The Official Poker Rules

Poker is a card game played between two or more players and involves betting. It is a family of games, and variations on the game exist with the goal of making the game more exciting and lucrative. The most popular form of poker is Texas hold ’em.

The cards are dealt from a standard deck of 52 cards, and betting occurs in rounds. Each round lasts until everyone calls the bet or folds. The dealer shuffles the cards and deals them to the players, starting with the player to their left.

After a certain number of betting rounds, the player who has the best poker hand wins all the chips in the pot. If more than one player remains in contention after the final betting round, a showdown occurs. In a showdown, each remaining player plays the best poker hand they can make from their two hole cards and five community cards.

If a card is accidentally exposed to other players, it must be kept and played with unless the rules of the specific variation of poker state otherwise. However, the accidental discovery of a joker in the stub does not constitute a misdeal.

Verbally declaring your intention to take a particular action, such as raising or calling, is binding. Therefore, if you say you’re raising, you must raise at least the amount of the bet before you. Also, it is against the rules to count your chips or move them in an attempt to see another player’s hole cards, and attempting to gain an advantage by doing so is considered poor etiquette.