Official Poker

In official poker, players wager against one another by putting chips into the center of the table. Depending on the game, this may be done in a variety of ways. Most games are played with a standard 52-card pack and may also use wild cards (usually jokers) in some fashion. In addition to the number of cards and the deck configuration, the rules of each game vary.

Most poker games require players to make forced bets, called an ante and a blind bet. Then, each player is dealt cards, usually one card at a time, starting with the player to the left of the dealer button. The dealer then shuffles the cards and deals them out, one card at a time. The player can then choose to raise, call, or drop. When betting is complete, the highest hand wins the pot.

By agreement of the players, a special fund called the “kitty” is established. This fund is used to pay for new decks of cards and to supply food and drinks for the players. Any chips remaining in the kitty when the game ends are divided evenly among the players who were still in the game at that time.

Major infractions include cheating, collusion, verbally or physically threatening or assaulting another player or WFP employee, throwing, tearing, bending, or crumpling cards. In addition, it is not permitted to discuss the game with anyone not playing at the same table.