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    Bets10 Texas Poker

    Bets10 Texas Poker is a global card room game where Players from different global locations play against each other. It enables you to play against one or more Players.

    The objective is to complete the game with the strongest hand, and win the pot.

    There are seven Poker game types offered in the Bets10 Texas Poker suite. These are:

    • Texas Hold 'em
    • Omaha
    • Omaha Hi-Lo
    • Seven-Card Stud
    • Razz
    • Five-Card Stud
    • Five-Card Draw

    Note:
    All of these games can be played as 1-on-1 games or tournaments.

    What's New in Poker?

    The following features and updates are now available in the Poker Room:

    • The Re-Buy feature and Add-on feature for tournaments are updated.
    • The Double Buy-in feature is renamed to Immediate Re-Buy.
    • Anonymous Tables are available for Texas Hold 'em only. On Anonymous Tables:

    • Player information, including aliases and Avatars, is temporarily disguised to protect anonymity.
    • Any Player identifying features, such as Waiting Lists, Chat, Buddies and Notes are updated to facilitate the Anonymous Table feature.
    • An Anonymous Table information page is accessible from the Regular and Advanced Lobby, in the information windows.

    The Pot

    The pot is the pile of chips that accumulates as each Player antes, bets and raises. All winnings are paid from the pot. The value of the pot varies. It is dependent on the stakes involved and the amount the Players bet. The pot goes to the winner of the hand in each game.

    Note:
    • The House takes a small percentage of the pot. This is known as the rake.
    • If two or more Players have the same winning hand, they split the pot equally.

    Poker Hands

    The Poker hands are the same for all Bets10 Texas Poker games.

    Royal Flush
    This is a combination of the following cards of the same suit: Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten.

    Straight Flush
    This is a combination of five cards of the same suit in sequence.


    Four of a Kind
    This is a combination of four cards of the same denomination.


    Full House
    This is a combination of three cards of the same denomination, and two cards of another denomination.


    Flush
    This is a combination of five cards of the same suit.


    Straight
    This is a combination of five cards of different suits in sequence.


    Three of a Kind
    This is a combination of three cards of the same denomination, and any two other cards.


    Two Pairs
    This is a combination of two denominative pairs, and any other card.


    One Pair
    This is a combination of one denominative pair, and three unmatched cards.


    High Card
    No other hand combination exists. The highest ranking card wins.

    Waiting List

    If the table you want to play at is full, you can subscribe to the Waiting List for that table. Or, you can subscribe to a Waiting List for all tables that are similar to the selected table.

    When you choose to join the Waiting List, you can set up the subscription service according to your table requirements.

    The Table Waiting List Subscription dialog box enables you to specify criteria for the type of table you want to join. You are automatically subscribed to appropriate tables and added to their waiting lists.

    You can specify the following criteria when subscribing to a table:

    • The number of seats that the table should have.
    • The minimum number of Players required at the table before you are notified of an available seat.
    • Select to be seated at the first available table with specific game variation, game type, bet limit type and stakes.
    • Select to play at tables with equivalent stakes in different currencies.

    The Waiting Tables List dialog box displays all tables you are subscribed to. The statuses of the various tables are automatically updated and communicated to you.

    When a seat is available at a table, the first Player on the Waiting List is prompted to either:

    • Join the table
    • Remove the table from the Waiting List
    • Be removed from the Waiting List

    Note:
    If enough Players are waiting for a similar table, a table will be made visible by the system. You will be offered a seat at the new table as soon as the required number of Players are at the table.

    Note:
    • The aliases and locations of Players on waiting lists for Anonymous Tables are hidden from other Players on the list. However, your alias is shown to you on the Waiting List.
    • Tournament tables do not have Waiting Lists.You must log on to the Multi-Player Casino before you can join a Waiting List.
    • When you disconnect from the Bets10 Texas Poker system, you are removed from all Waiting Lists.

    Player Notes

    Player Notes enables you to enter information about the other Players at the table. You can only view notes you create.

    Note:
    When playing on Anonymous Tables, all notes created during the game are deleted if either you or your noted Player leaves the table. This protects your anonymity.

    Player Ratings

    Player Ratings enables you to allocate a color icon to Players at the table. You can only view Player Ratings you create.

    Note:
    When playing on Anonymous Tables, all notes and ratings created during the game are deleted if either you or your noted or rated Player leaves the table. This protects your anonymity.

    Poker Messaging

    The Poker messaging system keeps you constantly updated with news and important system information from the Poker Room. Once you have logged on to the Poker Room and configured the required messaging options, any relevant messages are delivered to your desktop in real-time.

    When a message is received, it is displayed as a pop-up message on your taskbar. Messages display, regardless of what you are doing or where you are playing in the Poker Room. Messages display for a brief period and then automatically close. If required, you can manually close messages.

    You can configure the type of messages you want to receive from the Message Setting option on the Preferences menu in the Lobby. The message types are:

    Poker Manager Messages
    Poker Manager Messages contain system-related information, such as, scheduled downtime or system maintenance information.

    Note:
    If you disable Poker Manager Messages and a critical or compulsory system update is required, the message informing you of this is still delivered to your desktop.

    Tournament Reminder Messages
    Tournament Reminder Messages contain updated event information, major tournament reminders, and related information.

    Note:
    You can disable Tournament Reminders, but you will still receive messages in your Chat window, if you have the Chat option enabled.

    Player Chat

    If you are playing at a table, or just viewing a table, you can type and send chat text to the table. This text is seen by all Players watching or sitting at the table.

    Note:

    • You must log in to Bets10 Texas before you can chat.
    • Player chat is enabled by default.
    • You can disable Player chat.

    The following rules apply when using the Player chat feature:

    • Communication between Players at the table is in English or the allocated Table Language only.
    • No mention of or advertising for other Poker Rooms or Poker Casinos is permitted.
    • The sending of multiple and frequent messages to the chat window is not permitted.
    • No foul, abusive or insulting language is permitted.

    If you do not abide by these rules, it may result in the following:

    • Player's chat feature being disabled.
    • Players being disqualified and removed from the tournament.
    • Players being banned from Bets10 Texas Poker.

    Note:
    These decisions are at the discretion of the House.

    Note:
    On Anonymous Tables, comments made when chatting are anonymous. This ensures all identities are protected. However, each Player will see their own alias when chatting. The House will still use your real alias to monitor chats, and ensure rules are followed.

    Tickets

    Poker Tickets are bonus vouchers that are awarded as types of prizes during Multi-Table tournaments. You can earn multiple Tickets, each with varying cash values. However, you cannot exchange these Tickets for cash. The value of a Ticket is divided into a buy-in amount and a fee amount. For example, a specific Ticket is composed of a €10 buy-in + €1 fee. Tickets are used to buy-in, Re-Buy or Add-On to tournaments.

    You can earn or accumulate Tickets as prizes for tournaments, bonus payouts or as compensation for canceled tournaments.

    There are three types of Poker Tickets. Each Ticket is assigned a value and is currency-specific. You cannot accumulate and bank Tickets. Each Ticket is assigned an expiry date and must be redeemed within a specified time. The Ticket types are:

    Tournament Ticket
    A Tournament Ticket is used to buy-in to specific tournaments only. Tournament Tickets are issued in the currency of the tournament. Tickets expire when the tournament ends.

    Tournament Group Ticket
    A Tournament Group Ticket is used for any tournament in a specified group of tournaments, where the Ticket value matches the tournament buy-in amount and the Ticket currency matches the tournament currency. Tickets that are linked to a Tournament Group are automatically assigned an expiry date and time. If you have multiple Tickets, the Tickets that expire soonest, are redeemed first.

    Generic Ticket
    A Generic Ticket is used for any tournament where the Ticket value matches the tournament buy-in amount and the Ticket currency matches the tournament currency. Generic Tickets are automatically assigned an expiry date and time. If you have multiple Tickets, the Tickets that expire soonest are redeemed first.

    The number of accumulated tickets available to you is displayed in the Tickets box in the Lobby. Click the Tickets link to open the My Tickets page to view the status of all your Tickets.

    Note:
    • If you have more than one Ticket for the same tournament, you can use the additional tickets to Re-Buy or Add-on. However, if there is no Re-Buy or Add-on fee, then the fee portion of the Ticket is forfeited.
    • You can use a Ticket to Re-Buy even if you paid to buy-in.
    You cannot convert Tickets to another currency. You can only use a Ticket to buy-in to a tournament with the same currency. For example, you cannot use a £ Ticket to buy-in to a €tournament.

    The availability of Ticket buy-in to tournaments depends on the rules of the Poker Room. You can use any of the following buy-in combinations to buy-in to a tournament:

    • Ticket only.
    • Cash or Tickets.
    • Loyalty points or Tickets.
    • Cash, loyalty points or Tickets.

    Loyalty Program

    The Loyalty Program feature enables you to earn points when playing certain games or tournaments.
    The current value of your points is displayed in the Points box in the Lobby. The points value displayed in the Points box is the total number of accumulated points available to you.

    Note:
    • The Poker Room may have a different name for the Loyalty Program.
    • For more information about the Poker Room's Loyalty Program go to the Poker Room website.

    Quickplay

    The Quickplay Lobby enables you to find a Poker Table quickly and easily.

    Click the Change Lobby button from the Icon menu to display the Quickplay Lobby.

    You can search for Cash games, Sit and Go Tournaments and Scheduled Tournaments.

    The following search screens are displayed when you click on a game category:

    Cash Games

    • What game would you like to play?
    Select the preferred game type from this screen. To learn more about each game type, position your mouse cursor over an icon. Game type information is displayed in the information window on the right.

    Note:
    All the game types are displayed on the screen, such as Omaha.

    Our Recommendation:
    A recommended game is displayed. Click the Go to Table button to go to the recommended table. Alternately, you can change any of the game criteria to search for a different table. Click the Change link to:

    • Change game type.
    • Change your table currency.
    • Change the Stakes using the slider.
    • Change bet limits. Your options are Fixed Limit, Pot Limit and No Limit.
    • Change the maximum number of Players allowed per table.
    • Change the Buy-in you want to bring to the table. You can choose to bring your entire balance, a specific amount or play free games.

    Sit & Go Tournament Games

    • What game would you like to play?
    Select the preferred game type from this screen. To learn more about each game type, position your mouse cursor over an icon. Game type information is displayed in the information window on the right.

    Note:
    All the game types are displayed on the screen, such as Omaha.

    What is your Buy-In?
    Use the slider to filter the tables by bet range. Click the plus (+) or minus (-) buttons to move the slider.

    What kind of tournament do you want to play?
    Select the tournament type you want to play, either Single Table Sit & Go or Multi-Table Sit & Go.

    Note:
    If an exact tournament match is not found, a list of recommended games are displayed.

    Scheduled Tournament Games

    What game would you like to play?
    Select the preferred game type from this screen. To learn more about each game type, position your mouse cursor over an icon. Game type information is displayed in the information window on the right.

    Note:
    All the game types are displayed on the screen, such as Omaha..

    What is your Buy-In?
    Use the slider to filter the tables by bet range. Click the plus (+) or minus (-) buttons to move the slider.

    What Tournament do you want to play?
    A list of tournaments is displayed. Click the Register button if you want to immediately buy-in to the tournament. Click the Tournament Lobby link to go to the tournament lobby.

    Note:
    Click the More button to view more scheduled games.

    Poker Table Currency

    Bets10 Texas Poker is multi-currency enabled. You have the option to play at tables offering multiple currencies. Your currency is automatically converted when you join a foreign currency table. The amount of money available to you is calculated when you sit down and bring money to the table. You are notified of the exchange rate between your base currency and that of the table, as well as the net cost to your base account balance. The Lobby displays your balance in the currency of your base account. Your table balance is displayed in the currency of the table.

    Depending on the tables available, you can:

    • Play on all available tables, regardless of the currency of the table. When you play on different currency tables, your currency is converted when buying in. This is an automated process.
    • You still earn bonuses as per normal. Any existing bonuses are converted into your new currency at the same exchange rate that existed at the time you received the bonus.

    Note:
    To ensure that all currency conversions are accurate and up-to-date, a spot rate is downloaded daily from a service provider for every currency used. You are also advised of the rate used in all conversions.

    Poker Table Features

    The Poker Table is designed to make your gaming experience as realistic and intuitive as possible through the use of easily accessible buttons, menu options and information boxes. The following graphic shows the features of a typical Poker Table screen. Your Poker Table features may be different.

    • Position your mouse pointer over the screen feature you want to identify.
    • To view the description of a feature, click the required area on the graphic.
    • Where possible, refer to the How To… section for information on how to use a feature.


    The Play Area

    All Play action occurs on the table layout with the card hands dealt on the table. You can configure your table layout by clicking the Menu button and selecting the Options option. The following is displayed on the table:

    • Any possible hand combinations considering the cards you are dealt
    • The community cards
    • The Total Pot accumulated as each Player antes, bets and raises.
    • The Chip amount showing the chip value on the table.

    Note:
    When a Player wins a hand, the cards that make up the win are highlighted, and the remaining cards are grayed out.

    Player Information

    Player information is contained within the seating areas around the table. The following information is available:

    Inactive Seat
    Unoccupied seats are disabled at the table during a game. When you join a table, available seats are indicated with a Seat Open arrow. Click a Seat Open arrow to join a game. You are automatically taken to the Money to Bring to Table screen to specify your buy-in amounts.

    Your Seat / Avatar image
    Displays an optional Avatar image instead of the regular seat. Click the seat to upload or block an Avatar image. Click your opponents Avatar image or seat to view their Profile, makeNotes about the Player, view their play History, or add the Player as a Buddy.

    Note:
    On Anonymous Tables, your real alias and Avatar are only visible to you. They are hidden from other Players to protect your identity. You cannot add Buddies from Anonymous Tables, and Notes made during play are deleted when you or the rated / noted Player leaves the table.

    Opponent Seat / Avatar image
    Displays your opponents seat or optional Avatar image. Click your opponents Avatar image or seat to view their Profile, make Notes about the Player, view their play History, or add the Player as a Buddy.

    Note:
    On Anonymous Tables, your opponents are allocated temporary aliases and Avatars to protect their identities. You cannot add Buddies from Anonymous Tables, and Notes made during play are deleted when you or the rated / noted Player leaves the table.

    Player Alias
    Displays the name that you are known by in Bets10 Texas Poker.

    Note:
    On Anonymous Tables, all Players are allocated temporary aliases to protect their identities. Only you can see your real alias.

    Dealer button
    This is a flat disk that is used to signify the Dealer's position on the table. The disk is marked with a D.

    Player Chips
    Displays the number of chips you have at the table.

    Player In-Play History
    Displays the Player's actions in the current hand.

    Player Time Indicator
    Displays the time that you have left to perform your next game play action.

    Player Ratings icon
    Displays a color icon you allocated to a certain Player. You can only view Player Ratings you create.

    Player Last Action
    Displays your last game play action.

    Note:
    The Player Last Action is only visible after you have performed your game play action.

    Game Information

    The following additional gaming information is displayed on the layout:

    Current Hand Number
    Displays the current hand number.

    Previous Hand Number
    Displays the last hand number.

    Rake
    Displays the fee that the House charges for each hand of Poker.

    Player Chips
    Displays the number of chips you have at the table.

    Hand History
    Opens the Instant Hand History screen. This enables you to view the hand histories for winning hands.

    Number of All-Ins Remaining
    Displays the number of All-Ins you have left.

    Game Level
    Displays the game level in tournament games.

    Note:
    The game level in tournaments is increased every few minutes.

    Important:
    Game level information is only displayed in tournament games.