House Rules and Navigation
The lobby is the first sight to greet you after you've logged in to our poker room. It allows easy navigation through the software by simply clicking on your desired destination. At the bottom of the screen you'll find links of a technical nature - the Cashier, where you can make a deposit or withdraw your funds, Help and Contact information, Promotions and other user Options. The main part of the lobby leads you straight to the poker action, by displaying lists of players, tables, games and tournaments. These lists can be divided into many sub-categories, and then easily sorted and manipulated according to your preference. For instance, you can choose to display Pot Limit Texas Holdem 'Real Money' poker tables only, and then sort these tables by room name, table stakes, number of players, etc. Simply click the heading of each column to sort the list according to your preference. A second click on the same column will reverse the order (for example, reverse alphabetical order). The main lists are divided into categories by tabs, as follows:
Here you'll find the list of active players, which are the players currently logged on. You can see the following information: name, location, status (for example: watching, in lobby, playing, etc). The search tool lets you look for a specific player - a poker buddy, or maybe your poker nemesis...
Poker Game Selection Tabs
This is the default lobby view. The game tabs display all game types available – Texas Holdem, Omaha, and Omaha Hi-Lo. Selecting a game displays the list of available tables for that game. Within each game, there are also subcategories which help you refine your search and find the poker variant you're looking for faster. Texas Holdem games, for example, are further divided into Limit, Pot Limit, No Limit, Turbo, Heads-Up and Fun tables. Once you've found your game, you can sort the tables according to each column. For example, if you know the name of the table you want to join, clicking on the 'Room Name' column will sort the names alphabetically, making your search simple and easy.
To join a table - simply click on it. You may also watch a table without joining by selecting the table and clicking the Watch Table button. Here is an explanation of the columns describing each table.
- Stakes - The stakes used at the table, for example $2/$4.
- Players - The number of players currently seated at this table, followed by the number of maximum players
- Avg. Pot - The average pot won for each hand at this table. The average is calculated using the last 50 hands
- Plrs/flop - The percent of players who started each hand and remained in it until the flop cards were dealt. The average is calculated using the last 50 hands.
- Hnds/Hr - The number of dealt hands per hour at the table.
Poker Tournaments Tab
This tab lists all scheduled tournaments. The status column tells you if the tournament is 'upcoming', open for 'registration', 'in progress' or 'ended'. Selecting or clicking on a tournament provides further information, such as the prize pool, the tournament levels and structure and, if applicable, displays the registration button.
Start Playing Online Poker
Selecting a table from the game list allows you to join it, provided there is a free chair. Simply double-click on the table name and you will be shown into the room. You can also select the table and click 'Join Table'. Choose one of the available seats and click it to be seated. If no chairs are open you can join the waiting list. If you want to be a fly on the wall, watching the game but not participating in the poker action, select the table and click 'Watch Table'.
Watching other players is a great way to learn poker and develop a poker strategy, but 'fun games' go one step further, allowing you to actually play poker without risking any money. 'Play Money' tables are the best poker school out there, and every beginner should take advantage of this option.
In 'Real Money' games, after you've been seated you will immediately be asked how much money you wish to bring to the table. The amount you choose will be displayed under your name. That is your 'Table Balance', and it will increase and decrease as the game progresses. When you first sit down, there will probably be a game round in progress. Once the round is over you will be asked to post the Big Blind as the last joiner. Once you exit the game and leave the table, your 'Total Balance' will be updated.
During the game you may use the following buttons and boxe
- Sit out - Checking this box puts you on 'stand-by' from the game – you stay seated at the table but you're not dealt any cards, therefore not posting any blinds. Un-checking the box returns you into the poker action. You will join the game at the beginning of the next game round. If you sat out during a round when it was your turn to post a blind, you will be forced to post it upon your return to the game.
- Auto Muck - Check this box to automatically fold your cards during the showdown in case you've lost. If a player already shows better cards before it's your turn to show, you will be automatically folded.
- Auto post - Check this box to post blinds automatically. When the box isn't checked, you are asked to post the blinds when your turn comes, and if you do not respond or choose not to post blinds, you sit out the round.
- Get more chips - Use this button to buy more chips using the money in your balance.
- Chat – The chat box allows communication with other player, which many believe to be a poker necessity. To chat simply type your text into the chat bar and press enter or click 'Chat'.
- Help - Clicking this button opens the help files.
- Options – Opens the Options window, where you can adjust various game settings. See the Options section of the Help file for further information.
- Lobby – Click to leave the poker table and go back to the lobby.
Players may join up to 16 tables at a time, playing 16 games simultaneously. To do so, return to the lobby once you've joined a table, without leaving the game. When you're back in the lobby, simply choose another table and join it. You may repeat this procedure up to a total of 16 tables. On the top left hand corner of each table window you will see a list of all active tables. You can switch between these tables by clicking on any name on the list. To leave any one of the tables click the red 'exit' box found next to its name. Please note: Multiple Table play is only available when playing in 'top view' mode.
The following rules apply when playing at Winner Poker:
As soon as you take a seat at any poker table, you will automatically be offered to purchase chips. You will be shown the minimum and maximum buy-in for any cash game, if applicable. While seated at the table any chips purchased will be subject to all table limits. Similarly, any top-ups during the game will fall between the table minimum and maximum. At the end of each hand, if your table balance is less than the big blind, you will need to purchase additional chips in order to continue.
Dumping chips, which is deliberately losing chips to other players, will not be tolerated, no matter the reason. Dumping, like any other form of cheating, will be picked up by our collusion monitoring team and security software and dealt with accordingly.
Betting, Raising and the Under Raise
An 'Under Raise' is a term used for the following scenario in Limit poker games: When a player goes all-in, but his entire stack covers less than half the bet for that round. Under-raises are treated as calls for betting purposes; they do not reopen the action for any subsequent player who has already acted during this round. This means that players who have already acted can only choose between a call or a fold. You can not re-raise the under-raise.
An all-in wager of half the bet or more, which is still lower than the full betting amount for that round, is treated as a full raise for betting purposes; Players acting after the bet may fold, call or make a full raise. Additionally, all players who acted before the 'all-in' bet also get another chance at the action, and may choose to fold, call or raise – just as if the 'all-in' call were a normal raise.
In No Limit and Pot Limit poker, any wager must be at least the size of the previous bet (or raise) in any round. The only exception is when a player decides to go all-in. An 'all-in' raise for less than the previous bet or raise does not reopen the action for players who have already acted, and is considered a call for betting purposes. Players acting after the all-in call still hold all options, and may fold, call (they would be calling the bet prior to the all-in call) or raise.
Multiple Table Play
Players have the option to join more than one table at any given time. There is a maximum limit of eight tables opened simultaneously by a single user. There is no restriction on the type of tables – games, tournaments, cash, fun, Texas Holdem, Omaha, or any combination of the above may all be played simultaneously.
This option allows you to show your cards in situations where they would normally remain unseen. The 'Show/Muck' button appears on your screen for a few short moments, and if you don't respond the cards are automatically mucked. This option does not show up for players who have the 'Auto Muck' button checked.
Pre-Select Options Box
The Pre-Select option box automatically appears when there are still several players to act before you. The box allows you to select from a number of actions that will be automatically carried out when it's your turn to act, thus saving time. Any option you choose will only be carried out if it is still available when your turn is reached, otherwise a new set of options will appear.
A player may choose to 'Sit Out' of a few rounds while still seated at the poker table. To do this, simply check the "Sit Out" box. Sitting out allows you to keep your spot at the table, along with the chips you've acquired. You are not dealt in to any new hands. Un-checking the 'Sit Out' box will return you to the game. Players returning into the action after sitting out are forced to place a 'dead blind' bet, which is equivalent to the big blind. This is to prevent players from sitting out their blinds and returning when the blinds have passed their seat.
Please note: If you stay in 'Sit Out' mode for longer than 15 minutes, you will be removed from the table and returned to the lobby.
Maintaining a pleasant and friendly atmosphere at the tables is top priority for Winner Poker. Though we cannot be held responsible for the conduct of any of our players, we do reserve the right to refuse access to anyone who violates our rules. We promise to act quickly and harshly against any offenders. The following are strictly prohibited:
- Collusion with any other player
- Making any sort of threat towards any player, visitor or employee
- Any discussions regarding a hand in progress
- Use of obscene language
- Racist remarks
- Slowing down the game
- Revealing any cards held or passed
- Agreeing to check a hand down after a third player has gone all-in
- Making any sort of statement inducing a player to act in a certain way
- Speaking any language other than English when a hand is in progress
- Cheating via chat
- Bullying a player into leaving the table or a hand
Violating any of the above will result in one of the following: warning, suspension from chat functions, permanent removal of all chat functions, suspension of playing privileges or permanent removal of all playing privileges at our site.
Certain promotions may be staged and benefits may be awarded to players based on the number of raked hands in which they participate. If you contributed to a pot, either by placing one of the blinds or by making a bet, in a hand that generated rake, that hand qualifies as a raked hand. Hands dealt during tournament play do not qualify as raked hands.
We offer a Disconnection Protection plan, protecting players in case their Internet connection is lost during an active hand. If a player is genuinely disconnected from our servers while involved in a pot, they will be treated as if they went all-in with the amount they invested in the pot prior to disconnecting. The pot will be split, and the disconnected player will still be contending for the amount the pot reached while they were last active. Any online poker players must acknowledge and accept the risk of disconnecting. These scenarios can and do occur.
Abusing our Disconnection Protection may lead to:
- Forfeiting any money won
- Loss of Disconnection Protection privileges
- Facing permanent expulsion from the site
Playing poker is a communal activity, and as such calls for certain rules and regulations regarding player behavior and general conduct. In order to ensure a friendly and pleasant atmosphere for all players, we encourage you to observe our game etiquette. Players who fail to abide by our poker etiquette will be contacted for clarification. Furthermore, any breach of these rules may result in suspension or a full ban from our poker room.
- Keep your chat polite. Vulgar or obscene language will not be tolerated under any circumstances. See 'Chat Rules' for details.
- Sitting out should only be used when a player wishes to take a break from the game, with the intention to quickly return. Do not abuse this function.
- Timely play keeps poker players happy. Everyone has gathered round the table for one purpose - to play poker. We understand that sometimes you may require some thinking time, but please consider the other players and don't keep anyone waiting for too long.