Official Poker Rules

Official poker is a game of card playing that is played by a group of players and governed by a set of rules. These rules are intended to produce a consistent ruling in any situation. The basic philosophy is that a rule should be detailed enough that a decision-maker can refer to the specific language of the rule in question and know what the proper ruling should be. This approach is in line with the work done by the Tournament Directors Association (TDA).


The appropriate starting amount of chips will be placed on the table for each paid entrant at the beginning of the event. The LD will seat players as needed to keep the number of players at each table reasonably balanced. It is important that each player clearly indicate their Member ID# and full name on the TOURNAMENT SIGN-IN sheet when registering for an event. If the ID# and name are not legible, a Player may not receive credit for their entrant status.

All play must be within the turn limits of the current round. Verbally declaring that you will raise, call, or fold is binding unless you change your mind and tell the dealer. If you act out of turn, you forfeit your right to act until it is your turn again. You do not lose your turn if the player in front of you did not act, but you will forfeit your right to call a raise if you fail to make one when it is your turn.