Official Poker

Official poker refers to a game where the rules of the game are enforced by a cardroom supervisor or employee. The supervisor can make decisions in a variety of situations including player-to-player disputes, dealer errors and the awarding of pots. The rules of the game should be well understood and agreed upon by all players, and any deviations from them must be clearly explained by the supervisor.

ACTION: To bet, raise, or call in a hand. Generally, this means that the player has enough playable chips in front of them to win the pot (not counting their dealer button). However, some actions can also be considered action, such as announcing the contents of your folded hand before the betting is complete or looking through the discards and deck stub.

FLIP: The third community card dealt in holdem or Omaha.

OVERCARD: A card with a higher rank than the player’s pocket pair. For example, Ted has two overcards to Jill’s pair in a four-of-a-kind and is said to be coming over the top.

TIES: Ties in poker can occur when the players have the same high and low hands, or when both hands are of equal value. When this happens, the procedure for deciding the tie will match the rules of the game involved.

Any player may ask to see any called or mucked hand at the table, provided that they have been a legal part of the game at the time the request is made. However, this privilege is not unlimited and the dealer has the discretion to deny any excessive requests.