Official Poker Terms and Rules

Poker is a game of strategy and luck, but the real skill of the game comes from being able to minimize losses with poor hands and maximize wins with good ones. It’s also important to keep a cool head, even when faced with a bad beat. Watch videos on YouTube of Phil Ivey taking bad beats, for example – he doesn’t let them get him down and knows that you have to play a lot of hands to be a successful professional player.

The game of poker has many rules governing the behavior of players, dealers and floor personnel. It is important to be familiar with the basic game rules and official poker terms to avoid inadvertently giving away information about your hand or playing style.

If a player wishes to continue the betting in an interval where no one has raised, they can choose to check. Then, provided no one raises the bet, they may call it with their remaining stake or fold. Some poker variants require a player to place a small initial contribution, called an ante, into the pot to begin each betting round.

Players, dealers and floor staff are entitled to a reasonable estimation of their opponents’ chip counts; therefore, chips should be kept in clean, countable stacks (Rule 25). If a player wishes to increase the denomination of their stack, the dealer or floor can choose to color up the stack at his or her discretion.