Official Poker

Official poker is a set of rules that have been developed by poker players to help them play and win in an official environment. It is a set of guidelines that poker tournaments use across the world, including in the US, Europe and Asia.

How to Play

To start the game, all players put chips into a pot called the “pot.” The first player to place a bet is designated as the “dealer.” Their turn to bet then moves clockwise around the table.

When betting, a player may check, call, raise or fold. They may also re-raise a bet they have previously made, but they must call the original bet or raise it if another player raised it before them in that betting interval.

Protecting Your Hand

It is very important that players protect their hands, especially when playing against a dealer. This includes protecting them from players peeking at their cards or mucking their hand.


Ghosting is when a player tries to cheat their way into a pot without being seen by the other players. This is a violation of poker rules and can be punished by being disqualified from a tournament.


A multi-accounting player is a player who uses more than one account in a tournament, which could be beneficial in huge and soft fields. Justin Bonomo, who is currently at the top of the all-time money list with $58 million in cashes, has admitted to doing this.