The Official Poker Rules

Poker is a card game played between two or more players and involves betting. The cards are dealt in rounds and the player with the best hand wins the pot. Different games have varying rules and some have several betting rounds. Poker is a game of skill and requires the ability to read other players. It also has a large psychological element, which makes it more complicated than other casino games.

The dealer button is a token used to indicate the player’s position at the table and their right to act first in a betting round. In casual play this is usually moved clockwise among the players after each round. In a casino a professional dealer deals the cards. The buttons are usually made of plastic and may be colored or engraved with player names.

In a poker game the players are required to place forced bets, called blinds and antes, prior to the deal of a hand. Then the dealer shuffles and deals each player two cards face down. Once the players have their cards they can call, raise, or fold. Those that fold their hands give their cards back to the dealer.

Once players go heads-up the raising is capped at the size of the largest previous bet. However, if players do not want to call and suspect that their opponent is bluffing they can “float” instead of raising the size of their own bet. Players should never reveal what type of holding they have folded, as this can mislead other players and make the game unpleasant. It is also illegal to cover your cards with your hands or any other object during the betting process.