Official Poker Rules

An official poker rulebook is used to govern the game of poker. It is published by the professional Tournament Directors Association, or TDA, which was founded in 2001 by poker players Matt Savage, Linda Johnson, Jan Fisher, and David Lamb. It has more than 2,500 members from 63 countries, and includes managers of major live poker rooms, circuits, and independent tournaments. TDA is headed by Jack Effel, who is the tournament director of the World Series of Poker.

An official poker code of conduct includes rules that apply to players and game providers. Violations of the code can result in ejection from the game, loss of all poker chips, or a permanent ban. Some violations include cheating, using vulgar language, or shouting. Inappropriate physical contact is also prohibited.

Another violation of poker etiquette is angle shooting, which involves lying or misrepresenting one’s stack. In the case of an official poker game, players should not reveal their chip stack to opponents without their permission. This is considered disrespectful to other players. It is also against the rules to give advice to another player.

The dealer is an individual who deals the cards. In a casino, this player is known as the dealer. Another player is known as the button. His position rotates clockwise after each hand. The two players to his or her left are called the small blind and the big blind. They are the only two players who put money into the pot before the cards are dealt.