PokerAce offers two different types of poker: Texas Hold’em and 13 Cards, also known as Chinese Poker. This section teaches the basics of each game, and in no time you will be ready to join other PokerAce players already online.
Texas Hold’em is the most popular version of poker, played worldwide online and live in casinos. Its popularity has boomed in recent years because of increased coverage on television around the world.
A Texas Hold’em game allows up to 10 players at the same table. Each player starts with two hole cards being dealt face down. Five community cards are then placed face up by the dealer. The community cards are dealt as such:
- First comes a series of three cards called the “Flop”,
- The fourth card is called “The Turn” or “The 4th street”
- The fifth and final card is called “The River”.
Betting may occur prior to the flop, after the flop, after Turn and after the river card. For each round of betting, players have the option to check, bet, raise or fold.
A player may use any combination of the seven cards available to make the best possible five-card hand, using none, one or both of their private hole cards. The player with the best combination is the winner of the hand. Please refer to our Hand Rankings page to learn more about the different poker hand combinations and ranks.
PokerAce offers three variations of Texas Hold’em distinguished from each other by their betting limits.
- In Limit Texas Hold’em, each betting round has a pre-determined betting limit.
- In No Limit Texas Hold’em, players can bet any amount, up to all their chips.
- In Pot Limit Texas Hold’em, players can bet any amount up to the size of the pot.
PokerAce offers you these 3 variations of Texas Hold’em for play money and real money. Click here to start playing now.
13 Cards poker, also known as “Chinese Poker”, is a popular poker game in Asia, and increasingly worldwide. Chinese poker is not usually offered in live casinos but can be played in private games and can now be found online at PokerAce.
A 13 Cards poker game is played with a 52 card deck and only allows up to 4 players at the same table.
Each player is dealt 13 hole cards face down that they need arrange into 3 different hands (also called lines):
- The first hand is the Top Line and is composed of 3 cards.
- Second is the Middle Line which is composed of 5 cards.
- Finally the Bottom Line which is also composed of 5 cards.
There are 2 important rules regarding the 3 lines and their arrangement.
First, the different lines should respect a specific order in terms of strength, the top linebeing the weakest and the bottom line being the strongest. If this arrangement isincorrect you will lose the maximum number of points for this round.
The second rule is the top hand can’t be better than trips (three of a kind). 3 cards of the same suit wouldn’t make this line a flush.
13 Cards poker is played with points that are distributed at the end of each poker hand (or round). Each point has a monetary value which is defined before the beginning of the game. When all players are finished arranging their lines, their hands are shown and compared in order to attribute the winning points.
A Bonus is paid when a player makes a hand of a given rank in a certain hand of his final 13 Card submission.
Front refers to the three card hand and Back refers to the Back 5 card hand played, which still must have a higher ranking than the Middle hand to be a valid hand
Natural hands and the Claim Button
At 13 Card Chinese poker, there are a group of hands known as Natural hands or ‘Clean Sweep’ hands. Please see Hand Rankings
When having a Natural hand, the player does not need to set the hand; he just needs to select either the “Claim” button or wait for the system to auto submit after the build hand time end is over. If player sets the Natural hand and clicks on “Submit”, then the hand is treated as normal play, and the player does not score the bonus points described below
Hands are ranked in descending order and all suits are ranked equally in Natural Hand Rankings.
In the event of multiple players having Natural Hand/Clean Sweep, the highest natural hand ranking group wins the full total unit value for that group instead of winning the balance of different units. Example, Player A has 13 Colors and Player B has 3 Straights, both are having natural hand, and based on ranking and game rules, Player A then wins 13 units from Player B instead of only 13 – 4 = 9 units.
If more than one player has the same type/ranking of natural hand, then it is a ‘push’ between them, and they collect from the other players.
In the end of a Chinese poker hand, you win or lose points comparing your lines strength to your opponent(s). The top lines are compared first and one point is awarded to the player with the best combination. The same process occurs for the middle and bottom lines. Each line attributes one point to the line winner. In total, players can win or lose 3 points against one single opponent per hand.
Note that if there are more than 2 players in game, lines are compared on a 1 to 1 comparison basis. This means that a player can lose a point to a player on a specific line but still win a point against the third player on this same line.
A 13 card poker hand is over when all lines have been compared against each player and after the points have been awarded to the winners.
For each point won, the player gets the real money value that has been defined prior to the beginning of the game.
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