Poker Rules: Learn Basic Rules of Poker Game at Adda52

Poker Game Rules

Adda52 offers all popular variants of Poker games in cash games and freeroll formats around the clock. Regardless of whichever variant you choose to play, what matters the most is having an in-depth understanding of the Poker rules before joining the tables.

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On this page, you will find all you need to know about the basic rules of Poker -

Poker Hand Ranking

The player who carries the best hand in value as per poker hand ranking rules wins the game immediately.

10 heart jack heart queen heart king heart ace heart

Royal Flush

A royal flush is an ace high straight flush.

5 diamond 6 diamond 7 diamond 8 diamond 9 diamond

Straight Flush

Five cards of the same suit in numerical order.

ace club ace diamond ace heart ace spade 8 diamond

Four of a Kind (Quads)

Quads are four cards of equal rank/any suit.

king club king diamond king heart 7 spade 7 heart

Full House or Full Boat

Three cards of the same rank with any two cards of another rank.

queen diamond 2 diamond 3 diamond 4 diamond 5 diamond


Five cards of the same suit.

7 diamond 8 heart 9 diamond 10 spade jack club


Five cards in numerical order.

8 heart 8 diamond 8 club 5 heart 4 diamond

Three of a Kind / Set

Three cards of the same rank.

3 heart 3 diamond 5 spade 5 heart ace club

Two Pair

Two different pairs.

9 club 9 diamond 5 diamond3 diamond8 heart

One Pair

Two cards of the same rank.

5 diamond king club 7 heart ace club queen diamond

High Card

The hand with the highest card(s) wins.

Rounds of Betting

Here’s how betting works on a Poker table-

  • The player who is sitting immediate left the dealer button posts a small blind (SB) and the player next to him posts the big blind (BB).

  • Every participant receives a specific number of cards face down. These cards are called ‘hole cards’.

  • The first betting round happens. The action moves clockwise on the table. It begins with the player sitting immediately left of the BB player.

  • Three community cards are revealed on the board (Flop).

  • The second round of betting occurs.

  • One more community card is opened (Turn).

  • The third round of betting starts.

  • One community card is revealed on the table (River).

  • The final round of betting follows.

  • At Showdown, the active participants expose their cards. The player with the best five-card card wins the pot. If two players are holding hands of the same value, the pot splits equally between them.

Betting Actions

As per the strength of his in-hand cards, the player can choose to make any of the following actions on his turn to act-

  • Bet -Wagering Money in the pot.

  • Raise- Putting more money than your opponent wagered in the pot.

  • Check – Passing the action to the next player without wagering money in the pot. You can check only if no one makes a bet before your turn.

  • Call- Matching the amount of bet/raise made by your opponent,

  • Fold – Leaving the hand on your turn to act. You can fold your cards anytime during the game if you are not confident with the strength of your hand.

Betting Limits

There are three types of betting limits in a Poker game –

  • Pot-Limit - The player can bet or raise only up to the current size of the pot.

  • No Limit- As the name suggests, the player can bet or raise as much as they want anytime as much as their chip stack allows.

  • Fixed Limit –The player can bet/raise only up to a predetermined limit.

Variants of Poker

Here are some of the most popular types of Poker games –

  • Texas Hold’em

  • Omaha

  • Crazy Pineapple

Texas Hold’em Poker Rules

Texas Hold’em is the most played variant of the game in the world. The rules of the Poker game are simple to learn. For a complete understanding of how to play Texas Hold’em, you can visit our "how to play Poker" section. To hone your skills and knowledge, you can play freeroll games without switching to play at real cash tables. Moreover, you can also take part in Freeroll Poker tournaments and win exciting prizes.

Basics of No-Limit Texas Hold’em Poker

In No-Limit Texas Hold'em, each player is dealt with two cards (known as ‘hole cards’) that belong to them alone. Five community cards are dealt face-up in three rounds which collectively form the ‘board’. All players in the game can use these five shared community cards with their hole cards to each make their best possible five-card Poker hand. In No-Limit Texas Hold'em, a player may use any combination of the seven cards available to make the best possible five-card Poker hand, using zero, one, or two of their private hole cards.

The minimum bet in a No-Limit Texas Hold'em game is the same as the size of the big blind but there is no restriction on the amount they wish to bet. Players can always bet as much more as they want which can go up to all of their chips.

Minimum raise: In No-Limit Texas Hold'em, the raise amount must be at least as much as the previous bet or raise in the same round. For example, if the first player to act bets 10 then the second player must raise a minimum of 10 making it a total bet of 20.

Maximum raise: By the whole nature of No-Limit Texas Hold’em there is ‘no limit’ on the maximum raise. This implies that the maximum raise can go up to the size of your stack (your chips on the table). In No-Limit Hold'em, there is no ‘cap’ on the number of raises allowed.

Omaha Poker Rules

After No-Limit Texas Hold’em, Omaha Poker is the most played game both online as well as offline. Omaha Poker, to a certain extent, derived from Texas Hold’em itself. In Omaha Poker, each player is dealt four cards (known as ‘hole cards’) that belong to them alone. Five community cards are dealt face-up in three rounds which collectively form the ‘board’. All players in the game have to use two and only two of their hole cards and exactly three from the five shared community cards to make their best possible five-card Poker hand. The rest of the rules are similar to Texas Hold’em.

Pot Limit Omaha(PLO) is the most popular form of Omaha Poker. In Pot Limit Omaha, most of the Indian online poker rules are the same as described for Texas Hold’em previously with the following few exceptions-

  • Similar to Texas Hold’em, the minimum bet in Pot Limit Omaha is the same as the size of the big blind, but players can always bet up to the size of the pot.

  • Minimum raise: The raise amount must be at least as much as the previous bet or raise in the same round. As an example, if the first player to act bets 5 then the second player must raise a minimum of 5 (total bet of 10).

  • Maximum raise: While the minimum raise in PLO is the same as Texas Hold’em, it is the maximum raise where the difference arises. The maximum raise can only be done equal to the size of the pot. The size of the pot is the total amount of the active pot, plus all bets on the table, plus the amount the active player must first call before raising. Example: If the size of the pot is 100, and no one has bet in that particular betting round, a player may bet a maximum of 100. As the action proceeds to the next player clockwise, that player can either fold, call 100, or raise any amount between the minimum (100 more) and the maximum. For this player, the maximum bet will be 400. To explain this- the raiser would first need to call 100, thus bringing the pot size to 300, and then raise 300 more, making a total bet of 400. In Pot Limit Omaha just like Texas Hold’em there is no ‘cap’ on the number of raises allowed.

Crazy Pineapple Poker Rules

In Crazy Pineapple, the player receives 3 hole cards at the beginning of the game. After the Flop round, he needs to discard one hole card. The rest of the rules of playing the game is similar to Texas Hold’em.

Type of Chips

A player needs chips to play on a game table. Following are the type of chips you can play with on the website:

  • Freeroll chips :Once the user sign-up on the website, he gets 120000 freeroll chips instantly. Players can use these chips to play on practice tables to improve their skills. An existing user can claim freeroll chips in his account every 24 hours. You need to simply log-on to your account and click on “claim chips” to get the chips (up to 10000) in your account. These chips are non-redeemable and can be used only to play on freeroll tables.

  • Real:These chips are used to play all forms of Poker – Ring game cash table, Tournaments and Sit & Go. To take a seat on a cash game table, register into a tournament/Sit & Go, do re-buy or add-on, etc, the player needs to pay the buy-in amount. On Adda52, you can easily make deposits to buy virtual chips. Once the purchase is done, your wallet gets instantly updated. You can check your wallet balance anytime in the “My Account” section. It will reflect:

    • Instant Bonus chips: Instant Bonus is given to users as prize money in Freeroll Tournament, Marketing Promotions and any other event wherein the entry is free. Instant Bonus chips can be used to play on Real Cash tables (just like real cash chips). However, these chips cannot be redeemed. Any winnings from Instant Bonus chips are considered Real Cash chips and can be redeemed. You cannot use the instant bonus to join Multi-table Tournament and Sit & Go tables.

    • Tournament Bonus chips: Players can use this balance to play tournaments and SnGs. It cannot be used to play on cash tables. To enter a tournament, you need to pay the buy-in using real cash or real cash + tournament bonus. These Bonus chips are not redeemable.

    • Booster Bonus: An additional reward that is triggered each time you claim payoff or when it gets auto-credited. With Booster Bonus, you’ll receive an additional 25% value of the pay-off amount as real cash. Booster bonus will kick at the moment when someone uses our exclusive deposit or signup offer on adda52.

Online Poker Rules

  • Turn Time Rules: It is the time given to a player in which the player needs to take action for his turn. This time varies across tables. If the player does not act within the given turn time, he will get folded or checked depending upon the last player’s action.

  • Disconnection Rules: The website is not liable if a player gets disconnected or loses network during gameplay. A player's internet connectivity is his problem and he is liable for any loss incurred because of the same. But to try to keep the player’s interest in mind, Adda52 has formulated certain rules that go about providing some protection to a player if he gets disconnected.

  • Table Stakes Rules: All games on Adda52 are played at "table stakes", meaning only the chips in play at the beginning of each hand can be used to bet and raise during the hand. A player cannot add more chips to his stack during the hand. A player can request for add-on during the hand, but the request will get processed only after the hand ends. If a player doesn’t have enough chips to match a bet, then the Poker feature of ‘All In’ comes into play. He is then eligible for that portion of the pot up to the point of his last wager.

  • Side Pot Rules: In a Poker game where multiple players are playing a game and some of them are ‘All-in’ with their respective varying stacks, then there would be a situation where the bet has risen beyond the All in stake. This gives rise to a side pot. For example- with three players in a game, Player A, with a large stack, opens the betting round for 20. Player B only has 10. She calls the 10, going all in. Player C has 30, and thus can either call the full 20, re-raise to 30, or fold. Player C decides to "reraise all-in" by betting his remaining stake. The bet is now 10 to Player A, who calls. Player A is the only player at the table with a remaining stack; he may not make any further bets in this hand. Because Player B can only win 10 from each of the other two players' 30 bets, thus 10 is taken from all players' bets and the 30 total is placed in the main pot. The 40 remaining, for which Players A and C are separately contesting, goes in a side pot. As no further bets can be made, the hand is now dealt with completion. Upon Showdown If Player B has the best hand overall she wins the main pot. Player A has the second-best hand and wins the side pot. Player C loses the hand, and must "re-buy" if he wishes to be dealt in on subsequent hands. On the contrary, if either Player A or C had the best overall hand then they would’ve taken both the Main as well as Side pot since they were contesting for both.

  • Prize Split Rule in Tournament: If two or more players are eliminated on the same hand, a player with more chips at the start of the hand finishes higher than a player with fewer chips. In the case of an equal stack, if two or more players are eliminated on the same hand and If the prize cannot be distributed equally, the player(s) might get 1 RS more than the other player(s). If the prize is a tournament ticket then 1 player will get the ticket. This is intentional as the ticket cannot be split. Player 1st in the list of the eliminated players list will get the ticket. At the start of the tourney, we make a list of all players. This list is made in random order. Based on this order, the ticket will be given to the first player. In case of an odd prize amount, the remainder will be given to the first player. This list is made by the system and stored in the database.

  • Bounty Split Rule:In case, 2 or more players eliminate one or more players during split pot/multiple pots, the bounty will be distributed equally. If the bounty cannot be distributed equally, for example, If there are 4 winners with the same hand and the won bounty amount is Rs. 27. Then firstly, an equal amount to the nearest even amount will be distributed amongst all 4 as the whole amount i.e. Rs. 6 will be credited to all 4 players. Remaining Rs. 3 will be credited to the first player according to the list made by the system at the tournament start, and all the remaining 3 players will not receive any share of the eliminated player's bounty. At the start of the tourney, we make a list of all players. This list is made in random order. Based on this order, the remainder will be given to the first player.

  • Pot Split Rule:In a situation where multiple players have the same cards at showdown, the pot will be divided in equal share to all winners. In case the pot ends up being an odd number, the pot will be split amongst the winners as per the following example- if there are 4 winners with the same hand and the pot amount is Rs. 31. Then firstly, an equal amount to the nearest even amount will be distributed amongst all 4 as the whole amount i.e. Rs.7 which will be credited to all 4 players. Remaining Rs. 3 will be distributed amongst the first 3 players starting from the left side of the dealer image and the fourth player sitting furthest to the left side of the dealer image will not receive a share from this Rs.3 left. Split pot does not take into account the seat preference option but the actual seat order while taking a seat on the table before seat preference changes the interface.

  • Top Up Rule: Top-up is a feature provided to Poker players who like to maintain a certain playing bankroll. If a player checks the auto top-up button, then before each hand, his stack will be replenished to the maximum buy-in of that table. A player can manually choose to top up and the amount he tops up to will show after the end of any ongoing hand.

  • Ratholing and Anti-Banking: Ratholing is a common practice that is seen amongst Poker players as the act of exiting or taking a portion of their stack after winning a big pot. Ratholing is disallowed at Adda52. It is unethical in Poker to leave after winning a big pot, hedge some portion of the winnings, and join the Poker table back with lesser chips thus banking a few in their bankroll. To eliminate this practice, Adda52 has put some measures in a place called Anti-Banking. Antibanking is activated for all tables by default. In this, any player who leaves a table with some stack, cannot join back that same table with a lesser stack than his previous stack before 20 mins. For example- If Player A joined a table with buy-in 1000/4000 with 2000 chips and won another 3000 chips and decides to get up then cannot rejoin that table with less than his new stack of 5000 chips before 20 minutes. There is no maximum buy-in cap for the player who rejoins the table.

  • Mucking and Teasing : All the non-folded players who have gone till the showdown have the option to not show their cards to the winner (Mucking) and other players on the table. However, the winner does not have this option as well as all the players who have gone all-in also do not have this option. Teasing is a feature wherein a winner can show either his one card or both the cards to all the other players who have folded before the showdown. "Teasing" works when the player disables the "auto muck" option. The feature can only be used before showdown and by the active player only after other players have folded. Teasing is not available for SNG & MTT formats..

  • Run it Twice: The option to run it twice occurs when everyone in the hand is all in. For example, if there were three players in the hand and only one of them was all in, running it twice would not be possible. Also to run it twice, every player in the hand must agree to run it twice. If one person decides not to run it twice, the remaining community cards left to be dealt will be dealt normally only once. It is much more common for a hand to be run twice between two players’ heads up instead of a multi-pot with three or more, although it’s still possible. When two or more players are all in with community cards yet to be dealt and all of them agree to run it twice, the remaining community cards will be dealt twice. For example, when everyone in the hand is all in pre-flop and every player has agreed to run it twice, the community cards will be dealt twice. The first flop, turn, and river will be dealt normally for half of the pot and a second flop, turn, and river will be dealt for the second half of the pot. Please note that only community cards are dealt twice and not hole cards. If the all-ins occurred on the flop, only the turn and river would be dealt twice, not a new flop for the second board since the all-in occurred on the flop. The same concept applies to the river. If players were all in on the turn and agreed to run it twice, only the river would be dealt twice. The first river and then another, each river with the four other community cards for half the pot. Run it Twice is applicable for No-Limit Texas Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha game types and not available for Crazy Pineapple, Omaha Hi/Lo variants, or SNG & MTT formats as of now. By default this feature remains 'on' and the player can disable it from the game area settings. Whether enabled or disabled, this preference will be saved and applicable when you log in next time.

  • Seat Preference: If there is a particular seat that you like to sit on a Poker table, then adda52 gives you the option to choose that seat, and the table will accordingly rotate to suit you. When you right-click on another seat, the ‘Sit Here' option appears. If you select the option, your seat changes but the order of the players remains the same.

  • Post to BB (Big Blind): New players who want to join an ongoing table can either wait for their turn to pay the big blind to start playing or simply post the big blind to play immediately from the next hand if they are not seated between the small blind and big blind position. Under the latter case, players will be dealt once the dealer button passes them.

  • Sit-Out: It means you hold your seat on the table but will not be participating in the hand. Sit Out, allows you to return to the game when you’re ready by clicking the ‘I am Back’ button. Your chip stack won’t be affected, but you may need to post a big blind upon returning to the game if you missed a Big Blind.

Ring games

  • Sit-out: The player can go on Sit-out for a maximum of 10 minutes by checking the ‘Sit-out’ checkbox given in the game area. The player can return to the seat by clicking the ‘I am Back’ button. To sit again on the table, the player may need to post a big blind upon returning to the game if you missed a Big Blind. If the player fails to return to the table within 10 minutes period, he will be removed from the table.

  • Sit-out Next BB: Once a player checks this option, he will be seated out before his turn to pay Big Blind. The player can rejoin the same table by clicking the ‘I am back’ button within 10 min. This feature is only available for Ring Games.

  • Sit-out All tables: If the player selects this option, he will be seated out on all ring game tables he is active on, from the next hand. The player can rejoin the same table by clicking the ‘I am back’ button given on game tables within 10 min. This feature is only available for Ring Games.

Note -

- User has to play 5 hands before enabling manual Sit-out for the first time after taking a seat.

- If 2 or more players are sitting on a table and there is no activity for 2:30 minutes, the table will get destroyed.

(Above mentioned features are valid only for 2BB to 20 BB and 1K BB & above tables)


  • Sit-out: The player needs to play blinds and pay antes even if he is on sit-out mode. There is no time limit for sitting out in a tournament. This means should you sit out, you will continue to post blinds and pay antes until you return, or run out of chips. The user will also be made on sit-out immediately if he does not act within the given turn time.

  • Chat: During the game-play, players can chat about the game and hold a healthy conversation. Certain types of chat not permitted include abuse, begging for chips, spamming, flooding, commercial activity, hand discussion leading to colluding, phishing. We understand that there may be players who wish to play Poker in peace and thus there is an option to mute chat and also mute a few players. You can also report players indulging in malicious chat. Just expand the lower-left chat panel on the table to go to "report issue" and mention the situation. Our team will look after the issue and take strict actions against the offenders.

  • Player Notes:When you are at any table, select the "Notes" tab from the chat box in the bottom-left corner of the screen. You can select a player by clicking on the drop-down arrow. This will drop-down a list of all players at the table. You can select the player from the list and write notes in the space given below. You can access the notes anytime. Next time you are at a table with the same player, all you need to do is select the player from the drop-down and all your previous notes will be shown in the box.

  • Auto Re-buy: This feature allows the player to re-enter automatically in a rebuy tournament whenever his chip count goes down below a certain threshold. Click here for detailed info about auto-rebuy and auto addons can.

  • Private Table: You can create your table on the website to invite and play with your friends or family. Click to know the steps to create private table.

  • History Replayer: Replayer or History Replayer feature allows the player to view the recording of all hands he played within the last three months. Replayer can be accessed through 'Options' as ‘History Replayer’ in the game lobby or through the ‘Replayer’ icon provided in the game area top left corner. Currently, the Replayer feature is not available for any game type under the Freeroll and Crazy Pineapple variant in the Real section.

  • Game History: Players can see their game history of the past three months by selecting ‘Game History’ under ‘Options’ in the game lobby. Players can select the game format (Real/Tourney/SNG) and game type (Hold’em/Omaha/Omaha Hi-Lo/Crazy Pineapple) and check the game logs for selected dates.

Additional Resources:

Game Panel information: Click to get information about each section of game Table

Poker Glossary: For all Poker-related terms, you can visit the Poker dictionary here.

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