Official Poker Rules

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Official poker is a card game that is played socially or professionally for money. While the game is not exactly the same everywhere, there are many rules that are universally accepted. It is important to understand these laws to be able to play poker well. Regardless of whether you play for pennies or thousands of dollars, these rules will help you make the best decisions possible.

The standard poker deck consists of 52 cards, and some games will include one or two jokers. A single pack of cards is used in most games, but in high-level games with experienced players, two packs of contrasting colors are sometimes used to speed up the deal. When the first hand is dealt, all players have the option to check, bet, call the bet of another player, raise or fold.

In tournaments, there are usually no time limits for players to make a decision on their hands. However, there does come a point in the tournament where delaying the decision to make a big move is an option that some players will choose to do. This is commonly known as “tanking” and it is a technique that can be very successful in certain situations.

In tournament play, all players must be present at their seat when the cards are dealt. Any paid entrant who is not at his or her seat when the first cards are dealt has a dead hand. If a player does not have his or her chips within reach when the cards are being dealt, those chips will be placed in the pot for antes and blinds.