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Banana Poker is a cute and whimsical poker video game where players can choose to play either high / low card or Texas Holdem Poker against 5 other computer players. While we do not promote gambling with real money, this game can be useful for helping to teaching mathematical concepts like odds and probability along with the importance of exercising patience.

  • Click on either the play now button to play Texas Holdem poker or the click on the high or low button.
  • The high or low game asks you to guess the sequence of cards in a suit and rewards you with chips if you get enough of them correct without getting too many incorrect.
  • The play now button starts a standard Texas Holdem game against the computer with 5 other computer players at the table.
  • The game plays like a standard Texas Holdem game with small and big blinds, calls, and raises.

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Banana Poker Texas Holdem Card Game Play Instructions

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Bet on hands you think you will win while folding on hands you think you are likely to lose.

  • Starting the Game
    • The welcome screen contains 5 different buttons on it.
      • The + button in the upper left corner and the “High or Low” button start a game of high / low where you can earn up to 1,200 chips.
      • The upper right corner of the welcome screen has a sound control button.
      • The lower left corner has a player information button which shows the attributes of the 7 potential computer players you may play Texas Holdem Poker against. Each player profile contains an overall rating along with analysis, agressiveness, and volatility.
      • The “Play Now” button starts a game of Texas Holdem Poker against 5 competing computer players chosen at random.

Playing High Low

High low is a much easier and less complex game than poker, so it makes sense to explain it first.

  • The computer picks a suit and then throws out a card from that suit.
  • You have to guess if the next card will be higher or lower.
    • Cards are valued in the following order: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. jack, queen, king, ace.
    • Underneath the cards yet dealt it will show how many of the cards remain.
  • This process continues until you get 3 wrong or the entire suit has been dealt.
    • Each card you get right is worth 100 points.
    • Each card you get wrong is worth -100 points.
    • Each card you get wrong also takes 1 of your 3 hearts.
      • You can earn extra hearts by getting 5 in a row correct.
    • If you lose you do not lose any chips, but if you win the chips are added to your stack.
  • Tips
    • Understand Range Limits
      • If a 2 is dealt you know the next card will be higher.
      • If an ace is dealt you know the next card will be lower.
    • Track Cards Already Laid
      • Each card can only be thrown once, so you can track which cards have been thrown to know the approximate odds of the next card being higher or lower.
      • If the ace and king have already been dealt and you are shown a jack then the only higher card left would be a queen, meaning that if there are more than a couple cards left the odds are the next card will be lower.
      • If you know there are 9 cards remaining and only 3 of them are lower than the card shown on the board then there is a 6 in 9 or 2 in 3 chance the next card will be higher.

Playing No Limit Texas Holdem Poker

How To Play

  • Click start to start the game. The goal of the game is to be the last person at the poker table with chips left. All players start with 1,000 chips.
  • Dealing
    • When you begin a game of Texas Holdem you are dealt 2 cards that only you can see & the other players are also dealt two cards.
      • You can bet after seeing your first 2 cards & you can bet after each subsequent deal.
    • Players are dealt 5 cards on the table that are shared cards which can be used in all player hands.
      • First there is the flop, where 3 cards are shared.
      • Next there is the turn, where another card is shared.
      • Finally there is the river card.
    • Players can use any 5 cards from the combination of the 2 in their hand and the 5 which are on the table.

Blinds & Betting

Texas Holdem Poker Table With Blinds by Rehua.
  • Dealing Basics
    • If you do not like your cards you can fold. If you like your cards you can call the baseline bet of 10, or raise the pot to a higher amount.
    • When a poker dealer deals a Texas Hold’em game there is a button they move around the table. The player one spot in front of the button is the small blind and the player in front of them is the big blind.
      • The reason for the small blind and big blind is to ensure people have an incentive to bid and play rather than folding hand after hand until they get great cards.
      • The blind players are forced to bid before they see their cards no matter what.
        • This game starts off with a 5 chip small blind and a 10 chip big blind.
        • After 9 hands the blind goes to 10 and 20 chips. It increases sequentially from there.
      • Other players get to bet before the small and big blinds get a chance to bet.
    • Folding
      • If you think you have a low probability of winning you can fold at any point in the hand.
      • If you fold you can click on the skip button to skip watching the hand & speed up play.
    • Check
      • Checking or calling means you agree to bet the default amount for the round or the amount dealt by prior players.
        • Checking in the first round costs the same number of chips as the big blind, unless someone raises it.
        • If nobody raises in a round after the first one then calling does not commit any more tips in that round.
    • Raising
      • If you think you have a strong chance of winning you can raise. Click the plus or minus signs near the edge of the slider to adjust your raise amount, or move the slider piece directly, then click on the bet button.
      • When playing in person some players skip raising in order to try to get other players to raise & then re-raise them over the top.
        • Such activity depends on knowing the psychology of the players.

  • Scoring
    • In each poker hand typically only 1 player wins. The sum total amount bet by all players is called the pot. The winner wins it at the end of the hand.
      • If there are two players with the exact same hand they may tie & then split the pot in half.
    • If you fold you are guaranteed to lose, though you limit how much you can lose if you fold early.
    • If you check and nobody has raised you get a free look at the next card. If someone else raised and then you check it costs you more to see the next round.
    • If you have great cards you can go beyond checking and raise the pot.
    • At the end of the hand the winning player wins the pot.
    • The game continues until all players but 1 have been eliminated from the poker table. Since there are 6 players with 1,000 chips each that means the winner will leave the table with 5,000 extra chips.
  • Strategy
    • The player attributes for competing players in this game are shown in a table below.
      • Against players who are more aggressive and less skilled you may want to bet more aggressively.
      • Against players who are less aggressive and more analytical it may make sense to bet more conservatively (as they may only stay in hands with big hots if they believe they have a high probability of winning).
    • Playing online poker is nothing like playing offline poker.
      • You can play this game from anywhere & at any point in time you can pause or take a break.
      • Without seeing people face to face you can not read their nonverbal communications.
        • A large part of in-person poker is reading the ticks or tells of other players.
      • This game plays with chips of no consequences & if a player loses they can stand up then sit down and play once again, losing nothing but a few seconds of their time.
        • Players may find they are less comfortable playing for real money with real consequences.
    • The point of these cautions is that many people who think they are great playing against a program get their butts handed to them when they play against professionals for real money.
      • Many people ruin their lives with gambling from the stress it causes, ruining relationships by hiding losses & compounding them, etc.

Competing Player Profiles

The following table highlights how the competing players were programmed to play.

Player Overall Analysis Agressiveness Volatility
Albertstein 9 10 4 2
Moaichel 7 7 1 0
Sloth Marley 6.5 3 1 0
Biff McNoob 6 6 5 0
Lilith S. 5 5 8 0
Chimp Manson 4 6 9 10
Monsieur Bling 2 4 7 0

Hand Probabilities

Starting Odds for Hold Cards

  • 5.8% (or 1 in 17) of hands will be dealt a pair
  • 23.5% of hands will start off suited
  • 70.6% of hands will start off offsuit

Breaking things down more specifically…

  • 1 in 331 hands will be dealt same suit ace-king
  • 1 in 221 hands will be dealt pocket aces
  • 1 in 81 hands will be dealt out of suit ace-king
  • 1 in 41 hands will be dealt a top 5 pair (e.g. pairs of tens or better)
  • 1 in 5 hands will be dealt connecting cards

7 Card Poker Probabilities

The following table highlights the random odds of any hand type in a 7-card poker game.

Poker Hand Frequency Probability Cumulative Odds against
Royal flush 4,324 0.0032% 0.0032% 30,939 : 1
Straight flush (excluding royal flush) 37,260 0.0279% 0.0311% 3,589.6 : 1
Four of a kind 224,848 0.168% 0.199% 594 : 1
Full house 3,473,184 2.60% 2.80% 35.7 : 1
Flush (excluding royal flush and straight flush) 4,047,644 3.03% 5.82% 32.1 : 1
Straight (excluding royal flush and straight flush) 6,180,020 4.62% 10.4% 20.6 : 1
Three of a kind 6,461,620 4.83% 15.3% 19.7 : 1
Two pair 31,433,400 23.5% 38.8% 3.26 : 1
One pair 58,627,800 43.8% 82.6% 1.28 : 1
No pair / High card 23,294,460 17.4% 100% 4.74 : 1
Total 133,784,560 100% 0 : 1

Since players share cards on in Texas Holdem the odds of certain hand combinations are higher. For example, if the table is showing 3 8s then there is a higher chance of a competitor having 4 of a kind or a full house than whatever the random odds would be since they too have that 3 of a kind in their hand. The odds of two players both having a straight or flush would be elevated as well if many of the key cards that make up the combination are on the table.

Shorthand Ranking Systems for Playable Texas Hold’em Hands

Hand rankings have a lot of value for limit play, however in no limit play their value deteriorates quickly as the downside of “all in” is an exit from the game. Here are some notable ranking systems.

Sklansky Hand Groups

David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth created a diagram suggesting when hands should be played, with stronger hands having a lower number.

Sklansky Texas Holdem Starting Hand Strategies by DrMel.

Phil Hellmuth

Similarly, Phil Hellmuth’s 2003 book Play Poker Like the Pros grouped hands by tiers.

Tier Hands Category
1 AA, KK, AKs, QQ, AK Top 12 Hands
2 JJ, TT, 99 Top 12 Hands
3 88, 77, AQs, AQ Top 12 Hands
4 66, 55, 44, 33, 22, AJs, ATs, A9s, A8s Majority Play Hands
5 A7s, A6s, A5s, A4s, A3s, A2s, KQs, KQ Majority Play Hands
6 QJs, JTs, T9s, 98s, 87s, 76s, 65s Suited Connectors

Chen Formula

Bill Chen developed what he called the “Chen Formula” which assigns points as follows

High Card

  • Ace = 10
  • King = 8
  • Queen = 7
  • Jack = 6
  • 10 = 5
  • 9 = 4.5
  • 8 = 4
  • 7 = 3.5
  • 6 = 3
  • 5 = 2.5
  • 4 = 2
  • 3 = 1.5
  • 2 = 1

Pairs

Multiply the points by 2. A pair of aces would be worth 20, a pair of kings would be worth 16, and the minimum value for a pair is 5.

Suited

If cards are of the same suit add 2 points as you are more likely to be able to get a flush.

Closeness

This is given weight based on the probability you may be able to get a straight.

  • Add an extra point if your cards are connected or a 1-gap and your highest card is below a queen.
  • Subtract a point if there is a number between your cards (e.g. the king is between an ace and a queen).
  • Subtract 2 points if there are 2 numbers between your cards.
  • Subtract 4 points if there are 3 numbers between your cards.
  • Subtract 5 points if there are more than 3 numbers between your cards (as you won’t be able to use both of your cards as part of a straight).

After the flop you then have to shift your approach based on the cards on the table.

Hand Strength and Tie Breakers

The strength of hands is as follows:

  1. Royal Flush
  2. Straight Flush
  3. Four of a Kind
  4. Full House
  5. Flush
  6. Straight
  7. Three of a Kind
  8. Two Pair
  9. Pair
  10. High Card

The approximate odds of various hands was shown above in the 7-card poker section, though the odds of rarer hands could technically be experienced more commonly in texas hold’em (particularly limit play) as players are not committed to throw away cards in order to see additional cards. A player could make a straight or a flush on the final card when they may not have played those cards in a 7-card game where they were forced to throw away a pair in order to make a flush or straight. Here are the odds using a 7 out of 52 hand where you get to make your 5 cards from a group of 7 you hold.

Hand Example Cards Possibile Combos Probability Odds
Royal Flush Royal Flush Cards. 4,324 0.003232062% 30,939:1
Straight Flush Straight Flush Cards. 37,260 0.027850748% 3,589.57:1
Four-of-a-kind Four of a Kind Cards. 224,848 0.168067227% 594:1
Full House Full House Cards. 3,473,184 2.596102271% 37.52:1
Flush Flush Cards. 4,047,644 3.025494123% 32.05:1
Straight Straight Cards. 6,180,020 4.619382087% 20.65:1
Three-of-a-kind Three of a Kind Cards. 6,461,620 4.829869755% 19.7:1
Two pair Two Pair of Cards. 31,433,400 23.49553641% 3.26:1
Pair Pair of Cards. 58,627,800 43.82254574% 1.28:1
High card High Card. 23,294,460 17.41191958% 4.74:1

If two players have the exact same hand then the pot is split. If both hands are quite similar then the card value of the most important piece determines the winner. For example, if 2 players have a full house then whoever has the higher 3 of a kind wins. And if the 3 of a kind is the same for both players then whoever has the highest pair wins. For flushes or straights whoever has the highest card as part of that sequence wins. For games where both players have the same 4 of a kind, 3 of a kind, pair, etc. … then the remaining high card the player hold determines who wins.

The Flop

Many great hands are made on the flop between the cards in player’s hands and the cards on the flop. The flop by itself typically does not have much in the way of playable cards in absolute isolation. Typically the flop by itself (without the cards in player’s hands) is rather pedestrian. On the flop most the time cards are not connected, no pairs are shown, and there are rarely more than 2 cards in the same suit.

Flop Cards Probability Odds
Three-of-a-kind 0.24% 415.67:1
Pair 16.9% 4.91:1
3 suited cards 5.17% 18.34:1
2 suited cards 55% 0.82:1
Rainbow 39.8% 1.5:1
3 connected straight cards 3.45% 27.99:1
2 connected straight cards 40% 1.5:1
No connected cards 55.6% 0.799:1

The following table shows your probability of various hand improvements on the flop given a specific set of pocket cards.

Pocket hand Flop Improvement Probability Odds
Pair Three-of-a-kind or better 12.7% 6.9:1
Pair Three-of-a-kind 11.8% 7.5:1
Pair Full house 0.73% 136:1
Pair Four-of-a-kind 0.24% 415.67:1
2 unpaired cards Pair 32.4% 2.1:1
2 unpaired cards Two pair 2% 48.5:1
Suited cards Flush 0.842% 118:1
Suited cards Flush draw 10.9% 8.17:1
Suited cards Backdoor flush draw 41.6% 1.4:1
Connectors 45o-JTo open ended straight draw 9.6% 9.42:1
Connectors 45s-JTs Straight draw / flush draw
19.1% 4.21:1
Connectors 45o-JTo Straight 1.31% 75:1

The Turn

After the flop comes the turn. The following table shows the odds of upgrading your hand on the turn.

Current Hand Turn Goal Probability Odds
Flush draw Flush 19.1% 4.24:1
Open ended straight draw Straight 17% 4.9:1
Gutshot straight draw Straight 8.5% 10.76:1
Three-of-a-kind Four-of-a-kind 2.1% 46.61:1
Two pair
Full house 8.5% 10.76:1
Pair Three-of-a-kind 4.3% 22.26:1
Two unpaired cards Pair with a hole card 12.8% 6.8:1

The River

After the turn comes the river. The following table shows the odds of upgrading your hand on the river.

Current Hand River Goal Probability Odds
Flush draw Flush 19.6% 4.1:1
Open ended straight draw Straight 17.4% 4.74:1
Gutshot straight draw Straight 8.7% 10.5:1
Three-of-a-kind Four-of-a-kind 2.2% 45.46:1
Two pair
Full house 8.7% 10.5:1
Pair Three-of-a-kind 4.3% 22.26:1
Unpaired cards Pair with hole card 13% 6.7:1

Understanding Outs

Each Texas Holdem hand has an “ideal” or best outcome available to it based on how things look after the flop.

After you have seen the flop and the cards in your hand you may need 1 card to complete a flush, a straight, a full house, a 3 of a kind, etc.

What you do is figure out how many cards from the deck remain and how many would satisfy your best hand.

For example, if you have 2 clubs in your hand and 2 clubs are showing on the table that means 4 of the 13 clubs are already gone, so there are 9 remaining clubs.

Each deck has 52 cards. You know what the 3 cards on the flop were as well as the 2 in your hand, so if you subtract those 5 cards that means there are 47 left. On the turn you would have a 9 in 47 (or 19.1%) chance of getting another club. If that card was not a club you would have a 9 in 46 (or 19.6%) chance on the river.

Outs Odds After Flop Odds After Turn
1 4.4% 2.2%
2 8.4% 4.3%
3 12.5% 6.5%
4 16.5% 8.7%
5 20.3% 10.9%
6 24.1% 13%
7 27.8% 15.2%
8 31.5% 17.4%
9 35% 19.6%
10 38.4% 21.7%
11 41.7% 24%
12 45% 26.1%
13 48.1% 28.3%
14 51.2% 30.4%
15 54.1% 32.6%
16 57% 34.3%
17 59.8% 37%
18 62.4% 39.1%
19 65% 41.3%
20 67.5% 43.5%

Combining Flop & River Odds

Below are the odds of completing common card scenarios on the turn, river, or across both.

Hand Outs Flop to Turn Turn to River Turn + River Odds
Pocket pair to 3 of a kind 2 4.3% 4.3% 8.4% 10.9:1
Pair to 4 of a kind 1* 0.09% 1,100:1
Completing a pair of a high card 3 6.4% 6.5% 12.5% 7:1
Completing a pair of either high card 6 12.8% 13.0% 25% 3:1
Inside (gunshot) straight draw to straight 4 8.5% 8.7% 16.5% 4.88:1
Two pair to full house 4 8.5% 8.7% 16.5% 4.88:1
Two overcards to overpair 6 12.8% 13% 24.1% 3.15:1
3 of a kind to 4 of a kind 1 2.1% 2.2% 4.3% 22.26:1
3 of a kind to full house or 4 of a kind 7 14.9% 15.2% 27.8% 2.60:1
Open ended straight draw to straight 8 17% 17.4% 31.5% 2.13:1
Flush draw to flush 9 19.1% 19.6% 35% 1.86:1
Backdoor flush draw to flush 1* 4.2% 22.8:1
Inside straight and flush draw to straight or flush 12 25.5% 26.1% 45% 1.22:1
Open ended straight and flush draw to straight or flush 15 31.9% 32.6% 54.1% 0.85:1

* Rather than there being multiple outs, you need 2 consecutive cards to go your way. Individual odds not shown for flop and turn since you need both to go your way.

Understanding Pot Odds

When deciding if it makes sense to play you not only have to consider the odds of victory, but also the size of the pre-existing pot and the amount your competitor bet. If the raise was small relative to the pot size then you have to factor in the larger potential upside of winning the larger pot against the downside of the smaller incremental raise.

  • Betting on 1 in 3 Odds: For example, if a pot is $200 and another player raises $20 and you have a 1 in 3 chance of hitting your out then it makes sense to bet as your upside is 10x the side of the bet and you have a 1 in 3 chance of hitting it.
  • Not Betting on 1 in 3 Odds: Flipping things around, if the pot size was $200 and another player raised $300 then the 1 in 3 chances of hitting your out are less appealing since your upside would be less than you were wagering and your odds of hitting are below 50%.

The above is purely mathematical in terms of considering probability on a particular bet. There are also human emotions, bluffing, re-raising a raise, and many other factors to consider which makes poker a complex game beyond the math aspect of pot odds.

Winning at poker is not only figuring your odds of hitting what you want, but also if an opponent have almost the same hand with a higher kicker or if the shared cards which enabled your great hand enabled some other better hand for them.

Where & When Are the Key Cards Located?

If you are holding 2 pocket spades and you get a flush on the turn or river and there are only a total of 3 spades showing on the table the odds of someone else having a spades flush are low.

If, however 4 spades are on the table and many players are still in the game it is likely one of the competing players also has a flush, so in that case it matters what spade you have in your hand. If you have a 2 or a 4 and they have a facecard you will lose.

Most players may bail on a potential flush if they only have 1 card in their hand, get 2 on the flop and need both the turn and river to be of that same suit. If, however, the flop itself has 3 of the same suit there are likely to be other players holding a spade who stayed in the game hoping on a fifth spade.

The above sort of thinking is also true with a straight. If you have an outside straight and your card is to the low side there is a good chance a competing player has an outside straight with a higher top card than you do.

The same sort of thinking is true if you flop a 3 of a kind where 2 of the pair are on the flop. Someone else playing may have the 4th of that card & they might also have a higher high card than you do or a full house with a higher second card. If you flop a 3 of a kind with all 3 being on the flop there is a good chance someone else will have a 4 of a kind or a full house with another pair.

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One comment on "Banana Poker: Free Online Texas Hold’em Poker Video Game"

  • Joey says:

    This is actually two different games. The two are complementary. To play the full poker game, you’ll need tokens, which you can earn from winning the minigame. The skills you learn from the minigame will help you make decisions when playing the main game. Of course, if you’re an experienced player, you can jump right in; the game starts you off with 10,000 tokens.

    The first minigame, high or low, involves guessing the value of a suite of cards. The dealer presents one card, and you must decide whether the next card is higher and lower. Consider this a crash course in mathematical probability, an essential skill in poker. When playing this game, analyze each of your chances with care. The higher the value of the card, the likelier it is that the next one is of a lower value and vice versa. A two will always be followed by a higher card, while an ace will follow a lower one. The cards already dealt will also affect probability. With a little practice, you will do well in this game.

    The main game is Texas Hold’em. You play against ridiculous cartoon characters with punny names. They’re not just cosmetic, though. Each cartoonish character has a different risk and behavior profile. If you’re new to poker, the guide below will give you a briefer into the basic principles of the game. The game also provides a guide to poker hands in its interface. It will also tell you when you have a good hand or not.

    While this no-stakes game can introduce you to the basics of poker, it’s not exactly like the real deal. There aren’t any real stakes here, unlike in real life. Remember this when playing with real people and real money. As the saying goes, know when to fold ’em.

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