The poker table window displays the current state of the actual game that is being played. Each of the players in the hand are positioned around the table. Open seats are indicated by the Seat Open text.
Clicking on a Seat Open button will allow you to sit at a table. If you are not already logged in, this will first bring up the login dialog. Once logged in, the Buy In dialog will appear. The buy in dialog will display details about the game on the table in addition to the minimum and maximum buy in amounts, this is specified in terms of big blinds / bets. Most tables have a buy in range of between 40 and 100 big blinds, shallow tables allow lower buy ins and deep stack tables allow larger buy in amounts. It is possible to add chips to your stack between hands as long as your stack is lower than the table maximum.
Auto Rebuy and Auto Topup
Your account can be configured to buy more chips automatically at the end of each hand if your stack falls below a certain amount. If this feature is enabled, an auto rebuy will be performed when you lose all your chips in a hand before the next hands starts. In this way, you will never have to miss a hand. Similarly, your account can be configured to top up your stack to a predetermined amount at the end of each hand. Note that chips can only be added to your stack. You can never remove chips from your stack without leaving the table. Auto Topup and Rebuy can be configured from the player options dialog and at the table itself from the context menu.
Leaving the table
You can leave a poker table at any time. Either use the context menu, press the Leave Table button, or close the table window and you will automatically leave the seat at the table. Any chips remaining in your stack will be credited back to your account. If you decide to leave a table while still involved in a hand, the hand is folded the first time you are facing action. Until such time as your hand has been folded, you will appear to other players to be still present at the table and in the hand. It is possible to win a hand while not present at the table if the hand goes to showdown without any more positive action. Leaving a Chinese poker hand will result in that hand being surrendered. In Open Face Chinese poker, it is not possible to surrender a hand and leaving the table during a hand will result in the hand being fouled.
Certain visual aspects of a table can be customized while at the table. These options are availble from the context menu at the table.
When multiple game tables are open, it is often useful to be able to quickly layout the windows in a comfortable manner. There are 3 predefined layout styles. These are:
This provides a convenient way to display mutliple tables using the entire monitor space available. It allows you to see what is going on at all tables simultaneously. Tile windows works across multiple monitors. There is a minimum table size and if there are more tables than can fit on the available monitor space, there may be some overlap of windows.
The game windows are all resized to the default size and are then laid out in an overlapping manner starting from the top left corner of the monitor. The windows are spaced a small amount apart so they can be individually selected.
The game windows are all resized to match the currently active game window, and are moved directly underneath this window. This is useful when there is limited space on the monitor or if the player wants to focus on a single table at a time.
Apply to current monitor only
On systems with multiple monitors, if this option is active, only windows that are located on the same monitor as the currently active table are affected by the previously described positioning commands.
You may find that a table you wish to play on is full. In this case, you can join a waiting list for that table. So long as you remain logged in, you will be notified when a seat has become available on that table. You may wish to play on a specific table for a number of reasons. It could be that there are no other games running of the type you are looking for. Also, it may be that there are one or more specific players you would like to play against who are at the table.
When a seat becomes available, it will be reserved for you and you will be given a certain amount of time to take the seat before it is offered to the next person, if any, on the waiting list for that table. You can join the waiting list for a table either by opening the table and pressing the Join Waiting List button either in the table window itself, or in the Table panel.
A player is given a certain amount of time to respond to a request for action. This is usually 15 seconds. After 7 seconds have elapsed, a player is given a warning that they have 8 seconds left to act on their hand. Every player has a timebank which they can use. The timebank button displays the amount of time available and pressing the button will activate the timebank. If the player run out of normal time, the timebank starts to countdown. If the player acts before the timebank reaches 0 then the action stands and the timebank is updated with the remaining time. If the timebank goes to 0 and the player still hasn't acted, their hand is checked/folded and their timebank is empty. When a player has timed out for a hand, they are marked as sitting out and will need to press the I'm Back button to reenter the hand. Otherwise their hand is folded when facing any action.
A player receives 30 seconds initially in their time bank. This increases by 10 seconds for every 50 hands played at a table, up to a maximum of 90 seconds. The time bank amount is tied to a particular table, and is not shared across multiple tables. Also, time banks cannot be saved between sessions. Once a player leaves a table their time bank is reset for that table.