Whether you’re new to poker or a seasoned pro, there are some official poker rules you should know. These rules can help you avoid gaffes and ensure a smooth game.
Before you get to the table, all players must print their full names on the sign-in sheet. Using an illegible name or ID may prevent you from receiving credit.
Before the game begins, the dealer will place the proper starting amount of chips on the table. The chips should be placed in an orderly manner so they don’t fall into piles or interfere with the viewing of the cards.
The dealer will also draw cards to determine seating order in a new game. Normally, a new player takes the worst seat.
The dealer will also deal each player a hand of cards. The player must have a hand of five cards with ranks of eight or less. The highest hand wins. If the hand wins, the player wins the pot. If the hand folds, the player loses the pot.
The dealer will raise the ante at scheduled intervals. The ante is a fixed amount that is placed in the pot before the betting begins. If a player’s hand is beaten, the dealer will kill the hand before the pot is awarded.
Players can pass their cards to each other. They can also bet or raise when they have a turn to act.
The dealer will break the cards into odd and even numbers. Players must use high-denomination chips, which must be visible to the dealer and other players.