The Official Poker Rules

In the world of poker there are a lot of different rules. These rules can differ from tournament to tournament, which can cause misunderstandings and disputes. Luckily there is one organization that manages the official poker rules around the globe, the professional Tournament Directors Association (TDA).

The TDA helps to keep the game fair for all players and also help avoid situations that may result in a player being disqualified from an event. These situations can include cheating, ghosting or other instances that would violate the official poker rules.

For example, one of the most common occurrences in poker is when a player gives away information about their hand after they have folded. This is a clear violation of poker rules because the player could unintentionally give away the strength of their holding and potentially help out an opponent.

Another rule that is often violated is peeking at your opponents cards when they are not your turn to act. This is also a violation of the poker rules as it can lead to resentment between players and can be considered poor gamesmanship.

Generally, the dealer shuffles the cards, then deals each player two cards face down, which are their hole cards. Then the forced bets are placed, which may consist of an ante and/or blind bet. After the first round of betting, a showdown begins where each player must make the best five-card poker hand possible with their own two cards and the community cards.