Official Poker Terms and Regulations

Poker is a card game in which players act out of turn and the best hand wins the pot. There is some skill involved in the game, but the majority of winning hands are the result of bluffing. Poker is played by two or more people at one table and is a game of chance with a strong element of psychology.

Official betting terms are simple, unmistakable, time-honored declarations like bet, raise, call, fold, check, all-in and pot (pot-limit only). Regional terms may also meet this test; however, use of non-standard language or gestures is at the player’s risk of a ruling other than what was intended.

In tournament play, players should not talk on their phones at the table and ring tones, music, images, video and communication devices must be inaudible and not distract or delay other players. This includes cell phone betting apps. Players with live hands must remain at the table until their hand is shown face up at showdown. Leaving the table is incompatible with protecting your hand and following the action, and is subject to penalty.

In home games and some tournaments, Poker is usually played with poker chips. A standard set of chips contains whites, reds and blues. Players stack their chips in sets of 20 in order to make it easy for everyone to look at a player’s chip value and determine who has the most or least. The dealer will be able to quickly identify players who are out of position or have more than their share of the pot.