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Poker With Buddies: Online Texas Hold Em Poker With Friends

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Play ad-free fixed limit Texas Hold’Em poker online against friends, family, strangers, or strange family members. 😀

  • Enter your desired screen name.
  • Click on quick play to join a game with strangers.
  • Click on private room to start a table of your own or join a game a friend created & share the room password with other friends to play against them.
  • Bid smart & play to win. Strategy tips are published under the game.

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Children and parents can play this multiplayer online card game with friends by clicking in the window below.

Alternatively kids and adults can play this cards game for free as a web application here.

Online Poker With Friends Game Play Instructions

How to Play

Play poker online against strangers or in a room where you invite friends to play.

  • Starting the Game
    • Select your icon from the 10 options.
    • Enter your name.
    • Choose the game type you like:
      • Select “quick play” if you want to play against strangers.
      • Select “private game” if you want to play against friends. Enter the password for the room if a friend created it, or if you are creating a new room make up the password and share the password with friends you want to play against.
      • Playing against friends is much more fun than playing against strangers as you gain bragging rights & strangers can bet irrationally, stand up, and re-enter public tables with new usernames repeatedly.
  • Game Controls
    • Desktop
      • Use your mouse left click button to fold, check, or raise.
    • Mobile
      • Use your finger like a mouse.
    • There is a menu gear button in the upper right corner of the game.
      • Players can click on it to adjust sound or music settings & read the game rules.
    • There is a game log and chat box in the lower left corner of the game.
  • Game Play
    • Stakes & Pot
      • Players start the game with $10,000 in chips.
      • The small blind is $50 and the big blind is $100.
      • The pot amount is shown in the upper left corner.
      • You can raise $100 pre-flop or after the flop.
      • You can raise $200 after the turn & river.
      • Cumulatively players can raise a maximum of 4 times per round (meaning a maximum total cumulative raise of $400 for the first 2 rounds & $800 for the last 2 rounds of betting).
    • Table size
      • Tables can contain 3 to 6 total players.
      • All players are human.
    • Moves
      • Players are given 30 second to make their move each turn & there are 5 seconds between each game.
      • If you do not move in time you default to checking at the end of 30 seconds.
  • Target Audience
    • This game is fun for all poker fans.
    • The game uses poker chips which are free, and of course is technically a gambling game, but this game and page are add free.

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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