The Official Poker Rules Book

Poker is a game of chance, but also requires a great deal of skill and psychology. It is played at home for pennies, in casinos for thousands of dollars and on television and in a variety of professional tournaments. It is also played on video games that mimic the game’s hand ranking system and payout structure.

There are many different poker games, but all of them involve betting in some way and a showdown with five cards to determine the winner. Players can bet either blind or ante. Typically, the dealer shuffles, the player on the chair to their right cuts and the cards are dealt one at a time, face up or down, depending on the game. Several rounds of betting will usually take place between deals. After all the hands have been revealed, whoever has the highest hand wins the pot.

The rules of the game are determined by the cardroom’s floorperson or shift supervisor. They may be modified by a manager or executive in charge of the cardroom. Generally, these decisions will be based on the rules of the game as set forth in this rulebook.

All of the rules and terms listed in this book are intended to help make the game a pleasure to play. It is important to understand the rules of poker and to read them carefully. It is also very helpful to play with a group of people who know the game well and can explain it to new players.