The Official Poker Rules

As with all poker games, individuals compete for an amount of money or chips contributed by the players themselves (called the pot). A player’s winnings depend on their own hand and the strength of their opponents’. A number of different betting and monetary rules govern poker play, depending on the game.

Players may not show a hand to or discuss strategy with anyone, including another player at the table, an advisor, or spectator. Unless otherwise stated, cards should be pushed forward low to the table when folded, not intentionally exposed or tossed high (“helicoptered”). Talking on phones is strictly prohibited at the table; ring tones, music, video etc. must be inaudible and not disturb the game or other players. Players must also avoid using betting apps and charts at the table while playing with live hands.

Verbally declaring an action is binding; using nonstandard terms or gestures is at the player’s risk and may result in a ruling other than what was intended. Likewise, tapping the table does not constitute a check.

Typically, a standard 52-card pack is used in poker, though two packs of contrasting colors are often used to speed up the game. In these cases, the previous dealer assembles all of the cards from the pack that has been dealt and shuffles them before passing the shuffled deck to the next dealer for dealing. It is not necessary for players to count their opponents’ stacks, but they may request a more precise count on the all-in player’s turn.