The Official Poker Rules

Poker is a card game in which players make bets and raise or fold. It is played in many different forms, but the most popular is Texas hold ’em. Other popular games include Omaha hold ’em, 7-card stud, and draw poker. The game has become popular worldwide, boosted by the emergence of televised tournaments and online satellite qualifiers that allow players to win seats in major poker events.


The rules of competition are designed to promote fair play and protect the integrity of the game. In addition to basic rules of honesty and respect for one’s opponents, the rules also prohibit showing a hand or discussing strategy with other players at the table. Exceptions are made for discussion of the game with an authorised dealer or official, but not with spectators. Players are required to act in turn, and failing to do so may result in a penalty. Leaving the table to discuss strategy with a player or spectator is not allowed, and may lead to the surrender of your chips.

Bets must be declared verbally or by pushing out chips. If both occur, the verbal declaration takes precedence; however, in unclear situations or where both are contradictory, the TD will determine the bet based on the circumstances and Rule 1.