The Official Poker Rules

Poker is a family of card games in which players wager over which hand is the best. The game is played worldwide, but the rules may vary by country.

The most common variants are stud poker, hold’em and Omaha. Each has a different deck configuration, the number of cards in play and betting rounds.

When a poker hand is dealt, it is possible to “call” and “raise” the amount of the previous bet. A call is a bet of the same amount as the previous bet, while a raise is a bet that matches the previous bet but adds more money to the pot.

A player may also “fold” a poker hand, i.e. discard it and replace it with new cards, if a player loses the pot. A fold is considered a bad hand in poker and usually does not win any money.

It is important to keep your emotions in check when playing poker. It is tempting to let your feelings get the better of you, but it can really hurt your opponent’s confidence and make the game less fun for everyone.

If you see a player breaking poker rules, please make sure to call the floor (the casino employee responsible for seating the players) to correct the infraction. A dealer is under great pressure to deal as many hands as possible without making any mistakes, and it’s important for them to know when a player is not following the rules.