When playing poker in a casino, players must follow the official poker rules. These rules are meant to protect the integrity of the game and ensure a fair playing environment for all. Having a complete understanding of the rules can improve your poker experience.
Casino poker is played for table stakes, meaning you cannot bet more than the amount on the table in chips at that time. Typically, this is a maximum of $500 per player, but be sure to check before you start playing. It is also important to remember to tip the dealer and waitresses who work in the room. They rely on these tips for a living.
The first player to the left of the button must post (pay) a $1 small blind and the player to the left of that must post a $2 big blind. These are the “blind bets” that must be posted before any cards are dealt.
A poker hand is a combination of five cards of equal rank that can be won by a player. Poker hands are ranked from high to low: Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10. In addition to the standard pack of 52 cards, some games include jokers or other wild cards that can take the place of any suit.
It is important to treat new players with respect. They may make mistakes or act out of turn and they probably do not know the rules yet. They should be treated with patience and understanding because they are trying to learn the game and become part of a community.