hand, 25% divided equally to the rest of the players at the table provided that they have not missed a blind in Texas Hold’em and Omaha, or been away from the table for more than ten (15) minutes in 7 Card Stud.
  • Only the two highest hands are eligible for the Bad Beat award.
  • In the event of a tie, the appropriate jackpot award will be distributed evenly among the tying qualifying hands.
  • There must be a minimum of four (4) players dealt in a hand to qualify for the jackpot.
  • There must be a $1.00 contribution to the jackpot fund for every hand dealt in order to qualify for the jackpot.
  • A portion of the funds contributed to the Jackpot are distributed to the players in the form of guarantees, high hands, bounty awards, and other promotions.
  • 100% of the funds contributed to the Jackpot are distributed to the players.
  • See any additional signage for updates, changes, and promotions concerning jackpots.
  • Decreases to the jackpot will be recorded daily with a description of the payout. This record will be posted in the Poker Room and is available upon request.

Open discussion of jackpot possibilities during the play of a hand or other remarks which may be construed as attempting to influence the strategy of or otherwise assist in the play of another player may void the jackpot. A player deliberately discarding a hand which beats either of the two hands in hold’em which qualify for a jackpot voids the jackpot.

All jackpot hands and the deck must be verified by management prior to payout. Should the deck be incomplete or fouled, the jackpot shall be declared null and void.

Etiquette

Management will attempt to maintain a pleasant environment for all our guests and employees, but is not responsible for the conduct of any player. We have established a code of conduct, and may deny the use of our card room to violators. The following are not permitted:

  • Collusion with another player or any other form of cheating.
  • Verbally or physically threatening any patron or employee.
  • Using profanity or obscene language.
  • Creating a disturbance by arguing, shouting, or making excessive noise.
  • Throwing, tearing, bending, or crumpling cards.
  • Destroying or defacing property.
  • Using an illegal substance.
  • Carrying a weapon.
  • Cell phone use at the table.
  • Smoking, chewing tobacco, sunflower seeds, or spitting of any kind.

The following actions are improper, and grounds for warning, suspending, or barring a violator:
  • Deliberately acting out of turn.
  • Deliberately splashing chips into the pot.
  • Agreeing to check a hand out when a third player is all-in.
  • Reading a hand for another player at the showdown before it has been placed face-up on the table.
  • Telling anyone to turn a hand face-up at the showdown.
  • Revealing the contents of a live hand in a multi-handed pot before the betting is complete.
  • Revealing the contents of a folded hand before the betting is complete.
  • Needlessly stalling the action of a game.
  • Deliberately discarding hands away from the muck.
  • Stacking chips in a manner that interferes with dealing or viewing cards.
  • Making statements or taking action that could unfairly influence the course of play, whether or not the offender is involved in the pot.
Tournament Rules

If you’ve been on planet Earth in the last decade you’ve surely heard of it. Most likely, you’ve seen it played on ESPN, the Travel Channel or in a friend’s living room. Come see what all the fuss is about and test your luck.

Rules

In Texas Hold ‘Em, all players are dealt two pocket (or hole) cards. Then, a total of five community cards are revealed by the dealer. After all rounds of betting, the best five-card hard, using any combination of pocket and community cards, wins. While the casino dealer is always the one to physically deal the cards, a dealer button is rotated around the table so that each player is in the dealer’s position once per round. This allows the blinds to be set. Normally, two blinds are used, that indicate the two players that will put antes into the pot. It is also possible to play Hold ‘Em with one blind, multiple blinds, an ante, or a combination of blinds plus an ante. Be sure to ask the casino dealer which format is being used at your table.

To start play, the dealer deals each player two pocket cards face-down. Then, a round of betting ensues. After the betting, the dealer burns one card and reveals three community cards face up. This is called the flop. After the flop, there is second round of betting. The dealer then burns another card and reveals one more community card (the turn, or fourth street), and then the third round of betting takes place. After the third betting round, the dealer burns one more card and reveals one final community card. This card is called the river, or fifth street. There is then a final round of betting, followed by a showdown in which each remaining player shows their hand with the bettor showing first.

Players must use one of the following combinations of five cards at the showdown:
  • Two pocket cards and three community cards
  • One pocket card and four community cards
  • Zero pocket cards and all five community cards

Tips

After posting your blind, that money is no longer yours, just like an ante. Don’t think that you need to defend the blind by calling raises even when you don’t have a great hand. All this will do is lead to wasting additional money on marginal hands. Also, don’t just always call with the small blind with the assumption that you might as will pay the other half of the ante. If you have nothing, you have nothing. Saving that half of the ante will pay for your next small blind, and get you into the game when your hand is hot.

Choosing whether or not to continue playing after seeing the flop can be a tough decision. It can also be a costly decision if you continue with an weak hand. Keep in mind that the flop determines about 71% of your hand. After those three community cards come out, you’ve seen 5/7 of the final hand. This should give you enough information to determine whether or not to continue.

If you feel that you have the top hand after seeing the turn, go ahead and bet. If you simply check, you may lose a few bets. Most players will call you in a straightforward low-limit game. If your hand truly is the best, why not make them pay? Remember, you’re playing against the other players at the table. Don’t give them a free card. Take them out of the game when you can.


Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the rules of play at Spirit Mountain? Heard a term at the table and wondering what it means? This is a great online resource for answering common questions about poker.

General Questions
  • What is "Poker?"

    Poker is generally a game of short term luck and long term skill which is played against other players. Spirit Mountain does not participate in play. The object of the game is to win money. Most often winning is accomplished by having the best hand, however, unlike other casino games, “bluffing” is an integral part of the game.

  • Why Should I play poker at Spirit Mountain Casino?

    Spirit Mountain Casino cares about all of our guests whether you are guest who plays on a regular basis, or a first time visitor. We hope you enjoy your experience and we’d appreciate your feedback on ways we can continue to improve our gaming activities and service.

  • What are the rules for playing poker?

    It is Spirit Mountain Casino’s intention to conduct all games in a manner which meets the very highest standard of fairness for all our patrons. With this in mind the Spirit Mountain Poker Room has adopted certain rules and procedures which govern the various games we offer to the public. All rules, regulations and procedures are subject to change without notice. View the Rules Of Play.

  • Does the Dealer play?

    No. Our dealers do not participate in any poker game while on shift and have no interest in the outcome of any hand. Spirit Mountain makes money by taking a “rake” on each hand. This rake is usually 10% up to $3.

  • How many decks of cards are used?

    All poker games are played with one (1) standard 52 card deck.

  • How do I get into a game?

    When you first arrive in the Poker Room there is a large player waiting list board for all games. Simply tell the Poker Clerk at the board what type and limit of the games you might be interested in. As vacancies occur in those games, the clerk will call your name from the list. You can place your name on different limit games but you are responsible for making sure your name has been updated each time you are seated.

  • May I leave my seat?

    You may leave at anytime and take a break, but you will be eliminated from the game if you are absent too long. We eliminate players when they have received three “missed blind” buttons. This could take approximately 15-30 minutes. To be safe, players who need to be gone from the table for a period of time can pick up their chips and place their name at the top of the “Dinner List”. This means that if they return within 1 ½ hours, they will be placed at the top of the waiting list for the game they were playing previously.

  • How do I get my chips (Buy-In)?

    We offer several convenient ways for players to get chips. Players may choose to purchase chips from the Poker Room Cage or purchase them from the Dealer at your table. Our Poker Clerks will also be happy to get chips for you.

  • How much is the 'Buy-In'?

    A “buy-in” must be in chips and generally must be a minimum of ten (10) times the minimum wager. In games with limits of higher than $10-20 the minimum buy-in amount is ten (10) times the maximum wager.

  • What if I run out of money?

    You can add money to your “stack” at anytime in between hands. If you do not have enough money to finish playing the hand, you can go “all in”. This means you can only win the amount you have invested in the pot. An additional pot will be made by the dealer to include the bets made by other players left in that hand. The “all in” player is not eligible for the side pot.

  • How do I make a bet?

    When it is your turn to act, place the appropriate amount of chips inside the betting area (usually about halfway between a player and the pot). The chips will remain until all other players have acted. The Dealer will then collect the wagers into the “pot”.

  • How do I make a "raise"?

    A raise may be made by placing the proper amount of chips into the betting area, or by stating “RAISE”. You cannot say “I call and I raise” This is considered a string raise. Be aware that an incorrectly made raise made may be disallowed.

  • Is "check and raise" permitted?

    Yes. Checking early in a betting round and then later raising after a bet has been made by another player is a common strategy.

  • How many raises are allowed?

    Generally the “cap” or maximum is three (3) raises per betting round. However, if action becomes “heads-up” (only two (2) active players remaining) before a third raise is made, there is no limit to the number of raises that can be made between the “heads up” players.

  • How do I know what wins?

    At “showdown” (after all wagering is completed), the best poker hand according to the “Rank of Hands” is determined, and the pot is awarded by the Dealer.

  • Do I have to show my cards?

    If you feel you have the winning hand, you should expose all of your cards, and declare the value of the hand. Before you relinquish your cards: Please make sure that you are either the winner or your hand has been beaten by another player.

  • Can I use my "Coyote Club Card" in poker?

    Yes! Be sure to present your Coyote Card when you are seated in a game to earn valuable points that can be used toward meals, lodging, merchandise, and entertainment attractions. At Spirit Mountain Poker Room, if you use your Coyote Card to sign up for a tournament, you will receive 100 extra tournament chips. If you do not already have a Coyote Club Card, simply talk to one of our clerks and you can acquire one instantly with a valid ID.

  • How do I redeem my chips?

    Dealers cannot redeem chips for cash. You must go to a cashier’s cage to redeem your chips for currency. Depending on the table’s chip inventory, the Dealer may be able to “color up” your chips (exchanging smaller-value chips for larger denominations) which makes them easier to transport to the cashier’s cage.

  • Can I tip the staff?

    If you wish to present a “toke” (token of your appreciation) to a Dealer, Chip Runner or Clerk, you may do so at any time during your visit. However employees may only accept tips in the form of cash or chips. Please make the employee aware of any gratuity by noting it as such when you present it. All of Spirit Mountain Casino employees strive to provide the utmost in courtesy and professional service, and sincerely appreciate each and every toke received.

  • What if I still have questions?

    Our professional gaming staff will be happy to answer your questions related to particular games. In fact, we encourage you to ask. After all, the more you know, the more you can enjoy your gaming experience. You may also contact us with your questions at any time.

  • What is a tournament?

    • A tournament is a poker game played with fake chips. Players “buy-in” for a predetermined price and receive a set amount of tournament (fake) chips. Players play until they either win or lose all of their chips. Once a player has lost his/her chips, they are out of the tournament.
    • Some tournaments allow players to “re-buy” more chips for a set amount of time. This way, if you lose all of your chips, you can purchase more. Once the rebuy period is over, players cannot buy any additional chips.
    • All of the “buy-in” and “rebuy” money is collected and paid out to the last people left in the tournament.
    • All of the “buy-in” and “rebuy” money is collected and paid out to the last people left in the tournament.
    • First place usually wins 25-30% of the prize pool.

  • How do I sign up for a tournament?

    You can sign up for all tournaments in the Poker room at the Poker cage. Sign ups are only done in person.

  • When can I sign up?

    • Sign up times differ for each tournament; we hold weekly, monthly, and special event type tournaments.
    • Weekly: Sign up at 8am the day of event
    • Monthly: Sign up the Monday before event at 8am.
    • Special: First day of the event month at 8am.

  • What is a buy-in/entry?

    A Buy-in is the amount of money that will be placed in the prize pool. 100% of all players’ buy-in is paid out in prize money. An entry fee is what the house (poker room) takes to pay for expenses.

  • What time does the tournament start?

    A Tournament start time is always posted on the tournament structure/information sheet which is available in the room and on our website.

  • Can I sign up more than one person?

    For most tournaments, we allow players to sign up anyone they would like. For our Real Money tournament, players are only allowed to sign themselves up.

  • Do I need to sign in when I get there?

    Nope. Just show up with your receipt and approximately 15 minutes before start of tournament, we will assign seats.

  • Can I use a visa, check, or money order?

    At this time, we only allow cash.

  • How long does a tournament usually last?

    Most tournaments last approximately 4-6 hours. Remember, not everyone will last that long. If you do, you have probably won money!

  • What is a satellite?

    A Satellite is a small, one table, low cost, tournament. Players play satellites in order to gain entry into a tournament with a high buy-in. For instance, a tournament costs $120-the satellite for that tournament would be $25. The (1) winner of the satellite, would be signed up for that tournament and have his buy-in paid in full. We do not hold satellites for all tournaments.

  • How many players can play?

    We can hold up to 161 players for a tournament. From time to time we do sell out. You are welcome to call ahead for availability. 1-800-760-7977 ext. 3501

  • Will there be live poker games while the tournament is running?

    Most of our tournaments do not sell out so we continue to run live games all day. If we have a tournament that is sold out, we will close all games at the start of that tournament. In this case, we will start games as soon as players start coming out of the tournament. The wait is usually not more than an hour.

Terminology
  • What are "table stakes"?

    All poker games offered are “table stakes”. This means the amount you buy in for, or win, must stay at the table until you leave the game. Once you are finished playing that game, you may take all of your chips with you.

  • What is "calling" a bet?

    You call a bet when you match the total amount of the wagers to you.

  • How do I make a "raise"?

    A raise may be made by placing the proper amount of chips into the betting area, or by stating “RAISE”. You cannot say “I call and I raise” This is considered a string raise. Be aware that an incorrectly made raise made may be disallowed.

  • What is a "check"?

    You may “check” whenever you are first to act, or when the players acting before you have checked. “Check” is simply choosing not to bet, but reserving the option of remaining in the action if other players do bet.

  • What is a "string bet"?

    A string bet is when a player tries to raise in two motions. For example, a player calls by placing out the bet and then says “I raise”. You must say “raise” or put all chips out in one motion.

  • What is an "ante"?

    An “ante” is a stipulated amount which must be posted by each player before cards are dealt.

  • What is a "force bet"?

    This is a small round disk which is used in most games to indicate the location of the theoretical “dealer”. All cards are dealt, and betting action begins after this position.

  • What is a "dealer button"?

    This is a small round disk which is used in most games to indicate the location of the theoretical “dealer”. All cards are dealt, and betting action begins after this position.

  • What is a "blind"?

    A “blind” is a mandatory bet posted before the cards are dealt used to stimulate the action on the first betting round. Usually there is a big blind and a small blind, both must be posted before the start of the hand. Each player takes a turn posting blinds.

  • What is a "straddle"?

    A straddle is a blind wager made in a board game which raises the “big blind”. Because it is made blindly, (prior to receiving any cards), the straddle has the right of last action if there has been no subsequent raise.

  • What is a "kill"?

    A “kill” is a blind wager which is placed prior to receiving any cards. When a “kill” is posted the wagering structure for that hand is then double the standard limits for the remainder of the hand. Some games are played with “half kills” which raise the limits half again as large as standard limits.

  • What is a "structured limit"?

    Structured limit games are those where the wagering limits are clearly defined for each betting round. For example, in a $1-2 game, the initial betting rounds would have all the action taking place in $1 increments while the later rounds would be in $2 increments.

  • What is a "spread limit"?

    In a spread limit game, (for example, $1-5), players may wager any amount between $1 and $5 at any time. Any raise must also be within the limits, with the additional requirements that a raise must be at least double the previous bet or raise amount.

  • What is a "pot-limit" game?

    Pot limit and No-Limit games offer the more experienced player an opportunity to make much larger wagers when they have a powerful hand. Also known as “big bet” poker, there is usually a predetermined minimum wager, and the maximum wager is the size of the existing pot.

  • What is a "no-limit" game?

    This wagering limit is clearly one of the most exciting games available. Along with Pot Limit, this form of “big bet” poker is not for the inexperienced. While there is usually a predetermined minimum wager, the maximum wager is in fact all of your remaining table stake.

  • What is a "burn" card?

    A burn card is a method of providing an additional protective measure in the case of a marked or damaged card. After each betting round, the Dealer will deal the top card off the deck and place it under the pot.


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