The Official Poker Rules

Poker is a card game of skill and strategy that can be played for fun, for pennies or matchsticks, or professionally for thousands of dollars in famous casinos. It is a popular pastime all over the world.

Although Poker rules vary from one place to the next, there is a growing interest in creating a standard set of rules that will be used in all poker tournaments. This would avoid the misunderstandings that often arise when players must adapt to the different rules of each poker room or tournament they play in.

In the most common form of the game, cards are dealt in clockwise order from a “button” (usually a white plastic disk) that rotates after each hand is dealt. The player to the left of the button is known as the small blind, while the person to the right is called the big blind. The two people to the left and right of the button are required to make forced bets before they receive their cards; these bets are known as the “opening bets.”

Once the opening bets have been made, the dealer deals each player a complete hand of five cards. Then the players make bets in one round, raising and re-raising as they wish. The highest hand wins the pot. A common variation in the game is to add one or more jokers as wild cards, which can take the value of any suit or rank in a poker hand.