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Play Poker for Free Online at Stake.us

Gather your friends around the virtual poker table for the ultimate poker night and try your luck as you play poker for free online at Stake.us!

What is Poker?

Poker is a popular card game of skill that is widely played around the world, and particularly at online social casinos such as Stake.us .

The objective of this classic table game is to create the highest ranking five-card poker hand to beat the dealer and other players at the poker table.

Whether you're a beginner or advanced, you can have fun playing our online poker game for free against your friends and other keen poker players at Stake social casino !

Poker Gameplay & How to Play Poker

To play social poker online at Stake.us, you must first create an account. Once you're all set up, you can take a seat at the virtual poker table and be in the chance to win.

The objective of the game is to form a the best five-card poker hand according to the hand rankings below. You should also consider the following rules before getting started:

Basic Poker Rules

  • You are then dealt two cards face up, while the dealer also receives two cards face down.

  • To continue playing, you must make another bet 2x the original play. Alternatively, you can fold and lose the initial play.

  • The dealer then adds three community cards to the table, face up.

  • Each player will have the opportunity to decide if they're going to check or fold, as the cards continue to be dealt.

  • This will continue until all hands are finalized and the winner is revealed.

Types of Poker Games

Texas Hold'em

The object of the game is for players to form a five-card poker hand that ranks higher than the other players’ five-card poker hands. Each player may use any combination of the two cards initially dealt to them at the beginning of the game, referred to as “hole” cards, and the five cards dealt on the table throughout the course of the game, referred to as “community” cards or “board” cards. They may play the board by using no hole cards and using the five community cards, to make the highest ranking five-card poker hand, according to the rankings as shown below.

Omaha

The rules of Omaha are very similar to the Texas Hold’em rules. The only difference is that every player receives four cards face down (the ‘hole cards’) and has to pick exactly two of his four hole cards and three of the five community cards to make his or her best five card hand.

Poker Game Modes

  • Rapid Ring Games: Are a special type of cash tables where you are immediately moved to a new table to start a hand after you folded the previous one. The players' seats at the table are randomly moving on each hand. The player with least count of posted big blinds among all other players at the table posts a big blind.

  • Rapid Tournaments: Rapid tournaments work according to the same principle as Fast Fold tables: the moment the player presses Fast fold button at the table, he stands up and is seated at another table to start a new hand. The players' seats at the table are randomly moving on each hand. The player with least count of posted big blinds among all other players at the table posts a big blind.

  • Rabbit Hunting: It provides players the opportunity to test their luck and see what other community cards would be in case the game ended before some of them were dealt. The players can use rabbit hunting during a special break that occurs in rabbit hunting allowed tournaments after a game that meets the rabbit hunting criteria is finished. The payment for rabbit hunting is taken from the player’s balance (i.e. not from the chip stack).

  • Rebuy: Rebuy is a feature that allows players to buy additional chips when they reach a certain threshold of the remaining amount of chips. That threshold is usually very low, and the option to rebuy might even appear only when the player lost all of his stack in the tournament. Rebuys are usually available for a certain tournament period called rebuy period.

  • Straddle: Straddle is a special way of raising during the blinds posting (before the hole cards are dealt). It can only be posted by the person sitting next to the BB and is double big blind. Straddling can only be done at a table with 4 or more players

  • Run It Twice: For the tables with Common RiT mode enabled, all of these all-in players should also have Run It Twice checkbox enabled at the table. In such scenario, the players build a hand in each of two separate card boards. Once the remaining cards have been dealt to both boards, the pot is distributed equally to each winning hand, according to the usual rules of the game. If one player holds the winning hand for both boards, he will take the entire pot.

  • Bomb Pot: Bomb Pot is an engaging table feature that activates a special game mode once in a random number of hands. When bomb pot is activated, the users skip the pre-flop, pay a certain fixed ante (it usually equals several big blinds) and then compete for this big pot. The game starts with the flop and goes as usually from that moment.

  • Bounty: A feature in some poker tournaments that rewards a player for eliminating another player. Depending on the tournament, a player might be rewarded for eliminating either a specific player, or any player.

  • Shootout: A special mode of the tournaments that includes several rounds. During the first round, the players are evenly distributed on the tables and play until the last player wins all the chips at his table. When the winners are determined, they are seated at new tables and a new round begins. The game is started from the beginning for the remaining players – they have new initial stakes and blind levels are reset. Eventually, in order to win a tournament one should win every table he is seated at. Such tournaments cannot have late registration and re-entries. Note: It would be better if the number of players was divisible by the number of table seats. Otherwise some players will have to wait for an empty table (for instance, a good configuration would be the tournament for 36 players with 6-seat tables).

  • Is Lucky One Hand: A special lucky one hand tournament mode. Its main distinctive feature is that players do not make any bets. They just go all-in every round.

Poker Hand Rankings

Straight Flush

A sequence of five cards, all sharing the same suit. In the event of a tie, the winner is determined by the highest-ranking card at the top of the sequence. The unmatched royal flush, comprising the ace, king, queen, jack, and ten of a suit, stands as the unbeatable pinnacle.

Four of a Kind

Four cards of the same rank, accompanied by a single side card or 'kicker.'

Full House

Three cards of the same rank, paired with two cards of a different but matching rank. Should a tie occur, the winner is established by the highest four of a kind. In community card games with matching four of a kind, the highest fifth side card ('kicker') takes precedence. For tied three matching cards, the pot is settled by the highest value between the two matching cards.

Flush

A collection of five cards of the same suit. In a tie, victory goes to the player holding the highest-ranked card. If needed, subsequent cards in descending order break the tie. In the rare case of all five cards being identical in rank, the pot is evenly split. The suit itself does not contribute to tiebreaking in poker.

Straight

Five cards in sequence, with the highest-ranking card at the top determining the winner. Note that the Ace can function at the top or bottom of the sequence, making A, K, Q, J, T the highest straight (Ace high), and 5, 4, 3, 2, A the lowest straight (Five high).

Three of a Kind

Three cards of the same rank, accompanied by two unrelated side cards. In a tie, the highest-ranking three of a kind prevails. In community card games with similar three of a kind, the highest side card, and if necessary, the second-highest side card, determines the winner.

Two Pair

A pair of cards of one rank, matched with another pair of a different rank, along with one side card. In case of a tie, victory goes to the player with the highest pair. If both players have identical highest pairs, the highest second pair takes precedence. If a tie persists, the highest side card becomes the deciding factor.

One Pair

Two cards of the same rank, accompanied by three unrelated side cards. In a tie, the winner is determined by the highest pair. If the pairs are identical, the highest side card wins, and if necessary, the second-highest and third-highest side cards can be used to break the tie.

High Card

Any hand not falling into the aforementioned categories. In the case of a tie, victory is awarded to the player with the highest card, followed by subsequent cards in descending order until the tie is resolved.

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