The Official Poker Rules

Poker is a game of skill and chance played with a standard pack of 52 cards. It is a popular casino card game and has evolved into many variants, including draw poker and stud poker. The basic rules are the same for each variant, but some variations include jokers (twos and threes) and different types of wild cards.

A standard poker hand consists of five cards, with the highest hand winning. The game is a team sport, with each player competing against the other for a share of the pot.

Several versions of the game exist, some of which are social games for pennies or matchsticks and others that have millions of dollars in prize money. The game is played in casinos, in private homes and at tournaments.

The rules of the game are outlined in the rulebook. These rules govern the game of poker and are designed to protect the players and the integrity of the game.

All players must keep live hands in plain view at all times. Keeping chips in countable stacks is helpful to players, dealers and floor people who need a quick estimate of chip counts.

Players may not use mobile phones, ring tones or music devices at the table. This is to protect the integrity of the game and prevent interference with other players’ hands.

If a player misses a hand, he or she must make up the blind amount. If a player is unable to make up the blind, he or she must call the action.