The Official Poker Rules

Poker is a card game in which the players bet against each other to make a hand. The first round of betting usually begins with a forced bet (called the blind or ante) by one player, and the action then proceeds clockwise until all players have either called the previous bet or folded, leaving a pot open for further wagers.

Rules of poker

Poker has specific rules that govern it, and these rules are intended to cover situations that may arise at any time during the course of a hand. The aim of these rules is to provide decision-makers with a clear understanding of how the game should be played, and to avoid confusion about which rules apply in particular situations.


A bet, raise, call, or fold is considered an action when it is verbally made out loud and the player has a hand in front of them. This includes any action that conveys information about the player’s hand, such as showing the cards at the end of the hand or indicating the number of cards the player is taking at draw.


A hand is dead when the card(s) have been marked or damaged in some way, or when the card(s) are exposed by the dealer. This is to prevent cheating and collusion, and to keep the cards visible to other players.


A collection drop is the fee charged by the house for each hand dealt in a game, which can be taken from the pot or out of it. This fee is typically a fraction of the total amount of the pot, or a flat percentage of each bet or raise.