Official Poker Rules

Almost all of the poker rules herein are compatible with the Tournament Director’s Association (TDA) rules. However, there are minor differences in the wording.

The TDA is a professional group of players that governs the game of poker. It includes more than 2,500 members in 63 countries.

The TDA manages poker rules in live games and independent tournaments. It also sets rules for cell phone use in the casino.

The code of conduct defines how a player must behave. It applies to both players and the game providers. Any violation of the code can result in ejection from the game and forfeiture of all poker chips.

New players must sign in to the game and print their Member ID# on a sign-in sheet. The house controls seating of new players. They must be treated with respect.

The first round of betting begins with the player to the left of the big blind. The blinds are raised at regularly scheduled intervals.

After the first betting round, the dealer will turn the community cards. The flop is the face-up card dealt. The player who has the best five-card hand wins the pot.

The player to the left of the big blind can call, raise, or fold. The player to the left of the small blind can also call, raise, or fold.

The dealer will be responsible for counting the chips. The chips are placed on the table in a predetermined order.

A dead hand is a hand that is not legally playable. The jack, queen, and king are the four cards dealt in stud games.