When someone refers to a poker game as “official,” they do not necessarily mean that it is played at a casino. Rather, it means that it is played in a poker card room, where it is the norm to play in a manner consistent with the rules of that particular card room. In this article, we’ll explore what that means.
The official poker rules are determined by a body called the Professional Tournament Directors Association (PTDA). This group was founded by former professional poker players, including Matt Savage, Linda Johnson, Jan Fisher, David Lamb, and Robert Ciaffone. It has more than 2,500 members in 63 countries, including the managers of independent tournaments and large live card rooms.
When playing poker, the dealer is the person who deals the cards to all players. After the dealer deals each player with five cards, a “flop” is dealt. This is followed by “turn” and “river” rounds. After each betting round, the remaining players in the hand turn over their cards, and the winner is the player with the best five-card hand.
Texas Hold’em is the most popular variation of poker, and can be played with two to ten players. This game is also widely played in home games and on television.