Blinds during heads up play

The small blind will be the button during heads up play. This is a commonplace rule that is of industry standard. This is done so that the button will be the first to act pre-flop and last to act in all following betting rounds.

There is no specific reason as to why this is exactly the case, but one of the main arguments is that a different player should act first before the flop than after the flop. Having the big blind on the button would violate this distinction.

Calculating pot-sized raise

The easiest way to calculate a pot-sized raise is with the following formula: 3x the previous player’s bet + what is remaining in the pot.

Extra chip in a split pot

The extra chip is given to the player closest to the left of the dealer button.


As Texas Holdem’ is a 5-card game, there will be frequent times when your best 5-card hand is not a “complete” 5-card hand like a straight or flush. There will be many cases where your hand requires more cards to fill out the five-card requirement. Hands like high card, one pair, two pair, three-of-a-kind, and four-of-a-kind will all necessitate this logic.

These cards that fill out your 5-card hand are called “kickers” and play a vital role in pots where the players have high cards, the same pair, two pair, three-of-a-kind or four-of-a-kind. The person with the highest kicker will win in these situations, but should the highest kicker be the same it will go down to the next highest kicker and so forth — should the players have the same kickers, the pot will be split evenly.

Maximum number of tables

The maximum number of cash game tables you can sit at is six.

Minimum raise

The minimum raise in Hold’em and Omaha is one big blind, but only if there are no other bets in front of you. If a bet has been made, then the minimum raise is the difference between the present bet and the previous bet or big blind.

Missed blinds

If you miss your blinds, you will need to re-post them should you wish to rejoin a hand before your big blind again. Big blinds and small blinds are forced bets, so they must be paid by everyone equally.

In cases, where players may only miss their small blind, then the small blind will only need to be posted.

Mucking the winning hand

At the end of a hand, players can choose to show or muck their hand.

If the hand does not get to the showdown, the winning player can show or not show their cards. If you never want to show your cards in this situation:

  1. Simply log into your account
  2. Go to ‘Settings’ – ‘Gameplay’ – ‘Show / Muck Hands’ – ‘Don’t Show Winning Hand’.

Otherwise, you will be offered to show your cards after every winning hand. If the hand goes to showdown, the winning hand is always shown automatically.

At the showdown, players who have hands which cannot beat the best hand shown can choose to show or not show their cards. If you never want to show your hand in this situation, follow the instructions above and select ‘Muck Losing Hand’.

The ‘Auto Muck Cards’ under ‘Table Settings’ in your table window is for uncalled winning hands and losing hands.

Playing with friends

You can play at the same table as your friend if you happen to be seated together. Remember, much like at a live cardroom, we assign seats based on the availability and what balances the pool of tables that are open.

However, since the tables are anonymous in nature, you will not know if your friend is sitting across from you or not. Remember the old saying, there are no friends at the poker table!

Pot size

At any of our tables, the full amount of the pot including all current bets is always displayed numerically at the top of the table, along with the rake.

Also, at the end of every betting round, all bets are collected in the middle of the table, and converted into higher denomination chips so you can easily see the pot’s total value.

Real money

Run It Once Poker offers real money games only.

You will need to make a deposit to fund your account:

  1. Log in to your account
  2. Click on Deposit.
  3. Click on the method you want to use, enter the amount and click on ‘Deposit €xxx Using…’.
  4. Follow the instructions and fill in the required information.
  5. Your deposit will be sent and you will receive a confirmation.

Please note:
All deposits will be credited in EUR, as this is the only currency you can have your account balance in.


The first person to show their hand at showdown is the last person who bet or raise on the river – called the last aggressor. However, if no one made a river bet, then the first person to the left of the button will show their hand first.

Side pots explained

A side pot occurs when there at least 3 players remaining in a hand, where one player is all-in and has less chips than the remaining 2 players. A side pot is created so that the remaining 2 players may continue to bet between themselves, if they desire, on the remaining streets.

Under raise

In cases where you have bet, then are called, followed by an all-in raise, you will only be allowed to re-raise if the all-in player has met the minimum requirements to re-open the raise. Please consider the following example:

  • You have 10 chips. Player A has 10 chips. Player B has 6 chips
  • You bet 5 chips and Player A calls your 5 chips. Player B then goes all-in for 6 chips.
  • You can only call 1 chip because the minimum raise is for 5 chips. As the raise is not big enough, no other players in this hand can raise again.