The Official Poker Rules

A dealer burns a card every round of dealing to make it harder for players to anticipate which cards will come. This makes the game more of a gamble and can help prevent mistakes. There are many variations of poker, but all involve betting with chips. Generally, one white chip is worth $1, a blue chip is worth $5, and a red chip is worth $10 or more. Before playing, shuffle the cards and make sure they are well mixed. Practice playing and watch experienced players to learn their quick instincts. Try to develop your own strategy by observing how they play and reacting, but remember that the game is ultimately a gamble.

Players must be aware of their surroundings at all times and avoid distracting other players or spectators. This includes, but is not limited to, exposing cards with action pending (except in stud), making inappropriate comments to spectators, continually acting out of turn, and displaying clothing that obscures the player’s face or hands. It is the responsibility of each player to use standard, unmistakable and time-honored betting terms such as bet, raise, call, fold, all-in, and pot (pot limit only). Regional terms or gestures must be clarified at the players’ risk.

TDs are responsible for maintaining the number and denominations of chips in play. Discretionary color ups may be made at the TD’s discretion. Chip stacks must be kept clean and in countable condition, with the TDA recommending a minimum of a clean vertical stack of 20 same-denomination chips. A TD has the right to reject any unauthorized stack.