Poker is a game of chance and skill, but it also requires good judgment to minimize losses with poor hands while maximizing winnings with good ones. That’s why it’s important to understand the rules of the game – and have a sound understanding of etiquette, which can help you win more.

Table Etiquette

Players must treat each other with respect and courteously during the game. This includes being polite when greeting other players and making them feel at home at the table.

Communication at the Table

All forms of communication at the table are subject to house regulations, which are posted and announced at the table. Cell phones, ring tones, music, images, videos and betting apps may not be used while playing and should be kept in audible, non-disturbing levels for other players.

Rule 25 – Chip Counting

All players, dealers and the floor are entitled to a reasonable estimation of opponents’ chip stacks (Rule 25). If a player requests a more precise estimate of opponent chip stacks, the TD will count the chips.

Rule 49 – Hidden Chips

If a player calls all-in and a hidden chip is found behind, the TD determines whether the chip is part of the accepted action or not (Rule 49). A player may be awarded the hidden chip if he or she wins.

Hand Rankings: What Beats What

While there isn’t one universal hand that is the best, there are several hands that rank among the top of the poker world. These include the king-high flush, two pair, three of a kind and four-of-a-kind.