Whether you play at a casino or in your own home, official poker is a game that involves betting and cards. It is a game of skill, and you need to know the rules in order to play it.

The rules of the game are based on a fixed limit betting structure, which means that each player can bet a certain amount of money. The amount of bets is usually increased as the hand progresses.

Cards are dealt in a clockwise manner. The player to the left of the big blind has the first opportunity to make a bet. The player to the left of the small blind has the second opportunity. The player to the left of the small and big blinds can either call or raise.

Each player must bet at least a minimum amount before the cards are dealt. The player who does not make a bet is assumed to fold.

Once the cards are dealt, the table is broken in pre-set order. Players must sign in at the table. They must print their Full Name and Member ID# on the sign-in sheet.

If there is an absent player, the player to the left of the big blind is forced to make a bet. The player with the lowest hand is assumed to fold. The player with the highest hand wins the pot.

If there are two or more players who are all in, the pot is split between the players. This is done by looking at the highest kicker, which is the highest card.