Handling Problems at the Poker Table

While poker is a game of chance, there are many situations that require special handling to protect game integrity. These include premature cards (Rule 39 and RP-5), disordered stub, extra draw or stud cards, etc.

Reshuffling During a Hand

The game must be reshuffled face-down and unexposed in order to protect the integrity of the cards. This is especially important when there is a problem such as the stub being cut prematurely, or a player has the wrong amount of chips in their stack.

Defining Bets

Players must use simple, unmistakable, time-honored betting terms such as bet, raise, fold, check, all-in, complete and pot (pot-limit only). Regional terms may also meet this standard and are acceptable. However, use of non-standard terms or gestures is at the player’s risk and may result in a ruling other than what was intended.

A player’s turn is determined by either verbal declaration or by pushing out chips. If the two actions are simultaneous, a clear and reasonable verbal declaration takes precedence. In the event of a conflict between verbal and chip play, the TD shall determine which is binding.

Any player, dealer or floorperson who sees an incorrect amount of chips put into a pot or an error about to be made in awarding a pot has an ethical obligation to point out the mistake. Failure to do so could result in a fine or expulsion from the cardroom.