Official poker rules are written rules that regulate the way players act in a poker game. Some players may not follow these rules, however.

Poker games are generally played with a set number of betting rounds, as well as a fixed amount of chips that can be purchased during the betting rounds. Players can bet up to a certain amount of chips between each hand, called the table stakes.

A dead hand is one that is unplayable. The player who has a dead hand is obligated to put up the blinds, a fee that is posted by the dealer.

A blind bet is a bet that is made before the cards are revealed. If the player with the blind bets, the other player must ante up.

After the initial bet, the player with the blind can bet again, or check. In the case of a check, a player must ante up the same amount as the first bet.

If a player folds, he loses the pot. He wins if he has a stronger hand. However, he loses if he has a weak hand.

The dealer will then place the appropriate starting amount of chips on the table. This is usually a lower amount than a structured bet.

After the first card is dealt, the player who is at the seat is forced to bet or pass. All players are required to sit at the seat unless they are absent.

Normally, a player can make a “check” when he is unsure of his bet. However, this is not considered a legal action. It is also a violation of etiquette.