The Official Poker Rules

A game of poker played with a standard set of rules and procedures, usually in a cardroom. Players bet and raise chips in the pot to win the prize, or “pot”, when the showdown is completed. The winning hand is the one with the highest ranking cards, regardless of suit. Ties are rare, but do occur. If two hands have the same rank, the pot is split evenly.

A COMMON STANDARD OF RULES IS IMPORTANT FOR THE SAFE AND CONVENIENT OPERATION OF A POKER GAME. These rules are designed to be as clear, concise and uniform as possible. This allows the decision-maker to clearly see what the proper ruling should be, and not have to make it on their own.

The rules are designed for games with a fixed number of chips in play, such as limit and no-limit hold’em. They are compatible with the Tournament Directors Association rules, and most have been substantially revised, formatted, and improved by Bob Ciaffone, a widely recognized expert on poker room rules.

All players must keep their cards in full view of other players at all times, above table-level and not past the edge of the table. Failure to do so may cause a player’s chips to be surrendered by the floor person. You must notify a floor person if you are away from your seat for 30 minutes or more. Frequent or continuous absences can result in the forfeiture of your chips and disqualification from the game.