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The 81 Official Poker Rules

Poker is a card game in which individuals compete for an amount of money or chips contributed by all players (the pot). Players place their bets based on the strength of their hand and on their prediction of what their opponents will do. The game differs from other vying games because it allows players to bluff.

While poker is a global game, different local customs and preferences tend to increase the risks of misunderstandings and disputes. To avoid this, the International Federation of Poker has established a set of official rules that should be used in all poker tournaments and games.

These 81 poker rules are free to download on the FIDPA website and should be adhered to by all players. Keeping up with poker etiquette will help you be a better player, improve the atmosphere at your table and ultimately win more.

There is one person designated as the banker and he or she keeps track of how many chips each player has. This person is also responsible for cutting a low-denomination chip from each pot in which there are multiple raises and for paying for new decks of cards or food and drinks. Players should not make private transactions or exchanges of poker chips unless approved by the banker.

The banker should be made aware of any problems at the table and should be able to come to a quick and fair decision about any dispute at the poker table. This is especially important in live tournaments where the players are not sitting together and have to rely on each other to speak up about issues at the table.

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