Poker School

Hand Ranking


Five cards in sequence in the same suit (color), with the ace as the highest card



Same as straight but, with cards with the same suit


Quads, four cards of the same rank. For example four kings


Three matcing cards of the same rank and two matching cards of the same rank. For example three ten's and two aces


Three matching cards. For example three 5's


Five cards of the same suit


Example two aces and two 3's


Five cards of sequential rank, where the ace can be used as a "1" or as the highest card



Example two queens


Game & Rules

                                                                The three main variants of Platinum Hold'em are: Fixed Limit, Pot Limit and No Limit.

                                                                All variants has the same basic game structure and hand.

                                                                A standard deck of 52 playing cards is used.  A dealer button is a marker used to indicate the player who is dealing or in casino games with a house dealer, the player who acts last on that deal.  The dealer button moves clockwise after every game. A Burn card is a card discarded on top of the deck before the flop, before the bonus card, before the turn card, and before the river card to deter any form of cheating. As in Texas Hold'em, blinds have to be paid in Plantinum Hold'em. The player to the left of the button is the small blind and the player to the left of the small blind is the big blind.  Before any cards are dealt, the two blinds have to pay the small and big blind.  Starting at the small blind, clockwise, each player is dealt two "hole" or "pocket" cards face down.  Then a round of betting occurs.

Next Platinum Hold'em adds two additional steps compared to Texas Hold'em after the first round of betting:

1) Each active player is dealt a Bonus card face down, after the first round of betting.

2) Then each player discards one card before the flop, leaving each player with two hole cards. There is no round of betting after the player discards.


Before the flop is dealt, the dealer can remind the players still remaining in the game to discard one hole card. Then the game proceeds the same as Texas Hold'em. Burn card, then three community cards are dealt face up (The Flop) followed by a round of betting. Burn card, then fourth community card is dealt face up (The Turn) followed by a round of betting. Burn card, then a fifth community card is dealt face up (The River) followed by the last round of betting.. Then the winner's is declared and can use one or both or none of their hole cards.


Added rule compared to Texas Hold'em:

A player who fails  to discard one card Before the flop  and has three cards anytime after the flop is considered a Dead Hand and Non Playable.


The player can no longer play the rest of that game and will Lose and Forfeit all bets involved and stay in the pot for the winner's.


The player's card will go into the muck and will not be used the rest of that game. It is the players responsibility to protect their hands and follow the rules of the game at all times.



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