Official Poker Rules

Official poker is a game of strategy and chance that requires the ability to keep one’s emotions in check. It’s easy to get swept up in the drama of the moment and end up making an ill-advised bluff or a bad call. To be a successful player, you must know your opponent and play based on that knowledge. In addition, you must have the ability to make good decisions when your opponents are acting in a way that makes you uncomfortable.

Generally, the tournament will start with a fixed amount of chips and all players must be paid in to participate. The last player with the remaining chips wins the prize money. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.

The rules of this publication have been selected from those used in many cardrooms and are organized, formatted and worded for maximum efficiency. A lot of effort was expended to produce a uniform and easy-to-use rulebook.

A player must be at his seat when the cards are dealt on the initial deal in order to be considered a live hand. This means that the player’s chips must be within reach of his chair, including those needed for blinds and antes.

Reading your opponent’s hands is a skill that requires practice and time to develop. Start with free games to learn the basics and move on to real money tournaments when you’re ready to try your luck. Observe experienced players to learn how they react to situations and use that information as you play.