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Game Related FAQ

Q. What are the rules of Texas Hold'em?

A: Texas Hold'em is the most popular variety of poker games. You can find it in countries all around the world in casinos to card rooms, online and in home games. Like most variants of poker, the objective of Texas Hold'em is to win pots, where a pot is the sum of money bet by oneself and other players in a hand. A pot is won by player who is able to form the best five-card poker hand, using any combination of Two Hole cards and Five Community Cards.

Please click on the below link for complete information about Texas Hold’em rules.

 http://thespartanpoker.com/help/texas-holdem/overview.html

 

Q. What are the rules of Pot Limit Omaha?

A: Omaha is like Texas Hold'em. Each player receives four cards dealt face down. These cards are also called pocket cards. Like in Texas Hold'em, five cards are dealt face up on the table. The players can make combinations using only two of their four pocket cards and three of five common cards on the table.

Please click on the below link for complete information about Pot Limit Omaha rules.

http://thespartanpoker.com/help/omaha/overview.html

 

Q. What are the rules of OFC Pineapple?

A: Pineapple Open Face Chinese Poker is a kind of Chinese poker in which players are dealt three face down cards in all game rounds except the first and need to discard one of the cards.

Please click on the below link for complete information about OFC Pineapple rules. http://thespartanpoker.com/help/ofc-pineapple/overview.html

 

Q. I am faced with a difficult decision in a poker hand, do I get additional time?

A: Initially you will get 15 seconds to react, if you have utilized this time you will get another time-bank of 60 seconds to react.

If the time bank is not used for 10 minutes, players can get auto increment of extra 5 seconds

 

Q. How does Auto-Muck work?

A: If the auto-muck check box is selected then the showdown rules at river are:-

The player who took the last aggressive action in the hand will show his hand first. If the aggressive player is the winner then the other player/players in the hand can muck his hand. If the aggressive player losses the hand then the aggressive player's hand will be shown first and then the winner's hand is shown.

If everybody has checked on the river, then the first active player to the left of the dealer will show the hand to the table first. If the next active player has a better hand than the previous player, then he/she needs to show the hand to the table or else if they are losing (with reference to all previous players) the hand will be automatically mucked and this sequence will continue for all players.

Example:- For a 6 player table, 6 players (all have selected the auto-muck check box) have checked on the river and the 3rd player (player next to BB) has the second best hand and player on the button has the best hand. The actions that will follow at showdown are:-

* First player will show the hole cards to the table

* Second player will muck the hand

* Third player will show the hole cards to the table

* Fourth player will muck the hand

* Fifth player will muck the hand

* Sixth player will show the hole cards to the table as this player is the winner

 

Q. What is straddle? How does it work?

A: Straddle is a forced blind, double the big blind amount and is always put before the cards are dealt. It allows you to act last in that round where players wanting to enter have to at least call your blind raise, giving you the option to raise your blind raise, re-raise a raiser, check, or fold.

The straddle will work in the following conditions:-

1. Straddle will only be enabled if the straddle check box is checked before the hand.

2. Straddle will only have an impact on the game pre-flop. Pre-flop, the minimum call amount is the straddle amount if the straddle check box is enabled. After the flop opens, the minimum bet amount will be the big blind amount.

3. Straddle cannot be done on the dealer button. So straddle can only be posted if 4 or more players are involved in a hand.

 

Q. What is re-Straddle?

A: Re-straddle is a forced blind, double the straddle amount and is always put before the cards are dealt.

 

Q. Does the poker software allow me to muck the winning poker hand?

A: No, it doesn't. If you play your hand to the showdown and you hold the winning hand, it will always automatically be shown. This feature protects you from accidentally mucking a winning hand.

 

Q. What is Run It Twice (RIT)? How does it work?

A: Run it Twice (RIT) is feature that reduces variance in the game. The rule for RIT is, if on the table minimum two players go all-in whatever the remaining cards are left to open at that time, will open twice and the pot will be distributed to each winning hand, according to the normal poker rules.

We have tables with the Run It Twice feature. In the lobby, please check for the 'Twice' icon in black next to the table name to indicate if that particular table has the Run It Twice feature or not.

 

Q. What is Boost poker?

A: Boost Poker is an exciting format of poker that allows you to play more hands in less time and reduce your waiting period between hands. Rather than the traditional way of joining a table, you will instead join a pool of players playing at the same stakes. Instead of waiting for the current hand to complete, you can quick fold, following which you will be taken to a new table and will be dealt a new hand instantly. You will be randomly seated with players from the pool at a new table. You can even play on multiple Boost tables simultaneously so there’s more action and less time-wasting!

Boost Poker is currently available at the cash game tables on The Spartan Poker under the ‘Boost’ tab in the lobby.