Official poker rules are designed to provide players with a consistent way of playing the game. Whether the rules are used at online casinos, card rooms or live venues, the goal is to create a set of rules that can be adopted by all poker players.


Poker is a family of card games played with a standard deck of 52 cards, in which the player’s hand and the community’s hand are compared against each other to make the best possible five-card hand. The rules of the game vary, but a common element is betting.

The game is played worldwide. Some countries have their own local variations, but most versions of poker involve a deck of cards, betting rounds and a central pot.

Rules are usually set before the first hand is dealt, and each player must pay in required blinds in every round of play. These blinds may be fixed or moving.

Each player must also use a minimum amount of chips to bet, raise or call in each round of betting, which will depend on the particular version of poker being played.

Exceptions to poker rules are rare, but can occur in the event of a player’s infraction or an issue that is not noticed by the dealer. It is the responsibility of all players to notice these issues and speak up if necessary.

In most cases, a dealer will not see a rule violation, and the only way to ensure that this does not happen is to speak up if you spot it. If you are concerned about a problem, call the floor and ask them to investigate it.