There are a number of official poker rules that players should adhere to. This will help you play more safely and improve your game.

First, you should avoid peeking at the cards of your opponents. This is a bad habit that can cause you to lose valuable chips. It is also very disrespectful to other players, especially in a poker game where everyone has their own stack of chips.

When you are playing a hand, it is important that you think on several different levels and make the best decisions. This can be done by considering the community cards as well as your own hand.

Besides thinking on different levels, you should also avoid acting out of turn. This can cause other players to lose their patience and make you miss a chance to make a good hand.

If you see another player act out of turn, it is your responsibility to call the floor over and speak with them about the issue. The floor is typically the poker room manager and they will make a decision on whether or not this has violated any poker rules.

The first step in playing a poker game is to put an initial contribution, called an ante, into the pot. This is usually one or more chips and can be of any denomination.

Next, a dealer deals cards to the players in turn. The cards are dealt from a standard 52-card pack, sometimes with the addition of one or more jokers.