The professional Tournament Directors Association (PTDA) is the organization that sets the rules of poker tournaments worldwide. Founded in 2001 by poker players Linda Johnson, David Lamb, and Matt Savage, the PTA now has over 2,500 members from 63 countries. Its membership includes managers of large live poker rooms, independent tournaments, and circuits. Its board of directors includes WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel. It is intended to provide a uniform set of rules throughout the world.
When teaching others how to play poker, you should always act in a manner consistent with the rules of the game. Avoid pointing out mistakes made by your opponents or making fun of them. These actions may make others uncomfortable and ruin the game. Besides, it is a good idea not to play with people who are not familiar with the rules of poker. Instead, try to treat everyone as an equal. You can teach people the proper way to play poker by letting them play their hands without making fun of them.
As soon as the game begins, the dealer will place an appropriate number of chips on the table for each player. In tournament games using dealer buttons, starting positions are determined by drawing the highest card of a suit. When the game begins, the blinds and antes are raised at predetermined intervals. If a player is absent, his or her seat is taken. The table is rearranged before each hand. This process is repeated until all players have a chance to play.