The Official Poker Rules

Poker is a card game that involves gambling, strategy and skill. Its popularity increased dramatically in the 2000s due to televised tournaments, the internet and popular literature. There are many variations of the game, but the basic rules remain the same. Players place bets by raising, calling or folding their chips. The highest hand wins the pot. Some games have wild cards (usually jokers) while others limit the number of cards in a hand.

A standard 52-card pack is used in most poker games, but some use multiple packs or add one or more jokers. Cards are ranked from high to low, Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 and 4. Some poker games have wild cards that can take on any suit or rank, while others specify which ones are wild (dueces or one-eyed jacks, for example).

In most poker games, betting occurs after each round of action. The remaining players with hole cards expose them to determine a winner. Generally speaking, the highest five-card hand wins. Players may also raise, call or fold their cards at any time during the betting process.

While it is not against the official poker rules to act out of turn, verbally stating that you are going to bet or raise will hold you to that action if you do not follow through. In addition, knocking on the table before making a bet will indicate that you are passing.