The Official Poker Rules

Poker is a game of skill, strategy and chance in which players wager money or other items of value on the probability that their hand will beat another player’s. The game consists of several rounds of betting, beginning with one or more forced bets (the blind and ante). In some poker games there are also wild cards that may be used to make certain types of hands.

Some of the most popular forms of poker are Texas hold’em, Omaha, 7 card stud and five-card draw. Each of these games has specific rules for how the game is played, including how many cards are dealt and whether or not all players are active in the hand. In addition to these basic rules, many poker variations have additional rules for how bets are placed and raised, when to call or fold, etc.

The game is normally played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Most packs include two jokers that can be used as wild cards. A dealer determines which form of poker is to be played, sets the ante, and announces any other special rules such as how much each player must bet during a betting round or if there will be any limit on total chips that can be wagered.

It is not uncommon for a player to “call a clock” on an opponent, especially in a tournament setting where the blinds increase at regular intervals. However, this is generally considered bad etiquette in cash games because it will take up time and can distract other players from making decisions.

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