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Omaha Poker Strategies

Omaha is a poker game using community cards – Those that can be used by all players at the table along with ‘hole’ cards which are unique and secret to each player. As with all versions of poker, in Omaha, the aim is to make the best possible 5 cards by hand.

In this article, we will explain the following. You may click on any of the links below to bring you to that point in the article.

 
Omaha is the 2nd most popular form of poker behind Texas Hold’em and the rules are very similar except for one major difference. In Omaha, you receive 4 ‘hole’ cards as opposed to 2 in Texas Hold’em. It is important to remember that although you receive 4 ‘hole’ cards, you must use 2 of these 4. Whereas in Texas Hold’em you can choose whether to use 0, 1 or both of your hole cards, in Omaha you need to choose 2 of your 4 and cannot, therefore, play with all 5 community cards but need to use 2 from your hand and 3 from the board. This is a mistake many players make when playing Omaha poker.
 
Omaha Poker can be found on all good online poker sites although there will not be as many players or tournaments featuring Omaha as there are for Texas Hold’em.
 
You will find cash games though which allow you to sit down with your own chips and walk away with your money at any time as well as some sit and go and scheduled tournaments which see all players pay a buy-in and fee to play with the same number of starting chips. The last players in the tournament win so you cannot walk away at any point with money like you can when playing cash games.
 

Omaha Poker Rules

One single deck of 52 cards is used to play Omaha poker. As in other types of poker, cards count at their respective values and Aces can count as either high or low.
 
For each hand, one player is chosen as the dealer and will have a ‘button’ in front of them to represent this. When playing online, the cards are automatically dealt starting with the player to the left of the dealer. This disc moves around the table after each hand in a clockwise direction.
 
Before cards are dealt in a hand, the player to the dealer’s left puts in a forced bet known as a ‘small blind’. In a cash game, this is the same each hand depending on the table limits, in a tournament the blinds increase at set intervals to ensure the tournament comes to a conclusion at some point. The person to the left of the small blind, so 2 to the left of the dealer, pays a big blind bet, normally double that of the small blind. As the dealer button goes round after each hand, players take it in turns to place these bets, thus making it fair whilst also ensuring there is money to be won each hand.
 
Once these bets are in place, 4 cards are dealt face down to each player, starting with the player on the dealers left, the small blind.
 
The first betting round now begins with the player to the left of the big blind. An advantage of being ‘in the blinds’ is that you are last to act in the first betting round and therefore should have a good idea of what other players at the table have.
 
Players need to either ‘Call’ the current bet (this means to place a bet equal to it), Raise (meaning you increase the largest bet that has previously been made by matching this bet and then adding more on top) or Fold (decide you don’t want to be in this hand and throw your cards away, giving up the chance to win the hand but not risking any chips).
Play – or action – continues around the table until every player has either Folded and left the hand or Called – or matched – the highest bet. If the action goes to the last player, the big blind, and no one has Raised, that player can Check if he wishes, this means he stays in the hand but puts no more chips in as he has effectively already placed a bet equal to the big bet before. He can Raise if he wishes though in which case anyone still in the hand will need to Call the new highest bet.
 
Once this betting round has been completed, the Flop is dealt. This is 3 cards that are face up in the middle of the table, all remaining players can use these cards along with 2 of their 4 hole cards.
Please remember though that you do need to use 2 cards from your 4, therefore as an example, if you have 3 Clubs in your hand and there are 2 on the board, you don’t have a flush as you can only use 2 of the 3 Clubs from your hole cards.
 
Once the Flop has been dealt, the 2nd betting round takes place. This is similar to the 1st betting round and starts with the player to the left of the dealer who is still in the hand. As there is no forced bet at this point, each player can Check if they don’t wish to put more chips in, however, if another player does choose to bet, all remaining players will need to Call it to stay in the hand. Once all remaining players have either Folded or Called the highest bet, the round finishes.
 
A 4th card is now dealt face up in the middle of the table for everyone to use, this is commonly known as the Turn. A 3rd betting round now takes place as before.
 
Once this has been completed, the 5th and final community card, the River, is dealt. This is the final card and now gives all players 9 cards from which to choose from. A final betting round then takes place and if there are still 2 or more players left after this round, it is time for the Showdown to determine who wins. If all players Fold in the hand, the last player in the hand wins the pot.
 
The remaining players need to choose which 2 hole cards to use with which 3 community cards in order to make the best 5 card hand. You don’t have to choose the 2 hole cards until this point and if you are playing online, the software will choose the best cards for you so you need to worry about that.
 
The player with the best 5 card hand wins the pot, if the hands are exactly the same, players with the same best hand will split the pot equally. Check out our hand rankings page here if you are unsure as to the best ones.
 
An example of an Omaha Poker hand is below.
 
Omaha Poker hand example
 
This is an example of Omaha Poker. Remember that you can only use 2 of your 4 hole cards, therefore in the above example, your best option would be to use the 4 of Hearts and Ace of Diamonds along with the 8 Diamonds, 8 of Clubs and 4 of Spades from the 5 community cards.
 
This would give you a hand of 2 pairs, 8’s over 4’s, with an Ace kicker.
Winning hands tend to be better in Omaha than Texas Hold’em though as each player has a combination of starting hands available to them.
 

Omaha Strategy

 
We’ve said it in the Omaha Rules article and will say it again first thing here – when playing Omaha the key thing to remember, the thing that so many people don’t, is that you must use 2 of your 4 hole cards. Not 1, 3, 4 or 0, but 2.
So many people see 3 suited cards in their hand and think if the Flop contains 2 more, they have a flush. You don’t, you can only use 2 of your 4 hole cards.
 
If you remember this from the start, you will already find you have an advantage over some players who simply don’t understand the rules.
 
Another key thing to remember, especially if you play Texas Hold’em quite a lot, is that because all players have 4 hole cards instead of 2, the quality of the winning hands is likely to be much higher than that found in a game of Texas Hold’em.
 
There are 6 possible options of hold cards for every player in every hand compared to Texas Hold’em where you have 1. Therefore, it follows that a flush on a board that has at least 1 pair will not be as strong in Omaha due to the increased chances of a player hitting a full house or better.
 
So, what hands should you raise with preflop in Omaha?
 
For a start, it is not recommended to simply call a hand in Omaha. Raising or Folding is generally the way to go unless you are trying to trap an opponent or increasing your pot odds when you are in a big draw.
 
When you are acting pre-flop it is recommended to raise with a variety of different hands and to mix your play up a bit to keep other players guessing at what you have. It is a bad idea to be too predictable in all forms of poker, none more so than in Omaha. A variety of cards in your hand is also good for drawing opportunities, which is an important aspect of Omaha as well.
 
For example, a starting hand of AAKK with of 2 different suits is one of the best starting hands to have and the odds of getting this are around 50,000 to 1. However, this hand is just a 3 to 2 favorite pre-flop against a hand of 5678 double suited. It really is what happens after the flop that counts as there are so many more options in Omaha than in Texas Hold’em.
 
We would recommend raising pre-flop with any of the following (where x are any cards):
• All top 30 starting hands with at least 2 the same suit and sometimes if you are feeling it, off-suit
 
• All suited AKxx with at least one of the x cards 10 or higher
 
• All double-suited 4 in a row hand
 
• All double-suited connected hands with no more than a gap of one between the top 2 cards and bottom 2 cards or between the low card and 3 high cards, such as 8-9-J-Q double suited or 9-7-6-4 double suited
 
• All KKxx double suited
 

Omaha Tips

 
Be selective with your starting hands – The higher number of options all players have to mean the winning hand is likely to have to be much better than in Texas Hold’em, therefore avoid calling with low cards that aren’t double suited or consecutive.
 
Get to know the players – Whilst this is important in all forms of poker, this is especially the case in Omaha, if you can spot those players that call or raise with anything, you could well have a good advantage against them when you hit something good
 
Respect most big raises and bets – Again, true for all forms of poker but unless you have an exceptional hand or a lot of draws, get out if a big bet comes along
 
Do not overestimate your hand – The nut flush for example in Texas Hold’em would normally be an excellent hand and give you a great chance of winning, this is not the case in Omaha especially if the board has paired as winning hands are normally a lot better
 
Work out your outs – A hand with 8 outs in Texas Hold’em would normally be worth playing, however, due to the increased number of starting combinations in Omaha, it is possible to flop a hand with 13, 17 and 20 way Straight draws meaning it a lot less likely your hand will hold up
 
Do not always play unsuited Aces – AA preflop would be great in Texas Hold’em, in Omaha though if you don’t have another card of the same suit, you need to really hit one of the other 2 Aces on the Flop otherwise there is little else to improve your hand
 
Be cautious in multi-way pots – If more than one other player is in the hand with you, the likelihood is that you will need the ‘nuts’ – the best possible hand – to ensure you win, don’t invest too much if you don’t have a chance of getting it


Chinese Poker

Chinese Poker is a game often played by professional poker players between tournaments or players new to poker who want help learning hand rankings.

In theory, as there are no betting or chips involved, it isn’t officially a form of poker, however as it uses poker hand rankings to determine the winner, the game was given the name Chinese Poker

In this article, we will explain the following. You may click on any of the links below to bring you to that point in the article.
 

 

Chinese Poker Rules

Chinese Poker uses a standard deck of 52 cards and can involve a maximum of 4 players. This is because each player is dealt 13 cards so any more and there would no cards for them…

Although the game can be played with 2 or 3 players as well, 4 hands of 13 cards are always dealt so all the cards are used.

The aim of Chinese Poker is to make 3 poker hands of as high quality as possible. The ‘Bottom’ hand is made up of 5 cards and needs to be the best hand. The ‘Middle’ hand is also made up of cards and needs to be of a lower value than the Bottom hand. The ‘Top’ hand is made up of just 3 cards and needs to be the lowest ranked of the 3. This 3 card hand does not include Straights or Flushes and can therefore only be 3 of a kind, a pair or a high card.

Example Chinese Poker Hand

An example hand is above. There are many ways you could sort your hands, one of the best would be:

Example Outcome Chinese Poker

The Bottom hand – which needs to be the best – gives you an Ace High flush.

The Middle hand – which needs to be lower ranked than the Bottom hand but higher ranked than the Top hand – gives 2 pair, Jacks over 3’s.

The Top hand – the 3 card hand that needs to be the lowest value of all the hands – is a pair of 9’s.

As there are no chips or betting involved, points are given for each hand with a value of each point agreed at the start of the game.

1 point is given for every hand won, so 3 points for every deal – the bottom hand, middle hand, and top hand. If a player wins all three hands in one round, they are said to have ‘scooped’ their opponent and get double the number of points, so 6.

Once the game is over, after an agreed amount of time or after reaching a certain number of points, the player that has the lowest number of points owes the other player this number of points multiplied by the agreed value of each point.

For example, if you are playing for $1 per point and you win 50 points to 38, you win $12 from your opponent – 12 point difference multiplied by $1.

If there are just 2 players, the scoring is fairly straightforward. With 3 or 4 players, it becomes more complicated as each player needs to compare their hands to each of the other players in turn. A separate score is kept for each pair of players, at the end of the game, each player settles up with the other players as opposed to a total score. Payments are then made between each pair of players.

Chinese Poker Strategy

Mathematics help

Unlike most forms of poker, in Chinese poker, it is possible to gain a real advantage in a hand by working out the best way to play. You can do this by calculating all possible hands your opponents could hold, then find the hand you have that scores highest against them. This could stop it becoming as big online as other forms of poker, but if you do find an online game, you could be in luck.

Adjusting to your opponent

This is important in all types of poker, in Chinese poker though you can normally get an idea of which hands your opponent tends to favor and use that to your advantage.

Avoid invalid hands

Although this sounds an obvious thing to say, it is amazing how many people still make a mistake when getting their hands in the correct order. On every occasion you make a mistake, your opponent scoops so a couple of mistakes from you, or your opponent, can make a big difference to the final score.

Prevent players scooping you

By making sure one of your hands is as strong as possible, it will become much harder for a player to scoop you and get bonus points. By the same token, always keep a lookout for hands where you have 3 strong hands and try to maximize your chances of being the player that scoops someone else.

Hands with 4 pairs

Being dealt 13 cards, you will get 4 pairs in your hand quite often. It is always worth putting your 2nd best pair in the top, the 2 bottom pairs in the bottom and the best in the middle. This gives you the best possible chance of scooping all 3.

Splitting pairs

If, for example, you have a flush and 2 pairs, you can choose whether to put 2 pairs in the middle or the higher pair in the middle and lower pair at the top. A lot of the time it is better in Chinese Poker to split them as a pair at the top is a strong hand whilst a middle hand of 2 pairs isn’t so strong and risks you losing both. However, if you have a good high hand for the top hand such as AQ9 or AJ8 then consider using this as the top hand and 2 pairs in the middle.


Omaha Hi-Lo Poker

Omaha Hi-Lo is a poker game that uses community cards – These are cards that all players at the table can use in conjunction with their own hole cards, which in the case of Omaha Hi-Lo is 4. The aim of the game, as with any poker game, is to make the best possible 5 card poker hand. However, where Omaha Hi-Lo differs from most is that you sometimes need to make 2 poker hands, a Hi hand and a Lo’s hand. More of this later.

 

Omaha Hi-Lo is not as popular as some version of online poker such as Texas Hold’em and Omaha. The rules are the same as in Omaha for the Hi hand. In Omaha Hi-Lo, as in Omaha, all players receive 4 ‘hole’ cards at the start of a hand. An important thing to remember for Omaha Hi-Lo is that you must use 2 of your 4 hole cards for the Hi hand and 2 for the Lo hand where applicable. You cannot choose 3 of your hold cards and 2 of the community cards for example. You can choose 2 different cards for the Hi hand and the Lo’s hand if you wish, but for each, you can only select 2 hole cards and 3 community cards.

Omaha Hi-Lo is not found at all online poker sites, but if this is your game of choice, there are sites available that have good games, both in terms of cash games and some tournaments.

In a cash game, you can sit down with your own money and leave at any time with the chips that you have in front of you. If you choose to play either a multi-table tournament or a sit and go, you will all start with the same number of chips for the same buy-in and play continues until one player has all the chips in play. Money is paid to the best-placed players, the number of players who end up ‘in the money’ depends on entrants, but winnings are only paid once the tournament has finished so you cannot walk away at any time with funds like you can in cash games.

Rules

Omaha Hi-Lo uses one deck of 52 cards. All cards count at their respective values with Aces counting as either high or low for both hands which can be very important in this game.

The rules in terms of betting rounds are essentially the same as for Omaha except when it comes to determining the winning hands.

A player is designated as the dealer for each hand. This player has a ‘button’ in front of them to signify this. Although this player won’t physically deal the cards, the position of this button determines other actions like who will receive cards first and who will be first and last to act. The cards are dealt with each player starting with the player on the left of the dealer. This dealer button moves around the table after each hand in a clockwise direction.

Before each hand commences, the player to the dealer’s left places a bet known as a ‘small blind’. This is necessary for them to be dealt into the hand. This amount is the same each hand in a cash game, the amount depends on the table limits, whilst in a tournament, these bets increase at predetermined intervals which ensures the tournament will finish as players bet higher and higher amounts. The next player to the left of the small blind, effectively 2 places to the left of the dealer, pays another forced bet, this one known as the big blind. This is usually twice the amount of the small blind. The dealer button moves around the table after each hand to ensure all players take their turn at placing these bets ensuring fairness in the game and also that there is money in play for each hand.

When these 2 bets have been placed, all players receive 4 cards face down that only they can see. The player to the dealers left, the small blind, gets a card first with play continuing in a clockwise direction. The dealer is the last to receive cards.

It is now time for the 1st of 4 betting rounds. As the 2 players to the left of the dealer have already placed a bet, the player to the left of the big blind is the first to act now. This gives an advantage to those in the blinds as they will be the last to act and will, therefore, have a better idea of what other players have.

There are several options each player has at this point. They can ‘Call’ the current largest bet (place a bet equal to the largest one so far, this will be the big blind unless someone else has previously ‘Raised’), Raise (place a bet of more than the previous highest bet, different table limits have different rules about how much this can be, it normally needs to be at least double the big blind amount) or Fold (if you don’t feel it is worth Calling the highest bet as your cards aren’t that good, you throw your cards away and are out of the hand without the need to pay any further funds).

Play – otherwise known as action – now continues to the next player on the left of the previous one until all players have either Called the highest bet or Folded and left the hand. If the action gets back to the big blind, who is the last player to act in this betting round, and no one has Raised, the big blind can ‘Check’ which effectively means he Calls the highest bet without needing to put more chips in as he has already matched the highest bet with his big blind bet.

When all players have either Called or Folded, 3 cards are dealt face up in the middle of the table. This is known as the ‘Flop’ and the first of 5 Community cards that all players can use.

We now have a 2nd betting round for all remaining players. This is the same as the last betting round except that action starts with the 1st player to the Dealers left who is still in the hand, the player who placed the Big Blind. The first player can ‘Check’ if they wish as no forced bet is in play in further betting rounds, this means they effectively Call the highest bet which is currently nothing. No chips need to be added at this point, although if any other player Raises, all players need to place chips of this value to continue in the hand.

As before, the betting round ends once all players have either Called or Folded. If there are at least 2 players still remaining, we go to the Turn, which is a 4th community card dealt face up for all players to use. A 3rd betting round now takes place the same as before with one difference, which is the minimum bet from now on is twice the value of the big blind, therefore if a player decides to Raise, the minimum they can bet is twice the big blind for that hand.
When this hand has been completed, a 5th and final community card is dealt, the River. This completes the cards available to use so at this point you will know your best hand for the Hi hand and whether it is possible that a player can have a qualifying Lo hand. More of that in a moment. There is then one final betting round the same as the last one.

If 2 or more players are still involved after this betting round, we go to Showdown to determine the winner/s. If all except one player has folded, that remaining player wins the pot.

The winning Hi hand is determined by the best 5 card poker hand using 3 of the 5 community cards and 2 of the 4 hole cards available to the player. Please remember that it needs to be this combination and you cannot use 0, 1, 3 or 4 hole cards, it needs to be 2 of your 4 hole cards and 3 of the 5 community cards.

Here is where Omaha Hi-Lo differs from Omaha, the Lo hand.

A qualifying Lo hand is one that contains 5 separate numbers from 1 (Ace) up to 8. Pairs of numbers don’t count, there need to be 5 unique values.

If 3 of the 5 community cards have separate values of between Ace up to 8, then it is possible for a Lo hand to be made. In this case, half of the pot goes to the best Lo hand and a half to the best Hi hand.
The best Lo hand is determined by the lowest values in the hand.

If 2 or more players have a qualifying hand, the lowest number is compared. If 2 or more players have a hand with the same lowest card, the 2nd lowest is compared. This continues until one player has a lower value card than the other, this hand is declared the winner of the Lo hand, if more than one player has the same value Lo hand in terms of all 5 cards, that part of the pot is split equally.

When deciding your best Lo hand, you can use the same 2 hole cards as for your best Hi hand or different cards for both. The same rule applies though that you need to use 2 of your 4 hole cards and 3 community cards for each.

Take a look at the example below.

Omaha Hi Lo Poker Winning Hand

This is the Showdown and there are 3 players left, Adam, Harry, and Alex.

As there are 4 cards valued at 8 or below in the community cards – Ace of Spades, 3 of Clubs, 5 of Clubs and 8 of Clubs, a Lo hand is possible.

Players need to use 2 of their 4 hole cards to make a hand, therefore only Adam with his 2 Diamonds and 6 of Diamonds has a qualifying Lo hand of Ace, 2, 3, 5 and 6. He wins half the pot for the best Lo hand.
However, he only has a pair of Kings for the best Hi hand and is beaten to that by Harry who has a flush, using the Jack and 10 of Clubs from his hole cards along with the 3, 5 and 8 of Clubs from the community cards. He, therefore, wins half the pot as the best Hi hand.

Omaha Hi-Lo can take some getting used to, so we suggest you try it for free at one of our recommended sites before you start playing for real money.

Omaha Hi-Lo Strategy

Omaha Hi-Lo is totally different from most forms of poker and a lot harder to master.
That being said, because of this even if you only get a good grip on the best way to play, there is still money to be made against less experienced players.

The key thing to remember is that there are 2 hands that you are looking to make, so you need to consider the Lo hand at least, if not more than, the Hi hand.

An Ace is a great card to have in any form of poker, this is especially the case in Omaha Hi-Lo as it is the best Hi card and the best Lo card.

In fact, many players would not consider putting money into the pot pre-flop without an Ace in their hand.
It is only after the Flop though that you get a real feel for how the hand is likely to go and if there is likely to be a Lo hand or not.

30% of the time, there is no possibility of a Lo hand and therefore the best Hi hand will take the pot.
The top 10 starting hands in Omaha Hi-Lo are open to discussion, you won’t go far wrong raising though with any of the following:
AA23 DS
AA24 DS
AA23 Suited
AA25 DS
AA24 Suited
AA34 DS
AA23 Non suited
AA22 DS
AA35 DS
AA26 DS
DS = Double suited, so 2 cards of 1 suit and 2 cards of another
Suited = 2 cards the same suit, 2 cards of different suits
Non-Suited = 4 cards of different suits or the non-aces suited

Other playable starting hands (ones to play when in late position if no raise has been made)
AA2x
AA3x
AA45
A23x
A2KK
A2QQ
A2JJ
A345
AAxx
A2KQ
A2KJ
A2xx (with suited Ace)
A3KK
A34x
2345 (fold if no Ace appears on the Flop)
JQKA
TJQK
KKQJ
QJT9
234x (fold if no Ace appears on the Flop)
Any 4 cards between T and Ace

*x represents any card

Omaha Hi-Lo Tips

A2 is the new AA – In most games, a pair of Aces is the hand you are looking for to start. However, due to the nature of the Lo hand in Omaha Hi-Lo, A2 is the one to look for. You would almost always want to see the Flop with these cards as you are guaranteed at least a share of the Lo pot if 3 of 3,4,5,6,7, or 8 appear on the board

Look for connectors – the closer together your cards are the better as Omaha Hi-Lo is very much a drawing game. If these are double suited, so much the better

Don’t bluff – in some forms of poker, bluffing is a key part, this is not the case with Omaha Hi-Lo though. As there are 2 hands to consider most of the time, it is going to be harder to bet a player off the pot if they have, for example, A2 and there are 2/3 Lo cards on the board, you are much more likely to get your fingers burnt if you bluff against them

Don’t stay in without a premium Hi or Lo hand – if you have a good Hi hand and a good Lo hand, the chances are neither will be good enough to win, especially if there are several players left in the pot. Stay in only when you have at least one hand which is the nuts or close

Be selective with your starting hands – The higher number of options all players have to mean the winning hand is likely to have to be much better than in Texas Hold’em, therefore avoid calling with low cards that aren’t double suited or consecutive

Get to know the players – Whilst this is important in all forms of poker, this is especially the case in Omaha Hi-Lo, if you can spot those players that call or raise with anything, you could well have a good advantage against them when you hit something good

Respect most big raises and bets – Again, true for all forms of poker but unless you have an exceptional hand or a lot of draws, get out if a big bet comes along

Do not overestimate your hand – The nut flush for example in Texas Hold’em would normally be an excellent hand and give you a great chance of winning, this is not the case in Omaha Hi-Lo especially if the board has paired as winning hands are normally a lot better

Work out your outs – A hand with 8 outs in Texas Hold’em would normally be worth playing, however, due to the increased number of starting combinations in Omaha Hi-Lo, it is possible to flop a hand with 13, 17 and 20 way Straight draws meaning it a lot less likely your hand will hold up

Do not always play unsuited Aces – AA preflop would be great in Texas Hold’em, in Omaha Hi-Lo though if you don’t have another card of the same suit, you need to really hit one of the other 2 Aces on the Flop otherwise there is little else to improve your hand

Be cautious in multi-way pots – If more than one other player is in the hand with you, the likelihood is that you will need the ‘nuts’ – the best possible hand – to ensure you win, don’t invest too much if you don’t have a chance of getting it


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• You will now be transferred to the Neteller website, log into your Neteller account and choose your payment method – with Neteller you can either add funds to the Neteller account itself or use the debit/credit card and/or bank account that you have linked to it to top up funds to the casino site
 
• Confirm all the details, including the amount, are correct and click send. You will see that your Neteller casino account is credited immediately so you can start playing
 
• Once you decide to withdraw, if any turnover requirements have been met, you can go to the withdrawal section and choose Neteller. Your funds will then get transferred to your Neteller account, normally within 24 hours, from here you can either use them somewhere else or choose to return them to your credit/debit card or bank account
 
FAQ’s
 
Can I use Neteller at any casino?
Most online casinos do allow transactions via Neteller but not all, take a look at our reviews above for recommended casino sites that accept it
 
Do I need to open a Neteller account?
In order to deposit with Neteller, you will need an account with them, if you already have one you can use this, otherwise open a free one at www.Neteller.com
 
What are the deposit and withdrawal limits with Neteller?
Each casino is different but most will allow you deposit enough to play with. If you are a High Roller and wish to deposit a large amount, take a look at our High Roller Casino section and choose a casino from here
 
Do I pay any fees?
Neteller can charge a small fee when depositing and withdrawing to an online casino, this needs to be weighed up with the added security when you decide which payment method to use
 
What currencies can I use with Neteller?
Neteller has over 25 currencies to choose from, if your Neteller account is in a different currency to your online casino account, the transaction will be made at the daily rate at the time of depositing


High Rollers & VIP Casinos

High Roller VIP Casinos
 
Welcome to Casinoencyclopedia.com and our accredited list of High Roller & VIP online casinos. They are some of the best sites that offer a good range of deposit/withdrawal options, are trusted to pay out big amounts in a timely manner when you try to withdraw. They offer a real VIP experience in terms of bonuses, cash-backs, prizes and other incentives. You are guaranteed specialized customer support allowing you to contact someone quickly in case of any queries or issues.

 

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For the top High Rollers, there will often be incentives that money can’t buy such as tickets to sold out events. It is certainly worth shopping around for the best sites if you do intend to deposit and play a lot, a review of some of the best High Rollers sites can be found above.
 
In order to deposit a large amount to get going, you may need to contact the Casino first and provide them with some KYC (Know Your Customer) documents, to prove who you are. This will only need to be done once, then your account will be updated for future transactions.

Different High Roller rewards

 
High Roller Casinos offer different rewards, some of which can be found below. Decide which is best for you and ensure the High Roller Casino you choose offers these:
 
VIP Match Bonus – a deposit bonus up to a certain amount means you may have to meet wagering requirements before you can withdraw any winnings – check the terms and conditions for the wagering %
 
Cashback – Playing a certain amount will trigger a cashback bonus if you lose, a certain % will be returned to you unless you are up for the period in question
 
Days out – If you meet certain wagering requirements, you can qualify to go on a day out at the expense of the Casino along with other VIP’s such as major horse racing meetings, big football matches and more
 
VIP Tournaments – Slot or table game tournaments where all players start with the same amount and have a certain number of hands or spins to win as much as possible. Those that win the biggest amount get real prizes, normally cash in your account
 

Advantages of being a High Roller

 
Most online Casino sites have some form of loyalty scheme from giving away Casino points with each spin to a deposit bonus depending on your past play.
 
If you are the kind of player that wishes to use their own funds and nothing else, meaning you can deposit and withdraw freely at any time, there are plenty of Casinos available for you.
 
If you like the idea of getting a bonus to increase your bankroll and make the experience last a little longer, there are also a number of Casinos that offer match bonuses of up to 200% on each deposit.
 
Look out for those High Roller Casinos that offer a VIP scheme. This can include anything from deposit bonuses to special VIP tournaments with great prizes, cash back on your losses or VIP days out at land-based Casinos, horse racing meetings and more.
 

High Roller Games

 
Some games have larger limits than others on High Roller Casinos, decide which game is the one you wish to play first then make sure the Casino/s you choose to offer high limits on this game.
Many sites allow large spins on slots of up to €5,000 or more per spin. Ensure if you are going to be playing high stakes, the Casino allows you to deposit enough funds, you don’t want to deposit an amount, play it through then be told you cannot deposit again.
 
There are also High Roller tables at many other games such as Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, and Craps amongst most others. Some of the highest limit tables will be found at Casinos that offer Live Games so keep an eye out for these as well.
 

What is a High Roller?
Also known as a VIP, a High Roller is someone who gambles for high stakes compared to the average player. Not all online Casino sites accept High Rollers and will have lower limits to stop players betting big. However, there are plenty of sites out there who welcome High Rollers with open arms and make sure that the entire gaming experience is enjoyable from start to finish.
 
What makes a High Roller?
The definition of a High Roller or VIP varies from Casino to Casino. Most will class a VIP as someone who deposits and plays a certain amount each month. This can be as little as €500 at some Casinos up to €10,000 or more at others. Once you have reached this status though, you can expect preferential treatment in terms of bonuses, customer support, rewards and more. You will often find that Casinos will contact you directly if you have a phone number on your account and you have indicated that you are happy to be contacted, trying to get to know you a bit more so they can offer a tailor-made plan just for you.
 
What is a VIP Casino? A casino that offers to its VIP players no restrictions on payouts, offers generous incentives such as a dedicated VIP manager, cash-backs, tickets to sporting events etc.
 
What is a VIP Manager? A dedicated manager that caters to the VIP players every need.

What is a VIP Club? It’s the highest loyalty level a player can achieve. It’s exclusive club only to the most loyal players.
 
What is a VIP tournament? An exclusive tournament open to members that achieve VIP status.


Live Online Casinos Games

Live Dealer Casinos

Here is a list of our accredited online casinos where you can play live games with a real live dealer. Play your favorite casino game such as Roulette, Blackjack, and Baccarat streamed in HD directly to your desktop, mobile or tablet. Our online casinos listed here have our seal of approval and are safe and trustworthy to play at.

 

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What is a Live Casino?

 
Live Casinos are exactly what it says on the tin – A Casino where you can play all your favorite games such as Blackjack and Roulette as if you were actually in a Casino. Except you’re not, you are in the comfort of your own home, or pub, or down the beach, anywhere in fact with an internet connection.
 
Instead of using a Random Number Generator like most Casino games, a Live Casino has a video stream from a studio with real people using a real wheel/cards to determine the result.
 
As in a real brick and mortar Casino, there can be several people playing alongside you at the same time, hundreds potentially with Roulette, and you can even interact with the Dealer through live chat.
 

What are the advantages of playing at a Live Casino?

 
As you are still playing online, you are entitled to bonuses for playing at a Live Casino that you would not be if you were to go to a real casino. A Live Casino combines the best bits of playing online, such as anonymity, comfort of playing from anywhere, bonuses and deposit options with the best aspects of playing in a real bricks and mortar casino such as using real cards/wheel as opposed to an RNG and the social aspect of being able to communicate with other players and the dealer, albeit by live chat as opposed to speech.
 

What is a Croupier?

A Croupier is another name for a dealer. The job of the Croupier is to distribute the payouts and bets and manage the players. Each table will have a different Croupier just like land-based casinos do.

 

How do Live Casinos work?

 
There are several companies that have Live Casino studios in different parts of the world. These offer Dealers who speak a number of different languages, so you can normally find one that allows you to play and communicate in your own mother tongue.
 
These studios are decked out like a real casino with Roulette wheels, Blackjack tables, Baccarat tables etc, the only difference being that no physical players are present.
 
Instead, there are numerous camera angles allowing you to see the action in real time. You will have the layout of the wheel/table in front of you and can place the same types of bets as if you were really there.
 
The Dealer spins the wheel or deals the cards at set intervals, the same as in any Casino, and the results are sent back to your online account. Your balance is updated in real time allowing you to use any winnings the next spin or deal.
 
You can deposit or withdraw to and from your online account using various methods such as credit/debit card, Neteller, Skrill etc depending on the site you are using.
 
It really is that simple, you can get as involved with the game as much as you wish, communicating with the Dealer if you want or keeping yourself to yourself and just play the game.
 

What Live Casino games are there?

 
The most popular Casino games can be found at Live Casinos with a range of limits to suit all budgets.
Roulette – This is the most represented game at Live Casinos and some versions are actually automated too, simply showing you the wheel and having a new spin every couple of minutes. You can access all the usual information such as last numbers spun, the ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ numbers and the time left until the next spin.
 
The limits for these games are varied in the extreme, some Live Casinos have tables where you can place bets for just 10p and others with limits of up to £500,000. There really is something for everyone at many of the Live Casino sites. See the reviews above for some of the best Live Casinos on the web.
 
Blackjack – Unlike Roulette, there is a limit to the number of players that can take part in a hand on Blackjack due to the tablespace and Dealers available. It is normally possible to find a game when you want to play Blackjack at a Live Casino, but many operators also allow a ‘bet behind’ option. This allows you to bet on another player and whether they will win meaning you can win if they win. This is a good option if you notice that another player is on a winning streak, you can get a slice of the action as well without needing to make decisions yourself. You do not affect that player in any way, as you both have separate bets, you both win or both lose against the Dealer.
 
There are lots of side games available as well just as there would be at a brick and mortar casino, so take a look at the reviews above for more information on where to find them. Other table games available at most Live Casinos include Baccarat, Casino Hold’em and Sic Bo.


Accredited Paypal Online Casinos

Paypal online casinos

Check out our accredited online casinos that accept Paypal for both deposits and withdrawals.

One of the most important aspects of where you play online is how easy and quick it is to receive your money once you win. Credit/Debit cards are easy to deposit with but can take 3 to 5 working days to receive funds back. This is where online wallets come in useful, and PayPal is one of the biggest and most respected of these.
 

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What is PayPal?

 
An American company, PayPal is one of the largest online payment solutions in the world. It allows you to transfer money to businesses, and of course receive money back, without the need to give your bank or card details to the company itself. You simply give them your PayPal ID and the funds go into your PayPal account, normally within 24 hours, you can then transfer them directly to your bank.
 

PayPal Casinos

 
The number of online casinos that are offering PayPal as a payment method is increasing rapidly as those that don’t offer it looks to add it as opposed to getting left behind.
 
However, you don’t need to scour the internet looking for sites that offer it as we have done this for you. Not only do we have a list of casinos that accept PayPal for deposits and withdrawals, we also have a full review of each too.
There are some casinos that also offer unique deposit bonuses only for players that use PayPal to deposit if you are anything like us you will never be one to turn down free money to prolong your casino experience. These PayPal casinos offer the full range of casino games including slots, blackjack, roulette, video poker, craps and more.
 

Why use PayPal?

 
• It allows you to deposit and withdraw funds into your casino account without the need to give the casino your bank or card details
 
• Withdrawals tend to be faster with average payouts less than 24 hours as opposed to 3 to 5 working days when withdrawing via debit/credit card
 
• Casinos are less likely to ask for identification as the risk of players using PayPal is lower than those using debit/credit cards. Whereas some players will issue a ‘chargeback’ when using a card meaning the casino lose out, PayPal cover the risk to the casino site and therefore is often preferred by them
 
• The customer service offered by PayPal has a much better reputation than from some other online wallets, therefore if there is ever an issue using it, you are likely to get a quicker and more satisfactory response
 
• Some PayPal casinos offer unique bonuses that aren’t available to players that use a different method to deposit and withdraw funds
 

How to make a PayPal deposit/withdrawal

 
• Open an account at www.PayPal.com if you haven’t already got one
 
• Choose a PayPal casino from our list of recommended sites
 
• Open an account at one of our accredited casinos and after you have signed up you need to log in and go to PayPal from within the Payments section
 
• Enter the amount you wish to deposit, PayPal allows you to either keep funds in your account to use or link your debit/credit card and/or bank account to it so funds can be transferred from here
 
• You will now be taken to the PayPal website where you will need to log into your account
 
• Confirm the details are correct, including the amount, and click send, your PayPal casino account will be credited immediately allowing you to start playing
 
• Should you win and clear any turnover requirements, if you take a bonus, you can choose PayPal from the withdrawal section. This will see the funds go back into your PayPal account normally within 24 hours. You can then either leave the funds in there or send them from PayPal back to your bank
 
FAQ’s
 
Do I need to open a PayPal account?
If you already have an account with PayPal, you can use this one, if not you will need to open a free account at www.PayPal.com
 
Can I use PayPal at any casino?
Not all online casinos offer PayPal, check our list above for details of recommended sites that accept it
How much can I deposit and withdraw using PayPal?
This differs from casino to casino, this is normally quite a high amount though and should be sufficient for the majority of players
 
Do I pay any fees?
PayPal charges a small fee when depositing and withdrawing to and from an online casino
 
What happens if my currency is not supported?
If you PayPal currency if different to the PayPal casino currency, funds are simply transferred to the casino currency at the current rate


Poker Terms & Definitions

It’s imperative to know the basic Poker terms and definitions before you even think of playing online. We have put together this extensive list of glossary terms for easy reference to assist you in your gameplay. Combine these with our Poker hands and Poker hand rankings to help you become a pro before you know it!

Aggressive Player: Someone who bets hard and big in order to bully those on the table and try and force them off a pot that they may be winning.

All in: Putting all of you chip stack into the pot meaning if you lose the hand you are out of chips.

Ante: A bet often found in the later stages of a tournament, a bet that all players need to pay before a hand starts, similar to a blind but a smaller amount as all players must pay it.

Bad Beat: When someone gets beaten by a hand when they were well ahead at one point, such as a player hitting a 2 or 3 cards outer on the River

Bad Beat Jackpot: Some online sites offer a jackpot if you get a premium hand but still lose, an example being four of a kind being beaten by a straight flush.

Bankroll: The total amount of money a player has to play poker with.

Bet: To put chips or money into a pot as the first action in a betting round.

Blind: A bet required by 2 players before a hand of poker starts, the Big Blind puts in an amount equal to the minimum bet, whilst a Small Blind pays an amount equal to half of this. It ensures there is always money in the Pot for the winning hand to stop everyone Checking or Folding. The player to the left of the Dealer pays the Small Blind and the player two to the left of the Dealer pays the Big Blind.

Bluff: Pretending you have a better hand than you do by betting big attempting to force other players to Fold and give you the hand when you are likely to be behind.

Bubble: When a Tournament reaches the money, the last person out is known as the Bubble, he or she is the last person in the Tournament not to receive a payout.

Button: A small token used to indicate the Dealer for a Hand. Any player acting as the Dealer is said to be “on the button.”

Call: Matching the bet made by another player who has already put chips into a hand.

Check: If there is no action ahead of a player, they can Check and choose not to bet and put chips in. If someone later in the betting round bets, the person that Checked needs to either Call or Fold.

Chip: A token that is used to represent money, either real or tournament money, on the poker table.

Community Card: Any card dealt face up on the table to be used by all players in the hand. In the most popular form of Poker, Texas Hold’em, all cards except the first 2 Hole cards are Community cards.

Dealer: The player with the dealer button who is either dealing the cards for real or in the position of the dealer if playing online or at a casino with a physical dealer.

Face Cards: Cards with the rank J, Q or K, so known as they have a picture with a face on them.

Flop: The first three Community cards in either Texas Hold’em or Omaha that are dealt face up.

Flush: 5 cards all of the same suits that aren’t in ascending order.

Fold: To give up on your hand to avoid paying more chips to a pot.

Four of a Kind: When your hand includes four cards of the same rank. This is only beat by a Straight Flush or Royal Flush.

Freeroll: A poker tournament that is free to enter (or using points with no monetary value) that awards genuine prizes.

Freezeout: A tournament where you cannot add more Chips when you are low, once you are out of Chips, you are out of the Tournament.

Full House: A Poker Hand which includes a Pair and Three of a Kind.

Heads Up: When a Hand or Tournament is down to just 2 players, it is said to be ‘Heads Up’.

Hole Cards: The cards before the Flop that is dealt face down to each player.

Kicker: In hands that don’t include 5 cards, such as Three of a Kind or Two Pair, the Kicker is the highest ranked card/s available to make the hand up to 5 cards and can help determine who wins a hand.

Loose: A Player who partakes in many hands including those where his or her cards are weak.

No-Limit: A type of betting structure where a player can bet any amount from the minimum to the entirety of the stack on any betting round.

Nuts: The best possible hand at that given moment.

Offsuit/Unsuited: 2 or more cards of different suits.

Omaha: A variant of poker that uses 5 community cards, and each player is dealt a 4 card hand where they need to use any 2.

Pair: A Hand of two cards of the same rank and any 3 others.

Position: Your current seat at the table in comparison to the location of the Button. Players close to the left of the Button are in early, or bad position, while players on or to the right of the button are in late, or good position.

Pot: The money bet during all betting rounds that is awarded to the winner of the hand.

Raise: To increase the largest Bet made by a player during the current betting round, meaning all other players need to Call your bet or Fold.

Rake: Money taken from each pot by the card room or casino. This is how an online Poker site makes their money.

Rakeback: Some Poker rooms offer a % of the Rake paid by a player as an incentive to stay there and play.

Rebuy: When you run low on a cash table, you can rebuy and add more chips, some tournaments are Rebuy Tournaments meaning a player can pay another entry fee to get more Chips.

River: The 5th and final Community card dealt. There is one final betting round after this card then the winner of the hand is declared, as such it is considered the most important of the Community cards.

Royal Flush: Having 10-J-Q-K-A of all the same suit. The best hand in any form of Poker.

Short Stack: The player with the least amount of chips in a Tournament or at a cash table.

Showdown: After the final betting round, the cards are shown and the winner claims their chips.

Sit and Go: A tournament which starts as soon as the required number of players register as opposed to starting at a specified time.

Slow Play: Playing a very strong hand as if it’s very weak. An example would be Checking or Calling a Full House after the Flop in the hope another player hits a Flush or a Straight.

Straight: A hand with 5 consecutively ranked cards of different suits.

Straight Flush: A hand with 5 consecutively ranked cards of the same suit. The 2nd best hand in Poker after a Royal Flush.

Suited: 2 or more cards of the same suit.

Suited Connectors: 2 or more cards of the same suit and consecutive ranks.

Three of a Kind: A hand with 3 cards of the same rank and any 2 others.

Top Pair: A hand that uses one of your Hole cards with the highest ranked card on the board to make a Pair.

Turn: The 4th Community card dealt, after the 3 cards from the Flop but before the River.

Under the Gun: The player to the left of the Big Blind and the very first to act in the hand. This is considered the worst place to be as you act before anyone else.

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