Live Poker

At Dunedin Casino we offer live action poker games, including what is generally considered the most popular poker game in the world today, Texas Hold’em.

Regular tournaments are offered at Dunedin Casino, more information can be
found in our "What's On" section. 

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Getting Started

The aim

The aim of the game is for one player to beat all the other players and win the combined wagers or pot, by using their best five-card poker hand. This is achieved by showing either the highest-ranking hand at the showdown or a superior playing strategy (
bluffing).

The wagers

One hand of Poker consists of an initial deal and/or community cards, card draws and a number of betting rounds, depending on the game being played. In each round players bet against each other’s hands.

The round

A player may choose to withdraw from any round of play in poker if they don’t think their cards are good enough – this is known as ‘folding’. By doing so you need not contribute further to the pot but instead forfeit all claim to the pot.

The commission

When you play poker at Dunedin Casino, the role of the Casino is simply one of host. We provide a Dealer, the necessary equipment and a safe, controlled environment. In return for these services, the Casino takes a small amount from the pot at the end of each round of play or during the course of a hand.

Buying In

To play in a cash game, you will need to be seated by a supervisor. If the games are full they will put your name on a list until a seat is available. Once your seat is ready you will now need to buy in for the minimum buy-in amount posted on the table for that particular game. The Dealer will ensure you have the correct amount. You will not be permitted to sit down without at least the minimum buy-in.

Playing The Game

Now that you are seated with your chips, you’ll want the dealer to deal you in. You can usually start playing straight away by posting the big blind, or you can wait until you are required to post.
If you have any questions, please ask the dealer or any of our poker staff.

Cashing Out

When you’ve finished playing a cash game, give your chips to the dealer to colour up to larger chips, or you can take them with you. They can be used on other gaming tables or changed back into cash at the cash desk.

Tournaments

Dunedin Casino offers multi-table tournaments weekly on a Wednesday, with larger events scheduled for weekends on an occasional basis, around every second month. Keep an eye out on our "What's On" page for up and coming tournaments. 

Poker Cash Games

We offer one table running the following game: $1/$2 No Limit Hold’em (Buy-in $40-$200) (10% Rake $10 Cap)

The table is opened at 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays, and ASAP on Wednesdays subject to availability and player demand when the Weekly Wednesday poker tournament is running.

Quick Glossary

This brief list of terms and phrases will help you understand the rules of Poker, specifically Hold’em.

Action: A Fold, Check, Call, Bet or Raise.

All-in: When you have put all of your Table Stakes into the Pot during the course of a hand.

Bet: The act of placing a Wager in turn into the Pot on any Betting Round.

Betting Round: A complete cycle from the first person to Bet to the last person to Call.

Blind: A required Bet made before any cards are dealt. The Blind is a live Bet which can win the Pot if not Called or Raised.

Buy-In: The minimum amount of money required to enter any game.

Call: Placing a Bet equal to the highest legal Bet in that round or going All-in if remaining chips are less than the size of that Bet.

Check: Not initiating a Bet or surrendering a hand, but retaining all rights to act in the event a Bet is made. A Check shall only be an option if no Blind is placed or Bet is made.

Check-Raise: Initially checking in a Betting Round and then Raising a Bet that is subsequently made.

Community Cards: The cards dealt face-up in the centre of the table that can be used by all players to form their best hand.

Dealer button: A flat disk that indicates the player who will receive cards last and determines where the action starts.

Flop: The three Community Cards turned up simultaneously after the first round of betting is complete.

Fold: To throw a hand away and relinquish all interest in the Pot.

Hole cards: A players concealed cards.

Kicker: The highest unpaired card that helps determine the value of a five-card poker hand.

Missed Blind: A required Bet that is not posted when it’s your turn to do so.

Muck: The discard pile. Also used as a verb to describe the act of discarding a hand, ie “to ‘muck’ your cards”.

No-limit: A Betting Structure where players are allowed to Wager any or their entire Table Stakes in one Bet.

Raise: To increase the amount of a previous Wager.

Rake: The commission charged in a game.

River Card: The final Community Card dealt in Hold’em.

Run-it-Twice: A game option that allows for any remaining board cards to be re-dealt, thus creating multiple winning hands which all receive an equal share in the prize pool.

Showdown: The final act of determining the winner of the Pot after all the Betting has been completed.

Side Pot: A separate Pot formed when one or more players are All-in.

String Bet: A Raise made in more than one motion, without the declaration of a Raise (this is not allowed).

Table Stakes: The amount of chips that you have on the table. This is the maximum amount you can Bet on or lose in any one hand.

Tournament: A poker competition, normally with an entry fee and prizes.

Turn Card: The 4th Community Card in Hold’em.

Wager: An action by which a player places gaming chips into the Pot on any Betting Round.

Rules and Etiquette

The full set of House Rules can be found here and General Poker Tournament Rules  here.

Behaviour

Dunedin Casino is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for our players. A civilised standard of behaviour is expected from all players.

Abuse of casino employees or other players, either verbally or physically will not be tolerated

Management reserves the right to refuse the use of its facilities to any player whose actions or behaviour is deemed unacceptable.

Mobile Phones

The use of phones (and other “smart” devices) over the poker table is prohibited. Players in a hand may not use their phone.

Table Stakes

When entering a game, players are required to have at least the minimum buy-in amount in chips before they can begin playing. Cash does not play.

Players may only add to their stacks between hands, and may not remove chips from the table at any time except for incidental purchases, provided they are not excessive.

Acting in Turn

Acting in turn is an integral part of the game. Whether you are betting, raising or folding, you must wait your turn to do so.

If you are leaving the table for any reason and wish to fold your hand, please fold in turn and then get up from the table.

String Betting

All bets must be offered into the pot in one forward motion. Otherwise it is preferable that your action is verbalised first.

A bet made in more than one motion (and where no intention has been announced) is a “string bet”. A string bet will be disallowed by the dealer.

Folding

A player folds by clearly releasing their cards forward face down. Cards should not be deliberately exposed or tossed high “helicoptered”.

It is your responsibility to ensure that folded cards are not shown to others or otherwise exposed.

Tabled Hands

Only a properly “tabled” hand is eligible to win a pot at the showdown. A tabled hand is one where all of a player’s hole cards are turned face-up, flat on the table.

Talking at the Table

No player may communicate any information to another player which could adversely affect the outcome of a hand for another player.

Criticism of how a player has elected to play their hand, or advising them how they should have played is prohibited.

Protecting your Hand

It is the player’s responsibility to protect their hand from being mucked. A hand mucked in error will be irretrievable. There is no redress for a player in this situation.

It is the player’s responsibility to protect their hand from being seen by others. Attempting to view the cards of another player is prohibited.

Cards must remain on the table in full view of the dealer at all times.

Leaving a table with the intent to rejoin in the near future with less chips (aka “ratholing”) is grounds for warning, penalty or being required to return with the same value of chips.

Betting and Raising

A single oversized chip thrown into the pot counts as a call. This includes throwing in a single oversized chip on top of chips already bet.

A raise must be at least the size of the largest previous bet or raise of the current betting round. If a player attempts to raise 50% or more of the previous bet but less than the minimum raise, he must make a full raise. The raise will be exactly the minimum raise allowed.

In no-limit and pot-limit, an all-in wager of less than a full raise does not reopen the betting to a player who has already acted and is not facing at least a full raise when the action returns to him.

If a player fails to notice another player’s raise and places a bet that is less than the last bet made, it stays. The player’s options are to fold and lose the bet or make up the bet to the correct amount.

During play, any action out of turn will be considered binding unless an intervening player bets an amount that is greater than the out of turn player. In the event that an intervening player does bet more, the out of turn player will have all of their options returned to them.

Any player who checks out of turn will forfeit all rights to bet or raise.

Leaving the Game

Players may colour up and leave at any time. However, to prevent players removing chips from the game, if you are returning to the same table within 2 hours, you may be required to buy-in for the same amount you left with.

Comfort breaks may be taken, however if these are more than 15 minutes long you may lose your seat.

Tournaments

Some poker rules in tournaments differ to those in cash games.

Guests and Spectators

Seating in the poker room is intended for players only.

Order of Hands

ROYAL FLUSH

Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10 all of the same suit.

STRAIGHT FLUSH

Any 5 cards from the same suit in sequence.

FOUR OF A KIND

4 cards of the same value.

FULL HOUSE

3 cards of the same value combined with 2 cards of the same value.

FLUSH

5 cards of the same suit.

STRAIGHT

5 cards in numerical sequence.

THREE OF A KIND

3 cards of the same value.

TWO PAIRS

2 sets of 2 cards of the same value.

ONE PAIR

2 cards of the same value.

HIGH CARD

5 cards of any value which do not constitute any of the above.

HOLD’EM

No Limit Hold’em is the main live poker game currently offered at Dunedin Casino. Each player receives two “hole” cards in the initial deal and must use their two cards along with the five community cards to form the best five-card poker hand.

STEP BY STEP

  1. Two cards are dealt face down to each player, and the first round of betting takes place.
  2. The flop (first three community cards) are dealt, followed by the second round of betting.
  3. The turn card is dealt (fourth community card), followed by the third round of betting.
  4. Lastly the river (fifth and final community card) is dealt, followed by the final round of betting.
  5. Players make their best five card poker hand using any combination of their two hole cards and the five community cards.
  6. At the showdown, the winning hand is the highest ranking five-card poker hand.

BLIND AND BETTING STRUCTURE

In order to start the betting action, Hold’em uses what are called blind bets (blinds) to stimulate action and initiate play. The first player to the left of the dealer button posts a small blind and the player to his left places a large blind. These are typically $1 and $2 respectively.

The first player to act on the first round is the player on the immediate left of the big blind. The blinds act last on the first betting round and are “live”, which means the player is allowed to raise his own blind bet.

A new player entering any Hold’em game must post a big blind before they can receive cards. They can either wait for their big blind or post their big blind without waiting. The only position they cannot enter a cash game is between the button and the blinds in which case they must sit out a hand until the button has passed them.

If a player leaves the table for any reason and any blind passes their position, they may resume play by posting the total amount of the blinds they have missed. Missed small blinds will be posted dead.