Poker Tourney

Help Poker Tourney

This helpfile explains the different rules and procedures in the various
styles of poker supported by Aardwolf Hold'em.

Tournament Games

All tournament games are winner-take-all, no-limit games.  To join, one
must do so before the first hand is dealt, and all players pay the same
buyin, which is set at the game's creation.  All players in the game will
start with the same amount of chips.  Periodically, the blinds required to
play each hand will increase.  Depending on the game settings decided by
the table master, players who have lost all their chips may get to 'rebuy'
chips and rejoin the game.  This is limited by the number of times it can
be used, and for how many hands it will be available.  In larger games,
players will also be restricted from rebuying into the game once the table
has been reduced to a specific number of players.

Tournament games have the additional option of being 'private'. While this
has no effect on those wishing to observe, anyone wishing to play must be
invited by the table master.  Attempting to 'buyin' on a private game will
notify the table master that you want an invitation to the game.  Once a
table master has accepted an invitation, you will be added to the game
with 0 chips and you must 'buyin' to receive your starting chips.  Table
masters may also directly invite players, which will send them a message.
If they then decide to buyin, they will be added to the game with the
appropriate chips.

Non-Tournament Games

All non-tournament games are public games, where players may join and
leave at will. Buying into a game requires an amount of gold you wish to
buyin with.  If you wish to buyin with the maximum allowed, use 'poker
buyin all'.  Table masters in non-tournament games can eject anyone they
feel is disruptive between rounds. The ejected player will have their
chips cashed-out for an appropriate refund.

In an effort to reduce players attempting to abuse the come-and-go aspect
of the game, any player joining after the first hand is dealt will post a
bet equal to the big blind on their first hand.  If this coincides with
this player's turn of being small or big blind, additional chips will NOT
be charged.

Non-Tournament games may be no-limit, fixed-limit, or pot-limit.

No-Limit

A no-limit game is one with no maximum raise. At any point within the game
a player may go "all-in" and risk all his or her chips on a single hand.
The minimum raise allowed for any given hand will be the big blind.

Fixed-Limit

Fixed-limit games have a specific amount that any raise must equal. For
the first two betting rounds, all raises will equal the big blind, while
in the second two betting rounds all raises are twice the big blind.  In
fixed-limit games, the 'poker raise' command does not require an amount.

Pot-Limit

Pot-limit games have a varying maximum raise allowed depending on the bets
placed.  The minimum raise will be equal to the big blind and the maximum
raise is the amount of chips in the pot plus the amount of chips the
current player needs to call.

For example, in a game where the pot has 15 chips and the next player
needs 10 chips to call, they can call with 10 chips, or raise by any
amount between 10 (the big blind) and 25 (the 15 in pot + the 10 to call).