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How to Play

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Open the SportsViet.com client software and login. After logging in, select the type of tournament you wish to view (Regular, Satellites, Freerolls or all). When you are ready to play select any of the tournaments that are currently available to register.


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You will now be viewing all tournaments that are available to register for at this time. To join a game, simply double click on any game to get to the Registering Lobby.



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Once you are inside the Registering Lobby, you will notice a button in the top right hand corner that says “Register Now”. Click this button if you wish to join the tournament. If you have not already logged in, this button will appear as a login button. You must be logged in to register.



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After clicking the Register for Tournament button, you will be prompted with a window asking you to provide a form of payment in order to enter the tournament. In most cases, this payment method is cash, but in certain circumstances you will also find you can enter using Odds Treasure, Promobucks, and even Play Money!

Select your payment method, and click ok.

After clicking ok, your name will be added to the list of registered players and you need simply wait for the tournament to start. If at any point before the tournament begins you wish to unregister, you are free to do so by clicking the unregister button at the bottom left of the tournament lobby. If you choose to unregister your tournament fee will be automatically refunded.


TEXAS HOLD’EM

Also known simply as Hold’em, this variation of 7-Card Stud is one of the most popular poker games in the world.

No Limit: Click Here for more information. Pot Limit: Click Here for more information.



SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

[1] Blinds: Two (2) players left of the dealer button both post blinds equal to exactly half the limit they are playing. Example $4-$8 Hold′em, blinds are $2-$4. (This is equal to the ” ante” in 7 Card Stud).

[2] Dealer Button: This button is used to determine where the action starts, once the game begins this buttons moves one person to the right (clockwise) for every new deal.

[3] Pocket or Hole Cards: Dealer deals each player 2 cards face down.

[4] PreFlop: First betting round.

[5] The Flop: Dealer turns over 3 community cards.

[6] Second betting round: after the Flop.

[7] The Turn: Dealer turns over 1 community card.

[8] Third betting round: after the Turn.

[9] The River: Dealer turns over one last community card.

[10] At this point there will be 5 community cards of which you will make your best 5-card poker hand. You can use all 5 community cards and none from your hole cards to make your best hand, 4 community cards and 1 from your hole cards to make your best hand or 3 community cards and both of your hole cards to make your best hand.

[11] Final Betting Round after The River.

[12] Showdown. The Showdown is where players reveal their hands to produce the winner. The winner is the highest-ranking poker hand available from all hands remaining after the river card.



No Limit Hold’em

Also known simply as Hold’em, this variation of 7-Card Stud, is becoming the most popular poker game in the world.

No Limit: Click Here for more information. Pot Limit: Click Here for more information.

BETTING

Each bet and raise during the first 2 rounds is at the lower limit of the stakes structure, e.g. $4 in a $4/$8 game.

Each bet and raise during the last 2 rounds is at the higher limit of the stakes structure, e.g. $8 in a $4/$8 game.

A player can bet up to 4 times per round. This is known as a bet and Three (3) Raises. This would consist of (1) a bet, (2) a raise, (3) a re-raise, and (4) a cap. It’s called a cap since betting is then capped and cannot be raised anymore. Once the pot is capped, players can only call the Cap or fold.

Check-raising is allowed in all games.

Button and Blinds

Texas Hold’Em Poker uses a button to indicate the theoretical dealer of each hand.

After each hand, the button moves clockwise to the next active player. The player to the left of the button is first to receive a card and must post a small blind. The small blind is half the lower limit bet, rounded down to the nearest dollar. The player to the left of the small blind must post the big blind, equal to the lower limit bet. Example: in a $4-$8 game the blinds would be Small Blind $2.00 and Big Blind $4.00. This replaces the antes in 7-card stud.

Both blinds are immediately in the hand and have options when in clockwise progression the action returns to them. For the Small Blind those options are to call the remainder of any bets made, or to raise if there are still raises remaining (not yet capped).

For the Big Blind those options are to check if no one has raised, to call if someone has raised or to raise if there are still raises remaining (not yet capped). After the flop and each subsequent betting round, the first active player left of the button is first to act.

When a player first sits at an active table, they may post the equivalent of the big blind. To play immediately all players may sit out and wait to become the actual big blind before playing. This rule ensures fairness to all players and stops potential abuses by preventing players from constantly entering games in late position and then leaving before they’re required to post the big blind.


No Limit Hold’em

Also known simply as Hold’em, this variation of 7-Card Stud, is becoming the most popular poker game in the world.

No Limit: Click Here for more information. Pot Limit: Click Here for more information.

HAND RANKINGS

Rankings follow in descending order.

If multiple hands match in rank, the winner is the one with higher cards, e.g., a Queen-high straight beats a 9-high straight.

If the hands are still tied, the kicker determines the winner on hands that are 3 of a kind or below. If the hands remain tied, the pot is split between the winners. Any odd chips go to the left of the button.


No Limit Hold’em

Also known simply as Hold’em, this variation of 7-Card Stud, is becoming the most popular poker game in the world.

No Limit: Click Here for more information. Pot Limit: Click Here for more information.


ALL-INS

Online poker games are played at “Table Stakes”. This means that only the chip value you have in front of you at the start of a given hand can be used in that hand. You can increase your “table stake” at any time in between hands. NEVER DURING A HAND.

Sometimes during the course of a hand the betting will exceed a players “stake” and the player may not have enough to call a particular bet. The player does not have to forfeit their hand at this point. Should the player wish to continue, they can call the amount that they have in front of them and they will be declared “ALL IN”. Any further action will create a side pot of which the “All In” player will have no claim to. The limit of the number of side pots is only limited to the number of participants in a particular hand. The player will have claim to the portion of the pot that they have contributed to. This rule is exactly how it’s handled in Brick and Mortar card rooms.

Different from a bricks&mortar card room is the “ALL In” rule that occurs during Internet disconnects.

Our software can determine whether you are disconnected from the Internet during a hand. Should this occur your hand would play and lay claim to the portion of the pot that you have contributed to, up to and until the disconnect.

You will notice in the game that you have a preset “all in” account. This account has in it TWO (2) all ins allowed in a 24 hour period. Should this happen more than twice in a 24 hour period, you can ask to have this account reset by e-mailing support and requesting an all in re-set. Should this become a regular occurrence, please e-mail support to find out what suggestions we might have to help you increase the reliability of your connection.

If we determine that you are connected to the game your hand will be folded. This is done to protect the integrity of the game. Further if we feel that the “All In” policy is being abused, the abusing will be addressed and “All In” privileges may be revoked.

Players should exercise caution when both “All Ins” have been used. Until your account of “all ins” has been reset, your hand may be folded during a disconnect and you can lay no claim to the hand or the pot you were involved with immediately prior to the disconnect.



No Limit Hold’em

Also known simply as Hold’em, this variation of 7-Card Stud, is becoming the most popular poker game in the world.

No Limit: Click Here for more information. Pot Limit: Click Here for more information.


BUY-INS

The Minimum Buy-in requirement for No Limit and Pot Limit is 20 times the Small Blind/Bet in the Game. For Fixed Limit the Minimum Buy-in requirement is 10 times the Small Blind/Bet in the Game.

Examples for No/Pot Limit:

Buy in examples would be $200 to enter the $10/$20 game, $100 to enter the $5/$10 game, $60 to enter the $3/$6 game or $10.00 to enter a $0.50/$1.00 game.

Example for Fixed:

Buy in examples would be $100 to enter the $10/$20 game, $50 to enter the $5/$10 game, $30 to enter the $3/$6 game or $5.00 to enter a $0.50/$1.00 game.


No Limit Hold’em

Also known simply as Hold’em, this variation of 7-Card Stud, is becoming the most popular poker game in the world.

No Limit: Click Here for more information. Pot Limit: Click Here for more information.


RAKE

No rake is taken before the flop in Hold’em and Omaha, or before the first card is drawn in Stud games. No rake will be taken from uncalled pots.

Rake is only taken from money that has been matched by at least one player in the pot i.e. if one player raises $60 and another makes an all-in call with $20, rake will only be taken from the $40 that is matched by both players.

The “Rake” is the percentage of the pot that goes to the house. SportsViet.com uses a fixed schedule for its rake, based on the table limit and number of players.

All Tables.

# of players Rake per Pot Max Rake

2-10 5% $5

SportsViet.com reserves the right to change this rake structure at any time.


No Limit Hold’em

The difference between regular Limit Texas Hold’em Poker and No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker is when it comes to the betting amounts.


BETTING

Minimum raise: The raise amount must be at least as much as the previous bet or raise in the same round. As an example, if the first player to act bets $10 then the second player must raise a minimum of $10 (total bet of $20).

Maximum raise: All of the chips you have at the table!

When playing at SportsViet.com you have a betting “slider” which allows you to bet many amounts between the minimum and maximum allowable bet size.

There is no cap to the number of raises in No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker games.

At each No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker table there is a Maximum Buy-In amount. SportsViet.com currently has four different maximum buy-in amounts ranging from $25 to $200.


No Limit Hold’em

The difference between regular Limit Texas Hold’em Poker and No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker is when it comes to the betting amounts.


TIMING OUT

If you are connected to the game server when it is your turn to act in a No Limit or Pot Limit Texas Hold’em Poker game and you timeout by not acting within the allowable time, your hand will be FOLDED.


No Limit Hold’em

The difference between regular Limit Texas Hold’em Poker and No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker is when it comes to the betting amounts.

Table Description Max Buy-In Min Buy-In Small Blind Big Blind
NO LIMIT $25 $25.00 $10.00 10c 25c
NO LIMIT $50 $50.00 $20.00 25c 50c
NO LIMIT $100 $100.00 $30.00 50c $1.00
NO LIMIT $200 $200.00 $100.00 $1.00 $2.00

No Limit Hold'em

The difference between regular Limit Texas Hold’em Poker and No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker is when it comes to the betting amounts.


RAKE "No Limit Hold’em"

No rake is taken before the flop in Hold’em and Omaha, or before the first card is drawn in Stud games. No rake will be taken from uncalled pots.

Rake is only taken from money that has been matched by at least one player in the pot i.e. if one player raises $60 and another makes an all-in call with $20, rake will only be taken from the $40 that is matched by both players.

The “Rake” is the percentage of the pot that goes to the house. SportsViet.com uses a fixed schedule for its rake, based on the table limit and number of players.

All Tables.

# of players Rake per Pot Max Rake
NO LIMIT $25 5% $5

Pot Limit Hold’em

In Pot Limit Texas Hold’em Poker, any player can raise any amount within a range defined by the size of the pot at the time of the player’s turn to act.


BETTING

Minimum raise: The raise amount must be at least as much as the previous bet or raise in the same round. As an example, if the first player to act bets $10 then the second player must raise a minimum of $10 (total bet of $20).

Maximum raise: The size of the pot. The size of the pot is defined as the total of the Pot in the middle plus all bets on the table plus the amount the active player must first call before raising.

To see how the calculation of the raise limit would work, assume you’re playing a game with $1-$2 blinds. The next player can fold, call the $2, or raise by placing between $4 and $7 in the pot. If the player bets $4, he’s raised the minimum, because the previous bet was $2, and he’s doubling that.

If the player bets $7, he’s betting the maximum, because he’s first calling the $2 blind bet, creating a total pot size of $5, then raising the size of the pot. The $2 call plus the $5 raise yields the $7 bet.

Let’s assume the first player to act does bet $7. The pot now contains $10. The next player to act could fold, call the $7 bet, or raise by betting between $12 and $24. This is proper because the minimum raise is $5 (the size of the previous raise) and the maximum $24 (by calling the $7 bet and then raising the size of the now $17 pot)

If several consecutive players make pot-sized raises, a pot can escalate dramatically. We recommend that beginning players play limit poker before advancing to pot limit.

When playing at SportsViet.com.com you have a betting “slider” which allows you to bet many amounts between the minimum and maximum allowable bet size.

At each Pot Limit Texas Hold’em Poker table there is a Maximum Buy-In amount. SportsViet.com.com currently has three different maximum buy-in amounts of $25, $50 and $100.


Pot Limit Hold’em

In Pot Limit Texas Hold’em Poker, any player can raise any amount within a range defined by the size of the pot at the time of the player’s turn to act.


Timing Out

If you are connected to the game server when it is your turn to act in a No Limit or Pot Limit Texas Hold’em Poker game and you timeout by not acting within the allowable time, your hand will be FOLDED.


Pot Limit Hold’em

In Pot Limit Texas Hold’em Poker, any player can raise any amount within a range defined by the size of the pot at the time of the player’s turn to act.


BUY-INS

Table Description Max Buy-In Min Buy-In Small Blind Big Blind
Pot Limit $25 $25.00 $10.00 10c $25.00
Pot Limit $50 $50.00 $20.00 25c $50.00
Pot Limit $100 $100.00 $30.00 50c $1.00
Pot Limit $200 $200.00 $100.00 $1.00 $2.00

Pot Limit Hold’em

In Pot Limit Texas Hold’em Poker, any player can raise any amount within a range defined by the size of the pot at the time of the player’s turn to act.


RAKE

No rake is taken before the flop in Hold’em and Omaha, or before the first card is drawn in Stud games. No rake will be taken from uncalled pots.

Rake is only taken from money that has been matched by at least one player in the pot i.e. if one player raises $60 and another makes an all-in call with $20, rake will only be taken from the $40 that is matched by both players.

The “Rake” is the percentage of the pot that goes to the house. SportsViet.com uses a fixed schedule for its rake, based on the table limit and number of players.

OMAHA

Omaha is derived from Hold’em, but gives players a greater chance of making bigger hands and can result in fast-paced games with a change to win big.



SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

[1] Blinds Two (2) players left of the dealer button both post blinds equal to exactly half the limit they are playing. These are similar to the blinds in Hold’em.7card stud poker

[2] Dealer Button: This button is used to determine where the action starts, once the game begins this buttons moves one person to the right (clockwise) for every new deal.

[3] Pocket or Hole Cards: Dealer deals each player four (4) cards face down.

[4] The player to the left of the dealer now begins the betting for this round. Each player has the option to Call the blinds, Raise the blinds or Fold.

[5] The Flop: The Flop is three (3) community cards for which all players may combine to make their best possible hand. After the first round of betting the Flop is dealt.

[6] Following the Flop, the player to the left of the button may now begin the second round of betting.

[7] The Turn: Dealer turns over 1 more community card.

[8] Following the Turn, the third round of betting begins.

[9] The River: Dealer turns over 1 last community card.

[10] At this point there will be 5 community cards of which you will make your best 5-card poker hand. You must make the best hand using the combination of 2 of your 4 pocket cards and 3 of the 5 community cards.

[11] Following the river card, the final round of betting will begin, this is the players’ last chance to bet before the cards are revealed and a winner is determined, this is known as the showdown.

[12] Showdown. The Showdown is where players reveal their hands to produce the winner. The winner is determined by who has the best hand with the combination of 2 pocket cards and 3 community cards. Player must use only two (2) hole cards and three (3) common cards.

BLACKJACK

PREMISE

Blackjack, you and the dealer (the computer) are dealt two cards to start. The objective of Blackjack is to accumulate cards that add up closer to 21 than the dealer’s cards, without going over 21. Cards are worth their face value with the exception of Kings, Queens and Jacks which are each worth 10 and Aces that are worth either 1 or 11. If the value of your hand is closer to 21 than that of the dealer you win. If the value of the dealer’s hand is higher than yours you lose. If the hands are of equal value the deal is a push and your money is returned. If you have a total of 22 or higher (a busted hand), you lose regardless of whether the dealer also busts.


Summary of Rules


  • 8 52-card decks are used
  • The deck is re-shuffled after each hand
  • Dealer stands on all 17’s
  • Doubling after splitting allowed
  • No re-splitting of cards allowed
  • No surrender
  • Only one additional card allowed on each Ace when splitting a pair of Aces


How to Play Blackjack

SportsViet.com Blackjack is played with eight fifty-two card decks. After each game has been played, the used cards are shuffled back into the deck. All face cards are valued at ten and the cards from 2-10 are valued as indicated. Aces can be valued at either one or eleven; if counting the Ace as eleven would put the hand over twenty-one, the Ace is automatically counted as one instead. You do not need to specify which value the Ace has as it’s always assumed to have the value that makes the best hand. The value of a hand is the sum of the values of the individual cards. For example, a hand containing a Jack, 3, and 4 has a value of 17.

Your chips are stacked by denomination ($0.01, $0.10, $0.25, $1, $5) at the bottom of the screen below your Sign In Name. Select the amount you would like to wager on a given hand by clicking the left mouse button on the chip of that denomination. The amount wagered per hand may be increased or decreased by placing the mouse on the stack that you wish to add or subtract to your bet. Each time you click the left mouse button you will add a chip from that pile to your planned wager amount. Likewise by clicking on the right mouse button you can decrease your planned wager amount. If you place a wager that is lower than the minimum table bet limit, your bet amount will be automatically adjusted to the minimum bet amount.

You begin a hand of blackjack by placing a bet on the table as described above. You will then receive two cards face up. The dealer will receive one card face up and one face down. Once you have been dealt your two cards (and based on the nature of these cards) you can do the following by clicking with the left mouse button on the appropriate button:



Hit

Requests another card. You can request a hit as many times as you like, but if your total goes over twenty-one, you will “bust” and lose the hand.



STAND

Requests that you receive no more cards. The hand as it currently stands will be judged against the dealers.



SPLIT

If you have two cards of the same denomination, a Split button will appear. You can split your cards into two hands and play each hand separately. Your original bet will be duplicated for the new hand. Each hand will be played out as usual except when splitting Aces, where only one additional card per hand is dealt. A white box displaying your card total will appear over each hand indicating which hand is active. The split option can only be used once per hand — you cannot split part of a split hand. Any winning 21 obtained after splitting a pair is paid 1-to-1.



DOUBLE DOWN

If you select this option, three things will happen: you will get exactly one more card, your turn will end, and your bet will be doubled.



INSURANCE

Whenever the dealer’s up card is an Ace, the player has an option of taking insurance. The player may opt to take insurance by clicking on the “Insurance” button. If you do not wish to take insurance, you simply click on the “Pass” button to proceed with the rest of the hand. If the player believes that the dealer’s down card is a 10 ranking card, then the player is permitted to place a side bet of half the original wager as insurance. If the dealer does have a 10 ranking card, the player is immediately paid 2-to-1 on the insurance bet, but the original wager is lost unless the player too has a blackjack and pushes with the dealer. Here the player is simply betting that the dealer’s unseen card is a 10 valued card.



NOTE:

The Double Down and Split options will only be active immediately after you receive your first two cards. If the dealer has an Ace showing, you will be offered a chance to buy Insurance for half of the amount you bet. When you buy insurance you are, in effect, making a second bet. You are betting that the dealer has a natural blackjack. If the dealer does have a natural blackjack (in other words, his down card is a ten or a face card), you will collect a payoff of 2 to 1 on your insurance. You will also lose your original wager, unless you have a natural blackjack too. If the dealer does not have a natural twenty-one, the rest of the hand is played out as usual and you will lose your insurance money.

If you win the hand, you will get back your original bet plus the same amount in profit. A hand that consists of an Ace and any ten value card is called a natural twenty-one, or a natural blackjack (except in the case of a Split hand – see details above). If you win with a natural blackjack, you will be paid off at three-to-two odds, which means you get your original bet back plus 150% profit. (So if you bet $50 and win with a natural twenty-one, you get $50 (your bet) plus $75 (your bet plus half of your bet), which totals to $125.



Payoffs

Result Payoff
Winning Hand 1 to 1
Blackjack 3 to 2
Insurance 2 to 1


Betting Limits

$0.10 minimum initial ante. and $1000 maximum bet.



Basic Blackjack Strategy

Basic blackjack strategy is defined as the proper play of cards knowing only your hand and the dealer’s exposed card. It does not involve card counting (an advantage lost in playing SportsViet.com with 8 decks reshuffled after each hand) or remembering which cards were played previously.

The basic blackjack strategy is created through intensive computer simulations that perform a complete combinatorial analysis. In this method, the computer “plays” tens of thousands of hands for each Blackjack situation possible and statistically decides which decision best favors the player.

Basic strategy is usually printed as tables with the dealer’s up card the first row and your two card combination the first column. The other entries in the table tell you what to do (Stand, Hit, Double-Down, Split) with the different combinations of dealer and player’s hands.

Basic blackjack strategy tables for SportsViet.com rules (8 decks, dealer stands on 17, double-down on any two cards, double after split allowed, no re-splitting of cards allowed, no surrender) are shown below for hard totals, soft totals, and pairs along with a legend.

LEGEND:


  • S – Stand
  • H – Hit
  • Dealer stands on all 17’s
  • D – Double
  • Y – Yes, split
  • N – No, don’t splitr


Hard Totals

Your Cards 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
17 S S S S S S S S S S
16 S S S S S H H H H H
15 S S S S S H H H H H
14 S S S S S H H H H H
13 S S S S S H H H H H
12 H H S S S H H H H H
11 D D D D D D D D D H
10 D D D D D D D D H H
9 H D D D D H H H H H
8 H H H H H H H H H H


Soft Totals

Your Cards 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
A,9 S S S S S S S S S S
A,8 S S S S S S S S S S
A,7 S D D D D S S H H H
A,6 H D D D D H H H H H
A,5 H H D D D H H H H H
A,4 H H D D D H H H H H
A,3 H H H D D H H H H H
A,2 H H H D D H H H H H


Pairs

Your Cards 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
(A,A) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
(10,10) N N N N N N N N N N
(9,9) Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
(8,8) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
(7,7) Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N N
(6,6) Y Y Y Y Y N N N N N
(5,5) N N N N N N N N N N
(4,4) N N N Y Y N N N N N
(3,3) Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N N
(2,2) Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N N

POKER RAKE

The “Rake” is the percentage of the pot that goes to the house. SportsViet.com uses a fixed schedule for its rake, based on the table limit and number of players.

No rake is taken before the flop in Hold’em and Omaha, or before the first card is drawn in Stud games. No rake will be taken from uncalled pots.

Rake is only taken from money that has been matched by at least one player in the pot i.e. if one player raises $60 and another makes an all-in call with $20, rake will only be taken from the $40 that is matched by both players.

All Tables:

# of players Rake per Pot Max Rake
2-10 5% $5

POKER HAND RANKINGS

Poker hands are ranked in descending order, from strongest to weakest. If multiple hands match in rank, the winner is the player with the highest-ranking cards, e.g., a Queen-high straight beats a 9-high straight.

If the hands are still tied, the kicker determines the winner on hands that are 3 of a kind or below. If the hands remain tied, the pot is split between the winners. Any odd chips go to the left of the button.

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