The Official Poker Rules

Robert Ciaffone, better known as Bob Ciaffone in the poker world, is the foremost authority on cardroom rules. Ciaffone selected the rules and organized them in the book. His involvement in the development of poker rules was extensive. He served as a rules consultant for cardrooms and drafted their official rulebook. In 1984, Ciaffone helped establish the Poker Players Association, which has since disbanded. In this book, he clarifies and updates poker rules.

Poker is a game of skill, but the game must be conducted on the premises of an authorized charitable organization. The organization must provide the dealer, and a single player may bet a maximum of $1. Players may raise three times, up to a maximum of three dollars. In addition, the players must be at least 21 years old. The organizers must charge each player an entry fee, which must be collected in advance. Organizers cannot award prizes exceeding ninety percent of the total proceeds from the poker tournament.

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