A Guide to the Official Poker Rules

The game of poker is a mental and emotional one. It is important that players play the game with the right attitude. Players should avoid playing this game when they are tired, frustrated or angry. This will help them perform at their best. If a player feels that he is losing their focus, they should consider stopping the game immediately. This will save them money in the long run.

Poker is a card game played by two or more people with the aim of winning a pot by raising or calling bets. The highest-ranking hand wins the pot. In a tie, the pot is split equally between the players.

Each player is dealt five cards face down and one card face up, followed by three rounds of betting intervals. A player may raise his or her bets in any of the betting intervals if no one else has raised before him or called his or her bet.

When a player verbally declares he or she will take an action, that action is binding. A player who silently puts out an amount of money but later declares he or she will call is bound to the higher bet, regardless of whether the raise was capped or not (Rule 51-B).

It is the responsibility of all players to protect their cards by using their hands or chips to cover them. Failure to do so may result in the removal of the cards and/or penalties. Players, dealers and floor personnel are entitled to a reasonable estimate of opponents’ chip stacks at all times (Rule 25). Visible and countable stacks greatly improve counting accuracy.