Official Poker Rules

In an official poker game, a player may raise a bet when another player has raised. A raise means that a player adds more chips to the pot. The amount of the raise depends on the stakes of the game. If a player has opened the pot with a pair of kings, he may check-raise or increase his bet to the same amount as the previous player’s bet.

The rules of the game are compiled by the International Poker Federation (FIDPA), a group founded in 2008 by Dutch poker professional Marcel Luske. The rules are freely available and can be downloaded. They are also made available online for anyone to view. A poker player may not agree with every rule. However, poker players should still pay attention to these rules so that they know what they are getting into before playing.

A poker hand chart is an invaluable tool for poker players. This chart shows the ranking of poker hands and allows players to learn about various poker variants. A free and printable copy of the chart can be downloaded from the official poker site. The book is also an excellent starting guide for players who wish to learn the rules of poker.

The author supports the adoption of uniform rules and applauds the work of the Tournament Director’s Association. Nearly all of the rules found in this book are compatible with TDA rules, though there may be some slight differences in wording.