Official Poker Rules

Poker is a game of chance where players compete for an amount of money or chips contributed by other players (called the pot). The cards are dealt randomly, and each player attempts to control the amount of money in the pot.

The objective is to make the best possible five-card poker hand from any combination of the two face down cards and five community cards. Players have betting options of check, call, raise, or fold.

There are rules that govern the conduct of all players during a hand and throughout a tournament. Some of these rules are specific to tournament play, while others apply equally to all tables.


The purpose of this rulebook is to provide a set of rules that are uniform across cardrooms and which are widely understood by decision-makers. This will ensure that proper rulings are made in most situations.


The first rule of poker is to treat other players with respect. This means avoiding aggressive behavior, displaying a lack of appreciation, and acting out of turn, among other things.


Another thing you should avoid is blaming dealers for your bad beats. This is extremely disrespectful to the dealer and it can only spoil the atmosphere at the table, which is already uncomfortable enough.


If you have folded your hand, you should not reveal it to anyone or react to the flop in any way. This is against the official poker rules and will only cause you to lose your chips.