Poker – Frequently Asked Questions

poker faq

Please visit the how to play section on the top right of the poker lobby page or click here.
Yes, Poker (live or online) is legal in India. Well, most of India anyway.
As per the Supreme Court of India, "Such competitions, where Success depends on quite a substantial degree of Skill, are not necessarily “gambling”. Though there is an element of pure chance, if a particular game is predominantly a game of skill, it would still be a game of “mere skill.” However, even after this clarification, it is still not clear what games are included within the gambit of “mere skill and are not.” So, any Game of Skill is not illegal in India.
But, the Seventh Schedule Entry 34 List II of the Indian Constitution gives the ability to State government to choose the laws with respect to betting. Since, gambling is a state subject, different states of India have different views on the idea of betting/gambling. Many states, like Gujrat, Assam, Odisha, Sikkim and Telangana, consider Poker to be a Game of Chance and have defined it as gambling. Many of these states have also made any form of online betting illegal. Hence it is illegal to play Poker in these states.
This means that, if you're a resident of Gujrat or Assam or Odisha etc., you cannot partake in Online Poker games which involve real money. Further, if you live outside these above-mentioned states but have your Aadhar Card/Driving Licence/Passport registered from these states, you cannot play Online Poker games involving real money.
You need to download the MPL Pro android app and register as a user to play poker on MPL.
Poker tables at MPL in the ‘Lobby’ are arranged according to the ‘buy-in’ amount & the ‘blind-structure’, so you can choose accordingly.
MPL poker products & services are intended for players who are 18+ years old or above, and of the legal age of majority in their jurisdiction. Doesn’t matter if you are studying in school or college, you must be 18+ years old or above to play poker at MPL..
Indian residents under the age of 18 are not authorised to avail our services and products. MPL reserves the right to request proof of age at any stage to verify that minors are not using the service. We may ban/exclude a person from playing if proof of age is not provided or if the company suspects that a person using the service is under-age. Our services and products are also not intended for users connecting to our site from jurisdiction that say it is illegal to do so.
Any underage player who has provided dishonest or inaccurate information regarding their true age or identity may have all their winnings forfeited and could face criminal prosecution.
MPL is proud to say that, Our RNG+ has been carefully built and internationally certified by iTech Labs, Australia, and is an ingenious mix of algorithmic unpredictability and absolute awesomeness!
MPL’s RNG+ algorithm is cryptographically secure and uses an entropy pool fed by Lava Lamp hardware to ensure that the cards are unpredictable, non-repeatable and uniformly distributed.
MPL has a stringent security policy that is centered on transparency. We have made it impossible for anyone, including expert algorithms, to beat our maze of randomness to ensure tamper-proof gaming for everyone. The whole game, starting from the dealing of hole cards to the opening of community cards, is driven by our internationally-certified Random Number Generator Plus (RNG+) software over which we have no manual control.
Our RNG software has been certified by iTech Labs, Australia, which is one of the top international software certification labs in the world.
We understand that a bad run at Poker is frustrating at times, but we strongly believe in the fact that Poker in the long run is a mix of good and bad hands. There are players who have won a lot of money playing online poker at MPL. We, as administrators, take no profit in a win or loss of any individual player but we do ensure our RNG+ platform always ensures fair play.
Collusion in poker is the act of two or more people sitting at a poker table working together to win more money from other players. It is a negative practice and is strictly prohibited at MPL.
“Chip Dumping" occurs when one player intentionally loses chips to another player at the table. Chip dumping is strictly prohibited at MPL.
MPL’s anti-collusion regulations prohibit you and your friend from playing at the same cash table or same tournament.
It’s very easy playing online poker at MPL. This is what you need to do:
  • Select the blinds you want to play click the lobby with the mentioned big blind.
  • Select the amount you want to sit with.
  • Start playing.
Yes, you can play on as many tables as you want simultaneously at MPL.
We request our players to follow the basic playing etiquettes of poker. When you wish to leave a table, please-
  • Tick mark the “sit-out” option.
  • Once it is acknowledged by our gaming software, you can Sit Out from the table.
  • Click the “leave table” button.
Note: In case the above steps are not properly followed, sometimes the table may continue and the balance might get deducted as Small Blind and Big Blind.
Yes, you can do so by clicking on the “sit-out” checkbox, present at the bottom of the game screen. At cash tables, the blinds will not be deducted while you are away. But, in tournaments, the blinds will continue to be deducted until you come back.
A ‘Timer’ pops up next to a player’s seat which shows the time available. The timer runs down and changes colour gradually from green to red.
As of now, players cannot request more time to make a decision during a hand for cash games or tournaments.
For No Limit and Pot Limit poker games, there are different buy-in amounts for different tables. Standard tables have a maximum buy-in of 100 big blinds and a minimum buy in of 20, 30, or 40 big blinds.
Note: All games are played on table stakes. Only the chips that you have on the table during a hand can be wagered in that hand.
At MPL, you can choose from No Limit Texas Holdem, Pot-Limit Omaha Poker and Pot-Limit Omaha 5 Poker.
In a No Limit poker game, each player can bet or raise any amount up to and including their full stack (the total number of chips they possess at any given time) in any betting round.
In a Pot Limit poker game, each player can bet or raise by any amount up to and including the size of the total pot at that time.
The minimum bet for both No Limit and Pot Limit games is equal to the big blind.
You can play No Limit Texas Holdem Poker in the following game formats at MPL:
  • Ring Games: In this format, the players enter with a Buy-in amount and are free to leave at any time with their remaining chips. 2 to 9 players can be accommodated on a table. There are also tables with 6-max capacity.
  • Tournaments: Coming Soon.
In case you get disconnected while playing cash (non-tournament) games at MPL, the application will automatically try to reconnect you (if your Internet connection is still working). Once the reconnection process is complete, you can resume playing on the tables where you were playing before disconnection.
As the application tries to reconnect you to the game, extra time will be allowed for the disconnected player to get back in the game. If you do not reconnect within the extra time, your action is taken as 'check' if it is allowed. If 'check' is not allowed, your hand is automatically folded by the system.
If a player fails to act within the allotted time while being connected, the hand is folded by the system. The amount of extra time may vary depending on the game, but the concept is the same throughout – when faced with a decision in a larger pot, more time is given to return due to a disconnection.
All transactions, including pots won and lost, are posted to your MPL account at the completion of each hand. In the unlikely event of a server crash which prevents completion of a hand, the hands in progress at every cash game will be restored by rolling back these hands as if they had not happened.
At MPL, the hand strength of every hand you play is shown at the top left corner of the table. If you are unable to see your hand strength
Yes, you can. When playing at a table, go to ‘Table Settings’ and uncheck the ‘Game Sound’ option.
Yes, you can do so by clicking Hand History while playing at MPL tables.
We request you to log-out and log-in again. Should the issue persist, you can send us an email with the attached screenshot to support@mplgaming.com.
Yes, you can muck any hand at our tables except the winning hand. If you play your hand to the showdown and you are holding the winning hand, it will always automatically be shown. This feature protects you from accidentally mucking a winning hand.
No. If you play your hand to the showdown and you hold the winning hand, it will always automatically be shown. This feature protects you from accidentally mucking a winner. Why would you ever want to do that?
Players involved in unfair game play activity will have their MPL account blocked permanently and their winnings and/or balance will be forfeited.
We encourage players to report instances of chip dumping/collusion/soft play by taking a screenshot of some of the hands played, User ID and cash table or tournament details and email us support@mplgaming.com. We will make sure that strict action is taken against the offenders if found guilty.
The money in the poker wallet is used to play poker on MPL. When the user does not have enough balance in his poker wallet and wants to join a table.The required amount is automatically deducted from the MPL Wallet and transferred to the poker wallet and from there to the poker table.
When leaving a table, the money from the poker table is credited to the poker wallet. This happens after the round in which the player left the table - ends. (Please note- Only by pressing the Red “LEAVE TABLE” button will a user be removed from the table. The exit button will only bring the user back to the lobby and the user will not leave his seat on the table)
Money from the poker wallet can be withdrawn to the MPL wallet by clicking the “TRANSFER” button. The entire poker wallet balance must be withdrawn in one go and a player must not be playing in any table while withdrawing the balance. TDS will be deducted if Net Winnings for the poker cycle is ₹10,000 or more.
Net Winnings of Poker cycle = Transfer amount - Sum of all money added to Poker Wallet from MPL Wallet since the last transfer from poker wallet
In poker, changing the username is not permitted.
A poker tournament is a tournament where players compete by playing poker. It can feature as few as two or more players playing on a single table (called a "heads-up" tournament), and as many as tens of thousands of players playing on thousands of tables. The winner of the tournament is usually the person who wins every poker chip in the game and the others are awarded places based on the time of their elimination. To facilitate this, in most tournaments, blinds rise over the duration of the tournament. Unlike in a cash game, a player's chips in a tournament cannot be cashed out for money and serve only to determine the player's placing.
To enter a poker tournament in MPL, you need to follow the steps. Click on Poker tile> Click on the tournament section> Select the tournament that you want to join according to the time and Buy in> Register the tournament> Join the table as the tournament starts.
The Buy In is the entry amount that is used to join a tournament or a cash table.
A Re Entry Tournament is a variant that allows busted players to buy back into the tournament, effectively starting from scratch as if you are a completely new player. You will almost always be given a brand new seat and given the same starting stack you got when you first entered.
In case you leave a tournament you will be sat out on the table and will be Blinded out (ante,small blind,big blind will be paid from your chip stack ) until you resume back or your chipstack becomes 0. Your final standing will be determined on the basis of when your chip stack became 0.
A poker tournament is a tournament where players compete by playing poker. Unlike in a cash game, a player's chips in a tournament cannot be cashed out for money and serve only to determine the player's placing.
A satellite tournament in poker is a qualifying event. Winners of these satellites usually win the buy-in fee to a larger and more prestigious tournament in the form of a “Ticket” which can be used to enter the larger tournament.
A tournament ticket is a “one-time-use” virtual voucher with a specified value that can be used to join a specified tournament and can be acquired by winning a satellite tournament or via special offers.
A “Ticket“ can be used to enter a specific tournament via clicking on the tournament that the user intends on joining and then clicking on the register option.
On the Registration pop-up select -“Use ticket” instead of cash to register and the user will get registered for that tournament.
A tournament ticket can only be used to enter the specified tournament, It cannot be cashed out.
All tournament tickets have an expiry date mentioned on it. Please note the expiry and use it before its expiration. Once a tournament ticket has expired, it can no longer be used and will be removed from account.
Clickon the “tickets' ' button on the top right corner of the lobby page of poker to view all the tickets that are available.
At MPL, you always play against another player, never against the house. MPL receives compensation by charging a fee or ‘rake’, a small amount from each cash game pot. For the exact rake information please click the table info button on the poker table.present on the top right corner of the poker table
In poker, the buck or dealer button is a marker used to indicate the player who is dealing or the player who acts last on that deal. The dealer button indicates the player who is set to act last after the cards are dealt.
At any of our tables, the full amount of the pot, including all current bets, is always displayed numerically at the middle of the table.
This could be due to a technical glitch, but we have got you covered.
  • In case it is a server issue, we will release all stuck payments as and when we restart our server.
  • You can also share the Hand ID of the table to get the Buy-Out credited manually.
If you get disconnected while playing, the software shall automatically try to connect you back (if your Internet connection is working fine). As soon as the reconnection process is complete, you can resume playing on the tables where you were playing before disconnection.
While the software tries to reconnect you back, it also provides extra time to allow you to take your turn. If you do not connect back within the extra time, your action is taken as 'check' if 'check' is allowed. If 'check' is not allowed, your cards are folded.
For any games that start after you get disconnected, you are kept on the table but not made part of the game. This is done to ensure that you do not have any risk to the chips that you brought to the table.
MPL recommends a fast & stable broadband internet connection for the best gaming experience.. A connection of min. 256kbps is suggested.
For the best experience, the loss percentage should be 0% and latency should be lower than 400ms.
MPL Poker is currently only available on the MPL android app. We are working on bringing MPL poker on IOS and Desktop. Keep watching this space.
A player’s account is banned only when there is a case of fraud including, but not limited to, chip dumping, collusion, soft play etc. If a player is found to be involved in such malpractices, his/her account will be banned for life and cannot be accessed by the player. If you feel your ban is a mistake please write to us at support@mplgaming.com
The integrity of our games is paramount to our success, and we are happy to address any concerns you may have.
There is a reason why MPL is India’s first cryptographically secure online poker RNG+ platform. Our RNG+ algorithm,uses an entropy pool fed by Lava Lamp hardware to ensure that the cards are unpredictable, non-repeatable and uniformly distributed. This means a platform so unpredictable and devoid of human interference that it becomes impossible even for the brightest minds or machine to beat the maze of randomness.
In short, our RNG+ software cannot be doctored, altered, changed, adjusted or interfered with. Fair play guaranteed, always.
MPL does not use any house players or robots. We also do not hire any individuals to play on our site.
Play only with the money that you can afford to spend.
  • Never play with money that you need for important or essential things such as food, rent, bills, or tuition.
  • Don't play when you are upset, tired, or depressed. It is difficult to make good decisions when you are feeling down.
  • Do not put off personal and other important tasks in order to play. Complete all your important tasks so that you can play with a free and calm mind.
  • Balance your playing with other activities. Find other forms of entertainment so playing does not become too big a part of your life.
  • Do not borrow money in order to play.
  • Take time outs and breaks regularly.