In the past few years, the popularity of poker has grown internationally. As a result, more and more cases of cheating and breaking poker rules have been reported. Some of these instances happen in live poker games, while other incidents take place online.

The International Poker Federation (IPF) compiled a set of international poker rules. It is also a good idea to know the basics of poker etiquette. A little bit of knowledge will go a long way towards improving the overall atmosphere of your game.

Some basic etiquette includes keeping your hands to yourself. If you have friends who are also playing, do not reveal your hand. Similarly, do not point out another player’s mistakes. These actions are generally considered rude and can spoil the mood of the game.

There are also certain unwritten poker rules you should follow. One is to keep your chips in a neat pile. This is similar to maintaining an organized desk.

Another is to count your chips. You can do this by examining the number of chips in the pot and how close they are to the middle.

Also, make sure you have an empty seat at the table before the first card is dealt. You won’t be able to play if you’re not there.

Lastly, there are some rules that you should never break. Angle shooting, for example, is considered a bad move. Basically, if you shoot the angle of your cards, you’ll probably hurt the dealer.