The Official Poker Rules

In the last decade, poker has become an international sport. In an effort to standardize rules worldwide, the International Poker Federation (FIDPA) has developed a set of rules. These are free and easily downloadable. These rules govern how players should play the game. In addition to being a helpful reference for poker players, they help protect the integrity of the sport.

In a standard game, one player acts as the dealer. This player is usually known as the button and rotates clockwise after each hand. Two other players to the left of the dealer are called the small blind and big blind. The big blind must make a predetermined forced bet and the small blind must bet the same amount. In addition, the big blind is the only player who can bet money before the cards are dealt.

Other rules at the table include basic table manners and politeness. Following poker table etiquette is critical to avoiding embarrassing situations. Poker players should be respectful of their opponents and dealers, and should never “splashing the pot” or throwing cards. It is considered impolite to throw cards and chips at the dealer.

When playing poker, players should not reveal the type of hand they have when folding. They should also not react to the flop. As a player, they should not share the information about their holdings with their friends. It is also against the rules to give advice or give out information to your opponent. The rules are designed to prevent this.