Official poker, also called international poker or the official game of poker, is a variant of the card game of poker. It is played with cards and chips that represent currency, and it uses betting rounds in order to determine a winner.
Players compete for an amount of money contributed by themselves (called the pot). Each player has a betting option: to check, call, raise or fold.
Texas hold ’em is the most popular variation of poker. Two hole cards are dealt face down to each player, followed by five community cards (called flop, turn and river).
The aim is to make the best five-card hand possible from any combination of the hole cards and the community cards. Betting continues until all remaining players have shown their hole cards, and a showdown occurs.
When playing online, a computer will deal the cards and play the betting rounds, while a professional dealer will handle the live action in casinos. The dealer is under intense pressure, and it is not uncommon for them to miss some infractions.
In addition, the TD has to monitor the players’ actions, and this is often not easy to do. Therefore, players must speak up if they spot an infraction.
String bet or raise – breaking poker rules
A string bet or raise is an illegal action in which a player makes one forward motion to call, then goes back and forth to make a raise without any verbalization or indication. This is considered an illegal action and will result in the dealer ruling that you have only called.