Rules & FAQs
Learn to handle yourself like a seasoned veteran at the tables. You'll understand all the ins and outs of real casino poker after reading our comprehensive list of rules.

How do I qualify for a Black Card in the Poker Room?

In a calendar year you must play a minimum of 75 days and 500 hours to qualify for the Poker Black Card. This card qualifies you to earn double rewards points by playing your favorite poker game in the Foxwoods Poker Room for a total period of 12 months. In order to maintain “Black Card” status after the twelve month period your days and hours must remain at 75 days and 500 hours in a rolling calendar year. The issuance of the actual “Poker Black Card” is by a Shift Manager in the Poker Room. Note: Double points do not count toward any Foxwoods promotions.

7 Card Stud (High)

Generally, players will post their "antes" prior to each being dealt two (2) down cards and one (1) up card each followed by the initial round of betting, which is started with a "force bet. The initial betting round is followed by three (3) additional up cards being dealt one (1) at a time, with a betting round following each one. A final down card is then dealt followed by the last betting round. After the initial betting round, action is started by the player whose up cards form the highest ranking hand. If there is a tie in determining the highest ranking hand, the player with the tied hand sitting closest to the left of the Dealer, must start the action for that betting round.

On the first betting round of a "structured limit" game, any player, including the player required to make the force bet, may bet either the force amount or the lower structured amount for that betting round. Once the structured bet has been made, all calls and/or raises must be made by the structured bet amount.

In a structured game, if there is an open pair on the fourth card, any active player has the option of making a bet or raise at the higher limit.

On the first betting round of a "spread limit" game, any player, including the player required to make the force bet, may bet any amount within the limits at any time. However all raises must be equal to or greater than the previous bet or raise, without exceeding the maximum dollar limit for that game.

7 Card Stud (High-Low)

A variation of 7-Card Stud where both the "High" (best) hand splits the pot with the "Low" (worst) hand. A player can win both the high and low hands, thereby winning the entire pot. Players do not "declare" whether they are playing for high, low or both. The winners are determined by reading the value of hands in accordance with basic 7-Card Stud for high and in accordance with "Razz" for low. Players may use a different combination of cards to make their best high hand and best low hand.

Because pairs have no value for a low hand, the bet on the fourth card is always the lower amount in a structured game.

7 Card Stud (High-Low, 8 or better)

This game is played in the identical manner as 7-Card Stud High-Low, however, there is a "Low" hand "qualifier" of "8 or Better" in place. In order to have a valid low hand, and thus qualify for the low portion of the pot, the best five (5) card low hand must contain five (5) unpaired cards less than nine (9). If there is no qualifying low hand, the high hand will then win the entire pot.

7 Card Stud (Razz)

A variation of 7-Card Stud where the "Low" (worst) hand wins the pot. Aces play as low only, thus kings are the highest ranking card. Straights and flushes do not count against the value of the hand. Therefore, the best possible hand is 5-4-3-2-A (referred to as a "bicycle" or a "wheel").

In determining the initial force action, the player with the highest ranking card (by suit if necessary) must start the action. On all subsequent betting rounds, action starts with the player whose up cards form the lowest ranking hand.

The bet on the fourth card is always the lower amount of the structured betting limits.

 

Texas Hold'em (High)

Texas Hold'em is a board game that uses a flat disc called a dealer button to determine who receives their cards first and where the action starts for each betting round. One or more "blind" bets are used to simulate action on the first betting round. The player closest to the left of the dealer button begins by posting a "small blind," which is approximately half of the minimum bet for the first betting round. The player seated to the left of the "small blind" posts a "large blind," which is equal to the minimum bet for the first betting round. A "blind" bet counts as all or part of a player's wager, and must be "posted" before you receive your cards, unless a specific game or situation dictates otherwise. Check and raise is allowed, with a maximum of three raises per betting round unless the action becomes "heads-up" (only two active players remaining) before a third raise is made, in which case there is no limit to the number of raises allowed between the two players. Players are dealt two down cards followed by a betting round. Action starts with the person to the left of the player who posted the "large blind. This betting round is followed by three cards being dealt face-up, simultaneously, in the center of the table. This is referred to as the "flop" and is followed by a betting round that starts with the first active player seated to the left of the button. Two additional cards are then turned face-up in the middle of the table, one at a time, with each followed by a betting round. In determining the value of your hand, you may use any combination of your two down cards and the five board cards to create a five-card poker hand, up to and including all five board cards. The standard ranking of hands applies.

Texas Hold'em (High-Low)

A variation of Texas Hold'em where both the "High" (best) hand splits the pot with the "Low" (worst) hand. A player can win both the high and low hands, thereby winning the entire pot. Players do not "declare" whether they are playing for high, low or both. The winners are determined by reading the value for high hands in accordance with basic Texas Hold'em. In determining the value of "Low" hands, straights and flushes do not count against the value of the hand. Therefore, the best low hand is 5-4-3-2-A, (referred to as a "bicycle" or a "wheel"). Players may use a different combination of cards to make their best high hand and best low hand.

Texas Hold'em (High-Low, 8 or better)

This game is played in the identical manner as Texas Hold'em High-Low, however, there is a "Low" hand "qualifier" of "8 or Better" in place. In order to have a valid "Low" hand, and thus qualify for the low portion of the pot, the best five (5) card low hand must contain five (5) unpaired cards less than nine (9). If there is no qualifying low hand, the high hand will then win the entire pot.

Omaha Hold'em (High)

Omaha Hold'em is a board game that uses a flat disc called a dealer button to determine who receives their cards first and where the action starts for each betting round. One or more "blind" bets are used to simulate action on the first betting round. The player closest to the left of the dealer button begins by posting a "small blind," which is approximately half of the minimum bet for the first betting round. The player seated to the left of the "small blind" posts a "large blind," which is equal to the minimum bet for the first betting round. A "blind" bet counts as all or part of a player's wager, and must be "posted" before you receive your cards, unless a specific game or situation dictates otherwise.

Check and raise is allowed, with a maximum of three raises per betting round unless the action becomes "heads-up" (only two active players remaining) before a third raise is made, in which case there is no limit to the number of raises allowed between the two players. Players are dealt four down cards followed by a betting round. Action starts with the person to the left of the player who posted the "large blind. This betting round is followed by three cards being dealt face-up, simultaneously, in the center of the table (referred to as the "flop"). Another betting round that starts with the first active player seated the left of the button follows. Two additional cards are then turned face-up in the middle of the table, one at a time, with each followed by a betting round. In determining the value of your five-card hand, you must use any two cards from your hand with any three cards from the board. The standard ranking of hands applies.

Omaha Hold'em (High-Low)

A variation of Omaha Hold'em where both the "High" (best) hand splits the pot with the "Low" (worst) hand. A player can win both the high and low hands, thereby winning the entire pot. Players do not "declare" whether they are playing for high, low or both. The winners are determined by reading the value for high hands in accordance with basic Omaha Hold'em. In determining the value of "Low" hands, straights and flushes do not count against the value of the hand. Therefore, the best low hand is 5-4-3-2-A, (referred to as a "bicycle" or a "wheel"). Players may use a different combination of cards to make their best high hand and best low hand.

Omaha Hold'em (High-Low, 8 or better)

This game is played in the identical manner as Omaha Hold'em High-Low, however, there is a "Low" hand "qualifier" of "8 or Better" in place. In order to have a valid "Low" hand, and thus qualify for the low portion of the pot, the best five (5) card low hand must contain five (5) unpaired cards less than nine (9). If there is no qualifying low hand, the high hand will then win the entire pot.