The Official Poker Rules
Poker is a card game that is played with a deck of 52 cards. There are four suits of 13 ranks each and the Ace is the highest card. The gameplay is divided into betting rounds in which the players place forced bets. Each player is dealt two cards, known as their hole cards. They can then fold, call (match the amount of the big blind), or raise their bet.
The game of poker has a number of rules that are meant to protect the interests of all involved. These rules are set by the professional Tournament Directors Association, or TDA. This group of people, including WSOP Director Jack Effel, meet every two years at the TDA Summit to discuss issues and come up with new reforms.
A player can be considered to be breaking poker rules if they do not act in accordance with the guidelines set out by the TDA. Examples of this include string betting or raising – when a player makes one forward motion to call, then goes back and forth to raise their bet without indicating that they are doing so. It is also illegal to peek at another player’s cards.
If a player does break a rule, they can be called over by the floor to make a ruling on the matter. For example, if a dealer miscounts a stack of chips, it is the responsibility of the player to point out that this is against poker rules and to ask for a floor person to come over and resolve the issue.